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WHO elections

Taking the fight to cancer,other diseases essential

Jordanian Princess Dina Mired writes about the work of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and includes a strong recommendation of support for Sania Nishtar’s candidacy to become the next Director General of the UN World Health Organization

May 13, 2017
Gulf Times

Promoting health through the life course

California to list herbicide as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto`s Roundup weed killer, will be added to California`s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state`s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment said. Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation and called the decision "unwarranted on the basis of science and the law." The listing is the latest legal setback for the company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since the World Health Organization`s International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it is "probably carcinogenic" in a controversial ruling in 2015

June 27, 2017

Breastfeeding linked to lower endometrial cancer risk

Women who breastfeed their babies for the recommended six months may also be lowering their own risk of developing endometrial cancer, a new study suggests. In the analysis of data from 17 past studies, researchers found that women who had breastfed for the established period were less likely to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer

June 1, 2017

Donald Trump vs. Women’s Health

In the US delayed detection is one of the reasons that a disease like cervical cancer has one of the lowest survival rates in the developed world. This is due in some part to lack of healthcare insurance cover, where women seek help far too late. In addition, Trump is undermining the fight against cervical cancer by seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, which performs some 270,000 cervical screenings annually. Then there is the expanded global gag rule which slashes abortion advice and the cut-off of funds for the UN Population Fund, another major player in reducing cervical cancer deaths

May 20, 2017
New York Times

For women, baby aspirin may reduce risk of breast cancer

Researchers studied data on 57,164 women, mostly in their early 60s, who had no history of cancer. About 23% of them took a low dose aspirin. About 11% of them took a full strength aspirin and 10% took a COX-2 inhibitor or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug each week. Over seven years 1,457 women got breast cancer and those taking low-dose aspirin were 16% less likely to develop any type of breast cancer 

May 13, 2017
Washington Post

Kids with crooked bite may die early

A new study suggests that if a child has a crooked bite it is symptomatic of early life stress. This makes the children more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and cancer in later life

April 19, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Most doctors' breast cancer advice may be out of date

A new study says that women may be getting contradictory advice on when they should start having a regular mammogram. The study found some doctors suggesting between the ages of 40 and 44 (81%) and others between the ages of 45 and 49 (89%), advice with contradicts U.S. Federal recommendations which say start at age 50

April 10, 2017

Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland

A campaign to vaccinate girls against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has led to a dramatic drop in reported cases. Researchers found a 90% fall in levels of human papilloma virus in Scottish women since the vaccine was made available in 2008. HPV virus types are thought to account for about 90% of cervical cancers. Researchers found just 0.5% of the women from a group born in 1995 tested positive for the virus, but in comparison, in women born before 1990 the percentage was 21.4%

April 5, 2017
BBC News, The Herald Scotland

Contraceptive Pill Protects Against Some Cancers ‘For At Least 30 Years’

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen said women who take the contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as 30 years, according to a new study

March 22, 2017
Huffington Post, Telegraph, The Guardian

Are some breast cancer patients getting too much radiation?

More than half of older American women with early breast cancer may be getting more radiation therapy than needed, which significantly boosts medical costs, a new study indicates

March 15, 2017
CBC News

E-therapy tied to better body image, intimacy for breast cancer survivors

Internet-based psychotherapy focused on changing behaviour may be tied to improved body image and sexual functioning in breast cancer survivors, a recent study suggests

March 2, 2017

Breast cancer costs low-income women more jobs

Poor women undergoing breast cancer treatment are four times more likely to lose their jobs than their high-income peers, a new study says

February 28, 2017

Non communicable diseases

T-cell cancer therapy holds promise, longer-term results await

A novel cell treatment that saved the life of 9-year-old Austin Schuetz was given the green light by U.S. regulatory advisers and doctors hope it can save the lives of more children with the most common type of childhood cancer. An advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend approval of Novartis AG’s tisagenlecleucel for treating B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children and young adults who relapsed or failed chemotherapy

July 13, 2017
July 12, 2017

Caribbean Calls for Reducing Economic Burden of NCDs

Chronic NCDs make a significant contribution to mortality and morbidity in the Caribbean and continue to represent an economic burden for most of the region`s countries. Addressing the latest meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris – who has responsibility for health in the organisation`s Quasi-Cabinet – called for urgent action to reverse the situation. Citing the findings of a 2016 study on the economic dimensions of NCDs in Trinidad and Tobago, Harris noted that an estimated 5 percent of that country’s GDP is being lost through the impact of preventable diabetes, hypertension and cancer

July 13, 2017
In-Depth News.net

An emerging strategy to tackle chronic disease

In many countries around the globe, both developed and developing, tertiary hospitals in city centers are overwhelmed by an influx of patients who might be better served with preventative or primary medical care. The mismatch is symptomatic of a growing shift in global health, away from infectious diseases and toward non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease. NCDs are likely to be the key challenge of the future, and for now they are being treated in a system that wasn’t built to address them. Experts and practitioners are beginning to piece together a strategy involving stronger and more integrated health systems

July 12, 2017

Personalized vaccines hold cancer at bay in two early trials

A novel class of personalized cancer vaccines, tailored to the tumours of individual patients, kept disease in check in two early-stage clinical trials, pointing to a new way to help the immune system fight back. Although so-called immunotherapy drugs from the likes of Merck and Co, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Roche are starting to revolutionize cancer care, they still only work for a limited number of patients. By adding a personalized cancer vaccine, scientists believe it should be possible to improve substantially the effectiveness of such immune-boosting medicines

July 5, 2017

New ethical lapses alleged in controversial India cervical cancer screening trial

A long-debated study aimed at validating a low-cost way to screen for cervical cancer in India has come under fire again, based on new evidence of ethical lapses contained in documents obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Critics of the 18-year trial said that U.S.-funded Indian researchers used ineffective screening that endangered thousands of poor women in Mumbai. They were told the test could help prevent cancer, but far fewer pre-cancerous lesions were found than expected, suggesting that some lesions were missed — possibly leading to an unknown number of deaths. The trial should have been stopped years earlier for another reason, critics said: Other research had already shown that the screening method worked when properly applied, making it unethical to use an unscreened control group

June 23, 2017

U.S. physicians move to more flexible mammogram schedule

Women at average risk for breast cancer should be offered screening mammograms every year or two starting at age 40 and they should start regular screening no later than age 50, an influential U.S. group of obstetricians and gynaecologists said. Amid divided expert opinions on whether more screenings are beneficial, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which previously recommended yearly screenings starting at age 40, wants to stress shared decision-making between women and their doctors based on their personal preferences in the new, more flexible schedule

June 22, 2017

Air pollution tied to survival odds for liver cancer patients

For people diagnosed with liver cancer, living in an area with heavy air pollution from industry, traffic or smoke is linked to lower odds of survival, a California study finds. The association between levels of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air and death from liver cancer or from any cause was strongest for people with the least advanced cancers, researchers report in the International Journal of Cancer. “Our study suggests that liver cancer patients may be another susceptible group that could benefit from reductions in air pollution,” study co-author Sandrah Eckel said

June 21, 2017

BRCA1, BRCA2 study provides new clarity on breast cancer risk for carriers of gene mutations

A new study has provided a better understanding of the risk of breast cancer for carriers of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation, which points to the need for early identification and lifelong monitoring of the disease. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association involved almost 10,000 women in Australia, the United States and Europe over 20 years, and found that those with the BRCA1 mutation had, on average, a 72 per cent risk of developing breast cancer by the age of 80. For those with the BRCA2 mutation, the risk of breast cancer was 69 per cent and the lifetime risk of ovarian cancer was 17 per cent

June 20, 2017

More liver cancer deaths could be averted in the U.S

Death rates from liver cancer in the U.S. have doubled since the 1980s and continue to rise, largely due to risk factors like hepatitis that should be the focus of better treatment and prevention efforts, researchers say. Despite improved survival rates overall, the rise in new diagnoses of liver cancer means that death rates are still increasing faster than for any other cancer type, the study team writes. “Large racial and socioeconomic disparities in liver cancer death rates still exist, reflecting differences in the prevalence of risk factors and, to some extent, inequalities in access to high quality care,” study author Kimberly Miller said

June 16, 2017

People with albinism face poverty, abandonment, danger and death

June 13 marks International Albinism Awareness Day, established by the United Nations to bring global attention to understanding albinism and fighting discrimination and stigma. The average person with albinism in East Africa dies by age 30 from skin cancer, and only 2 percent of people with albinism live to age 40, according to Asante Mariamu, a U.S. organisation that raises awareness of albinism in East Africa. People with albinism also fall victim to ritual attacks in regions where superstition says their body parts bring power, wealth and good luck

June 13, 2017

Ghana Records 60,000 Cancer Cases Annually - Dr Joel Yarney

Dr Joel Yarney, the Head of the Medical Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, said about 60,000 cancer cases are recorded by Ghana annually. He said out of this figure 2,500 were breast cancer cases, and this requires that urgent action be taken to ensure prevention and treatment, along with improvements in quality of care

June 13, 2017
Peace FM

Big returns on small cancer research investment, study suggests

A government-backed research collaboration program started in the 1950s has added over 3 million years of life for cancer patients in the US at an estimated cost of just $125 for each year of life gained based on successful new treatment options developed through the program, a new study estimates. Researchers examined data from 193 late-stage trials from the National Cancer Institute-funded SWOG research program, originally called the Southwest Oncology Group. All of these studies were done between 1962 and 2014 and were designed to prove that new treatments were better than existing therapies; 23 of them succeeded in this goal

June 5, 2017

SA must place much greater focus on beating cancer - Institute

South Africa needs a more concerted policy focus on cancer and other non-communicable diseases, says the Institute of Race Relations, in a report, “Non-communicable diseases barely at heart of policy”, issued to coincide with National Cancer Survivors Day, the institute’s health-care analyst and author of the report Tawanda Makombo notes: “Cancer has a devastating effect on communities and households in South Africa.” This is particularly true for poorer households, who struggle to afford treatment and care options.

June 5, 2017

Grail passes early test in quest to find cancer in blood

An early stage trial of an ultra-sensitive ‘liquid biopsy’ that scans blood samples for traces of cancer DNA showed it was able to pick up at least one cancer mutation in most of the patients with advanced cancers that were studied. The findings show the new test by Grail, a spin-off from the gene sequencing company Illumina, can spot bits of cancer DNA in the blood of patients already known to have cancer

June 3, 2017

Indonesian tobacco bill would open tap for ads aimed at kids, health official says

A proposed Indonesian tobacco law will roll back regulations to discourage smoking in a country that already has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and additionally open the floodgates to advertising aimed at teenagers, a health ministry official said. If the bill is passed companies will no longer have to put grim pictures on cigarette packs of lung cancer or other diseases linked to smoking

June 1, 2017

Cigarette taxes touted by WHO as one of the best ways to cut smoking

Tobacco taxes are one of the most effective ways to cut smoking rates, and one that countries are failing to take full advantage of, WHO said, adding, more than 7.2m people die from tobacco related diseases each year, with 80% of them living in low and middle income countries. Imposing an 80% price increase per pack globally could generate an additional $141bn, which would offset to some small degree some of the costs incurred treating people with smoking-related diseases each year

May 30, 2017
June 3, 2017
Business Ghana

The trauma of a breast cancer diagnosis can have cognitive effects

The mental fog often experienced by breast cancer patients after chemotherapy might be due more to post-traumatic stress than to cancer drugs, a new study suggests. The study finds that similar symptoms have been reported by breast cancer patients who have not started their chemotherapy yet and even by those whose treatment did not include chemotherapy. The study concluded that PTSD symptoms, not the treatment, were the principal cause

May 29, 2017

Scientists reveal how sugar fuels various forms of cancer growth

A sugar rich diet may be fuelling various forms of cancer, as new research confirms a long suspected belief, previous studies have suggested that tumours thrive off sugar, using it as energy to mutate and spread across the body, now scientists have shown one type of cancer - which can be found in the lungs, head and neck, oesophagus and cervix - has more of a sweet tooth than others, squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) is more dependent on sugar to grow, experts at the University of Texas at Dallas discovered

May 29, 2017
New Zealand Herald, Express

How tobacco, death and taxes are intrinsically linked

Tobacco is killing millions of people every year, the Hindustan Times says ‘it is time to connect the dots, improve law enforcement and wean both tobacco cultivators and users away from the product.’ India banned food from being served in smoking areas in all restaurants. Minors will not be allowed in smoking zones, which now need to carry a clear Dante-like warning at the door declaring those entering the fumy room risk health and life. There’s a need for raised taxes and then upgraded regulation and enforcement to crack down on potential smuggling, plus cessation services for smokers

May 27, 2017
Hindustan Times

Red meat tied to higher risk of dying from many diseases

Eating more red meat is associated with an increased risk of dying from eight common diseases, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as all other causes of death, according to a recent study. Researchers examined data on almost 537,000 adults aged 50 to 71 and found that people who consumed the most red meat had a 26% higher chance of dying from a variety of causes than those who ate the least. People who ate most white meat, including poultry and fish, were 25% less likely to die of all causes, than people who consumed the least, researchers reported in the BMJ

May 25, 2017

World No Tobacco Day: Smoking robs your wallet, health – Cansa

Cansa South Africa said over 20% of cancer deaths worldwide are due to tobacco and that cigarettes cause over 18 types of cancer. It is not just the smoker who increases the risk of disease, but also people exposed to second hand smoke. Cansa said ‘the tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions prematurely. It robs household finances of cash that could have been used for food and education and imposes healthcare costs on families, communities and countries"

May 22, 2017
Boksburg Advertiser

Scientists develop flexible DNA-barcoding test to detect cancer

Researchers say a new test based on tumour cell DNA in the blood suggest the possibility of a better, more accurate method for detecting cancer before a tumour is visible via imaging methods such as MRI

May 22, 2017

Overweight boys at risk of bowel cancer

A new Danish study said overweight boys may be at a greater risk of bowel cancer when they grow up, however, if they shed the kilos and achieve a healthy weight by young adulthood, the risk is nullified, the research team concluded. The study looked at 61,000 Danish schoolboys between 1939 and 1959 to examine how changes to BMI from childhood to adulthood are associated with the risk of colon cancer in later life

May 22, 2017
Sky News , Economic Times

Smoking 'Light' cigarettes may increase lung cancer risk

A new study indicates that smokers using ‘light cigarettes,` for their lower levels of tar or nicotine, need think again. They are at an increased risk of developing a certain form of lung cancer that develops deep in the lungs, adenocarcinoma. The claims by cigarette manufacturers that they are safer are just plain wrong, as the holes in the cigarette filters mean smokers inhale more smoke

May 22, 2017
Business Standard

Draft Cancer Resolution Might Be Set For Approval At World Health Assembly

According to sources, countries have agreed in the nick of time on a draft resolution on cancer prevention, control and access to cancer medicines, and in particular, the price of new cancer medicines, to be examined at the World Health Assembly. If the resolution passes there will be a technical report for January 2019 looking at pricing approaches, including transparency, the impact of availability and affordability for medicines for the prevention and treatment of cancer

May 19, 2017

Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumour cells in experiments they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer. The research will focus on glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of barely five percent

May 18, 2017
May 20, 2017
Xinhuanet, Pulse Nigeria

NHS could save £67 million a year if smoking rates cut

Cancer Research UK said the NHS would save some £67m a year if the UK can cut by half the number of people who smoke. The UK is projected to have a smoking rate of 10% by 2035, with a marked difference between the most deprived groups (15% of whom are expected to smoke) and the wealthiest (whose rate is expected to be just 2.5%). Cutting the rate to 5% nationally by 2035 would save millions in direct NHS and social care costs but also £548m in additional revenue

May 16, 2017
Pharma Times

Smoking only in social situations may still be tied to heart problems

So-called social smokers who only light up on special occasions may have some of the same risks for heart disease as people with a daily cigarette habit, a new U.S. study suggests. Compared with non-smokers, social smokers were more than twice as likely to have high-blood pressure and 53% more likely to have elevated cholesterol than non-smokers. So that worked out at about the same percentage risk as those who were current smokers

May 11, 2017

Roche's star cancer drug stumbles in study, raising doubts about future

Roche’s Tecentriq immune-oncology drug failed a late-stage follow-up trial against advanced bladder cancer, the Swiss drug maker said, raising questions about whether regulators could scale back their approval of the medicine. U.S. fast-track approval for Tecentriq against bladder cancer had been agreed but subject to success at these further trials

May 10, 2017

Greater total pollution exposure tied to higher cancer risk

Living in areas with higher total exposures to harmful pollutants in the air, water and land is associated with greater odds of developing cancer, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined incidences for cancers in each country across the U.S. and found an average of 451 cases per 100,000 people. Counties with a higher environmental quality ranking the lowest saw an average of 39 cancer cases each year per 100,000 residents

May 8, 2017

400,000 Vietnamese die from non-communicable diseases every year

Some 400,000 Vietnamese people die from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer every year, health officials told the media. Of the annual fatalities, up to 70% are due to non-communicable diseases and of the NCDS, up to 40% of the patients die before the age of 70. Many locals are not aware of preventing the diseases, with 49% of men smoking and 77% of the whole population drinking. Smoking related diseases in Vietnam are estimated to cause losses of U.S.$1bn per year

May 8, 2017
xinhuanet, Vietnam Plus, Plenglish

Main Causes of Mortality in Tehran

A new study by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, drew up a list of the 10 leading causes of death in Tehran and two of its major counties. According to the study, which examined all causes of death under the age of 70 last winter, heart attacks, diabetes and strokes were the top three causes of mortality in Tehran, Rey and Eslamshahr. It went on to add that across the country, 95,000 people lose their lives prematurely each year through cardiovascular disease, 35,000 are under the age of 55, although many cases could be prevented though measures such as healthier lifestyle, timely check-ups and physical exercise

May 3, 2017
Financial Tribune

The new crisis after HIV/AIDS knocks at the door

Mmegi Online reports that NCDs are the new crisis after HIV Aids now knocking at the door in Botswana. It discusses how the relentless rise of non-communicable diseases is putting growing pressure on the country’s health system with up to 37% of deaths from diseases annually in Botswana being linked to NCDs in some form

April 28, 2017

Tanzania: Challenges of Caring for Cancer Patients in Tanzania

There are three main causes: ageing population, rapid unplanned urbanization and the globalisation of unhealthy lifestyles. NCDs also have some common denominators: tobacco usage, alcohol intake, high blood pressure, diet and physical inactivity – these are acknowledged risk factors. There is a need for reliable statistics to understand the scale of the problem and the resources needed, as well as specialist training for cancer care and the equipment to support it

April 27, 2017
allafrica.com, The Citizen

‘8 million Nigerians risk death from smoking’

About 8m Nigerians are estimated to be at risk of dying from smoking by 2030, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) warned. Citing WHO statistics and the Nigerian Global Adult Tobacco Survey, they lamented the poor enforcement of the existing Tobacco Control Act 2015 and expressed fear over the growing number of young people taking to smoking  

April 24, 2017
Nigerian Tribune

Drug created from malaria parasite shows promise as bladder cancer treatment

A drug created from a malaria protein stopped tumour growth of chemotherapy-resistant bladder cancer, offering hope for cancer patients not responding to standard treatments 

April 20, 2017
EurekaAlert, Medical News Today
April 23, 2017

Over 1,800 amputations done between 2014-2016

The Fiji deputy secretary for Hospital Services, Dr Luisa Cikamatana said Fiji has an urgent need to make healthy lifestyle changes now with the ever increasing rate of non-communicable diseases in the country. She revealed that 1,869 amputations have been carried out between 2014 and 2016, of which 835 were females and 1,034 males who had lower limb amputations. She said she is seeing a growth in four major types of NCD: cardiovascular disease, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes

April 15, 2017
Fiji Village
April 18, 2017
Fiji Village

Act before workers break down

Common factors behind workplace-related depression include stress and burnout, including poor work organization, excessive workloads, job insecurity, sexual harassment and lack of support from higher management 

April 9, 2017
The Star Malaysia

Depression highest among those with chronic diseases

Kenyans who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, HIV, cancer and arthritis are two times more likely to also suffer from depression than those without those diseases. If undetected this aggravates the sickness. It also generates increased economic costs to society in terms of lost productivity and increased cost of seeking treatment. Poor mental health is also associated with rapid social change and human rights abuse

April 8, 2017

Global smoking deaths up by 5% since 1990 - study

The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has increased, a consortium of researchers reported. Mortality could rise even higher as tobacco companies aggressively target new markets, particularly in the developing world they warned in a report published in The Lancet

April 5, 2017
Yahoo News Singapore, The Guardian
April 6, 2017
Indian Express

Long-term antibiotic use in early to mid-life puts you at cancer risk

A study suggest that long-term antibiotic use in early to mid-life may be linked to a heightened risk of abnormal growths in the colon and rectum, known as polyps or colorectal adenomas, which precede the development of most bowel cancers, the research revealed. The findings also added to emerging evidence that the type and diversity of bacteria in the gut may have a key role in the development of cancer

April 5, 2017
DNA India, BBC News

12 new genes causing ovarian cancer identified

A dozen new genetic variants that have the potential to increase the risk of women developing ovarian cancer have been identified by a team of international scientists, in a study of nearly 100,000 people

March 29, 2017
Hans India
March 28, 2017
Press Trust of India
March 24, 2017

Palliative care linked to fewer repeat hospitalizations

Comfort care for advanced cancer patients is associated with fewer repeat hospitalizations and more hospice referrals, according to a study highlighting how this approach may offer chronically sick or terminally ill people a better quality of life

March 23, 2017

Two thirds of cancers caused by random genetic mistakes: U.S. study

About two thirds of cancers are caused by random typos in DNA that occur as normal cells make copies of themselves, a finding that helps explains why healthy individuals who do everything they can to avoid cancer are still stricken with the disease, U.S. researchers said. The new findings are based on genetic sequencing and cancer studies from 69 countries around the world

March 23, 2017
March 26, 2017
University Herald, IFLScience

Indonesia tobacco bill would fire up output despite health fears

Indonesia’s parliament has proposed a draft law that could lead to a sharp increase in tobacco output, in a country which is already a top producer with one of the heaviest rates of smoking in the world. Health Minister, Nila Moeloek, said ‘her ministry definitely opposes the tobacco bill as it has the responsibility to safeguard the health of the people’

March 15, 2017

Betting on the first disease to be treated by gene editing

Anticipating when CRISPR gene editing technology could be used to develop a cure for a myriad of possible diseases is difficult to assess. There are not only technical hurdles, but also ethical ones – such as gene editing in embryos to prevent diseases such as Huntington’s and Tay-Sachs. Even so, the race is on CNBC reports

March 15, 2017

Gene activity in the nose may signal lung cancer

Genetic changes in the cells lining the inside the nose might someday help doctors to diagnose lung cancer, a recent study suggests

March 7, 2017

Gene Variants Linked To Fatal Gallbladder Cancer, New Study Finds

A recent study shows that some genetic variants are responsible for making certain individuals prone to develop gallbladder cancer. The study was carried out at around 700,000 varied locations of the genome in order to better understand the major cause of the fatal disease and to facilitate its treatment

March 6, 2017
Tech Times

5 diseases that kill 16M people, cost the world economy $2.35T annually

Five NCDs that kill 16 million people around the world each year are projected to take a $47 trillion toll on worldwide economic activity over the next 20 years, according to a report from the World Economic Forum and Willis Towers Wilson. The five NCDs are: Cardiovascular disease, Mental illness, Cancer, Chronic respiratory disease and Diabetes

February 28, 2017
Becker`s Hospital Review

Less than a stone of extra weight can boost cancer risk by half

A major new review led by Imperial College London concluded that being obese is linked to eleven different cancers and is associated with many others

February 28, 2017
The Telegraph, The Guardian

Colon cancer rates rise among Gen X, millennials: study

Rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising sharply among young and middle-aged adults in the United States but doctors have yet to pinpoint the reasons why, researchers said in a report. The published findings added that generation X and millennials face anywhere from twice to four times the risk of colon and rectal cancer as their baby boomer counterparts

February 28, 2017

Health systems

China adds blockbuster drugs to insurance list after price cuts

China will add three dozen new drugs to a list of medicines covered by basic insurance schemes after global pharmaceutical firms agreed to slash prices of blockbuster treatments for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said it had agreed to add 36 drugs to the National Reimbursable Drugs List in return for an average 44 percent price cut against last year`s retail prices

July 19, 2017

New partnership to increase access to cancer medicines in Kenya

Kenya is one of the countries that will benefit from market access agreements between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with Pfizer Inc. and Cipla Inc. to expand access to sixteen essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies. The other countries include Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The agreements will set competitive prices on the medicines, thus allowing African governments to realize substantial savings while improving the quality of available treatment

June 23, 2017
KBC Channel

How Trump has made the Department of Health and Human Services a center of false science on cont...

President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have stocked the corridors of health policy with purveyors of conclusively debunked claptrap about contraception, abortion, pregnancy and women’s reproductive health generally. Among their themes is that condoms don’t protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases and that abortions and contraceptives cause breast cancer, miscarriages and infertility. None of these assertions is true

June 15, 2017
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2017
New England Journal of Medicine

UK will pay for Roche breast cancer drug at centre of price row

A Roche breast cancer drug at the centre of a prolonged pricing row in Britain will now be paid for routinely, following a discount deal between the company and the National Health Service. Kadcyla, which can prolong the lives of some women with advanced disease, has been a battle-ground for campaigners wanting better access to modern cancer drugs, with 115,000 people signing a petition demanding its availability. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it could now recommend funding for Kadcyla, following the commercial access arrangement with Roche

June 15, 2017

South Africa's cancer doctor shortage: 'There is a real crisis'

There are no public health radiation oncologists left in the entire city of Durban in South Africa. The city has seen many doctors shift away from the public to the private sector, because the working conditions in public health care have made treating patients virtually impossible. Many of the machines used to diagnose and treat cancer patients are malfunctioning and left in disrepair, despite multiple appeals to fix them

June 13, 2017

Obamacare Helped Americans Detect Cancer Earlier

The number of Americans whose cancers were diagnosed at the earliest stage, when it is most likely to be cured, increased after Obamacare went into effect and more citizens had access to health insurance, a new study has found. Whilst the effect was small, the study found that a higher proportion of new breast, lung and colorectal tumours were detected at stage 1 in 2014 compared with a year earlier. The shift to earlier diagnosis happened primarily in states that expanded Medicaid under the law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The researchers followed 273,000 patients under 65, who were diagnosed from 2013-14 with five kinds of cancer that can be detected by screening and the increases in early detection were small but consistent

May 17, 2017

The cost of cancer: new drugs show success at a steep price

Newer cancer drugs that enlist the body’s immune system are improving the odds of survival, but competition between them is not reigning in prices that can now top $250,000 per year

April 3, 2017

Cancer rates are soaring in Africa, yet Tanzania's radiotherapy hub stands idle

The Guardian reports on Mwanza in Tanzania, where a state of the art oncology clinic lacks the funding and staff to get its equipment up and running, despite thousands of people requiring its life saving treatment

March 20, 2017
The Guardian

'I thought cancer was a disease for the elderly': tackling Nigeria's 80% mortality rate

NGO’s are working hard to change cancer treatment in Nigeria, despite poor facilities and a lack of awareness. The Guardian reports on the work of the Nigeria-based Health and Psychological Trust Centre, known as Project Pink Blue, which is trying to bring best practice cancer care to Abuja

March 20, 2017
The Guardian

Syria sanctions indirectly hit children's cancer treatment

Syrian child health specialists are struggling with a critical shortage of specialist drugs to treat their young patients. Local and WHO officials blame western sanctions for severely restricting pharmaceutical imports, even though medical supplies are largely exempt from measures imposed. The result is tumbling life expectancy and soaring deaths in pregnancy and childbirth

March 15, 2017

Lifestyle diseases pose ‘serious challenge’ for Bangladesh

On a visit to Bangladesh, Dr David Nabarro told the press that ‘lifestyle diseases pose a very serious challenge for Bangladesh’

March 12, 2017
Prothom Alo
March 13, 2017
Daily Observer

Physicians Raise Alarm Over Increasing Disease Rate In Nigeria

The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria has raised an alarm over the increasing rate of Non-Communicable Diseases like diabetes, cancer and hypertension in the country

March 9, 2017
Channels TV
March 11, 2017
Nigerian Tribune

Communicable diseases

500,000 Malaysians likely have hepatitis C

About half a million Malaysians are believed to have hepatitis C, said Health Minister S. Subramaniam, adding that many were unaware they had been infected with the virus because of a lack of awareness about the disease. If left untreated, hepatitis C could be fatal, or lead to liver cancer or cirrhosis

July 22, 2017
Straits Times

Doctor's call to 'equally protect' boys with HPV vaccine

A doctor is calling for boys to receive a vaccine currently only given to girls to protect against cancer. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) jab is offered to teenage girls in the UK to protect against cervical cancer. A health committee was expected to meet later to review whether boys should also get the jab, which can protect against throat and penile cancers. Dr Kirsty Bonney, from Devon, paid privately for her sons to be immunised. She made the decision after working on a chemotherapy unit, where she looked after two young men with HPV-related throat cancers

June 7, 2017

Bush steps back into the spotlight to help Africa fight epidemics

As the U.S. Congress headed for a bruising showdown over international aid budget funding later this month, former President George W. Bush flew to Africa to publicize a $6.8bn HIV Aids assistance programme that has done much to rehabilitate the continent’s future. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar, which he established in 2004, has saved millions of lives he argued and the investment is in the U.S.’s own national interest

April 8, 2017
New York Times
April 7, 2017
Washington Post
April 8, 2017
The Hill

In India, switching to vegetables, oranges and papaya could help save water: study

A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health Journal said India could save water and reduce planet warming emissions if people added more vegetables and fruits, like melons, oranges and papaya to their diets while reducing wheat and poultry, according to researchers

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Medical Xpress

Poor, minority neighborhoods have more tobacco-selling shops per capita

Neighbourhoods in the U.S. which have a high proportion of black residents, or the highest poverty levels, tend to have the greatest density of stores selling cigarettes and tobacco products, researchers say in a new study. Poverty explained some of the link, as did an urban planning concept, which sees a proportion of the homes which are rented versus owned homes accounting for most of the link

March 16, 2017

Healthier diets could slow climate change via lower medical costs - Study

Research accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, caused by healthcare system, show that healthier diets could have an even greater effect on climate change than previously thought. Researchers from the University of California and Oxford University conducted the first ever such study, combining both the potential decrease in emissions from altered food production and from the decreased medical care required for dietary related diseases

March 14, 2017
Food Navigator

More people could benefit from BRCA breast cancer drugs

A study by Serena Nik-Zainal and her team, at the Sanger Institute, found that thousands of breast cancers share biochemical similarities to cases caused by BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. A type of drug called PARP inhibitors can be used to treat these cancers and were specifically designed to target tumours with defects in these genes. But Nik-Zainal’s findings suggest 8,000 more people with breast cancer may also respond to these drugs

March 13, 2017
New Scientist

Mediterranean diet may reduce risk of form of breast cancer – study

Eating plenty of nuts, fruit and fish may cut the risk of getting oestrogen-receptor negative cancer, a Dutch research finds

March 6, 2017
The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail

Business groups, once tobacco-friendly, switch sides in fight

Reuters reports that many local chamber of commerce groups in the United States are ‘switching sides’ when it comes to smoking rules, driven by a growing awareness that smoking drives up healthcare costs for employers and that broader wellness initiatives, such as promoting exercise and nutrition, can improve productivity within the business

February 28, 2017