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ICYMI: June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26th, 2015


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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld one of the main tenets of President Barack Obama’s health care law, ruling 6-3 that millions of Americans are entitled to keep the tax subsidies that help them afford insurance.

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Gardasil 9 Effectively Stops 90% Of Cancers Caused By HPV In Girls and Boys June 22, Forbes

Obesity Trends Still On The Rise, But Intervention Is Possible, Study Finds June 22, Kaiser Health News

Kids and Tobacco Use: Some Surprising Findings June 23, FDA Consumer Report

Blood Test Might Detect Deadly Pancreatic Cancer in Early Stages June 24, NBC News


ICYMI: June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015


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Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (The New York Times) — Could new technology succeed where years of public health messages, doctor warnings and nagging moms have failed — to keep us safe from too much sun?

We have all heard about the devastating effects of ultraviolet radiation. It burns, ages, wrinkles, and can even cause cancer. There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, yet fewer than one third of people use sunscreen regularly, according to a May report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Cancer screening increase may reflect Affordable Care Act provision June 16, Oncology Nurse Advisor

Abdominal Blood Clots Found To Be Indicators Of Liver, Pancreatic Cancer June 18, Medical Daily

You Asked: Can Deodorant Give You Cancer? June 17, TIME

Study links pesticide DDT to higher breast cancer risk June 17, Yahoo! News

ICYMI: June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12th, 2015


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Just 1 shot of HPV vaccine may prevent cervical cancer

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (CBS News) — Protecting girls from cervical cancer might be possible with just one dose of the HPV vaccine rather than the three now recommended, a new analysis suggests.

The authors of the study acknowledged it isn’t convincing enough to change vaccination strategies immediately. But if their results are confirmed, requiring just one dose of the vaccine could have a big impact on how many girls around the world get immunized.

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DNA Test Detects Cancer During Pregnancy Jun 8, U.S. News & World Report

New Clues for Detecting Colorectal Cancers Earlier Jun 8, The Wall Street Journal

New study reveals skin cancer more likely to appear on normal skin, not just on moles Jun 9, Pix 11

Help catch skin cancer early with this potentially life-saving, $100 smartphone accessory  Jun 10, Digital Trends

ICYMI: June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015


Skin Cancer Rates Doubled in the Last 30 Years

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (TIME) — The rate of diagnoses for the deadliest form of skin cancer has more than doubled since the early 1980s, greatly raising the cost of medical care.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Tuesday, the melanoma rate has increased from 11.2 cases per 100,000 people in 1982 to 22.7 cases per 100,000 in 2011.

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Signs and risk factors of bladder cancer June 1, FOX

A new way to study cancer and its treatments June 1, The Washington Post

How Weights and Cardio Cut Breast Cancer Risk June 4, Shape

New Research Suggests That Pre-Existing Inflammation May Promote the Spread of Cancer June 2, Newswise

ICYMI: May 29, 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015


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Surgery to Prevent Breast Cancer: When and Why

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — Few events in life are scarier or more stressful than major surgery. Even tougher may be the decision to go under the knife preventively, before a diagnosis is made.

When actress Angelina Jolie told the world two years ago that she’d had preventive surgery to remove her breasts, she received an outpouring of support. She had an estimated 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer, and Jolie wrote in a New York Times op-ed that she made the decision to be there for her family as long as she could.

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Should Tanning Salons Be Treated Like Cigarettes? May 27, Newsweek

New method shows promise for urine cancer test May 28, FOX News

Doctors’ lapse may explain some minority lag in colon cancer screens May 26, Reuters

Obese Teens More Prone To Bowel Cancer: Study May 28, International Business Times

ICYMI: May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


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Two Women, Two Results: The Agonizing Wait for Cancer Gene Tests

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (NBC News) — The waiting room at Invision Sally Jobe, a clinic near Denver, is nicely decorated, bright and comfortable. But Lori Heid doesn’t look comfortable sitting in a corner chair, waiting to be called in for her appointment.

“I’m extremely nervous right now,” she said. “Anticipation more than anything. And probably the fear of the unknown. At least once I have my results, I’ll have options.”

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How a Common Childhood Vaccine Helps Ward Off Cancer
May 21, TIME

Israeli researchers find way to detect colon cancer by routine blood test
May 13, Haaretz

New test could sharply reduce risky, costly lung cancer biopsies
May 17, The Washington Post

‘Something wasn’t right': Cancer patient’s photo of her breast goes viral
May 20, Today

ICYMI: May 15, 2015

Friday, May 15th, 2015


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Frequent tanner shares grisly skin-cancer selfie [WARNING: This article contains images that some readers may find disturbing]

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (CNN) — Tawny Willoughby grew up in small-town Kentucky, where, she said, it was normal to use a tanning bed four or five times a week.

“I had my own personal tanning bed in my home, and so did a lot of my friends growing up. … Everyone tanned,” Willoughby said. “I didn’t really even think about the future or skin cancer at the time.”

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HPV and the new cancer risks you need to know about May 13, FOX News

Americans could soon be thanking Fidel Castro for their revolutionary cancer drugs May 12, The Washington Post

New HPV Vaccine Can Prevent 80% of Cervical Cancers May 12, Yahoo! Health

Sandra Lee, TV Host and Gov. Cuomo’s Girlfriend, Has Breast Cancer May 12, The New York Times

ICYMI: May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015


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Some lawmakers make personal pitch to oppose new breast-cancer screening guidance

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (CBS News) — Congresswomen who have survived breast cancer are taking issue with new recommendations by an independent task force that advises against women younger than 50 receiving annual mammograms.

“As a young survivor of breast cancer who was diagnosed at age 41, I am a living testament to the importance of breast cancer awareness in young women,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida said in a statement opposing the new screening guidances.

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Americans Still Skip Life-saving Cancer Tests May 7, NBC News

Hugh Jackman: The Moment I Was Told I Had Skin Cancer May 6, People

Is baldness linked to prostate cancer? May 6, Fox News

New screening method may identify more ovarian cancers May 4, Reuters

ICYMI: May 1, 2015

Thursday, May 7th, 2015


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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wants to move U.S. health care toward a ‘prevention-based society’ Apr. 23, 2015 (The Washington Post) — My overarching goal is to get every individual, every institution and every sector in America…to ask themselves the question [of] what they can do to improve the health and the strength of our nation.

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Childhood Obesity Is Associated With Just A Single Hour Of TV A Day Apr. 27, The Huffington Post

Breastfeeding may change women’s breast cancer risk Apr. 29, CBS News

Why New England Is Such a Hotbed for Skin Cancer Apr. 28,

The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening Apr. 30, NPR

Karen DeSalvo’s Acceptance Speech

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc. was awarded the Special Award for Innovation in Health Technology at the Laurels Awards Luncheon during the annual Dialogue for Action conference.

View Dr. DeSalvo’s acceptance speech here:

Dr. Karen DeSalvo has focused her career toward improving access to affordable, high quality care for all people, with a focus on vulnerable populations. As the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, she is leading the nation’s charge to develop an interoperable health IT system that will help to improve the health of consumers no matter where they live, work and play.