New Cancer Treatment May Diminish Need For Chemotherapy

A new method being used to treat certain types of cancer may completely rule out the use of chemotherapy in the future. Chemotherapy has many severe side effects that cancer patients have to endure. The newly created method called molecularly targeted therapy has fewer side effects as the drug only attacks cancer cells, unlike chemotherapy that attacks both cancer cells and the body’s healthy cells. Chief of the leukemia service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Martin Tallman said, “I think we are definitely moving farther and farther away from chemotherapy, and more toward molecularly targeted therapy.” More here

Aspirin May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

According to a new study, aspirin may lower the risk of many types of colon cancer. People who take aspirin twice a week may be 27% less likely to suffer from colon cancer. Although the drug has beneficial side effects for preventing colon cancer, experts say that it is not the safest way to prevent cancer. Aspirin has many negative side effects such as higher risks of gastrointestinal complications. The study’s researcher, Dr. Andrew T. Chan suggests talking with your doctor if interested in taking daily/weekly aspirin. More here

Experts Advise To Negotiate Health Care Costs

Medical costs have continued to skyrocket according to recent hospital data. Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows extreme variation in prices. The information found potentially proves that many medical procedures can be conducted for a lower fee depending on location and Medicare discounts. Medicare, on average, pays only 27% of total hospital bills. Experts say many individuals visiting health care facilities are unaware of what their procedure actually costs until the bill arrives and should be sure of the costs upfront. Patients should be aware what Medicare will cover in order to negotiate prices and ultimately save money. More here

Meditation May Benefit Your Brain

Scientists have found that it may be beneficial for people to meditate. A new study has shown that individuals who meditate on a regular basis may have lower stress levels and less anxiety. The study showed that people who have experience with meditation had less activity in the default mode network of the brain, which is the area associated with wandering thoughts and daydreaming. Dr. Judson Brewer, lead author of the study and medical director of the Yale University Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic said, “it doesn’t matter what they’re doing, they have an altered default mode network; we were pretty excited about that because it suggests that these guys are paying attention a lot more.” Additionally, meditation may benefit people who suffer from ADHD and may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. More here

Advanced Heart Monitor Device May Change Home Health

Researchers at  MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have recently discovered a new way to measure heart rates by using video footage that tracks facial movements. Past research has used video games to learn about facial movements and heart measurements, and it has been suggested that cable boxes may soon have the same capabilities. The monitor can measure tiny head movements from blood rushes caused by heart contractions as blood is pumped through the body. More here

Smarter Medication Use Could Save Billions

A new study has found that medical costs such as prescription drugs could decrease $213 billion if  doctors and  patients use them more wisely, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The institute created six categories in which patients and doctors could be saving money and making better use of prescribed medications, such as taking medications as directed and giving and receiving prompt diagnosis. The institute’s executive director, Murray Aitken said, “there’s even larger avoidable costs if we were to look at all disease areas where patients aren’t getting optimal care.” More here

Amount Of Sleep May Effect Health

Research has found that people require seven to eight hours of sleep in order to function normally and, failing to do so may lead to health complications and a shorter life-span. The study found that not getting the right amount of sleep can effect one’s learning, creativity, memory, emotional stability, physical health and productivity. Timothy H. Monk, a director at the Human Chronobiology Research Program at Western Psychiatric explained how the elderly may be especially vulnerable. More here

Health Care Costs Expected to Slow

Health care costs such as prescription drugs, doctor visits, and surgeries are expected to grow 6.5% next year, which is predicted to cause a slowdown in health care services according to a new report recently released. Many Americans are limiting their doctor visits, choosing cheaper options and delaying procedures in order to save money. The principal with PwC’s human resource services practice, Michael Thompson said, “health care cost increases continue to exceed overall growth in wages, but the gap appears to be shrinking.” More here

World’s Hottest Pepper Donated To Cancer Research

An extremely hot pepper called the Carolina Reaper may bring hope to individuals suffering from cancer. The pepper took more than ten years to be developed by Smokin’ Ed Currie and is said to be 300 times hotter than the jalapeno pepper. The pepper’s active ingredient is called capsaicin, which may kill cancer cells. Currie donated half of his California Reaper harvest to cancer research labs last year. More here

Sunscreen May Prevent Photoaging

According to new studies, the regular use of sunscreen will not only keep you from getting sunburn and lower your risk of skin cancer, it will also protect against photoaging such as spotting, wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity caused by sun exposure. The study consisted of 900 participants, some of which were instructed to apply sunscreen generously for four years while the others were given no specific instructions. The study confirmed that sunscreen does protect skin from aging. The lead author of the study, Dr. Adele Green said, “skin surface patterns reflect the severity of the sun’s damage to the deeper skin, especially to the elastic fibers and collagen.” More here