Cancer drugs are getting better and dearer – The Economist (a few articles per month are free) (RT @pash22 see Tweet)
See more articles and commentaries about “financial toxicity” of cancer treatments in our April 27 issue, see #8.
World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development – World Health Organization (free)
See more on the Beating Tobacco Campaign in our May 29th issue, see #1.
Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)
Comparison of general obesity and measures of body fat distribution in older adults in relation to cancer risk30 May, 2017 | 15:27h | UTC
Comparison of general obesity and measures of body fat distribution in older adults in relation to cancer risk: meta-analysis of individual participant data of seven prospective cohorts in Europe – British Journal of Cancer (free)
Commentaries: Why your waist measurement can predict cancer risk – The Guardian (free) AND Large Waist Raises Cancer Risk – Medscape (free registration required)
Viewpoint: Direct-to-Consumer Medical Testing in the Era of Value-Based Care – JAMA (free)
Countries like German and Italy are adopting mandatory vaccination policies
See also: Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children and related commentaries in our May 22nd issue, see #2.
Cardiovascular Toxicity of Illicit Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use – Circulation (link to abstract – $ for full-text)
Commentaries: Anabolic Steroid Use Linked With Myocardial Dysfunction and Accelerated Atherosclerosis – TCTMD (free) AND Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart – American Heart Association News (free)
“The findings are a public health concern, given that as many as 1% of young men, not all of them athletes, may use these agents” (from TCTMD above).
Editorial: Targeted coronary post-mortem CT angiography, straight to the heart (free)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Annual Meeting
Can cashews keep colon cancer patients alive? Study says yes — but cautions abound – STAT News (free) AND Reducing Risk After Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle (and Tree Nuts) – Medscape (free registration required)
See also a recent study showing high complication rates of laparoscopic gastric band surgeries in our May 23rd issue (see #7)
Commentaries: World Health Organization gets first leader from Africa – Nature News (free) AND WHO elects first ever African director-general after tense vote – The Guardian (free) AND World Health Organization Elects a New Director General from Ethiopia – TIME (free)
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer – American Institute for Cancer Research (free PDF)
Commentaries: Today’s alcohol and breast cancer headlines are wrong: Here’s how news reports could have done better – HealthNewsReview(free) AND ‘Half a glass of wine every day’ increases breast cancer risk – BBC Health News (free) AND Just One Drink a Day Raises Breast Cancer Risk – Medscape (free registration required)
Commentaries: Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1 – NPR Health News (free) AND Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year – New York Times (10 articles per month are free)
The Worst Fat in the Food Supply – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)
Trans-fat bans seem to be reducing cardiovascular deaths.
Editorial: Risks of Statin Therapy in Older Adults (free)
Commentaries: Older adults may not benefit from taking statins to prevent heart disease – Medical News Today (free) AND Pravastatin Doesn’t Improve Clinical Outcomes in Seniors – Physician’s First Watch (free)
Patients > 65 years with moderate hyperlipidemia and hypertension had no benefit from pravastatin for primary prevention. “A nonsignificant direction toward increased all-cause mortality with pravastatin was observed among adults 75 years and older” (HR 1.34; 95% CI, 0.98-1.84; P = .07).
Reoperation and Medicare Expenditures After Laparoscopic Gastric Band Surgery – JAMA Surgery (link to abstract – $ for full-text)
Commentaries: Following gastric band surgery, device-related reoperation common, costly – Science Daily (free) AND Safety, Effectiveness of Gastric Banding Called Into Question – Medscape (free registration required) AND 1 In 5 Gastric Band Surgeries Require Corrective Operations – American Council on Science and Health (free)
“New research from Harvard and Columbia says gluten does not cause heart disease. Why is that even a question?”
Related: Embrace the facts about vaccines, not the myths – World Health Organization (free) AND World Immunisation Week: The Rise of Anti-Vaccine Movement and What it Means for Public Health – Independent (free) AND The riskiest vaccine? The one that is not given – Science (free)