Monthly Archives: October 2010

Lack of Sleep Compromises Weight Loss Efforts

If you are trying to lose weight, make sure you get enough sleep.  A study published in the October 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine indicated that lack of sleep thwarted the efficacy of dieting to lose weight.  … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Your Brain from Getting Old?

Walking at least 6 miles per week appears to maintain brain volume and preserve memory in old age, according to new research.  The results were reported in the October 13 online issue of Neurology.  In the study, 299 dementia-free people … Continue reading

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First-Line Erlotinib Triples Progression-Free Survival in NSCLC in Chinese Population

First-line erlotinib (Tarceva) tripled the progression-free survival in advanced non–small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) patients who had endothelial growth factor receptor (EGFR)-activating mutation, according to the OPTIMAL study presented at the 35th European Society for Medical Oncology Congress. The study … Continue reading

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Diabetic Patients Are More Likely to Develop Pancreatitis

According to a study published online September 10th in Diabetes Care, patients with type 2 diabetes may have an increased risk of acute pancreatitis.  Furthermore, the risk appears to be more pronounced at younger ages.   Using data from The Health … Continue reading

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Cetuximab (Erbitux) Reduces Disease Progression in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Patients with triple negative breast cancer usually have poor prognosis, but a new drug might soon be available to improve the survival in these patients.   Mid-stage study results presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology congress indicated that cetuximab(Erbitux) … Continue reading

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Novel Agent Significantly Improves Survival in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Great news for patients with advanced prostate cancer.  A new investigational agent, abiraterone acetate, was shown to significantly improved survival in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.  Abiraterone acetate is an investigational agent being developed by Ortho Biotech.  It acts … Continue reading

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Coffee Drinking Reduces the Risk of Oral Cavity/Pharynx Cancers

In the past, data on the relation between coffee drinking and upper digestive tract cancer risk were scattered and inconclusive.   A team of researchers, therefore, conducted a systematic analysis on the relationship between coffee drinking and the risk of different … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s disease – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Prognosis and Latest Treatment

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that occurs gradually and results in memory loss, behavior changes, and a decline in cognitive abilities. These losses are related to the death of brain cells and the breakdown of the … Continue reading

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Hyperprolactinemia – Causes, Symptoms, Prognosis, Diagnosis and Latest Treatment

Hyperprolactinemia is one of the most common pituitary abnormalities, which is caused by an increased secretion of prolactin (above 20ng/ml) from the pituitary gland.  Although the disorder is detected in less than 1% of the general population, it has been … Continue reading

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