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Blum, Alan, MD. "We Have Not ‘Come a Long Way, Baby’: Dr. Alan Blum on Smoking Cessation and Prevention." Cancer Network, August 1, 2018.
To mark World Lung Cancer Day on August 1st, Cancer Network spoke with Dr. Alan Blum, Professor and Gerald Leon Wallace, MD, Endowed Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where he also directs the University’s Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, which he founded in 1999. Dr. Blum is an expert on the history of tobacco use, tobacco industry marketing, and the anti-smoking movement. He is a renowned pioneer in creative physician-led public advocacy initiatives to counter the promotion of unhealthy products and lethal lifestyles.
—Interviewed by Anna Azvolinsky
Santhanam, Laura. "Why aren’t more Americans getting screened for these cancers?." PBS News Hour, July 27, 2017.
Many Americans are not getting screened for cancer, putting them at risk of missing out on earlier intervention or receiving a late-stage diagnosis, according to a recent federal report.
Melnyk, Bernadette. "Buckeye Summit promotes healthy communities." The Ohio State University Alumni News, Summer 2018.
In April, members of the Ohio State community and thought leaders on health and wellness came together for Buckeye Summit, a biennial gathering that seeks to make a positive impact on a pressing issue. This year’s challenge: How can we create healthy communities?
McKay, Betsy. "Vaping Doesn’t Often Help Smokers Quit, New Study Finds." The Wall Street Journal, July 9, 2018.
Adult smokers who didn’t use electronic vaping devices were more than twice as likely to quit, according to the study.
"WTO backs Australia over plain cigarette packets." BBC News, June 28, 2018.
Australia made it mandatory in 2011 for cigarettes to be sold in drab-looking packets that carry health warnings.
Seven years on, the WTO has rejected complaints from four nations that the laws violate international trade.
Unless there is a successful appeal, the decision is expected to hasten similar regulations around the world.
"Tobacco-Free Policies on the Rise Across US Colleges and Universities." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 21, 2018.
More than twice as many U.S. college and university campuses were smoke free or tobacco free in 2017 as in 2012, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Junqian , Xu. "CEOs Pledge to Stub Out Smoking." China Daily, June 21, 2018.
Senior executives of companies in Shanghai’s Lujiazui district, known as the “Wall Street of China”, pledged to create a smoke-free working environment last Wednesday. Initiated by NGO the CEO Roundtable on Cancer-China and supported by the World Health Organization, the national campaign aims to encourage as many enterprises as possible in the country to say no to smoking not only inside their offices, but also in factories, on campuses and other open spaces.
Remarks by Scott Gottlieb, M.D., at the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program Meeting. "FDA’s Nicotine and Tobacco Regulation and the Key Role of Regulatory Science." Food and Drug Administration, June 18, 2018.
I speak to you during a moment of extraordinary promise for tobacco regulation. The FDA is engaged in a profound dialogue about the best ways to improve public health through the agency’s tobacco regulatory approaches under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
"Parents See Cancer Prevention Potential as Best Reason for HPV Vaccination." American Association for Cancer Research, June 14, 2018.
Parents of adolescents believed that the potential to prevent certain types of cancer is the best reason for their children to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, whereas other reasons health care providers often give were far less persuasive, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
"MD Anderson and nation’s top cancer centers endorse goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers." MD Anderson News Release, June 7, 2018.
Joint statement encourages parents, young adults and physicians to take advantage of vaccination to prevent future HPV-related cancers
Pearson, Anthony, MD. "E-Cigs: How Much Help vs How Much Harm? ." MedPage Today, May, 27, 2018.
Hooking kids on nicotine a steep price to pay for helping some smokers quit, says Skeptical Cardiologist.
Bankhead, Charles. "ACS Backs Colon Ca Screening Starting at Age 45 Decision supported by rising incidence in younger people." MedPage Today, May, 30, 2018.
Screening for colorectal cancer should begin at age 45 for people with an average risk, according to an updated clinical guideline from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The recommendation lowers the age for the initial screening test by 5 years, which ACS officials acknowledged is in response to recent evidence that colorectal cancer (CRC) is occurring more often in younger people. Based on microsimulation modeling that showed a favorable risk:benefit ratio for screening at age 45, the recommendation comes with the "expectation that screening will perform similarly in adults ages 45 to 49 as it does in adults for whom screening is currently recommended."
Harrison, Pam. "For Obesity-Related Cancers, Both BMI and Weight Gain Matter - Still, effects differ among different tumor types." MedPage Today, May 29. 2018.
A high body-mass index (BMI) as well as gaining large amounts of weight irrespective of starting BMI both contribute to obesity-related cancers, although not necessarily the same ones, a large epidemiological study from Norway suggested.
Michael D. Becker as told to Jo Cavallo. "HPV-Related Cancers Like Mine Are Avoidable, So Why Aren’t More Kids Being Vaccinated?." ASCO Post, May 10, 2018.
The latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccination rates in the United States for human papillomavirus (HPV) is disappointing. It shows that in 2016, just 43.4% of adolescents (49.5% of females and 37.5% of males) were up-to-date with the recommended 3-dose HPV vaccination series,1 which is far below the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% coverage.2 Each year, HPV causes about 41,000 cases of cancer in the United States,3 and I’m sorry to say I am among its victims.
"American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative ." American Cancer Society, May 1, 2018.
The American Cancer Society, under the direction of its Center for Tobacco Control, announced the fourth round of applications for their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) Grant Program to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college and university campuses across the nation.