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March FDBR Health Update: Breaking News

Every day, new advances are made in medicine and science and it can be hard to keep up. Our firm is committed to keeping our clients and the general public informed as to new and important developments in the health field. On a regular basis we will post new findings. We hope you will find them informative.

  • Rates of colon cancer have been in decline since the 1980s. Once one of the most common types of cancer deaths in America, colon cancer rates have decreased due to preventative screening. According to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society , screenings should begin at age 50. (NY Times)

  • A FDA advisory board recommended this week that a HPV test be the first line of screening for cervical cancer, not a Pap test. “Every year, 12,000 women are diagnosed in the U.S. with cervical cancer. This is especially tragic because cervical cancer is a largely preventable disease, and it is well established that HPV is the cause of almost all cervical cancers worldwide.Women need better access to screening tools that include primary HPV screening in order to reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer,” said Dr. Thomas Wright Jr., an expert in gynecology and pathology at Columbia University Medical Center. (CNN)

  • The number of adults taking medication for ADHD is at an all time high, with a 50 increase between 2008 and 2012. (NY Times)

  • A new vaginal gel may prevent HIV if applied a few hours after sexual intercourse. The gel, which was tested on monkeys with menstrual cycles similar to women, protected five out of the six from HIV. More trials and tests are needed to see if gel will be effective in women. (CNN)

  • In 16 years, cancer will become the leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing heart disease, according to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase nearly 45 by 2030, from 1.6 million cases to 2.3 million cases annually. (CNN)

  • A new analysis has found that outbursts of anger can significantly increase the risk for irregular heart rhythms, angina, strokes and heart attacks. They found that in the two hours after an outburst of anger, the relative risk of angina and heart attack increased by nearly five times, while the risk of ischemic stroke and cardiac arrhythmia increased by more than three times. The findings appeared in The European Heart Journal. (NY Times)

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