Men's Health

Low Oxygen in Cells might spur Cancer Growth

Breast Cancer in the Pleural Fluid credit: National Cancer Insitute Dr. Lance Liotta Laboratory - PD

(Best Syndication News) - The tumor growth rate of certain cancers could be increased with low oxygen levels, according to recent study from researchers at the University of Georgia. The study was published in the early online edition of the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology.

The current consensus of most researchers is that genetic mutation is the main cause of cancer growth. This study suggests another cause: low oxygen levels (hypoxia) in cells. Oxygen may play a role in unruly tumor growth in certain types of cancer. Prior research showed that low oxygen levels were a contributing factor to cause cancer to advance, however, they did not point to it as the main cause.

2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit CDPH.gov report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

FDA announces New Safety Concerns for Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Cholesterol lowering medications prescribed by doctors have new important safety information announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These include not needing to do routine blood tests for liver enzymes, memory loss problems, increased diabetes risk, and muscle damage risk.

The FDA is advising health care professionals that routine blood tests for liver enzymes are no longer necessary because they did not prove to be helpful in preventing rare cases of serious liver injury that can happen when taking statins.

Memory loss, forgetting, and being confused have been reported as a side effect from some people taking statin medications. The memory loss was described as being “fuzzy.” The FDA said that the memory loss was reversible once the person stopped taking the medication.

Medivation Shares rise after Positive Results from Prostate Drug Trial

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(Best Syndication News) –Medivation, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN) shares increased 21.95 percent, up $12.16 to close at $67.57. The share price climbed Wednesday, after of positive results with the Phase 3 AFFIRM trial for a drug to treat prostate cancer. Medivation is working with Japan based Astellas Pharma Inc. (TYO: 4503) on the development of the MDV3100 investigational drug.

Data from the trial showed that MDV3100 provided an average 4.8 month life extension compared to the placebo group. The data will be presented at the 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, CA this Thursday, February 2.

Study finds 1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford Prescription Medication

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of British Columbia along with the University of Toronto suggested that around 1 in 10 Canadians could not afford their prescription medications. Approximately 9.6 percent of Canadians were not getting their prescription filled, not getting it refilled, or even skipping dosages because of the cost.

The researchers reviewed data from 5,732 respondents to a Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey to determine the magnitude of the problem of affording prescription medication in country.

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