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From scurvy to genomics: Clinical trial participants pay it forward

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Throughout history, decision-makers have relied on clinical trials to make evidence-based improvements in the delivery of health care. From the first recorded study of whether beans or meat better prepared warriors in biblical times, to the discovery that lemons treated scurvy among ailing British sailors better than vinegar or cider, carefully controlled scientific studies have inspired medical advances for centuries. They are just as influential today, especially in the evolving world of cancer treatment.

What you need to know about breakthroughs in blood cancer treatments

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Advances in diagnosing and treating blood cancers have helped double survival rates, and the future outlook may be even brighter. Blood cancers—leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma—made up almost 10 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed in 2015, or about 162,000 new cancer cases. At the same time, progress is being made on the survival front. More than 1 million people are either living with the disease or are survivors.

Research shines light on cancer photo therapy

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For years, doctors have been harnessing the power of light as a tool in the fight against cancer. In a process called photodynamic therapy (PDT), light-sensitive drugs are injected into the body and settle into cancer cells. When the cells are exposed to certain light waves, the drugs are activated to kill the cells and shrink the tumor. Now researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have announced a breakthrough that may take light-based therapy to the next level.

Knowing your dad's health may be a gift to you

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This Father’s Day, you may want to sit down with your dad and discuss his medical history. Knowing about your father’s health may help you and your doctor determine your risks for a number of health issues, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?

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Based on prevailing research, the science is hardly decided on whether the regular use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. But at least two juries in St. Louis, Missouri, would beg to differ after awarding a total of $127 million in cases involving two women who said they got ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson® talcum powder.

Healthy grilling: The do's and don'ts of barbecues

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With Memorial Day behind us, it’s time to prepare for the season ahead—summer, and the favorite American pastime that comes with it: cookouts on the grill. Grilling is a popular way cook up meats and vegetables, but many people may not be aware that there are healthy, and unhealthy, ways to fire up the grill and the food we eat from it.