October 20, 2013 |
While the value of routine PSA screening for prostate cancer continues to be debated, all major doctors' groups agree that it is not useful for men over 75. In the doctor's office, however, that consensus is being widely ignored. Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study that found primary-care doctors in Texas conducted PSA screening on 41 percent of Medicare beneficiaries over age 74 in 2009. In March, an Emory University study of Medicare claims found the same high screening rate in older men nationally in 2010.
October 16, 2013
DENVER - Wendell and Linda Ramage could give Congress and the Obama administration some lessons on paying off massive debt. As we watch our leaders debate over the federal government's debt ceiling, I can't help but admire the story of these two retired teachers from Georgia, both 71, who sacrificed and went without so they could pay off $50,000 in credit-card debt they had accumulated because of medical expenses and overspending. Certainly their debt situation isn't as complicated or as large relative to the federal government, but it's the couple's resolve to buckle down and pay off their bills and stop living beyond their means that should be a lesson for our government.
October 2, 2013 |
Decades after lumpectomy became a standard option for women with breast cancer, men are seeking a similarly targeted approach to prostate cancer, one that gets rid of the tumor while preserving the organ. This sensible tack has lagged in prostate cancer for many reasons, starting with the fact that the golf-ball-size gland is inaccessible. It lies deep within the pelvic cavity, surrounded by sensitive structures that are vital to sexual and urinary health. Now, however, an array of technologies is enabling doctors to visualize and zap away prostate malignancies.
September 12, 2013 |
The Blue Bell-based start-up Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Tuesday that it signed a partnership deal with the Swiss-based drugmaker Roche Holding AG that will pay Inovio $10 million now but could yield as much as $412.5 million if Inovio's prostate cancer and hepatitis B immunotherapy products pan out. Revenue from the sale of drugs derived from the compounds is a long way off, perhaps after 2020, because testing has been done only in animals....
August 11, 2013 |
Holy mackerel! Or, in light of a new study, "unholy" might be more appropriate. Omega-3 fatty acids derived from oil in fatty fish like mackerel, tuna, and salmon are still endorsed by doctors for controlling blood fats in heart disease. But when it comes to preventing cancer, the verdict has gotten murky. A study published in July found omega-3 may raise the risk of prostate cancer. "This is not a happy finding," said Theodore Brasky, who led the study at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
June 30, 2013 |
A 36-year-old Bucks County murder mystery remains unsolved because DNA tests on the prime suspect conducted this year came back inconclusive, authorities said Friday. The DNA belonged to Harry Ritterson, uncle of Shaun Ritterson, a 20-year-old whose gutted torso was found dumped on the side of Buckingham Mountain in June 1977. Harry Ritterson came under renewed scrutiny last year after the Bucks County Courier Times ran a series reexamining the decades-old slaying. Long considered a suspect, he gave statements to the newspaper that seemed to contradict what he told police after the killing, and authorities renewed their investigation with him as the prime suspect.
June 14, 2013
FATHER'S DAY U.S. Open Experience So, you didn't get him a ticket to Merion. Let him watch on the big screen, practice his putts and pick up some merch at this AmEx-sponsored outdoor event. It's practically the same thing, sorta. Independence Mall, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, free, usopen.com. Gary Papa Run It's been four years since Philly lost this beloved sportscaster, but his memory lives on in this 11th-annual 5K run-walk (and 1-mile fun walk), which, as always, raises funds to promote awareness of prostate cancer.
May 12, 2013 |
For the last two years, family and friends have asked Anna Del Vecchio when she'll be moving from her trinity in Bella Vista. The answer is always the same. "I'm not going anywhere. Everything I need is here . . . my baker, the Ninth Street Market, and my bank is on the corner," says Del Vecchio, 75. She does readily concede, though, that she wanted nothing to do with the run-down shell that the property was when she first saw it. She was a young housewife with three preschool-age children in 1966, when her husband, Anthony Del Vecchio, said he had found a house for them.
May 9, 2013 |
A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men each year decide whether they need to treat their cancer right away or can safely monitor it. The new test, which goes on sale Wednesday, joins another one that recently came on the market. Both analyze multiple genes in a biopsy sample and give a score for aggressiveness, similar to tests used now for certain breast and colon cancers. Doctors say tests like these have the potential to curb a major problem in cancer care - overtreatment.
April 24, 2013
THE MUSHROOM has yet to take center stage on the American plate, but it should. Its many varieties are full of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium and selenium. They can help you lose weight (send me an email and I'll tell you more), boost your immune system and fight cancer! Here are five to try: 1WHITE Button, cremini and portobello mushrooms are pretty familiar to most of us, but you may not know that they help stabilize blood sugar and aid in weight loss. Their high level of selenium helps prevent prostate cancer.