Catastrophic Toll Of Tobacco Worldwide Catalogued In New Edition Of The Tobacco Atlas

World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society have published The Tobacco Atlas, Third Edition and released an online version of the document at This comprehensive volume of research and its accompanying website graphically display how tobacco is devastating both global health and economies. A $500 Billion Hole in Global Economy According to The […]

Washington State Legalizes Assisted Suicide

As of yesterday, Thursday 5th March, terminally ill patients in Washington State can invoke a new assisted suicide law called the Death with Dignity Act which allows them to ask for a lethal prescription from their doctor if they have less than six months to live. Washington’s new law is based on a similar one […]

Breakthrough’s Comment On NICE’s Draft Decision Not To Recommend Lapatinib (Tyverb) For Use On The NHS, UK

The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) have issued a draft decision not to recommend lapatinib (Tyverb) for use on the NHS. A final decision is expected later this year. Dr Alexis Willett, Policy Manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, says: “This will be disappointing for some women with advanced breast cancer. Breakthrough hopes […]

Experimental Drug May Dampen Severe Asthma

In small studies, mepolizumab reduced number of exacerbations A new type of asthma therapy might be especially helpful for people with severe asthma who often have to take oral steroids to control their symptoms. The drug is called mepolizumab, and two small studies in the March 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine […]

Supreme Court Rejects Limits on Drug-Injury Lawsuits

Case involved Vermont musician who lost her arm to anti-nausea drug In a long-awaited legal decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that patients who are injured by a drug can sue the drug’s manufacturer for damages, even if the drug has been granted FDA approval. The decision, in the lawsuit Wyeth v. Levine, upheld […]

Older Americans May Lack Adequate Nutrition

But those taking supplements often exceed recommended levels, study finds Many middle-age and older Americans aren’t getting enough micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, all of which play an important role in maintaining health, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,200 people in four ethnic groups — white, […]

School Lunches Too Fatty and Sugary, Critics Say

Assessment urges more veggies plus restrictions on unhealthy options Despite some improvements, U.S. school meal programs are still laden with unhealthy fat, salt and sugar, nutrition experts contend. Students also have limited choices in foods available in vending machines, รก la carte in cafeterias, at school stores and snack bars and for fund-raisers, they say […]

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors (except in the case of […]

B12 Deficit May Boost Risk of Birth Defects

Women who are vegans and vegetarians most affected, study says Women who do not have enough vitamin B12 in their blood before and after conception have a greater chance of having a baby with brain or spinal cord defects, a new study says. Most at risk may be vegans and vegetarians, since B12 is far […]

Bill Seeks To Reduce Breast Cancer Health Disparities Among Illinois Minority Women

Illinois lawmakers recently unanimously passed a bill (HB 5192) that seeks to reduce breast cancer health disparities among minority and immigrant women, the Chi-Town Daily News reports. Lawmakers, including state Rep. Greg Harris (D), were prompted to write the legislation after a 2007 report by the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force found that minority […]