You are here
Articles of Interest
What you eat makes a big difference in your body’s ability to prevent cancer.
A Cancer Expert Shares What He Eats in a Day
Ladarian, MD, Bahar. "Documented: Effects of Cancer Treatment on Employment." MedPage Today, February 18, 2020.
A recent study addressed the need for attention to breast cancer survivors after surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation to shed light on the adverse effects of treatment on employment. The hope was that knowing the results could better prepare patients and healthcare providers as well as employers and policymakers.
Lawrence, Leah. "Severe Health Issues Lay Ahead for Many Young Cancer Survivors." MedPage Today, February 14, 2020.
Compared with the general population, young cancer survivors were far more likely to develop severe and life-threatening health conditions in later life, and faced a significantly higher risk of death, data from a large retrospective study indicated.
Jenkins, Kristin. "Evidence Grows for One-Dose HPV Vaccination." MedPage Today, February 11, 2020.
Even a single dose of the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (4vHPV) vaccine was associated with lower incidence of pre-invasive cervical disease compared with no vaccination in adolescent women, according to researchers.
In a large retrospective matched cohort study involving women age 15-19, risk of histologically confirmed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia II/III (CIN-II/III) was equivalent with one, two, or three doses of 4vHPV vaccine. The adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) were 0.64, 0.72, and 0.66, respectively, all with statistical significance.
Dodds, Frances. "Workplace Wellness Isn't Just for Big Corporations. Here's How Small Business Can Build a Culture of Health.." Entrepreneur, January 30, 2020.
Over the past decade, wellness has ballooned into a $4.2 trillion business. In the crowded marketplace of self-improvement, hardcore health innovations jostle with softcore supplements in the jade egg domain. Meanwhile, “hustle” culture has spawned a kind of work worship that has many people burning out and questioning how much they should really expect to get from (or give to) their jobs. In the midst of all this, workplace wellness is on the rise; more than 80 percent of large companies and 50 percent of small companies have implemented such programs. Despite their pervasiveness, big questions linger over what, exactly, works.
"Surgeon General Releases First Report Focused on Smoking Cessation in 30 Years." HHS Press Release, January 23, 2020.
Outlines the latest science to help people quit smoking cigarettes
Siegel, Rachel. "U-Haul's no-smokers hiring policy tests the boundaries of corporate wellness." The Washington Post, January 22, 2020.
When U-Haul announced it would stop hiring nicotine users in the states where it could, the reactions were decidedly mixed.
“Good for U-Haul! Nicotine is a drug. … It just happens to be legal!” wrote one Facebook commenter.
“I’m not [a] smoker, but I don’t think being a smoker should keep you from employment,” wrote another.
One posted a simple, “Dream on!”
Nackerdien, Zeena. "Losing Weight after age 50 may lower breast cancer risk." MedPage Today, January 15, 2020.
In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Lauren R. Teras, PhD, of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues found that women age 50 years or older who lost weight and kept it off had a lower risk of breast cancer compared with those whose weight stayed the same.
"FDA Finalizes Enforcement Policy on Unauthorized Flavored Cartridge-Based E-Cigarettes That Appeal to Children, Including Fruit and Mint." HHS Press Release, January 2, 2020.
Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions.
Jenkins, Kristin. "Is One HPV Vaccine Dose Enough? -- NHANES data suggest yes, but researchers urge caution." MedPage Today, January 2, 2020.
A single-dose vaccination regimen for human papillomavirus (HPV) had similar efficacy against HPV infection compared with the recommended two- or three-dose series, although researchers caution that more research is needed.
Nackerdien, Zeena. "Obesity in America: Who is Most Affected?." MedPage Today, January 2, 2020.
Nearly half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 if current trends continue, with almost one-quarter projected to be severely obese, according to an analysis considered highly predictive that corrected for self-reporting bias. Note that severe obesity is also likely to become the most common body mass index category among women, non-Hispanic black adults, and adults with low income.
"Britain's smoking ban is hailed the country's greatest public health achievement of the 21st century." DailyMail.com, December 22, 2019.
The choking fug of tobacco smoke that hung over pubs and restaurants was snuffed out back in 2007.
Now the smoking ban has been voted the UK’s greatest public health achievement of the 21st century.
Patel, Bhvishya . "Smoking will be banned on ALL hospital grounds including car parks from April under new NHS rules (but vaping will still be allowed)." DailyMail.com, December 21, 2019.
A total smoking ban will be enforced across all hospital grounds by April next year in a bid to make NHS sites smokefree.
The new guidelines, which follow a survey that was carried out as part of Public Health England's (PHE) Smokefree NHS campaign, will see all trusts across the country prohibit anyone from smoking on site.
Maloney, Jennifer. "U.S. Raises Tobacco-Buying Age to 21." Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2019.
New restriction, which also includes e-cigarettes, is part of spending bill passed by Senate and would take effect in September 2020.
Steinbuch, Yaron. "Over 20 percent of US high school seniors vaped marijuana in 2019: study." New York Post, December 18, 2019.
The number of teens using marijuana by vaping has increased dramatically in the past two years — with more than 20 percent of US high school seniors reporting the activity this year, according to a study.
Huizhi, Chen. "WeChat groups to help smokers quit." Shine News, December 18, 2019.
A free program for people wanting to quit smoking was launched on Wednesday by Shanghai Pilot Health Promotion Center, a Shanghai-based non-governmental organization focused on cancer prevention.