Nearly half of U.S. men actively infected with HPV, study finds HPV-linked cancers on the rise in men, but nearly 9 in 10 vaccine-eligible men are unvaccinated!

By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service The most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. has a bit of a twist. It’s what’s known as a “subclinical infection” — those infected suffer no immediate consequences, but years later have vastly increased risks for at least six different types of cancer. That sleeper agent […]

Recognizing the Early Signs of Anemia

Anemia (an inadequate supply of red blood cells) can cause symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Other possible signs of this condition include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty staying warm, loss of sex drive, and pale skin. Anemia is more common in women than men and may occur in a variety of […]

Precision Trial Suggests Celecoxib Safe for Arthritis

DAVID BORENSTEIN, MD  EXECUTIVE EDITOR  THESPINECOMMUNITY.COM The results of the PRECISION trial (Prospective Randomized Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety versus Ibuprofen or Naproxen) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the last issue of 2016.1 The clinical trial took 15 years from inception to publication.  The findings of the study appear to […]

New Guidelines State Everyone at Risk of Heart Disease over 40 Should be Considered for Statin Therapy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recently issued new guidelines for the use of high cholesterol-treating statin drugs. The report suggests that everyone over age 40 regardless of whether they have a history of cardiovascular disease should be evaluated and considered for treatment with a statin. The new statin guidelines were recently published in the Journal […]

Rituxan Improves Treatment of Rheumatoid Lung Disease

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who also have lung involvement often have increased mortality, but first-line therapy with Rituxan® (rituximab) may help them live longer when compared with the use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors  (TNFi), according to new research findings presented at the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Rheumatoid arthritis is a […]

EULAR 2016 Recommendations on Management of Early Arthritis

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) have published an update to their 2007 recommendations for the management of early arthritis. This committee strongly recommends early referral to a rheumatologist and early non pharmacologic interventions including smoking cessation, dental care, weight control, vaccination assessment, and comorbidity management.  Patients should understand that these are a professional organization’s […]

Do Social Connections Lower Death Rates from Breast Cancer?

Women diagnosed with breast cancer have greater rates of survival and lower rates of disease recurrences if they have more social ties, compared to women who are more socially isolated. These results were recently published in the journal Cancer. Social isolation is a feeling that is commonly described among people diagnosed with cancer. However, there […]

Keytruda®/Halaven® Combo May Be Effective in Advanced Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

The investigative treatment combination including Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) plus Halaven® (eribulin) could provide a potential therapeutic option for patients with advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) whose disease has advanced following prior therapies. These results were recently presented at the 2016 annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Approximately 12% of breast cancers are triple-negative breast cancers, […]

Lynne Cohen Foundation: What an Incredible Year!

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE YEAR! PREVENTIVE CARE CLINICS Our four Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Clinics feature multidisciplinary and personalized preventive care for over 9,500 women facing increased breast or ovarian cancer risk. At each of our Preventive Care Clinics: These women see all the specialists in one day and in one place Specialists work face to […]

How To Enjoy The Holidays Despite Chronic Pain

By Tom Macek, M.D. The holidays are a time when everyone is encouraged to be of good cheer. But this joyous time of year is a lot less merry for those suffering from chronic bad backs, migraines, arthritis and other pain-inducing ailments. “Any kind of pain can seriously affect your quality of life,” says Dr. […]

Research Study for Crohn’s Disease

You are being invited to participate in “The GEM (Genetic, Environmental, Microbial) Project”. The GEM Project is a prospective (looking forward) study involving a select group of individuals which is hoping to identify possible causes of Crohn’s Disease (CD). We are looking to study all siblings and children of patients with Crohn’s disease in the […]

Interferon No Better Than Hydroxyurea and Associated with Worse Side Effects in Polycythemia Vera and Essential Thrombocythemia

The use of interferon as initial therapy in MPN is associated with worsening side effects the longer it is used for treatment. These results were recently presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a related group of blood cancers. In these disorders, the bone marrow cells […]

Antibiotic Use in Children May Play a Role in Juvenile Arthritis

Written by Ashley Boynes-Shuck Researchers believe that using antibiotics in childhood may contribute to the activation of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in susceptible people.  Juvenile arthritis is the sixth most common childhood disease, affecting more than 300,000 children and teens in the United States. Yet no one knows why some children get illnesses like juvenile arthritis […]

It’s GERD Awareness Week–November 20th

It’s that time of year again when there is a tendency to overindulge in a mélange of delicious foods. Although many people may only suffer discomfort from over eating, another group of people suffer from the far more troublesome and chronic disorder of GERD—and it isn’t just over the holidays, nor is it simply from […]