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Smoking after cancer diagnosis raises healthcare costs, study says

Smoking after cancer diagnosis raises healthcare costs, study says

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April 5 (UPI) -- Smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lead to soaring healthcare costs, a new study says. On average, smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lift costs by an additional $ 11,000 per patient, according to research published Friday in JAMA Open Network. "These data estimate that smoking could result in $ 3.4 billion in additional cancer treatment costs national if patients continue to smoke after being diagnosed with cancer," Graham Warren, vice chairman at the radiation oncology center at the University of South Carolina and study lead author, said in a news release. "We know that continued smoking can lead to bad treatment outcomes for patients with cancer. The 2014 Surgeon General's Report concluded that continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis increases the risk of dyin...
Newborn hip checks ‘have failed to prevent late diagnosis’

Newborn hip checks ‘have failed to prevent late diagnosis’

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The current system of checking newborns for hip problems is failing, resulting in too many late diagnoses and corrective surgery, a study suggests.All newborns in England have their hips examined but only those at risk or with problems receive a scan.Surgeons from Southampton Children's Hospital said the rate of late diagnoses had not improved since screening started, over 30 years ago.But Public Health England said scanning all newborns could cause more problems. Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), if picked up early in babies, can be treated using a removable splint worn for two to three months.But if there is a delay in diagnosis of up to a year or more, untreated hip dysplasia can lead to a shortened leg, surgery and the risk of continuing hip p...
New imaging method could speed up breast cancer diagnosis

New imaging method could speed up breast cancer diagnosis

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Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new technology to track tumor development within human breast tissue, a study says. The new system has the potential to speed up a normally lengthy process. A traditional cancer diagnosis takes a few days and requires tissue to be removed, dyed with chemicals and examined by a pathologist. This research, published Wednesday in Science Advances, detailed how the portable optical imaging system simultaneously captured images from surgically-removed breast tissue with light pulses in four modalities. The researchers tested their new tool during breast cancer surgeries at Carle Foundation Hospital. They took cancer breast tissue removed from patients and located particular molecular features linked t...
BBC's Bill Turnbull breaks down incurable cancer diagnosis in heartbreaking TV return

BBC's Bill Turnbull breaks down incurable cancer diagnosis in heartbreaking TV return

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The BBC Breakfast presenter, who left the show in 2016 after a 15-year stint, was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in November 2017.Bill Turnbull, 62, went public with the news in March this year, and has since kept the public updated on his progress.Last night, the celebrated journalist appeared on Channel 4's Stand Up to Cancer, where he discussed his ill health in a pre-recorded segment.Talking to the camera, Bill revisited his diagnosis, revealing the devastating effect it had on himself and his family. Related Articles The TV presenter — who has three children with his wife — said: "I have been married for almost 30 years, and that I consider to be the best thing I have ever done."After visiting the doctor due to experiencing pains in h...
'My memory is foggy': Selma Blair reveals MS diagnosis

'My memory is foggy': Selma Blair reveals MS diagnosis

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Selma Blair has revealed she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The 46-year-old actress, who has starred in films such as Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde, said she had suffered symptoms of the condition "for years" but was diagnosed two months ago.Sharing an emotional post on Instagram, Blair said she was "OK", but admitted it had been "overwhelming in the beginning".She said: "I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS."She added, however, that thanks to the support of the cast and crew of the upcoming Netflix show Another Life, she has been able to continue filming."We are doing it. I laugh and I don't know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best," she said.She...