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The Hill: In War on Cancer, Patients at Risk of Becoming Commoditized

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Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, highlights the significant progress the medical community has made in the war on cancer but stresses the importance of access to care to improve and lengthen patients’ lives. “More Americans with cancer face longer life expectancies as a result of increased awareness among at-risk populations, better preventative care, early screenings, and new therapies,” writes Okon. “However, despite significant progress in the war on cancer, unnecessary access Read More >

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DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 27

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow – Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have leftover medicines around your house, tomorrow is a great opportunity to dispose of them. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse Read More >

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5 Surprising Facts about Childhood Cancer

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and what you may not know about childhood cancer may surprise you. More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and approximately one-quarter of these children will not survive. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month highlights the types of cancer that affect children, survivorship issues, and help raise funds for research and family support. First, five things you may not know about childhood cancer: Common adult cancers – lung, Read More >

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Mito What???

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Mitochondrial Disease: The Most Common Disease You’ve Probably Never Heard of… About 20 years ago, mitochondrial disease was virtually unheard of.  Just 10 years ago, it was considered rare. Today, according to NORD, a disease is considered rare when less than 200,000 people are affected.  Mitochondrial disease is not a single disease, but rather an entire umbrella of rare diseases.  For example, Alpers disease and Barth syndrome are very different and rare forms of mitochondrial Read More >

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Playing Detective With Checkpoint Therapies

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Three words are on the lips of everyone following new developments in cancer therapies: checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Simply put, investigators believe they have figured out a way to dismantle the mechanism used by cancer cells to stay hidden from T-cells, a type of specialized immune cell. CTLA-4 is a protein on the surface of T-cells that acts as an “off” switch for the sleuthing T-cells. It signals them to remain in a resting state, kind of like Read More >

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