Soda and other sweet drinks tied to risk for some rare cancers
(Reuters Health) - People who drink lots of soda or other sugary beverages may have a higher risk of developing rare cancers in the gallbladder and bile ducts around the liver, a Swedish study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA approves Concordia’s Photofrin 630 laser
Concordia International (NSDQ:CXRX) said it won pre-market approval from the FDA for its Photofrin 630 laser, which is designed to activate an anti-cancer drug in patients with throat and lung cancers. Oakville, Ontario-based Concordia said the device is designed to activate the drug Photofrin (porfimer sodium) in patients with esophageal cancer, Barrett’s Esophagus and non-small cell lung cancer. The Photofrin 630 laser was re-engineered to include new controls and peripheral systems, the company said. “We anticipate that these improvements could support greater adoption of PDT with Photofrin within the onc...
Source: Mass Device - June 30, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Concordia International Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Gut bacteria may have role in bile duct cancer
Links between gut bacteria and gastrointestinal cancer are well established. Now, scientists reveal bacteria in the bile duct may also be linked to cancer. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer / Oncology Source Type: news

Scientists discover unsuspected bacterial link to bile duct cancer
Findings of a new study could open up possibilities for more targeted therapies for bile duct cancer. A research team discovered that bile duct tissue harboured a community of diverse bacteria species. Stenotrophomonas species -- previously implicated in bile duct infections -- were found to be preferentially dwelling in tumor tissue (compared to normal tissue) of non-fluke-infected Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) patients, highlighting their potential role in development of CCA. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

PPI Side Effects Destroying Your Blood Vessels
It seems whenever I turn on my TV these days, there’s Larry the Cable Guy with a quick fix for heartburn. He makes it sound so simple. Just pop a pill, eat all the chili dogs you want, and no more heartburn… at least for a couple of weeks. What Is Heartburn? Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid. It has nothing to do with the heart. But a new study has found a link between proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) — heartburn drugs — and the premature aging of blood vessels. Heartburn Drugs PPI Side Effects Researchers focused on the effects of two PPIs, one of which is Nexium. They...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 16, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Heart Health Source Type: news

New Alternative Treatments For Kidney Problems
There’s something you should know about chronic kidney disease. Most doctors will tell you there is no alternative treatments for kidney problems besides costly dialysis or a transplant to deal with impaired renal function. What Is Kidney Failure? Kidney dialysis is a treatment that uses a special machine to filter harmful wastes, salt and excess from your blood. But there is another option. It’s called stem cell biotherapy, and it offers new hope to those with this life-threatening disease. You may think your kidneys are just fine and you have nothing to worry about. But consider this… What Causes Kidney Fa...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 16, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ocaliva Approved for Rare Liver Disease
TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 -- Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare chronic liver disease called primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). The disease causes the liver's small bile ducts to become... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - May 31, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

M&As this week: Biodel, Luraq Investments and Chengdu Huasun
Biodel and Albireo have entered a definitive share exchange agreement for a merger aimed at developing novel bile acid modulators to liver and gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - May 26, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Answer revealed to this top-missed USMLE Step 2 question
Getting ready for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 is no easy feat, but we’re sharing expert insights to help give you a leg up. Take a look at the exclusive scoop on this month’s most-missed USMLE Step 2 test prep question. Think you have what it takes to rise above your peers? Test your USMLE knowledge, and view an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Once you’ve got this question under your belt, be sure to test your knowledge with other posts in this series. Ready. Set. Go. This month’s question that stumped most students: A 42-year-old woman come...
Source: AMA Wire - May 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

UCLA study identifies risk factors for bacteria transmission from tainted scopes
Over the past few years, medical scopes contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria have caused hundreds of patients who underwent a specific gastrointestinal procedure to become sick. Now, UCLA physicians have identified factors that increase the likelihood of these infections. In research published in the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the physicians report that patients face an increased risk of infection from exposure to a contaminated scope if they had a stent placed in the bile duct using a tainted scope, had a history of bile duct cancer, or were hospital inpatients at the time of the procedure. The study w...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 21, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Duke cancer care in Wake County
Treatment Terms Cancer Anal cancer Bile duct cancer Bladder cancer Breast cancer Colon cancer Esophageal cancer Gallbladder cancer Kidney cancer Liver cancer Lung cancer Oral cancer Ovarian cancer Pancreatic cancer Prostate cancer Rectal cancer Skin cancers Skull base tumor Spine cancer Stomach cancer Testicular cancer Throat and voice box cancer Thyroid cancer Tracheal cancer Uterine cancer ...
Source: Duke Health News - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 Source Type: news

Aspirin May Help Protect Against Bile Duct Cancer: Study
Title: Aspirin May Help Protect Against Bile Duct Cancer: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/6/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/9/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - May 9, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Aspirin may help protect against bile duct cancer: Study
HealthDay News Regular aspirin use may lower the risk of bile duct cancer, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News -
Source: Health News - - May 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aspirin May Help Protect Against Bile Duct Cancer: Study
FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 -- Regular aspirin use may lower the risk of bile duct cancer, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 2,400 bile duct cancer patients and a control group of more than 4,700 people without the cancer. About 25 percent of... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - May 6, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

[This Week in Science] A bile acid assay for timely diagnosis
Author: Yevgeniya Nusinovich (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - May 5, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Yevgeniya Nusinovich Tags: Neonatal Screening Source Type: news