Intense Exercise Doesn’t Eliminate the Hazard of Intense Sitting

James Brown had it right. There may be no better medical advice these days than to “Get Up Offa That Thing. A large new analysis published in Annals of Internal Medicine supports earlier observations that the health hazards of sedentary behavior aren’t completely neutralized by exercise. Researchers in Toronto scoured the literature to find studies that assessed…

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Is cancer “by far, the harder problem”?

Really? Does everyone seem to have cancer? Compared to heart disease is cancer “by far, the harder problem”? Half a century ago, the story goes, a person was far more likely to die from heart disease. Now cancer is on the verge of overtaking it as the No. 1 cause of death. Troubling as this…

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Deja Vu All Over Again: Study Links Calcium-Channel Blockers To Breast Cancer

A new observational study raises the possibility that calcium-channel blockers (CCBs) may be associated with a higher risk for breast cancer. Although previous studies examining this relationship have failed to turn up convincing evidence of a link, the authors of a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine state that their study is the first to look at…

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Radiotherapy For Breast Cancer Increases Heart Disease Risk

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine offers the best look yet at the increased risk for heart disease produced by radiotherapy for breast cancer. Further, this increased risk may just be the tip of the iceberg of more radiation-related problems, warns a cardio-oncologist in an accompanying editorial. The new study, based on data…

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Statins Use Linked To Reduction In Cancer Mortality

A large new population study rasies the possibility that statin use may lead to a decline in cancer mortality. Researchers in Denmark utilized health data from the entire population of the country and analyzed the information from nearly 300,000 patients who were diagnosed with cancer between 1995 and 2007. The authors note that the relationship is biologically…

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Suicide and CV Death Increase After Diagnosis of Cancer

The risk of suicide and cardiovascular death rises sharply after cancer is diagnosed, according to a new study from Sweden published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Fang Fang and colleagues analyzed data from more than 6 million Swedes, including more than half a million who received a first diagnosis of cancer. Following a…

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Meta-Analysis Adds New Evidence For Cancer Benefits Of Daily Aspirin

Although daily aspirin was originally proposed to reduce cardiovascular events, the effects on cancer of daily aspirin have become increasingly apparent while the vascular benefits, especially in primary prevention, have become less clear. Now a new meta-analysis in the Lancet adds significantly new details to our understanding about the effects of aspirin and increases the…

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