Prevention and Early Diagnosis Articles
Do Heartburn Medications Cause Kidney Disease? Dementia? – New research shows that people who take popular heartburn medications are more likely to develop dementia as well as serious kidney disease. These include Prilosec, Nexium Prevacid, Kapidex, Aciphex and Protonix, which are all a type of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI).
Plastic Wrap and Plastic Food Containers: Are They Safe? – With many plastic products claiming that they are “microwave-safe” and health experts warning us to not heat food in plastic containers, what information can you trust?
Can Daily Aspirin Prevent Both Heart Disease and Cancer? – Daily low-dose aspirin used to be widely recommended to prevent heart attacks but is now only recommended for patients who already have had heart attacks or other serious cardiovascular problems. It is not recommended for people with high blood pressure because it can cause serious bleeding complications that outweigh any benefits for heart disease or cancer. That’s why experts recommend safer options to help prevent heart disease in low-risk patients.
Statement of Dr. Diana Zuckerman, President, National Center for Health Research, March 8, 2023 – Today the FDA announced that 19 women were reported in medical publications who developed squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in the capsule around breast implants. This is more than the 10 women that FDA reported in September. Several of the women died. It is important to know that 24 cases of SCC have been reported to … Continue reading Statement of Dr. Diana Zuckerman, President, National Center for Health Research, March 8, 2023
Liver Cancer: What is it and how to prevent it – An estimated 100,000 people live with liver cancer in the U.S. with about 41,000 new cases each year.2 Although less common than many other cancers in the U.S., the rate of newly diagnosed liver cancer has tripled since 1980 and death rates have doubled. It is often diagnosed in late stages and when it is, … Continue reading Liver Cancer: What is it and how to prevent it
Cancer of the Immune System (ALCL) and Breast Implants: Plastic Surgeons Study 173 Women – In 2015, plastic surgeons who have been well known for defending the safety of breast implants published a study of 173 women with cancer of the immune system caused by breast implants.
Breast Implants and Cancer of the Immune System (ALCL): A History of Who Knew What When – The FDA has reported growing evidence that breast implants are associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare cancer of the immune system.
ALCL and Breast Implants: 2017 Update – In March 2017, FDA updated its website to officially report that breast implants could cause a type of cancer of the immune system that can be fatal. Read about the research here.
Phthalates and Children’s Products – Phthalates are a material found in many products in your home. Read about this chemical and its connection to various cancers and other health problems.
Stomach Cancer and Diet: Can Certain Foods Increase Your Risk? – There is growing evidence that the foods we eat can increase the chances of developing certain types of cancer. A report by the World Cancer Research Fund International says that stomach cancer is one of them.
Phthalates Q&A – Answers to common questions about phthalates and the possible risks.
Agent Orange and Serious Diseases including Multiple Myeloma – Nicholas J. Jury, PhD and Diana Zuckerman, PhD 2015 It has taken many years to determine how Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War has harmed the health of those who were exposed. One of the reasons is that it can take decades for cancer to develop after a dangerous exposure. Agent Orange was used … Continue reading Agent Orange and Serious Diseases including Multiple Myeloma
Morcellation devices: a surgical tool that can spread cancer? What you need to know – By Anna E. Mazzucco, Ph.D. 2014 If you have uterine fibroids and are considering treatment or if you’ve heard about uterine morcellation in the news, this article will help you understand the issue. What are power morcellation devices? A power morcellation device is a small surgical tool which cut tissue into smaller pieces. This allows … Continue reading Morcellation devices: a surgical tool that can spread cancer? What you need to know
Endometrial cancer: what you need to know – December 2013. Endometrial cancer—also called uterine cancer—is the most common cancer affecting a woman’s reproductive system. It is diagnosed when tumors start growing in the lining of the uterus, which is called the endometrium. If you’re having any pain in the pelvic area or experiencing unusual bleeding or discharge, be sure to tell your doctor.
Flaxseed: What is it and Can it Keep you Healthy? – Suddenly, everyone is talking about adding flaxseed to your diet. What is flaxseed and how can eating it make you healthier?
Testimony of Dr. Jennifer Yttri at FDA Advisory Committee on Tivozanib – May 2013. Patients with kidney cancer have many options for drug therapy but often experience bad side effects. As the FDA considers another drug option, we don’t think the science is good enough to suggest patients will have a longer and better quality life on this new drug. Instead, we recommend waiting for more clinical data to give doctors and patients a clear idea of when tivozanib would be beneficial rather than cause more harm.
Physician Groups Make Recommendations to Reduce Healthcare Costs – Does an 18-year-old female need a pap smear? Should a patient with a mild sinus infection be given antibiotics? You might be surprised that the answer to both questions is NO according to leading physicians.
Radiation and Thyroid Cancer – Recent media reports have raised fears that radiation from dental x-rays and mammograms increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Is it true that dental x-rays and mammograms are to blame for the increase in thyroid cancer? Can a simple thyroid shield (an optional extension of the lead apron that blocks x-rays from reaching the neck) reduce the risk and put fears to rest?
Arsenic and Lead in our Juice (and You Thought Poisoned Apples Were only in Fairy Tales!) – Learn how much arsenic has been found in common foods and drinks (too much!)–and what laws are in place to protect your family from this known carcinogen (not many!).
Can Sleeping Pills Cause Cancer? – Findings from a 2012 study suggest that people who take hypnotic sleep medications are more likely to get cancer or die than people who do not take these medications.
FDA Review Indicates Possible Association Between Breast Implants and a Rare Cancer – ALCL, a type of cancer of the immune system, is developing in the breast area of women with breast implants more often than for women who don’t have breast implants. When women with implants have breast pain or abnormalities they need to see their primary care physician or OB/GYN to have it checked out.