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Lung Cancer News Update

Hope grows here for cancer patients
“Rexanna’s Foundation names grant after Amarillo resident Bruce Campbell, as he navigates journey of battling disease by being a light to others.”

Surviving lung cancer with a flair for hope
“As a nonsmoker her entire life, Peg Berens never gave much thought to lung cancer. She was focused on her family and her career in interior design.”

2022 State of Lung Cancer Report: Critically Low Lung Cancer Screening Rates Reveal Opportunity to Save More Lives
“The 2022 State of Lung Cancer report by the American Lung Association revealed that only 5.8% of eligible Americans had been screened for lung cancer in 2021, and some states had screening rates as low as 1%. The 5th annual report highlighted how the toll of lung cancer varied by state and examined key indicators throughout the United States—including new cases, survival, early diagnosis, surgical treatment, lack of treatment, and screening rates.”

Frontline Nivolumab/Ipilimumab + Chemotherapy Benefit Extends to Histology and PD-L1 Subgroups in mNSCLC
“Updated data from the phase 3 CheckMate 9LA trial showed that the combination of nivolumab, ipilimumab, and 2 cycles of chemotherapy elicited survival benefit in patients with treatment-naïve metastatic non–small cell lung cancer.”

Biomarker Testing Provides ‘Real Potential’ to Manage Lung Cancer
“The use of biomarkers in lung cancer has grown by leaps and bounds from where it was 20 years ago.”

Sunvozertinib Shows Activity and Tolerability in EGFR Exon 20+ NSCLC
“Sunvozertinib (DZD9008) has demonstrated activity in patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring an EGFR exon 20 insertion mutation across mutation types and prior treatments, according to data pooled from 3 phase 1/2 clinical trials. Findings from the clinical trials were presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2022 North America Conference on Lung Cancer.1

What doctors wish patients knew about lung cancer screening
“Lung cancer causes about 160,000 U.S. deaths a year, which is greater than the toll of the next three most common cancers—colon, breast and prostate—combined. Yet only about 30% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed early with most patients diagnosed at a far less treatable, later stage of the disease.”

Libtayo’s Approval Part of the ‘Renaissance’ of Lung Cancer Advancements
“In recent years, there has been a “renaissance of therapies,” for the treatment of lung cancer, especially with the addition of immunotherapy and targeted treatments, according to Dr. Edward Kim, who is the physician in chief at City of Hope, Orange County and vice physician in chief at the City of Hope National Medical Center.”

Lung Cancer Does Not Discriminate
“Up to a third of lung cancer patients that cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Anand Sachithanandan sees are non-smokers or have never smoked. Clinical oncologist Dr Tho Lye Mun says half of his patients are non or very light smokers; most of them are women.”

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New approach to lung cancer has patient diagnosed and treated all in one day
“CHICAGO Ill. (WGN-TV) — A new approach to lung cancer: From diagnosis to treatment, all in one day. It’s typically a nerve-wracking delay. You’re told you have a suspicious spot but may have to wait months for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. A local team of doctors wants to make the process more immediate, diagnosing and operating on lung cancer patients the same day.”

A More Precise Approach to Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment
“In season 3, episode 10 of Targeted Talks, Nitika Sharma, MD, a medical oncologist and hematologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America Atlanta, discusses FDA-approved and promising novel therapies for the treatment of small cell lung cancer (SCLC).”

My Choices News Update

The health benefits of a random act of kindness
“Spreading kindness not only helps others feel better about themselves — it can also boost the giver’s health and happiness, according to research. It’s a win-win for all. Putting the well-being of others before our own without expecting anything in return — or what is called being altruistic — stimulates the reward centers of the brain, studies have shown. Those feel-good chemicals flood our system, producing a sort of “helper’s high.” Volunteering, for example, has been shown to minimize stress and improve depression.”

The Best Exercises To Try If You Have Ulcerative Colitis
“Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. According to experts at the Cleveland Clinic, ulcerative colitis mostly affects the lining of the large intestine, as well as the rectum. While anyone can get ulcerative colitis at any age, it is most likely to affect people between the ages of 15 and 30 or those who have a close relative with the disease.”

New CSPI Partnerships with 35 local, state, and national organizations to push policy change on food and nutrition
“The Center for Science in the Public Interest is supporting a diverse group of 35 organizations to help advance better food and nutrition policy at the local, state, and national levels.”

Most cancer patients want access to complementary therapies before treatment
“Nearly two-thirds (62%) of people with cancer want to know about complementary therapies such as exercise, nutrition counseling, massage, and meditation before starting conventional treatment, but only 33% of oncologists agree with that timeline, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Samueli Foundation.”

Health Headlines: Taking time for “Workout Snacks”
“Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Between work, family, and chores, after a long day the last thing on your might is probably exercising. While studies have long shown that exercise improves your brain health, manages weight, strengthens bones and muscles, and reduces the risk of disease, new research is showing that you may not need a full workout to get those benefits.”

Intermittent fasting is not always healthy, may lead to disordered eating, study finds
“Intermittent fasting (IF) is a popular diet trend among health and fitness enthusiasts, which involves not eating during planned intervals of time. While intermittent fasting may offer some health benefits, researchers are still working to understand the full impact of this eating pattern.”

Colleagues can encourage employees’ healthy eating behavior
“Scientists from Cologne and Utrecht have found that employees are more likely to eat fruit and vegetables as well as engage in physical activity when their colleagues encourage a healthy lifestyle. Also, employees’ healthy eating behavior is positively correlated with their colleagues’ fruit and vegetable consumption.”

8 Mentally Stimulating Activities For Anyone Navigating Mobility Loss
“You’ve probably heard the adage “use it or lose it.” And while most people might associate that phrase purely with physical activity, it also applies to mental acuity as well.”

The surprising health benefits of oranges
“Oranges are full of vitamins and nutrients that can boost your immune system, your sight and keep you hydrated.”

Scientists Reveal How Much Exercise You Need to ‘Offset’ a Day of Sitting
“We know that spending lots of time sitting down isn’t good for us, but just how much exercise is needed to counteract the negative health effects of sitting down all day? Research suggests about 30-40 minutes per day of building up a sweat should do it.”

Hepatitis C News Update

It is not about promoting drugs, it’s about encouraging safer drug use
“Since 2016, fentanyl overdoses have been on the rise and today fentanyl is the number one cause of drug overdoses and deaths. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2020, there were approximately 92,000 fentanyl-poisoning related deaths across the world, a devastating number that is only continuing to rise year by year.”

ReLink programs led to treatment, engagement in nearly 20% of patients with untreated HCV
“WASHINGTON — Implementation of care re-engagement programs led to the treatment of more than 700 patients with untreated hepatitis C virus infection who had been lost to follow-up, according to research presented at The Liver Meeting.”

‘We need your help’: AASLD support, outreach key to success of HCV elimination program
“WASHINGTON — An expert panel of physicians, researchers and scientific advisers called upon The Liver Meeting attendees to support a proposed national HCV elimination program in the US. “We don’t get to use the word ‘eliminate’ all that often with a disease that is taking thousands or tens of thousands or, worldwide, hundreds of thousands of lives every year,” Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, former director of NIH and acting science adviser for President Joe Biden, said. “But we have that opportunity with hepatitis C.””

White House seeks $48B for Ukraine, Covid-19 needs
“The White House is urging congressional leaders to provide nearly $48 billion in emergency cash this fall for Ukraine and to battle Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. The Biden administration sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday outlining nearly a $38 billion request to help Ukraine continue fending off Russian attacks. The administration is also asking for $10 billion in emergency health funding, with more than $9 billion going toward Covid vaccine access, next-generation Covid vaccines, long Covid research and more. About $750 million would be spent on efforts to control the spread of monkeypox, hepatitis C and HIV.”

HCV-Positive and HCV-Negative Kidney Transplants Have Similar Outcomes
“Study findings suggest HCV-RNA-positive kidneys are not inferior in the direct-acting antiviral era.”

Sustained Virologic Response Possible for HCV Drug Users With Patient-Centered Programs
“Implementing patient-centered programs for people who inject drugs (PWID) who are diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV) could help bring up the rates of sustained virologic response (SVR).”

Australia falling behind in goal to eliminate hepatitis C, new report shows
“New models of care and more investment are urgently needed to reach people at risk or living with hepatitis C, and engage people lost to care, otherwise Australia risks falling short of its goal to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030.”

Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending November 14, 2022

Lung Cancer: Ending the Stigma
“The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2022 more than 130,000 people will die from lung cancer, close to the equivalent of the city of Dayton’s population (137,571 in 2021 census). Lung cancer deaths make up roughly 25% of all cancer deaths—more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.”

He ‘felt great.’ But a lung cancer screening test said otherwise.
Your doctor can help you get a low-dose CT scan
“As a student at West Virginia University in the late 70s, John Vance picked up a night shift working security at a private dorm. The extra income was nice, but there wasn’t much to do.”

Detecting Lung Cancer on the Move
“In 2002, 53-year-old David Sturges made an appointment with a cardiologist to screen for heart disease, which ran in his family. He underwent electron beam computed tomography (CT) to check calcification in the arteries, an indicator of the disease.”

FDA approves tremelimumab regimen for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
“The FDA approved tremelimumab in combination with durvalumab and platinum-based chemotherapy for certain patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.”

New program aims to identify lung cancers earlier that may otherwise go undetected
COLUMBUS, Ohio – “A common imaging test used for injuries and illnesses could have a secondary and important benefit: capturing subtle, early signs of lung cancer.”

International Study Shows Liquid Biopsies May Improve Lung Cancer Survival
“Moments after getting bad news about her lung cancer, Joyce Tyson got some good news. An experimental blood test called a liquid biopsy suggested a different treatment, which turned around her prognosis (outcome) for stage 4 lung cancer. Now that test can offer hope to more patients like Joyce, according to a new study published by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).”

Lung Cancer Detection and Treatment Strengthened by Protein Discovery
“Researchers studying the mechanics of the early stages of lung cancer have identified a new potential treatment that may also aid early in detection of the disease. A group, led by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, discovered that the protein TLR2 helps control some of the body’s defense mechanisms when cancerous mutations occur in cells.”

Lung Cancer Among Never-Smokers Common in Women and Men
“Lung cancer among never-smokers (LCNS) ranks as the 11th most common cancer among men and the 8th most common among women, according to research published in Lung Cancer.”

My Choices News Update

Week Ending November 14, 2022

Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Treat Addiction, New Research at the U Finds
“A recent study at the University of Utah found that mindfulness training and meditation provides a natural high, and can be used to treat forms of addiction. Eric Garland, a distinguished endowed chair of research and an associate professor of research, developed the Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement therapy, also known as MORE, to provide a solution for those suffering from addiction and pain issues.”

Mindfulness may offer an ‘appealing approach’ to lower blood pressure
“CHICAGO — A mindfulness-based program adapted for individuals with elevated BP showed “potentially clinically relevant” reductions in systolic BP 6 months after participation, researchers reported. At 6 months’ follow-up, participants of the mindfulness-based program had a mean reduction in systolic BP of nearly 6 mm Hg, Eric B. Loucks, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, said during a presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.”

Research Suggests Most Popular Diets Have Poor Diet Quality
“Every other day there seems to be a new diet that comes along, which many individuals believe to be a healthy choice. Or at least healthier than they’re currently eating. But unfortunately, as revealed in a recent study, that isn’t typically the case.”

ACR releases new guideline that offers recommendations for integrative approach to RA treatment
“The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released a summary of its new guideline for Exercise, Rehabilitation, Diet and Additional Integrative Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is the first ACR guideline about an Integrative Approach to Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and is considered complementary to the ACR’s 2021 Guideline for the Treatment of RA, which covers pharmacologic therapies.”

Do Energy Drinks Count as Fluid?
“These beverages are increasingly popular as a way to get a buzz, but how well do they help you hydrate? Read on to find out.”

WHO highlights high cost of physical inactivity in first-ever global report
“Almost 500 million people will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes or other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) attributable to physical inactivity, between 2020 and 2030, costing US$ 27 billion annually, if governments don’t take urgent action to encourage more physical activity among their populations. The Global status report on physical activity 2022, published today by the World Health Organization, measures the extent to which governments are implementing recommendations to increase physical activity across all ages and abilities.”

More Evidence Links Ultra-Processed Foods to Premature, Preventable Death
“It’s no secret that ultra-processed foods can be detrimental to health and contribute to chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that increased consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPF) was associated with a significant increase in all-cause premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019.”

Whole Health Program Provides Ways To Relieve Stress
“Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Whole Health Program provides Veterans and employees with resources to combat stress through a holistic approach to caring for the mind, body and spirit of the individual.”

Mindfulness-based stress reduction is as effective as an antidepressant drug for treating anxiety disorders, study finds
“A guided mindfulness-based stress reduction program was as effective as use of the gold-standard drug — the common antidepressant drug escitalopram — for patients with anxiety disorders, according to results of a first-of-its-kind, randomized clinical trial led by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center.”

HPV-Related Cancers Are On the Rise in Men
“As a group, human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Some forms of the virus are capable of causing cancer in both men and women. While cervical cancer in women has historically been the most common form of HPV-related cancer, CDC data show that roughly four of every 10 cases of HPV-induced cancer now occur in men.”

Healthy plant-based diets better for the environment than less healthy plant-based diets
Boston, MA – “Healthier plant-based dietary patterns were associated with better environmental health, while less healthy plant-based dietary patterns, which are higher in foods like refined grains and sugar-sweetened beverages, required more cropland and fertilizer, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The findings also showed that red and processed meat had the highest environmental impact out of all food groups in participants’ diets, producing the greatest share of greenhouse gas emissions and requiring the most irrigation water, cropland, and fertilizer.”

Eating disorders have risen in recent years. A new finding may help catch them earlier
“Health care professionals may now have a way to identify possible eating disorder cases a year before they would have been diagnosed, allowing patients to receive support much sooner, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed provincial health data from Ontario, Canada, for people age 13 and older starting in 2008. The study team tracked participants’ electrolyte levels until 2020 and noted how many were diagnosed with eating disorders, according to the study published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.

Study shows the benefits of aerobic exercise on brain vascular health
“A year of aerobic exercise training reduced impedance (effective resistance to blood flow) in the brain blood vessels of older adults, according to a new study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The findings are published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology, and the study has been chosen as an APSselect article for November.” “These findings demonstrate the benefits of aerobic exercise on brain vascular health, which is essential to maintain brain function in old age.” -;Rong Zhang, PhD

Hepatitis C News Update

Week Ending November 14, 2022

Hepatitis C virus elimination: A potential global success story
“Dr Zisis Kozlakidis and Dr Dewi Nur Aisyah examine Hepatitis C virus elimination and weigh up if this has the potential to become a global success story.”

Novel Insights into Viral Resistance Revealed
“Scientists from Trinity College Dublin may have uncovered why some people are able to resist viral infections. The team screened the immune systems of women exposed to hepatitis C (HCV) through contaminated anti-D transfusions given over 40 years ago in Ireland. Their study has implications from improving our fundamental understanding of viral resistance to the potential development of new therapeutics for viral infections.”

People behind bars are a lot sicker. New efforts aim to help
“Compared to the rest of the world and compared to earlier generations, vast numbers of Americans are behind bars. And, by many measures, those people are far sicker than most others, several health professionals who are trying to address the issue said Monday.”

Automatic Letters Help Boost Screenings for Hepatitis C
“Automated letters implemented as part of a hepatitis C virus screening program lead to about a third of recipients getting screened for the virus, according to investigators from the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Their study was developed into a subsequent poster, “Analysis of an Automated Letter HCV Screening Program within a Veterans Affairs Health System: Implications for Universal HCV Screening” which was presented at the recent ID Week 2022.”

World Falls Short on HBV, HCV Elimination Targets
“Vaccination campaigns in more than 80 nations have successfully reduced the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen. That’s the good news. Less good is the news that no countries are on track to meet the goals for HBV eradication by 2030 or 2050, and only 11 countries are on track to achieve all absolute or relative targets for hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination, reported Sarah Blach, MHS, associate director of the Center for Disease Analysis Foundation, based in Lafayette, Colorado.”

Groups allege corrections department fails to meet requirements for treating hepatitis C patients in custody
“The Vermont Department of Corrections is not meeting the requirements of a settlement over treatment of incarcerated individuals with hepatitis C, according to the attorneys who brought the lawsuit that led to the agreement.”

Diabetes, hepatitis C predict higher risk for alcohol-associated liver disease
“WASHINGTON — Patients with alcohol use disorder and diabetes mellitus or hepatitis C were at higher risk for advanced liver disease, while African American race had a protective effect, according to late-breaking data at The Liver Meeting.”

Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending November 7, 2022

A Proclamation on National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, 2022
“During National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we are inspired by the courage and fight of the millions of patients, survivors, caregivers, doctors, researchers, and advocates battling this terrible disease — the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  For the loved ones we have lost and all those we can save, we recommit to investing in cutting-edge screening, prevention, and treatments, making them more affordable and effective, and uniting this country in our movement to end cancer as we know it.”

Disparities in Lung Cancer Detection: Moving Toward Equity & Inclusion
“Communities, organizations and health professionals are taking action to improve inequalities in lung cancer detection. Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FABMR director of the Cancer Health Equity Center of Excellence at Rutgers School of Public Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s leading cancer program and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center together with RWJBarnabas Health, explains the impact of disparities on lung cancer, how these disparities are being addressed today and where to find screening resources.”

Lung cancer: Chances, symptoms and prevention
“The stats can look scary: Lung cancer is the third most common cancer and also the deadliest. Every year, lung cancer claims more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.”

New Gene Target for Aggressive Lung Cancer Discovered
“Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified and described a new gene that is responsible for activating an aggressive subtype of small-cell lung cancer, the P subtype, for which there is no current effective treatment. The findings were published recently in Science Advances.”

The importance of early screening for lung cancer
“People who are age 50 and above and who smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years are eligible for low-dose CT scans to check for lung cancer, a disease that was once considered a fatal diagnosis but is now much more treatable.”

Early Signs Of Lung Cancer You Should Be Aware Of
“Lung cancer refers to cancer that begins in the lungs. According to the American Cancer Society, there are two main types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of all cases. The three main subtypes of NSCLC are adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. SCLC accounts for the remaining 15 percent of lung cancers.”

Biomarker Testing Informs Lung Cancer Treatment: One Patient Tells Her Story
“This Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM), Georgia native, Gwen, shares how lung cancer impacted her and her family, and the vital role comprehensive biomarker testing played in her treatment.”

Hepatitis News Update

Week Ending November 7, 2022

Fatty Liver Disease Has Increased Over the Past Two Decades
“Across the world, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasingly common, according to study results published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.”

Treating liver cancer
“More than 41,000 new cases of primary liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and more than 30,000 people will die of these diseases, according to the American Cancer Society.”

Effectiveness and Safety of Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir in Patients with Cirrhosis Associated with Genotype 3 Hepatitis C Infection in Xinjiang, China
“Patients with cirrhosis from genotype 3 (GT3) hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are difficult to cure. This study investigated the effectiveness and safety of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir (SOF/VEL) with and without ribavirin (RBV) in patients with GT3 HCV-infection-related cirrhosis from Xinjiang, China.”

Hepatitis C Can Be Cured in Young People Who Inject Drugs
“Previously thought to be difficult or impossible, one study found HCV and drug use can be treated concurrently in young adults.”

Previously unknown hepatitis B virus pathway from the cell identified
“Around 1.5 million people worldwide become infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) every year. A research team led by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut has identified a previously unknown pathway for the egress of hepatitis B virus particles from cells: researchers were able to visualize intact virus particles in extracellular vesicles (exosomes) for the first time.”

Cirrhosis of the Liver: A Case Report and Literature Review of a Rare Case Presentation of Autoimmune Hepatitis With Systemic Sclerosis
“Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic systemic disease that affects the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and musculoskeletal system. Although gastrointestinal involvement has been reported in approximately 90% of scleroderma patients, liver involvement is uncommon.”

My Choices News Update

Week Ending November 7, 2022

Legal and Ethical Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Interventions in Oncology
“A dangerous trend is emerging to force physicians to provide unproven drugs to patients with COVID-19. It could spill over into oncology.”

How to Build Healthy Habits
“It’s not about willpower. Good habits happen when we set ourselves up for success. Our challenge will show you how.”

Do Isometric Exercises Build Strength? A Fitness Expert Explains
“Everyone has different goals when it comes to working out. Some aim to gain muscle, others look to lose weight, and some want to build strength and endurance. Isometric exercises are great for the latter and are super common in more static routines like yoga. Below, a fitness expert explains how they work, the benefits, and offers a few isometric exercise examples that you can try during your next gym session.”

“Self-Healing”: A Novel and Integrated Multimodal Concept for the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain
“According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 1.7 billion people suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.1,2 MSK conditions are the leading contributor to disability worldwide, with low back pain (LBP) and osteoarthritis (OA) being the leading causes of physical disability globally, with a prevalence of 700 million and 500 million people, respectively.”

You’re eating healthier these days, but is it as healthy as you think?
“Only about 1 in 4 people could accurately estimate how healthy they were eating when asked to assess their diet after a year spent trying to lose weight, researchers found.”

Should You Eat Based On Your Blood Type? What Experts Say
“Your blood type matters in ways that might surprise you. It’s tied to your risk of heart disease, how much you get bit by mosquitoes and more. There’s even a diet based on blood type, which proposes that people with type O blood should focus on eating different foods than, say, those with type A or B.”

How A Health Psychologist Can Help With Your Digestive Issues
“There’s a lot of research that shows a clear relationship between stress and gastrointestinal inflammation.”

Could Green-Light Eyeglasses Help Manage Anxiety About Fibromyalgia Pain?
“People with fibromyalgia who wore special green eyeglasses for several hours a day had less anxiety and used fewer opioids to manage chronic pain than people who didn’t wear the glasses, according to a new study presented at Anesthesiology 2022 conference, held in San Francisco October 13–17.”

What Is Cryotherapy? A Beginner’s Guide to How This Form of Cold Therapy Works
“We’re talking about cold therapy, perhaps better known as cryotherapy. As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains, cryotherapy involves “super-cooling” the body for therapeutic purposes, and its proponents claim it can benefit a number of conditions, including Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, insomnia, depression, and rheumatoid arthritis.”

Sick Day Foods: Best Healthy Foods to Eat When You’re Not Feeling Well
“As the cold weather starts setting in, so does cold and flu season. And while eating the right foods can help with your immunity health, eating healthy comfort food will also make you feel better. Being prepared by having these foods (or recipes) when that pesky illness sets in always makes life just a little easier.”

Building up your immune system
“Building up your immune system – The vitamins you need: Vitamins play a significant role in building up your immune system, but which vitamins should you be taking for a healthy immune system?”

What Happens to Your Body When You Take Melatonin Every Night
“When was the last time you woke up feeling chipper, well-rested and ready to take on the day? If you’re like the average American, that certainly wasn’t this morning. A July 2022 study in the journal Frontiers in Sleep reports that only 28% of American adults get the quality and quantity of shuteye that’s ample enough to qualify as “restorative sleep.”

This Underrated Fruit Is Packed With Vitamin C (And A+ For Immune Health)
“Roses are one of the most popular flowers in the world, but their fruit—called the “hip”—is rarely seen by comparison. This is unfortunate, because rose hips are bursting with beneficial vitamin C, and they ripen at the perfect time of year to bolster your immune system1 as we head into autumn.”

How to beat the negative health effects of daylight saving time
“The “fall back” from daylight saving is linked to an uptick in car accidents and poor mood, but doctors say careful attention to sleep hygiene and a gradual adjustment of your bedtime may help.”

Lung Cancer News Update

Week Ending October 31, 2022

FLASH Radiation Therapy Shows Promise in First-in-human Trial
“FLASH radiation treatment – which delivers therapeutic doses of radiation in a fraction of a second – may hold promise as a potential treatment for tough-to-kill tumors, a first-in-human study in a small number of people with bone cancer suggests.”

Adjuvant Nivolumab Drastically Reduces Risk of Recurrence or Death in Patients with Stage IIB or IIC Melanoma
“Patients with completely resected stage IIB or IIC melanoma who received adjuvant nivolumab experienced a 58% reduction in the risk of recurrence or death.”

November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month – What You Need to Know About Screenings
“Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death, making up nearly 25 percent of all cancer deaths. More than 130,000 U.S. adults die from lung cancer each year – more than breast, colon and prostate cancer deaths combined.”

Clinical Trial Data on TILs in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
“In the second installment of the series, Ben Creelan, MD, reviews clinical trial data and explains the rationale of using tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment.”

How Dangerous Is It for Lung Cancer Patients to Skip Radiation Treatments?
“As doctors work toward developing more personalized cancer care, a new study looks at whether lung cancer patients can miss a few days of radiation treatment and make them up with a higher dose.”

Minorities face longer wait times for vital lung cancer treatment, study finds
“A new study has revealed significant racial disparities in how quickly minorities with the most common form of lung cancer receive potentially lifesaving radiation therapy compared with their white counterparts.”

Looking Forward in EGFR+ and KRAS+ NSCLC
“Andreas Saltos, MD, discusses what he anticipates future research will examine regarding treatment options for EGFR and KRAS-mutated non-small cell lung cancer.”

Circadian rhythm disruptions linked to increased risk of lung cancer, study shows
“Biological clocks in almost every cell in the body regulate your sleep-wake pattern over the course of 24 hours. This pattern is known as your circadian rhythm and is underpinned by a molecular feedback loop — the transcription-translation feedback loop — involving specific genes and their protein products.”

Targeted lung cancer drug shows promise in phase I/II clinical trial
“Early trials of the targeted drug repotrectinib suggest that it could help treat patients with a certain type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).”

First-Line Toripalimab Plus Chemotherapy in Advanced NSCLC: CHOICE-01
“As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Wang et al, a Chinese phase III trial (CHOICE-01) has shown prolonged progression-free survival with the addition of the anti–PD-1 monoclonal antibody toripalimab to platinum-based chemotherapy in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR/ALK alterations.”

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