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Can NSAIDs Help Prevent Skin Cancer? | News Brief

Users of NSAIDs appear have significantly reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) when compared with nonusers, according to a systematic review. Aspirin users were also found to have a reduced risk for SCC.

Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, December 18, 2014 (online).…

Assessing Medical Use of Cannabinoids | News Brief

There appears to be moderate-quality evidence supporting cannabinoid use for treating chronic pain and spasticity, according to a review of 79 trials. Investigators also observed low-quality evidence suggesting that cannabinoids improved chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, weight gain in patients with HIV, sleep disorders, and symptoms of Tourette syndrome.…

Screening Colon Cancer With sDNA

Screening Colon Cancer With sDNA | Feature

According to published data, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, but is also among the most preventable. Studies have found that in more than 60% of all cases, colorectal cancer is not detected until its late stages, making treatment difficult and survival rates low.…

Comparing Incentive-Based Smoking Cessation Programs | News Brief

Smoking cessation programs that offer rewards appear to be more commonly accepted than those including refundable deposits, according to a study. Among patients assigned to reward-based programs, 90% accepted the assignment, compared with less than 15% of those assigned to deposit-based programs.…

CME: Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Cancer Survivors

CME: Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Cancer Survivors | News Brief

Clinicians can play a vital role in mitigating the negative emotional and behavioral sequelae that come after patients survive cancer. Recognizing and treating anxiety and depressive symptoms effectively may help reduce the burden of cancer.

Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME!

Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME! | Guest Blog

For physicians practicing in most states (what gives, Indiana?), obtaining continuing medical education credits is a necessity, like it or not. For license registration, 54 boards require anywhere from 12 hours (Alabama) to 50 hours (a few states) of CME per year.…

Comparing Incentive-Based Smoking Cessation Programs | News Brief

Smoking cessation programs that offer rewards appear to be more commonly accepted than those including refundable deposits, according to a study. Among patients assigned to reward-based programs, 90% accepted the assignment, compared with less than 15% of those assigned to deposit-based programs.…

The High Healthcare Costs of Smoking | News Brief

Researchers in the United States estimate that nearly 9% of annual healthcare spending in 2010 could be attributed to cigarette smoking, amounting to as much as $170 billion. The study team found that more than 60% of the attributable spending was paid by public programs like Medicare and Medicaid.…

Surgical Resection & NSCLC | News Brief

Among highly selected patients with stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), surgical resection appears to improve overall survival when used as a part of multimodality therapy. NSCLC patients who underwent definitive chemoradiation had an average overall survival of 16.3 months, compared with an average of 25.9 months for those who underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical intervention in any sequence.…

The Impact of Smoking Among the Elderly | News Brief

Researchers have found that smoking appears to be a strong independent risk factor of cardiovascular events and mortality among patients aged 60 and older. The authors found that smoking advanced cardiovascular mortality by more than 5 years for this older patient population, but smoking cessation appeared to help reduce this excess risk.…

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