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5/23/2017

A report that included data from 119 studies and 12 million women found drinking one small glass of an alcoholic beverage per day increased the risk of breast cancer for pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. The analysis from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund said there was strong evidence that vigorous exercise may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

5/23/2017

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals' Kevzara, or sarilumab, has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. The companies anticipate European approval of Kevzara in the next few months.

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5/23/2017

Registered dietitians say pulses are a good source of nutrients and form the backbone of the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is linked to numerous health benefits. RD Kelly Toups says pulses such as beans, chickpeas and lentils can be added to any meal to "honor the spirit of the Mediterranean diet."

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Today's Dietitian
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5/23/2017

The apparent suicide of musician Chris Cornell is drawing attention to the need for more education on warning signs, as middle-age men comprise the majority of US suicides and often don't seek help through traditional avenues. Meanwhile, only three states currently require mental health practitioners to be trained in detecting suicidality.

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NBC News
5/23/2017

Veterinarian Mark Suckow pioneered a new veterinary cancer treatment called VetiVax, an injection series that primes an animal's immune system to fight cancer, and the $1,200 treatment has been used in over 150 animals, demonstrated initial response against 11 types of cancer and given 60% of patients longer life than expected. "Immunotherapy is the future of cancer medicine, not only for animals but for humans as well," said Ashley Kalinauskas, CEO of Torigen Pharmaceuticals, the maker of VetiVax.

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UConn Today
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cancer, Torigen Pharmaceuticals
5/23/2017

Zookeepers watch for small changes that could mean the animals in their care are hiding serious illness, including age-related diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, renal disease and others that their shorter-lived wild counterparts might not experience. That was the case when Zoo Boise keepers noticed their sloth bear Jack wasn't eating and had become jaundiced; veterinarian Jeff Brourman performed exploratory surgery, finding cancer had spread throughout the animal's body, and the creature was ultimately euthanized.

5/23/2017

CDC researchers found that the mortality rate among black children with diabetes was more than three times higher than Hispanic children and more than two times higher than white children. The findings in the agency's
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, based on an analysis of 2000 to 2014 data from the National Vital Statistics System, revealed that possible causes of disparities in the mortality rates include differences in access to health care, diabetes care, and diabetes self- and parent-management education.

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5/23/2017

ViaCyte's PEC-Direct, a novel islet cell replacement therapy, will soon undergo clinical trials as a potential treatment for type 1 diabetes, the company announced after securing regulatory approvals from the FDA and Health Canada. PEC-Direct delivers stem cell-derived pancreatic progenitor cells that can multiply and mature into human islet tissue that can create insulin.

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ViaCyte, Health Canada, FDA
5/23/2017

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the CDC are developing a system to facilitate electronic sharing of Zika virus testing data between laboratories and health care providers. The project will use a web portal for providers and Health Level Seven's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard, said Michelle Meigs of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, which is also a partner on the project.

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CDC, ONC
5/23/2017

Research in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior outlined the positive effects associated with the Shaping Healthy Choices Program for schools, which includes having a garden, cooking demonstrations, health fairs, use of regional produce, family newsletters and wellness committees. The study found greater improvements in BMI measures among children in schools that participated in the intervention, compared with students in schools that were part of a control group.