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Late stage breast cancer survival estimate is ‘rarely accurate’

Late stage breast cancer survival estimate is ‘rarely accurate’

Specialists warn that single number average survival estimates for advanced stage breast cancer are unhelpful and usually inaccurate. Instead, they advise doctors to provide several case-specific survival estimates to help people plan with realism and hope. Share on PinterestWhat is a more helpful approach when it comes to discussing survival rate estimates for late stage […]

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zanamivir (Relenza)

zanamivir (Relenza)

What is zanamivir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Zanamivir is an inhaled drug that is used for treating and preventing influenza (the “flu“). Zanamivir decreases the spread of influenza A and B viruses, the viruses responsible for the flu. It does this by blocking the action of neuraminidase, an enzyme produced by […]

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omalizumab (Xolair)

omalizumab (Xolair)

What is omalizumab, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Omalizumab is an injectable drug that is used for treating asthma. Omalizumab is a protein that resembles one type of human antibody. Antibodies are proteins produced by the body that recognize foreign substances such as bacteria (that cause infection) and pollens (that cause allergies). […]

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Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis Rosea

Chuh, A., et al. “A Position Statement on the Management of Patients With Pityriasis Rosea.” JEADV 2016: 1-12. Drago F, Broccolo F, and Rebora A. “Pityriasis Rosea: An Update With a Critical Appraisal of Its Possible Herpesviral Etiology.” J Am Acad Dermatol 61.2 Aug. 2009: 303-318. Drago F, Broccolo F, et al. “Pregnancy Outcome in […]

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rosiglitazone (Avandia)

rosiglitazone (Avandia)

What is rosiglitazone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Rosiglitazone is an oral drug that reduces the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is used for treating patients with type 2 diabetes and is in a class of anti-diabetic drugs called thiazolidinediones. The other member of this class is pioglitazone (Actos). […]

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Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis facts Rhabdomyolysis is the rapid destruction of skeletal muscle resulting in leakage into the urine of the muscle protein myoglobin. Rhabdomyolysis has many causes. Medications can cause muscle injury and rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis can cause muscle pain and weakness. Blood levels of muscle enzymes, including CPK, SGOT, SGPT, and LDH, as well as blood and […]

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Mindfulness May Be a Balm for Breast Cancer Patients

Mindfulness May Be a Balm for Breast Cancer Patients

Latest Cancer News THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Women with advanced breast cancer might find mindfulness can ease their pain, anxiety and depression, a new study suggests. Mindfulness is the ability to keep your mind focused on the present moment. “Mindfulness helps us relate to our thoughts, emotions and physical symptoms in a […]

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Dislocated Shoulder

What are home remedies for a dislocated shoulder? When a shoulder injury occurs and there is concern about a fracture or dislocation, the patient likely needs to seek medical attention urgently. Initial first aid at the scene may include immobilizing the shoulder, perhaps by placing it into a sling, applying ice packs to the affected […]

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tocilizumab (Actemra)

What is tocilizumab, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Tocilizumab is an injectable synthetic (man-made) protein that binds to interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the body and blocks the effects of IL-6 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury and is a necessary process for the repair of injury. IL-6 […]

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What to know about hallucinations

What to know about hallucinations

Hallucinations can be a sign of a mental health illness, but they do not always mean a person is unwell. Hallucinations are, in fact, relatively common. One 2015 study from Europe found that 7.3 percent of people reported a life-long experience of hearing voices. A further study from South Africa on hallucinations in the general […]