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Diagnosing cancer: To screen or not to screen | The Economist

CANCER treatments are going from strength to strength. Screening for tumours, by contrast, seems to have hit a rough patch, at least in …

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Study Finds Benefit to Radiation After Breast Cancer Surgery – NYTimes.com

Radiation treatment after surgery for breast cancer significantly lowers the risk that the disease will recur in the breast or spread lethally to other parts of the body over the next 10 to 15 years, researchers …

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How Medicare Fails the Elderly – NYTimes.com

HERE is the dirty little secret of health care in America for the elderly, the one group we all assume has universal coverage thanks to the 1965 Medicare law: what Medicare paid for then is no longer what …

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Christopher Hitchens on Writing, Mortality and Cancer – NYTimes.com

Christopher Hitchens, probably the country’s most famous unbeliever, received the Freethinker of the Year Award at the annual convention of the Atheist Alliance of America here on Saturday. Mr. Hitchens was flattered by the honor, he said a few days beforehand, but also a little …

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Stem cells: The nuclear option | The Economist

A PARTICULAR sheep has haunted stem-cell researchers for years. In 1996 Ian Wilmut, of the Roslyn Institute, in Edinburgh, removed the nucleus of an ovine egg cell and replaced it with that of an adult cell. The resulting hybrid was grown into a tiny embryo known as a …

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U.S. Scrambling to Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine – NYTimes.com

Federal officials and lawmakers, along with the drug industry and doctors’ groups, are rushing to find remedies for critical shortages of drugs to treat a number of life-threatening illnesses, including bacterial …

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News Desk: Chávez, Cancer, and Cuba : The New Yorker

These are traumatic times for Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez, who recently revealed that he was suffering from an unspecified form of cancer. Last week, Chávez asked his National Assembly for permission …

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Alcohol and cancer: Is any amount of drinking really safe? – latimes.com

How much alcohol is it really safe to drink?

Possibly less than you’ve been led to believe, say French researchers writing in CMAJ (the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal).

In a piece published Monday, Paule Latino-Martel, a cancer researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, and co-authors argued that many countries’ alcohol consumption guidelines — which typically define a moderate, “sensible” level of drinking designed to help …

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Bringing Therapists to Patients, via the Web – NYTimes.com

SEE a therapist without leaving your home?

In an article in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Thomas F. Dwyer, a Massachusetts psychiatrist, says he has practiced “telepsychiatry,” via video teleconferencing, for five years. Its “adoption by psychiatrists and patients,” he predicts, “will proceed quickly if the organizers cope with the …

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Cancer patient receives lab-made windpipe – latimes.com

A 36-year-old man who had tracheal cancer has received a new lab-made windpipe seeded with his own stem cells in a procedure in Sweden that’s called the first successful attempt of its kind, officials …

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Venezuela’s ailing president: Chavismo without Chávez? | The Economist

HUGO CHÁVEZ has always tried to project an air of invincibility. Even before his successful campaign to revoke Venezuela’s presidential term limits, he spoke of wanting to stay in office until 2031. The man Venezuelans saw on television last night, however, was barely recognisable as the country’s robust and voluble leader. In a 15-minute recorded speech, a notably thinner Mr Chávez looked stiff and downcast as he …

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