Music Therapy May Help Cancer Patients

The soothing sound of music while in addition to working with a music therapist may help cancer patients not only with reducing anxiety levels in cancer patients, but providing another of other positive benefits. The study is set to be published in the August issue of Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

African Country Threatens to Jail Parents for Skipping Polio Vaccination

Parents who do not allow their children to be administered the polio vaccine are now facing jail time for defying a government order in one of Africa’s most populous nations. Tajuddeen Gambo, the permanent secretary of the Kano state health ministry.

Another Study Finds Mercury in Fluorescent Bulbs a Health Risk

Only months after it was found that energy saving fluorescent bulbs release carcinogenic chemicals into the air, a new study has found that these harmful chemicals are continually released from the bulbs over a period of weeks to months. Furthermore, the study also found that the levels of mercury released exceed those that are considered safe for humans. For owners of new ‘green’ homes that are extremely well sealed with little exposure to outside air, CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp) may pose even more of a threat.

Johnson & Johnson Sued for 70 Mil After Blocking Listerine Cancer Link

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), the world’s second-largest maker of health-care products, was sued for at least $70 million by a company that claims it interfered in a contract over distribution of an oral cancer test. Oral Cancer Prevention International Inc., a private company based in Suffern, New York, sued over a contract it signed in February 2010 with OraPharma Inc., then a J&J unit. OraPharma agreed to distribute OCPI’s Oral CDx Brush Test, which identifies precancerous cells in the mouth, according to the complaint filed in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey.

Diet Sodas Don’t Help with Dieting

Two new studies have linked drinking diet soda to poorer health compared with those who don’t drink the beverage. People who said they drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced waist size increases that were six times greater than those of people who didn’t drink diet soda, according to researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A second study that found the sweetener aspartame raised blood sugar levels in diabetes-prone mice.

FDA Unveils Graphic Images for Cigarette Packs

In a dramatic bid to get more Americans to quit smoking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine graphic warning labels that will appear on all packs of cigarettes by no later than September 2012. One image shows a man’s face and a lighted cigarette in his hand, with smoke escaping from a hole in his neck — the result of a tracheotomy. The caption reads “Cigarettes are addictive.”

Disposable Coffee Cups & Containers Found to Harbor Carcinogens

Plastic and styrofoam cups have become commonplace in the daily lives of millions worldwide. The convenience and cost effectiveness of these disposable items has led to thousands of companies dispensing them to customers without knowing that they contain two substances that have been linked to cancer. Formaldehyde and styrene, two chemicals found in disposable coffee cups and containers, have both been added to the federal government’s list of known or suspected carcinogens.

These Cell Phones Can Emit 28 Times More Radiation

Here’s some news about cell phones and cancer which even the mainstream media has found impossible to ignore. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared after a review of the research that cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents. The expert panel ruled that there was some evidence that cell phone use was linked to two types of tumors—brain tumors (gliomas) and acoustic neuromas.

8 New Substances Added to List of Carcinogens

Eight new substances have been added to a list of carcinogens by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The congressionally mandated report identifies substances that are either known to be human carcinogens or are reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. The new additions, announced on June 6, include formaldehyde and aristolochic acids, a family of acids that occur naturally in some plant species, which are now both considered known human carcinogens.

Ovarian Cancer Screening Does More Harm than Good, Study Shows

An 18-year study from the National Cancer Institute has found that widespread screening for ovarian cancer doesn’t save lives but does set up many women for needless surgery and avoidable complications. The results, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., were not a complete surprise, said study co-author Dr. Christine Berg of the National Cancer Institute. Still, experts are disappointed that yet another attempt to catch cancer early has failed to help patients beat the disease.

Government Says 2 Common Materials Pose Risk of Cancer

The government issued warnings on Friday about two materials used daily by millions of Americans, saying that one causes cancer and the other might. Government scientists listed formaldehyde as a carcinogen, and said it is found in worrisome quantities in plywood, particle board, mortuaries and hair salons. They also said that styrene, which is used in boats, bathtubs and in disposable foam plastic cups and plates, may cause cancer but is generally found in such low levels in consumer products that risks are low.

This Medical Mistake Could Give Your Child Cancer

Dr. Salvatore J. A. Sclafani discovered that at the department he ran at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, premature babies were being over-radiated. Dr. Sclafani had noticed that a newborn had been irradiated from head to toe, even though only a chest X-ray had been ordered. In fact, technologists had given the same baby about 10 whole-body X-rays. And Dr. John Amodio, a pediatric radiologist, found that such full-body X-rays of premature babies had occurred often, that radiation levels had been set too high, and that babies had been poorly positioned.

Cell Phone Cancer Concerns: What Else Is a Danger in Your Home?

After a World Health Organization study concluded cell phones may cause cancer, some are wondering what else in their homes and their everyday lives may be just as, or even more, dangerous to their health. The World Health Organization, whose International Agency for Research on Cancer announced the results of its year-long cell phone study Tuesday, estimates that there are 5 billion cell phone users globally, representing nearly three-quarters of the world’s population.

Folic Acid During Pregnancy May Reduce Baby’s Cancer Risk

Recalling painful memories while under the influence of the drug metyrapone reduces the brain’s ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with them, according to a study published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study by a team of University of Montreal researchers at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital challenges the theory that memories cannot be modified once they are stored in the brain.

Mushroom Compound Suppresses Prostate Tumors

A mushroom used in Asia for its medicinal benefits has been found to be 100 per cent effective in suppressing prostate tumour development in mice during early trials, new Queensland University of Technology (QUT) research shows. The compound, polysaccharopeptide (PSP), which is extracted from the ‘turkey tail’ mushroom, was found to target prostate cancer stem cells and suppress tumour formation in mice, according to an article written by senior research fellow Dr Patrick Ling in the online journal PLoS ONE, published by the Public Library of Science.

Red Meat Found to ‘Increase Risk of Bowel Cancer’

A new study from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund has found that cutting back on red meat consumption could help prevent 6,000 cases of bowel cancer — Australia’s second deadliest cancer. The research comes after previous major studies have reached similar conclusions, including a study performed by The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) in 2005.

Cell Phones, Brain Tumors and a Wired Earpiece

Just about every time I use a cell phone, I plug in my wired earpiece first. Having discussed the use of earpieces on several news shows, people expect to see me using one. If I am walking around the CNN studios, my colleagues often comment on it. In airports, people will stop me in the rare cases I forget to use the earpiece, and remind me about it. Perhaps, they are intrigued because I am a neurosurgeon who openly shows some concern about cell phones.