cancer

  1. New tech, same old results

    If there's a bigger black hole than NASA, I haven't seen it yet!

    Now that the shuttle program is headed for the great scrapheap in the sky, the space agency is looking for ways to waste money closer to home -- and you won't believe the monumental high-tech calamity they're about to unleash upon us.

    Get ready for space-age mammograms.

    The same software NASA uses to analyze satellite photos is being applied to mammograms. The Connecticut company working with the agency on this says the technology can help spot tumors earlier than ever.

    Check out the images on NASA's Web site.

    They're actually proud of this... which only shows how NASA must've shot common sense up into space on the last mission -- and left it there.

    After all, even many voices in the mainstream now admit that early detection hasn't saved lives -- all it's done is create more radiated, mutilated breast cancer patients.

    One new analysis proves -- again -- that high-tech imagery doesn't save lives... all it does iS lead to more surgeries.

    An Irish researcher reviewed two recent studies on newly diagnosed cancers, and found that patients who get MRIs are more likely to have surgery -- but not more likely to survive.

    A British study in the analysis found a 6 percent increase in surgery among women who've undergone MRIs, while a U.S. study found a 10 percent rise -- but in both cases, the survival rates were exactly the same.

    "There is no compelling evidence that this technique should be routinely used in newly diagnosed breast cancer," Dr. Malcolm Kell, who conducted the analysis, wrote in an editorial in the British Medical Journal.

    I'll do you one better, doc: There is no compelling evidence that this or any other "early detection" technique should be routinely used, period.

  2. Don't turn to aspirin for colon health!

    The aspirin-a-day crowd just won't stop.

    Now, they're making the ridiculous claim that gobbling down a so-called "baby" aspirin every day can lower your colon cancer risk.

    But even if it's true, who cares? There are other ways to lower your risk that don't involve dangerous painkillers -- and I'll tell you about them right after I inflict some pain on this new study.

    Researchers pooled data from four trials involving more than 14,000 people who took either "baby" aspirin, regular aspirin, or a placebo.

    The study in Lancet found that those who took the lower-dose pills lowered their disease risk by 24 percent, and the risk of dying from it by 35 percent, when compared to those who took the dummy pill.

    But the only dummies here are researchers who think a painkiller can beat the world's safest and easiest way to lower colon cancer risk: colonoscopies.

    The researchers have no idea how aspirin use compares to those -- because the data was collected before colonoscopies came into widespread use. What's more, the trials were actually designed to analyze stroke risk -- not colon risk -- so there's no telling what other factors played a role here.

    But I do know what factors can lower your risk by at least as much as the aspirin in this study -- and it's far safer and much more enjoyable.

    And chances are, it's something you do every day anyway: Drink coffee.

    Studies have found that the more you drink, the more protection you get -- with none of the risks of aspirin, including ulcers and intestinal bleeding.

    In addition, make sure you get your sleep, because another new study finds that people who doze less than six hours a night have a higher risk of colon polyps.

    In other words, next time you feel like sleeping in, just say it's for health reasons

  3. Cancer: A modern creation

    If you want to start a panic today, all you have to do is whisper the word "cancer."
  4. Common sense for cell phones

    The studies are starting to add up, and they all point in the same direction: Cell phones emit harmful radiation that can cause cancer and infertility.
  5. Ginger helps cancer patients battle nausea

    A new study says ginger can be a particularly useful ally in the battle against cancer.
  6. Raise taxes, lower alcohol-related deaths?

    They're actually claiming that raising the state tax on alcohol could actually prompt a decline in the number of people who die from alcohol-related diseases like cirrhosis and cancer.
  7. More bad news for statins: Possible Vytorin-cancer link

    According to an FDA statement about preliminary results from a recent clinical trial, "A larger percentage of patients treated with Vytorin were diagnosed with and died from all types of cancer, combined, when compared to treatment with a placebo."
  8. Breast self-examinations do more harm than good

    A recent report by the Cochrane Collaboration - an international organization that evaluates medical research - is questioning the usefulness of breast self-exams, and has found that these exams may actually be doing more harm than good.
  9. Gastric bypass surgery: Dying to prevent cancer?

    According to a new study done by researchers at McGill University in Canada, gastric bypass surgery can reduce the risk of cancer by as much as 85 percent. Which is great… as long as the surgery doesn't kill you.
  10. Oregon health plan covers assisted suicide but not life-extending care

    Oregon health plan covers assisted suicide but not life-extending care.

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