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Lack of sleep found to be a new risk factor for aggressive breast cancers

Lack of sleep found to be a new risk factor for aggressive breast cancers

ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2012) — Lack of sleep is linked to more aggressive breast cancers, according to new findings published in the August issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment by physician-scientists from University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Seidman Cancer Center and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. Led by Cheryl Thompson, PhD, the study is the first-of-its-kind to show an association between insufficient sleep and biologically more aggressive tumors as well as likelihood of cancer recurrence. Continue reading

Above-normal weight alone does not necessarily increase short-term risk of death, U.S. data suggest

Above-normal weight alone does not necessarily increase short-term risk of death, U.S. data suggest

ScienceDaily (July 6, 2012) — An evaluation of national data by UC Davis researchers has found that extra weight is not necessarily linked with a higher risk of death. When compared to those with normal weight, people who were overweight or obese had no increased risk of death during a follow-up period of six years Continue reading

Lower risk of death linked with access to key attributes of primary care

Lower risk of death linked with access to key attributes of primary care

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2012) — Greater access to features of high-quality primary care — comprehensiveness, patient-centeredness and extended office hours — is associated with lower mortality, according to a new national UC Davis study. Published in the January-February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, the research is the first to link the availability of three specific attributes of primary care with reduced risk of death. Continue reading

Young adults drop exercise with move to college or university

Young adults drop exercise with move to college or university

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Smoking is strongly associated with squamous cell carcinoma among women

Smoking is strongly associated with squamous cell carcinoma among women

ScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2011) — Women who have non-melanoma skin cancers are more likely to have smoked cigarettes compared to women without skin cancer, said researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., who published study results in a recent issue of Cancer Causes Control . The study investigated the relationship between cigarette smoking and non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) Continue reading

New tool saves time,  reduces risk of mistakes in diabetes care

New tool saves time, reduces risk of mistakes in diabetes care

ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2011) — In the fast-paced world of health care, doctors are often pressed for time during patient visits. Researchers at the University of Missouri developed a tool that allows doctors to view electronic information about patients’ health conditions related to diabetes on a single computer screen. Continue reading

Hysterectomy increases risk for earlier menopause among younger women, study finds

Hysterectomy increases risk for earlier menopause among younger women, study finds

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Obesity limits effectiveness of flu vaccines, study finds

Obesity limits effectiveness of flu vaccines, study finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2011) — People carrying extra pounds may need extra protection from influenza. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective. Continue reading

Chronic vulvar pain a reality for more than 100,000 women in southeast Michigan

Chronic vulvar pain a reality for more than 100,000 women in southeast Michigan

ScienceDaily (Sep. 14, 2011) — For more than 100,000 area women, chronic vulvar pain (pain at the opening to the vagina) is so severe it makes intercourse, and sometimes sitting for long periods of time, painful, if not impossible. Continue reading

Demographic, educational factors associated with medical specialty board certification identified in new study

Demographic, educational factors associated with medical specialty board certification identified in new study

ScienceDaily (Sep. 6, 2011) — Certain demographic and educational factors, such as race/ethnicity, age at graduation and level of debt, are associated with the likelihood of a medical school graduate becoming board certified, according to a study in the September 7 issue of JAMA , a medical education theme issue. Continue reading