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Sudden Cardiac Death Clue Discovered

A study tracking Portland-area sudden cardiac arrests has revealed a gene variant that may protect against the unpredictable and deadly problem.

Since 2002, researchers leading the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study have gathered every relevant detail they can find on every case of sudden cardiac arrest that occurs in Multnomah County. In a new analysis, the researchers sequenced the genes of 424 cardiac arrest patients and compared them to sequences from 226 control subjects who had been diagnosed with coronary artery disease but never experienced a cardiac arrest.

@OregonLive.com: Read more about the study that has found a genetic clue to fight sudden cardiac death

Tobacco In Candy-like Form Can Poison Children

A new generation of smokeless, flavored tobacco products that look like breath mints may be life- threatening for children who mistake them for candy, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Nicotine is a poison, and now we're seeing  tobacco products that look like Tic Tacs that children can be attracted to," says Greg N. Connolly, D.M.D., the director of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, MA.

@CNN.com: Read more on concerns about this new smokeless tobacco product that has doctors upset

Up To A Third Of Breast Cancers Could Be Avoided

BARCELONA, Spain, Mar. 25, 2010 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) -- Up to a third of breast cancer cases in Western countries could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, researchers at a conference said Thursday, renewing a sensitive debate about how lifestyle factors affect the disease.

Better treatments, early diagnosis and mammogram screenings have dramatically slowed breast cancer, but experts said the focus should now shift to changing behaviors like diet and physical activity.

@bcbs.com: Read more about how obese women are 60% more likely to develop any cancer

Skin Cancer Has Become An Epidemic In The U.S.

The most common cancers known to humankind are not, fortunately, the most deadly. The vast majority of non-melanoma skin cancers can be cured in a single day, in a single procedure.

But they still have a major impact. More than 2 million Americans were treated for 3.5 million non-melanoma skin cancers (mostly basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) in 2006 — and the numbers are growing steadily, one new study says.

"It's a huge public health problem" clearly linked to too much sun exposure and tanning, says Brett Coldiron, a dermatologist in Cincinnati and a co-author of the study, published in the March Archives of Dermatology. The study, which counted skin cancer removals among Medicare recipients and estimated cases in the rest of the population, found twice as many of the cancers as a 1994 study (done with different methods). It also found skin cancer removals in Medicare patients increased 4% a year from 1992 to 2006.

@USAToday/bcbs.com: Read more about the skin cancer experiences of several patients

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May 2010

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March 31, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Experts debate merits of breast cancer screening
March 26, 2010 | Associated Press Online

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March 26, 2010 | Associated Press Online

Up to a third of breast cancers could be avoided
March 25, 2010 | Associated Press Online

Study: Pregnancy safe for breast cancer survivors
March 25, 2010 | Associated Press Online

FDA panel mulls tanning bed ban for teens under 18
March 25, 2010 | Associated Press Online

CDC documents sickle cell disease risks
March 24, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Obesity’s role in cancer
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