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What We're Reading

These pages are updated regularly with interesting articles that we've been reading on the subjects of cancer and, more importantly, disease prevention. We hope that you come back regularly to see what is new.

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Cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations other than breast and ovarian Previous studies have reported additional cancers associated with BRCA mutations; however, the type, magnitude of risk, and sex differences remain to be clarified. The purpose of this study was to evaluate...
The Downside of Breast Cancer Screening A 17-year study has concluded that screening mammography - in which all women in certain age groups are routinely screened for breast cancer - does not reduce the incidence of advanced tumors, but does increase the diagnosis of lesions that would never have led to health problems. In Denmark, screening was implemented in different regions at different times, so researchers there were able to compare groups of women who were screened with those who were not.
Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence: an Evaluation of the Effects and Mechanisms of Diet and Exercise With recent medical advances in diagnosis and treatment, the increasing numbers of long-term survivors of breast cancer is considerable and has resulted in the expansion of scientific research to include examination of lifestyle modifications as means of prevention of recurrence, new breast cancer events, and mortality.
Gene editing will transform cancer treatment | Verge 2021 What's the public perception of CRISPR? The public perception of CRISPR is [that] it's in its early stages. People have heard about it. They've heard of the acronym often. I'll get into taxis and I'll have a taxi driver say, "Oh, you work on CRISPR. Yeah, I've read about that."
Sugary, High-Fat Western Diet Tied to Denser Breast Tissue Previous research has linked higher density to increased risk of breast cancer
Actress Rita Wilson Undergoes Double Mastectomy for Breast Cancer LOS ANGELES - Rita Wilson, the actress and wife of actor Tom Hanks, said she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after being diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer. "I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a f
Review: In 'The Human Experiment,' We're the Unwitting Guinea Pigs Not long into " The Human Experiment," a scary if scientifically lightweight documentary about our daily exposure to thousands of synthetic chemicals, you realize that its main targets are women. Proceeding through breast cancer statistics, cosmetics ingr
Apps to Track Exercise, Sleep Help Patients Participate in Clinical Trials Steven DeMello, like many people, uses a smartphone to keep a calendar, take notes, create artful photographs and listen to music. Recently, he began using it for a new purpose: to participate in a clinical trial.
Blood Test for Early Cancer Detection | MIT Technology Review Everything about China is big, including its cancer problem. In some wealthier cities, like Beijing, cancer is now believed to be the most frequent killer. Air pollution, high rates of smoking, and notorious "cancer villages" scarred by industrial polluti
When Whole Genome Sequencing Doesn't Give Us the Whole Genome If you're an avid follower of popular science in today's news media, you might have noticed a recurring theme. Genomics is everywhere. On an almost weekly basis, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Forbes and a myriad of other outlets are publishing stori
How to Measure a Medical Treatment's Potential for Harm As we wrote last week, many fewer people benefit from medical therapies than we tend to think. This fact is quantified in a therapy's Number Needed to Treat, or N.N.T., which tells you the number of people who would need to receive a medical therapy in or
Unhealthy Insulin Levels May Boost Breast Cancer Risk THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After menopause, unhealthy insulin levels may predict breast cancer risk even more than excess weight, new research suggests. The new findings suggest "that it is metabolic health, and not overweight per se, tha
What Happens After You Get That Mammogram Women and their doctors have a hard time figuring out the pluses and minuses of screening mammograms for breast cancer. It doesn't help that there's been fierce dissent over the benefits of screening mammography for women under 50 and for older women.