Monthly Archives: Ocak 2010

Acupuncture Versus Venlafaxine for the Management of Vasomotor Symptoms in Patients With Hormone Receptor–Positive Breast Cancer

Hot flashes are bothersome consequences of estrogen deprivation in both post-menopausal women, and of course who are treated with hormone therapy (ie, tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, or LHRH analogues) for breast cancer. The treatment of these vasomotor symptoms of menopause is as well difficult in breast cancer patients. Radiation Oncologist  Dr. Eleanor M. Walker has seeked the question, whether acupuncture is effective as venlafaxine in the management of vasomotor symptoms, with a randomized controlled study (RCT). The conclusion of this outstanding study is: “Acupuncture appears to be equivalent to drug therapy in these patients. It is a safe, effective and durable treatment for vasomotor symptoms secondary to long-term antiestrogen hormone use in patients with breast cancer“.

Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol 28, No 4 (February 1), 2010: pp. 634-640

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Adverse Events Among the Elderly Receiving Chemotherapy for Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer

In a recent study that was published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, Elizabeth A. Chrischilles, and her colleagues showed that elder people with advanced non small cell lung cancer (advanced means that the disease cannot be usually treated with surgery) are treated less often with chemotherapy in respect to the younger ones, however they face more adverse events during chemotherapy. The authors concluded that: ” Potential implicit trade-offs between symptom management and treatment toxicity should be made explicit and additionally studied.

Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol 28, No 4 (February 1), 2010: pp. 620-627

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Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny?

That was the heading of the article in Time Magazine. One could not believe-and from now on, know , our present hunger would affect our siblings’ future well being. However- what we get from the mice experiments is that- the hungriest live the most; funny? no it is not:

If you want to live longer (as, or as long as expected) you ought to do the followings: keep your bmi (body mass index) below 30, never-ever smoke, do physical exercise more than 3.5 hours per week, and eat fruits/vegetables as nutrients.

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Projected Effect of Dietary Salt Reductions on Future Cardiovascular Disease

The average man in the United States consume 10.4 g of salt per day and the average woman 7.3 g per day, while the recommended daily intake of salt is less than 5.8 g. In this article, the authors concluded that, reducing dietary salt by 3 g per day could substantially reduce cardiovascular events and medical costs.

Published at http://www.nejm.org January 20, 2010

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Hello world!

From now on, I am going to share some medical news with you. You might come to this blog serendipitiously, but I hope you will like the issues.

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