This Washington hospital aims to measure precision medicine's worth (Video)
If you get past the hype and the marketing behind precision medicine, many would be surprised to learn how few genes doctors currently can use to pinpoint treatment for specific illnesses. While the science is expanding, finding genes like BRCA1 or BRCA2 to help target certain breast cancers is still a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. "Precision medicine is only benefiting a small number of patients," said Dr. John Marshall, chief of hematology/oncology at MedStar Georgetown University… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 7, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

The Deadly Cost Of Austerity On Greece's Health Care System
For over four years, Greece has implemented strict austerity measures as a condition of the major bailout deals keeping the country afloat. The Greek government is currently locked in a showdown with its international creditors about how much further they will have to tighten budgets in order to receive a next tranche of loans. The austerity program is highly unpopular in Greece, and the ruling Syriza party won elections in January after promising to scale it back. Despite a raft of austerity measures since 2010, Greece's economy has not lifted out of the recession sparked by the 2008 economic crisis. Greece instead is ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Deadly Cost Of Austerity On Greece's Health Care System
For over four years, Greece has implemented strict austerity measures as a condition of the major bailout deals keeping the country afloat. The Greek government is currently locked in a showdown with its international creditors about how much further they will have to tighten budgets in order to receive a next tranche of loans. The austerity program is highly unpopular in Greece, and the ruling Syriza party won elections in January after promising to scale it back. Despite a raft of austerity measures since 2010, Greece's economy has not lifted out of the recession sparked by the 2008 economic crisis. Greece instead is ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Doctors Are Fighting Back Against Outrageous Cancer Drug Costs
The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. A leading doctors group on Monday proposed a formula to help patients decide if a medicine is worth it — what it will cost them and how much good it is likely to do. The move by the American Society of Clinical Oncology is the third recent effort to focus on value in cancer care. Two weeks ago, the European Society for Medical Oncology proposed a similar guide. Last week, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York posted an online tool suggesting a drug's fair price, based on benefits and side effects. "We have a broken system" with drug prices r...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Breast cancer screening 'cuts deaths by 40%' expert panel says
This report was part of the IARC’s ongoing work to review and evaluate the effects of preventing different cancers. They had last reviewed the evidence on breast cancer screening in 2002. As new research continues to be carried out, it is important to consider this new evidence, and whether it affects their conclusions. Particular areas they highlighted as needing consideration were: improvements in treatments for late-stage breast cancer concerns around overdiagnosis (diagnoses of breast cancer that would never have been diagnosed otherwise and would never have caused the women any harm) what age groups of wo...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

May highlights: Overcoming brain hemorrhage, brachial plexus + more
Catch up on what you may have missed on Thriving last month. Our staff takes a look back at a few of this month’s favorite posts. A sister’s words: The athlete who couldn’t be tamed by a brain hemorrhage Carly is a superstar athlete, running a 5:32 mile at the young age of 14. Her heroes include Tom Brady, Malcolm Butler and Boston Children’s neurosurgeon Dr. Ed Smith. After emergency surgery to repair a brain hemorrhage Carly’s career aspirations have shifted, and the Cape Cod track star is now pondering the world of neurosurgery. Read A sister’s words: The athlete who couldn’t be ta...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 1, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories brachial plexus brain hemorrhage melanoma tuberous sclerosis Source Type: news

Q&A: Dr. John Mazziotta on the future of UCLA’s medical school and health system
Earlier in his life, Dr. John C. Mazziotta thought about becoming an architect. With a keen eye for form and function, he would apply his skills to the construction of great buildings. Instead, he chose medicine. Now, after more than 30 years at UCLA — where he has been chair of the department of neurology, an associate vice chancellor and executive vice dean, and founding director of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center — that style of visual thinking will serve him well in his new roles as vice chancellor for UCLA Health Sciences, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and CEO of UCLA Health. “Th...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 27, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

'Liquid Biopsies' Could Be The First Noninvasive Way To Sample Cancer Tumors
A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. The tests, called liquid biopsies, capture cancer cells or DNA that tumors shed into the blood, instead of taking tissue from the tumor itself. A lot is still unknown about the value of these tests, but many doctors think they are a big advance that could make personalized medicine possible for far more people. They give the first noninvasive way to repeatedly sample a cancer so doctors can profile its genes, target drugs to mutations, tell quickly whether treatment i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Liquid Biopsies' Could Be The First Noninvasive Way To Sample Cancer Tumor
A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. The tests, called liquid biopsies, capture cancer cells or DNA that tumors shed into the blood, instead of taking tissue from the tumor itself. A lot is still unknown about the value of these tests, but many doctors think they are a big advance that could make personalized medicine possible for far more people. They give the first noninvasive way to repeatedly sample a cancer so doctors can profile its genes, target drugs to mutations, tell quickly whether treatment i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Space: It Is NOT the Final Frontier
In 1966, American television was taken by storm with a different kind of series -- enter "Star Trek." It explored "brave new worlds" beyond what we knew on Earth, and dared to take curious young minds on an intergalactic mission to seek out new life and new civilizations. It "boldly went where no man had gone before" by leaving an indelible mark on pop culture with multitudes across the globe, including myself, proudly proclaiming their status as devoted Trekkies. "Star Trek" came at a time where burgeoning technologic advances were well underway in our society, and the advanced "out of this world" gadgetry utilized by Ca...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Biopsy Specialists Frequently Misdiagnose Breast Tissue
CHICAGO (AP) — Here’s another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggests. The results indicate that pathologists are very good at determining when invasive cancer is present in breast tissue, but less adept at making the right diagnosis with less serious conditions or when biopsied tissue is normal. The study involved 115 U.S. pathologists and 240 breast biopsy specimens. Their diagnoses were matched against those of three experts. It was an exper...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Biopsy Breast Cancer Journal of the American Medical Association Pathologists Study Source Type: news

Why You Should Get A Second Opinion On That Breast Biopsy Result
CHICAGO (AP) — Here's another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggests. The results indicate that pathologists are very good at determining when invasive cancer is present in breast tissue, but less adept at making the right diagnosis with less serious conditions or when biopsied tissue is normal. The study involved 115 U.S. pathologists and 240 breast biopsy specimens. Their diagnoses were matched against those of three ex...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lidocaine Gel Eases Mammogram Pain, Needle...
Lidocaine (Xylocaine) and Topicaine gels are local anesthetics. Researchers have shown that this kind of anesthetic can ease the pain of a mammogram procedure. It can also lessen the pain of a needle stick, and other pains related to cancer therapies. Read more to learn some uses of Lidocaine (Xylocaine) and Topicaine. (Source: About.com Breast Cancer)
Source: About.com Breast Cancer - December 5, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: breastcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news