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Northwestern University, Heart, Heart Health

Northwestern Student Designs Heart Health Workshop for College-Aged Women

A Northwestern University undergraduate student has developed a workshop to show young women why heart disease isn’t only a problem for older men. The free workshop will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Wildcat Room (room 101) in Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive in Evanston. It is open to the public.

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Muscle, Chemotherapy side effects, Breast Cancer, Sarcopenia

Measuring Patients' Muscles to Predict Chemotherapy Side Effects

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UNC Lineberger researchers and colleagues report in the journal Clinical Cancer Research that a measure of muscle mass and muscle quality developed at UNC could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for toxic side effects that could require hospitalizations.

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Kimmel Cancer Center, Gregg Semenza, Cancer, Chemotherapy

Scientists Identify Chain Reaction That Shields Breast Cancer Stem Cells From Chemotherapy

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Working with human breast cancer cells and mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have identified a biochemical pathway that triggers the regrowth of breast cancer stem cells after chemotherapy.

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Ovarian Cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Peritoneum cancer, Low grade serous carcinoma

Hormonal Maintenance Therapy May Improve Survival in Women with Chemo-Resistant Rare Ovarian or Peritoneum Cancer

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For women with a rare subtype of epithelial ovarian or peritoneum cancer, known as low-grade serous carcinoma (LGSC), hormone maintenance therapy (HMT) may significantly improve survival, according to a new study from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Alcohol, women & drinking, Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol’s Effect Can Be More Damaging to Women

Listen up ladies. Women simply don’t metabolize alcohol in the same way as men. It’s called the telescoping effect.

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Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Precision Medicine, Physiology, genes, Gene Expression, triple-negative breast cancer, HER2 breast cancer, Breast Cancer Advances, Afatinib, trametinib, proof of concept

The Way Breast Cancer Genes Act Could Predict Your Treatment

A Michigan State University breast cancer researcher has shown that effective treatment options can be predicted based on the way certain breast cancer genes act or express themselves.

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Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Food Pathogens, Listeria, Obstetrics

Listeria May Be Serious Miscarriage Threat Early in Pregnancy

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Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine studying how pathogens affect fetal development and change the outcome of pregnancy.

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Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular, Cardiovascular Disease, Diet, Cholesterol, Exercise, Family History, Heart Attack, Heart Health, Heart Health Month, Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup, Prevention, Stress, Weight Management

Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup Shows African-Americans Significantly More Concerned About Heart Health

A new survey by Mayo Clinic revealed that more than two-thirds of African-Americans are concerned about their heart health (71 percent), which is significantly more than Caucasian (41 percent) or Hispanic (37 percent) respondents. Respondents from the South (51 percent) were also significantly more likely to express concern than those in the Northeast (39 percent) or West (35 percent).

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Cancer, Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, BRCA2 gene, BRCA, Brca1, Ut Southwestern

BRCA Gene Plus Breast Cancer History Leads to Preventive Strike Against Pancreatic Cancer

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More than three decades after surviving breast cancer, Susanne Calabrette faced a second scare. In June 2016, an MRI for an unrelated condition revealed she had pancreatic cysts, giving her a chance for a pre-emptive strike against this killer cancer.

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Cervical Cancer, botswana-upenn partnership, Botswana, HIV, AIDS

New Approach to Cervical Cancer Care in Botswana Cuts Lag Time Between Treatment and Diagnosis in Half

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Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women low- and middle-income countries, including Botswana, where 75 percent of cervical cancer patients suffer from advanced forms of the disease. These patients can face wait times as long as five months after diagnosis before receiving lifesaving treatment. A new, multidisciplinary model of cervical cancer care developed by a University of Pennsylvania team based in Botswana cut the delay between diagnosis and treatment by more than 50 percent, according to research published this month in the Journal of Global Oncology.

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Cancer, Breast Cancer, Tumor Microenvironment, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Tyrosine Kinase, DDR2

Looking Beyond Cancer Cells to Understand What Makes Breast Cancer Spread

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A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center identifies a protein in that microenvironment that promotes the spread of breast cancer cells. It’s part of a well-known family of receptors for which promising inhibitors are being developed.

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Woman's Health, Heart Disease, UAB Hospital, Women's Heart Disease, Women's Heart Health, Cardiovascular disease (CVD), Menopause And Heart Disease

New Women’s Heart Health Clinic Provides Specialized Care

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According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 23 percent of women will die within one year after having a heart attack, and nearly 46 percent of women become disabled with heart failure.

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Breast Cancer, 21 gene assay, 21-gene expression, early-stage breast cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center

More Patients with Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Be Able to Avoid Chemotherapy in the Future

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Women with early-stage breast cancer who had an intermediate risk recurrence score (RS) from a 21-gene expression assay had similar outcomes, regardless of whether they received chemotherapy, a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer finds.

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Obgyn, Vulvar and vaginal atrophy, Estrogen Therapy, Female Sexual Health, Female Sexual Dysfunction, dyspareunia

High Rates of Satisfaction for Applicator-Free Local Estrogen Softgel Ovule in Post-Menopausal Women

A new investigational delivery method for localized vaginal estrogen therapy that utilizes an applicator free softgel to alleviate moderate-to-severe vaginal pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), received high rates of patient satisfaction among post-menopausal women, according to post-trial survey results published in the journal Menopause. “These survey results show that something as simple as a change to a more elegant delivery system that is easier to use and not messy might empower more post-menopausal women to seek prescription treatment for VVA, and perhaps help them stay with the application guidelines for longer,” said study first author Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, Division Chief, OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center.

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Ovarian Cancer, Gynecology, Cancer, Genetics, genes, Cell Biology, Obgyn

Analyzing Copies of Genes Offers New Treatment Possibilities for Ovarian Cancer

A team of 18 University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center researchers has developed a new tool to analyze an often overlooked aspect of cancer genetics — an alteration that results in the loss or gain in a copy of a gene. This change, known as somatic copy-number alterations, may be key to disease progression and might offer new therapeutic approaches for ovarian cancer and other malignancies.

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Cancer, Chemistry, Warwick, Ovarian, Compound, Osmium, Medical, Cells, Mitochondria, Metal, zinc, Calcium, nano, Biology

Organo-Metal Compound Seen Killing Cancer Cells From Inside

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Researchers have witnessed - for the first time - cancer cells being targeted and destroyed from the inside, by an organo-metal compound discovered by the University of Warwick.

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Pregnancy, Pregnant Women, Immunity, Immune Response, baby, Babies, Research, Ohio

Ohio State Study: Baby's Sex Plays a Role in Pregnant Woman's Immunity

Women have claimed for years that their bodies react differently whether they’re pregnant with a boy or girl. Now evidence, published by Ohio State University researchers shows the sex of a baby is associated with pregnant women’s immune responses.

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