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This wireless device can detect heart dysfunction in cancer survivors

Scientists have designed a novel wireless device which may accurately detect heart dysfunction in children who have survived cancer. Childhood cancer survivors are advised to undergo screening for the detection of heart dysfunction because of known anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. However, screening with echocardiography — the standard of care for monitoring heart function — can be highly variable and limited. Another alternative is cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging, which is expensive and is not widely accessible. In the study, the team tested Vivio — a prototype handheld instrument which collects pulse waves…

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One in 10 stroke survivors require more help with taking medication

One in 10 stroke survivors need more help with taking medication, according to a study. According to the Stroke Associations, as many as four in ten people who have had a stroke, go on to have another one within ten years. As a second stroke carries a greater risk of disability and death than first time strokes, it is important that survivors take medicine daily to lower their risk. Half of survivors of stroke are dependent on others for everyday activities, though the proportion dependent on others for medicine taking…

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3-D Printed Ovaries Can Help Restore Fertility in Female Cancer Survivors

In its one-of-a-kind discovery, experts at the Northwestern University in America were able to successfully implant 3-dimensional ovaries in female mice. These bioprosthetic ovaries housed immature eggs and were able to produce healthy offspring in mice. “Using bioengineering, instead of transplanting from a cadaver – to create organ structures that function and restore the health of that tissue for that person – is the holy grail of bioengineering for regenerative medicine,” noted Teresa K Woodruff, from Northwestern’s Women’s Health Research Institute in the US.   The team created biological hydrogel…

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Grilled Meat Ups Mortality Risk Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Higher consumption of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat may increase the mortality risk among breast cancer survivors, a new study has warned. Researchers, including those from University of North Carolina in the US, evaluated the link between grilled or barbecued and smoked meats and the survival time after breast cancer. High-temperature cooked meat intake is a highly prevalent source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other carcinogenic chemicals and has been associated with breast cancer incidence, but this study assessed whether intake is related to survival after breast cancer. In the…

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Health Problems With Newer Treatments

Despite advances that have made treatments safer and more effective, childhood cancer survivors don’t appear to have experienced gains in long-term health outcomes, a new study suggests. Their survival odds are better, but as adults they may have chronic medical problems linked to cancer and tumor treatments, the study found. Up to one in four childhood cancer survivors report health problems in their 20s and 30s, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “They have chronic conditions at higher rates than siblings and the general population and they perceive…

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Obesity on a Rise Among Cancer Survivors

According to a study, obesity is more prevalent in patients who are diagnosed with cancer, particularly among survivors of colorectal and breast cancers. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggested that obesity is a growing public health burden for cancer survivors, which requires targeted interventions, including weight management efforts. The results of the research were based on data from a nationally representative sample of 5,38,969 non-institutionalised adults aged 18 to 85 years with or without a history of cancer. Among 32,447 cancer survivors, the most common diagnoses were…

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