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Lung Cancer News

Week Ending April 5, 2021

Pfizer’s Vizimpro is among 3 FDA-approved drugs that combat COVID-19 in lung cells: report
“Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared over a year ago, researchers around the world have been searching for existing drugs that might be repurposed to fight the virus. A team led by the University of Pennsylvania is adding three candidates to the growing list of potential anti-COVID-19 candidates—medicines they believe are particularly promising because they appear to inhibit the virus in respiratory cells.”

The states and counties with the highest rates of lung cancer
“Despite concerted public health efforts in cancer prevention and new innovations in diagnosis and treatment over the years, cancer remains America’s second-leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease.”

Targeted cancer therapy linked with adverse ocular events
“Targeted cancer therapy (TCT) has the potential to cause ocular toxicity, early recognition of which may prevent irreversible damage to the eye.”

High Tumor Mutation Burden Predicts Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade for Some Cancer Types
“A study investigating the predictive capabilities of high tumor mutation burden (TMB) found it was predictive of clinical responses to immune checkpoint inhibitors for a subset of cancer types, according to data published in Annals of Oncology.1”

7 Recent COVID-19 News and Updates That Patients With Cancer May Have Missed
“There has been countless news and updates involving COVID-19 during the past several months, including a third vaccine being granted emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here, CURE® looks back at some of the information regarding the virus and its connection to cancer that patients with cancer may have missed.”

What to know about treating NSCLC with checkpoint inhibitors
“Checkpoint inhibitors are a newer form of therapy that helps the body’s immune system target cancer cells.”

The Impact of Adjuvant Osimertinib in Resectable Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Although early-stage non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is potentially curable, patients with stage IB-IIIA NSCLC have a very high risk of recurrence and suboptimal survival.”

Higher-Dose Radiotherapy Improved Survival, Maintained Level of Toxicity for Limited-Stage SCLC
“Patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer (LS-SCLC) experienced a substantial survival benefit without increased toxicity with a radiotherapy dose of 60 Gy compared with a lower dose of 45 Gy, according to data from a phase 2 trial (NCT02041845) published in The Lancet Oncology.”

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Women’s Health: Advances in lung cancer treatment
“ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Between 80% and 85% of all lung cancer cases are considered to be non-small cell cancer, according to Harvard Medical School. There is a new treatment on the horizon that could improve outcomes, as NEWS10’s Christina Arangio found out when she talked to Dr. Hossein Borghaei.”

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending April 5, 2021

Infected blood victim tells of impact of living with hepatitis C
“A 45-year-old Co Down man has told how his marriage broke down due to the strain of living with hepatitis C which he contracted from infected blood. Martin Sloan, who has haemophilia, said he was virtually bedbound for two years and is still living with the consequences of the aggressive hepatitis C treatment he received.”

I Hid My Wounds for Months and Nearly Lost My Life: Stigma Kills Drug Users
“It could almost have been a Saturday Night Live skit. I wish to God it was. Someone came into my hospital room wearing a yellow suit straight out of Star Trek. Doctors then arrived to add what to me was just technobabble. Well, they said, you have Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). And hepatitis C.”

For Cirrhotics With HCV, Monitoring for Liver Cancer Warranted Even After Viral Eradication
“Although recent advances in direct-acting antiviral therapy have made sustained virologic response (SVR) a reality after hepatitis C infection in patients with cirrhosis, a substantial portion of these individuals will nevertheless develop liver cancer. As such, predicting who will progress is vital to optimizing their care.”

Simplifying Access to Hepatitis C Virus Care Is Effective in Resource-Constrained Settings
“Simplifying hepatitis C virus (HCV) care delivery could be feasible and effective for increasing access to testing and treatment in resource-constrained settings, according to a commentary on recent research.”

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launches We Treat Hep C Campaign
“Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. It’s spread by contact with contaminated blood, which could for example come from unsterile tattoo equipment. Now, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working to eliminate Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) as a health threat to Michiganders altogether.”

HepVu Shows Hepatitis C Mortality Varies Widely Across U.S. Counties
“One in five counties had an increase in deaths from hepatitis C, even as the nation experienced a general decline in mortality rates.”

My Choices News

Week Ending April 5, 2021

Easing Breathlessness in Patients With Advanced Cancer
“Along with fatigue and depression, dyspnea is a common symptom that affects many patients with cancer.1 But while common, breathlessness can be both debilitating and very distressing for these patients.”

Why anti-inflammatory diets are great for overall health and a 7-day meal plan to get started
“Some of the most common and debilitating diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Crohn’s disease, have been linked to chronic inflammation. Fortunately, research indicates that it’s possible to keep inflammation at bay by maintaining a healthy diet.”

6 Reasons Why Outdoor Exercise Is Essential
“OUTDOOR EXERCISE – sometimes called green exercise – provides an array of benefits beyond those seen with traditional indoor workouts. It sounds a bit fantastical, but it’s true: Performing a workout outside yields benefits beyond what you would experience by completing that same workout indoors.”

Biodiversity is positively related to mental health
“The higher the number of plant and bird species in a region, the healthier the people who live there. This was found by a new study published in Landscape and Urban Planning and led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) and the Christian Albrechts University (CAU) in Kiel. The researchers found that, in particular, mental health and higher species diversity are positively related, whereas a similar relationship between plant or bird species and physical health could not be proven.”

Exercise, healthy diet in midlife may prevent serious health conditions in senior years
“Following a routine of regular physical activity combined with a diet including fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods may be key to middle-aged adults achieving optimal cardiometabolic health later in life, according to new research using data from the Framingham Heart Study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association.”

Young woman sitting inside her home, close to the window looking out. She is practicing social distancing due to pandemic of COVID-19 and stay at home order.How Isolation Can Affect Cognitive Function
“Since the start of the pandemic, many people are now working from home, caring for children, learning online and having reduced contact with extended family and friends.”

Can a common food preservative harm the immune system?
“The FDA currently require immunotoxicity testing for food additives. However, most food additives received approval decades ago, and the FDA do not mandate updated testing on previously approved additives.”

What Happens To Your Body When You Eat a Sandwich Every Day
“You have probably heard many different opinions about sandwiches over the years. While some may avoid them altogether because of the carb-dense bread, others relish being able to have a complete meal compacted into a handheld option.”

Beyond beautiful: How plants improve mental and physical wellness
“Flowers and plants are staples in many American homes, adding to the style and aesthetic of virtually any space. While the visual benefits of plants are widely embraced, many people are unaware of the ways plants can support mental and physical well-being, too.”

Two Kinds of Acupuncture Relieve Chronic Cancer Pain Better Than Drugs
“Acupuncture has a well-established reputation for alleviating discomfort. In a new study published in the journal JAMA Oncology, researchers reveal that two specific types of the needle-based therapy are particularly effective at mitigating chronic musculoskeletal pain in people who have survived cancer.”

Q&A: Components of a healthy diet and clean eating
“DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I gained a bit of weight during quarantine. And as spring approaches, I want to focus on losing the excess pounds. I enjoy exercise, but I struggle with snacking and eating more processed foods than I should. A friend suggested clean eating. Do you have any advice so I can focus on clean eating and making more healthful choices to get my nutrition back on track?”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending March 29, 2021

NCCN Updates Clinical Practice Guideline for Small Cell Lung Cancer
“On March 23, 2021, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released an update to its clinical practice guideline for small cell lung cancer.”

Targeted therapies and better outcomes for small cell lung cancer? NCI study on actionable germline mutations finds a link
“A retrospective study conducted by a team of NCI researchers is dispelling the widely held notion that small cell lung cancer is almost exclusively tied to a history of smoking.”

The importance of lung cancer screenings
“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States, more than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined.”

Born In the USA Not an Advantage for Overall Survival From NSCLC
“City of Hope researchers find longer overall survival rates among nonsmall cell lung cancer patients (NSCLC) who are immigrants. Could this be another instance of the healthy immigrant paradox?”

AMG 757 Shows Early Efficacy, Safety in Small Cell Lung Cancer
“The half-life extended, DLL3-targeting bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) AMG 757 demonstrated early signals of efficacy and a favorable safety profile in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC), according to interim first-in-human results of a phase 1 study (NCT03319940) that were presented during the 2021 European Lung Cancer Congress.”

Higher-Dose Radiotherapy Improved Survival, Maintained Level of Toxicity for Limited-Stage SCLC
“Patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer (LS-SCLC) experienced a substantial survival benefit without increased toxicity with a radiotherapy dose of 60 Gy compared with a lower dose of 45 Gy, according to data from a phase 2 trial (NCT02041845) published in The Lancet Oncology.”

Lung cancer referrals drop by a third
“In England there were 20,300 fewer referrals for lung cancer symptoms between March 2020 and January 2021, with Cancer Research UK stating that the Covid-19 pandemic had created a “perfect storm of problems” that prevented patients from getting a diagnosis.”

My Choices News

Week Ending March 29, 2021

National Nutrition Month: Healthy eating guidelines
“National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, individuals are encouraged to make informed food choices and develop healthy lifestyle habits.”

What You Should Know About Spirulina Benefits, Nutrition, and More
“It’s a tiny spiral-shaped type of cyanobacteria that’s found naturally in some freshwater ponds and saltwater lakes, says Sharon Palmer, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Ojai, California, and author of California Vegan. It can also be grown in man-made lakes and in labs. From there, it is harvested and freeze-dried.”

Online mindfulness may improve mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
“The fear, anxiety and stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on mental health. But a new study suggests these symptoms may be alleviated through safe and convenient online mindfulness practices.”

The Most Dangerous Ingredients in Energy Drinks, According to Dietitians
“The couch is sweetly singing “nap time,” but the day is young, and you have so much to do. So, you reach for an energy drink to get you through the next couple of hours. While these caffeine-jacked products keep you alert and “improve cognitive performance” (which manufacturers claim, but studies have debunked) they contain a cocktail of ingredients, some of which you may never have come across.”

Activity is good. Varied activity is better
“The recommendations are clear: physical activity is good for mental health. But it also depends on how varied it is. That’s what a new study by researchers at the University of Basel shows, pointing to one of the reasons why well-being suffers during the pandemic.”

Can Certain Types of Tea Really Help You Sleep?
“While there are several herbal teas marketed for their ability to help you doze off and get a sounder sleep, the evidence is mixed — largely because it can be difficult to study herbal tea intake and sleep quality in a large population over a duration of time.”

Want More Muscle? Go for the Greens
“If you want to improve your muscle function, regular helpings of leafy green vegetables might do the trick, new research suggests.”

Sustainable Food Is Good for You and the Planet
“FOOD IS PERSONAL. YET our choices have global impacts. As individuals, we may feel as if we have little control; and yet, we do. As consumers, we have the power of demand. As consumers, we also have the responsibility to be aware that our actions impact other people and our world.”

Should You Walk or Run for Exercise?
“Spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and many people are looking for ways to stretch their legs, get out of the house, and maybe even burn some calories while they’re at it. We all know that regular exercise offers many physical and cognitive benefits, and more recently we’ve learned that walking might be one of the best exercises for health. But what about running? Is it like walking, only better?”

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending March 29, 2021

DAA Therapy Promising for Geriatric Hepatitis C Patients
“Oral antiviral therapy could increase treatment tolerability and response in geriatric patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections.”

COVID Vaccine Side Effects and Hepatitis C and Liver Disease
“Many with hep C or another liver disease have questions about what the side effects of COVID vaccines might be.”

Generalized HCV Screening in Psychiatric Patients May Be Cost-Effective Strategy
“Findings from a new study suggested that screening for hepatitis C (HCV) among all patients admitted for psychiatric hospital visits may be more cost-effective than a risk-based approach.”

Risks Associated with Pegylated Interferon plus Ribavirin Treatment for Hepatitis C
“Treatment with pegylated interferon plus ribavirin (PegIFN/RBV) significantly increased the risk of retinal hemorrhage in people with hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a paper published in Viruses, while the risk for retinal vascular occlusions was not increased in this population.”

Homelessness, unstable housing, and risk of HIV and hepatitis C virus acquisition among people who inject drugs: a systematic review and meta-analysis
“People who inject drugs (PWID) are at increased risk for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and also have high levels of homelessness and unstable housing. We assessed whether homelessness or unstable housing is associated with an increased risk of HIV or HCV acquisition among PWID compared with PWID who are not homeless or are stably housed.”

Nobody puts hepatitis in the corner! Achieving integration of HIV PrEP & viral hepatitis services
“Join our stellar list of speakers as they (1) explore the evidence on the prevalence and incidence of hepatitis C virus among men who have sex with men with a particular focus on implications for PrEP programs, (2) discuss WHO guidance on hepatitis B and C prevention, testing and treatment to support best practices for PrEP programs, and (3) share experiences from implementing HIV PrEP and viral hepatitis services in Asia and Europe, highlighting clinician and community perspectives.”

New National Plan to End Viral Hepatitis
“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan for the United States: A Roadmap to Elimination 2021–2025.”

As Long as I Live
“In 2003, Reid went to the hospital for a biopsy and was diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Reid didn’t start HCV treatment until a year later, when her doctor put her on an interferon regimen, which required weekly injections.”

Lung Cancer News

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending March 22, 2021

Palliative Care Considered Beneficial, Though Infrequently Used in Lung Cancer
“Nearly two-thirds of patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation-positive lung cancer do not use palliative care, despite many having a favorable opinion of it, according to the results of a patient-centered survey study presented at the 2020 World Conference on Lung Cancer in Singapore.”

Early Screening Gave Jeffrey Campbell a Chance to Cure His Lung Cancer
“Jeffrey Campbell of Bethlehem smoked for decades but figured lung cancer wasn’t in the cards for him. “I always felt healthy,” he says. “I could outrun almost anybody.” As a problem solver at Amazon, he walks up to 19 miles per shift. “My primary care doctor said I had the healthiest sounding lungs she’d ever heard on a smoker,” Campbell says. “But every year, she also advised me to get a lung cancer screening. I never did.”

COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Apprehension for Trial Enrollment Among Patients With Cancer
“The majority of respondents in a survey study indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic made no difference in their decision to participate in an oncology clinical trial; however, the remaining respondents were more than 7 times more likely to indicate that the pandemic made them less likely to enroll in a clinical trial.”

Study Finds Many Lung Cancer Patients Do Not Know What Type They Have
“The increasing complexity of cancer treatments can create barriers to understanding diagnoses and treatments, with a new study finding that more than 10% of patients with lung cancer do not know what type they have.”

Advocating for Lung Cancer Research with the Lung Association
“Frederick Resident Heather Lohmann Advocates for More Lung Cancer Research, Early Diagnosis in Virtual meeting with MD Congress Members”

My Choices News

Week Ending March 22, 2021

Health & Wellness: A Dietary Approach to Supporting Immune Health
“It is undeniable that nutrition is a modifiable factor—one that you control—that affects your health in great ways. A variety of health concerns are associated with nutrition and weight, such as heart disease, diabetes and inflammatory conditions, as is overall general health.”

4 essential nutrients — are you getting enough?
“The newest dietary guidelines for Americans say that many Americans don’t get enough of four vital nutrients. Over time, a shortfall of these nutrients may affect different aspects of your health, from teeth and bones to your heart, gut, muscles, blood pressure, weight, and more.”

One Huge Side Effect of Going for More Casual Walks, Says New Study
“A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open contains at least one alarming statistic: A quarter of all women over the age of 65 are physically incapable of walking just two or three blocks or climbing a single flight of stairs.”

A more plant-based diet may improve cardiovascular health
“Dr. David Spence has long promoted the role of a more plant-based diet in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. While it is well known egg yolks have a high content of cholesterol, and meat contains both cholesterol and saturated fat, Dr. Spence points out that lesser-known culprits in eggs and red meat could be increasing the levels of toxic metabolites produced by the intestinal microbiome, that negatively impact cardiovascular health.”

Benefits of Bee Pollen: What Experts Need You to Know
“Bees are a blessing. They play an important ecological role as pollinators, supporting many valuable farm and garden crops, as well as wild plants. And on top of helping us grow our food, some bees make enough food of their own to share, albeit not voluntarily.”

7 Types of Tea That Can Help Take The Edge Off
“Life can get quite stressful now and then. Much of the cumulative effects of the challenges and hurdles of everyday life result in depression and anxiety. So much so that many people need some help to unwind and relax after a hectic day. Some people prefer to use yoga and physical exercises to relax, while others rely on alcoholic beverages.”

Tai Chi vs. Yoga: What To Know About These Ancient Mind-Body Practices
“Mind-body movement offers the ultimate two-for-one combo: As you work on your physical health, strengthening your muscles and balancing out your body, you also nourish your mind in a major way.”

The best core exercises for older adults
“After a long winter with lots of isolating and maybe too little physical activity, it might be time to give your core muscles more attention.”

Which Type of Water Is Right for You? Here’s How to Choose
“Water is not just water anymore. Grocery shelves are packed with a dizzying array of choices, from plain to flavored, mineral to coconut to vitamin-infused.”

If Your Daily Walk Isn’t Curing Your COVID-19 Depression, You’re Not Alone
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought drastic changes to our day to day, especially in how often we move our bodies. But a more sedentary lifestyle can have detrimental effects on our health and minds. A recent study links decreased exercise during the pandemic to increased depression in college students.”

What’s for dinner?
“Even if you enjoy cooking, chances are you find yourself wondering what to make for dinner once in a while — especially if you’re trying to eat more healthfully. And maybe you or someone in your household avoids all animal products or follows a low-carb eating style. Perhaps you need an easy meal for a quick weeknight supper or something a little fancier for a special occasion.”

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Be Well: The Value of Self-Care

Hepatitis C News

Week Ending March 22, 2021

What to Know About Sexual Health with Hep C
“Hepatitis C is a chronic viral infection that causes liver inflammation. Although some cases are acute, more than half become chronic. If left untreated, chronic hepatitis can cause complications such as liver damage, liver scarring, and liver cancer.”

How’s New York State Doing in Its Efforts to Eliminate Hepatitis C?
“In March 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to tackle the hepatitis C epidemic. Soon after, the state became the first to launch an official plan to end hepatitis C virus (HCV). Cuomo appointed a state Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force and earmarked $5 million annually to the cause.”

Financial Health Spotlight: Managing Your Hepatitis C Expenses
“Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver. It leads to inflammation and can cause complications like cirrhosis, liver damage, and liver cancer. Treatment for hepatitis C can reduce your viral load and help the virus get to an undetectable level. At this point, you’re considered cured. While it’s possible to cure the infection, hepatitis C treatment comes at a price. It lasts from 8 to 12 weeks and can costs thousands of dollars.”

Hepatitis B: What people can learn from donkeys
“The discovery of a previously unknown hepatitis B virus in donkeys and zebras opens up new opportunities for understanding the course of the disease.”

My Choices News

Week Ending March 8, 2021

Covering Pain: Study Shows Better Way to Pay for Pain Management
“Jon Porter describes the people under his care as heroes: They fight daily battles against debilitating backache, arthritis, fibromyalgia, systemic inflammatory conditions and chronic headaches, braving unrelenting pain to care for loved ones and manage their lives. For years, these individuals fought their pain with traditional medical weapons — opioid medications, steroid injections, surgeries — bringing short-term relief and, for some, addiction, depression and anguish. Still, Porter says, they persevere in quests for respite, dignity and joy.”

7 Ways to Strengthen Your Spine
“The spine is an amazing and well-engineered machine. Comprised of 26 bones—not to mention 120-plus muscles, approximately 220 ligaments and more than 100 joints—it protects the spinal cord, keeps the body upright and allows the body to move in virtually every direction. It does all of this with gravity constantly bearing down upon it.”

Does a vegan diet lead to poorer bone health?
“The vegan diet is trending currently. How this type of diet affects health is the subject of scientific studies. In a new study from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the bone health of 36 vegans as well as 36 people following a mixed-food diet was determined with an ultrasound measurement of the heel bone.”

Why Are Certain Foods so Addictive?
“Are there certain foods you just can’t eat one (or one bite) of? Maybe you’ve been known to polish off a bag of chips in front of the TV, or always find yourself going back for a second slice of cake at a party.”

5 signs your body is missing key nutrients
“The body is amazing. Millions of chemical signals are sent throughout the body each day to keep you functioning normally. The body also does a great job providing you, the host, messages about your health as well. Specifically, it tells you when you might be missing something essential from your diet.”

There’s No Real Reason to Eat 3 Meals a Day
“Your weird pandemic eating habits are probably fine.”

Lack of exercise linked to depression risk amid pandemic
“Exercise has for long been recommended as a cognitive-behavioural therapy for patients of depression, yet new evidence suggests that the Covid-19 pandemic changed the nature of the relationship between physical activity and mental health.”

New discovery explains antihypertensive properties of green and black tea
“A new study from the University of California, Irvine shows that compounds in both green and black tea relax blood vessels by activating ion channel proteins in the blood vessel wall.  The discovery helps explain the antihypertensive properties of tea and could lead to the design of new blood pressure-lowering medications.”

What is COVID-19 brain fog — and how can you clear it?
“As a cognitive behavioral neurologist, I’ve been hearing from many individuals who are complaining of “brain fog” after infection with COVID-19. So I thought it was worth discussing exactly what COVID-19 brain fog is, and some things to do that might help clear it.”

Personalize Your Plate for National Nutrition Month
“Happy National Nutrition Month®! No matter what your age or life stage, Nutrition.gov has resources to help you personalize your plate with healthy choices. Build a healthy diet that meets your unique needs and preferences with these three tips:”

Acupressure Mats Are Trendy, But Are They Worth the Hype?
“Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of scientific research to back up the claims of acupressure mats, but experts have seen anecdotal evidence that suggests these mats can be a beneficial recovery tool for runners and have the potential to reduce foot injuries by increasing foot strength and stability.”

10 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy
“A year of living with the COVID-19 pandemic has left us all fatigued. Between the relentless news, having to be extra vigilant whenever we walk outside and the monotony with no end in sight, this past year has been a massive energy zapper. (And that’s for those of us lucky enough to be able to work from the relative safety of home; the exhaustion of frontline workers and those navigating the healthcare system due to COVID illness is even greater.)”

Food as Medicine: What It Means and How to Reap the Benefits
“You know your diet plays a huge role in weight and energy, and even your mood. But did you know it could help save your life, too?”

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