“You Can Never Rewind,” By Doc Wascher






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Phoenix cancer surgeon and rock musician Robert “Doc” Wascher has just released his latest single, “You Can Never Rewind.” This new track is the sequel to Doc Wascher’s 2014 instrumental single, “Rewind.” Both of these rock tunes are published by Doc Wascher Records, an independent music label that exclusively publishes Doc Wascher’s music, and which frees Wascher from the constraints of the corporate music world and its mass-production approach to music.

A contemporary example of the legendary classic rock sound of the late 1960s and early ’70s, “You Can Never Rewind” boasts Doc Wascher’s haunting and compelling vocals and melodic guitars, as well as some of the most intuitive and evocative songwriting since that of Lennon & McCartney and Eric Burdon (The Animals).

Doc Wascher cites as his main artistic influences some of world’s most renowned founders of modern rock and roll music, including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, the Ventures, the Eagles, Motown in general, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, post-Cream Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rush, Duane Eddy, the Animals, and Yes, among others.

As one might derive from such a distinguished list of rock royalty, Wascher’s own original music is steeped in what is commonly called the ‘classic-rock sound,’ which Wascher, himself, rightly considers to be the foundation of virtually all modern rock and roll and blues-rock. .

“I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s,” he writes, “listening to – and loving – blues and rock & roll music (what people now refer to as ‘classic rock’). ‘You Can Never Rewind’ speaks to the two intertwined themes of the transforming nature of love and the unstoppable passage of time in our lives, all set to a classic rock groove”

“You Can Never Rewind,” with its warm, flexing guitar tones that alternately growl and soar with the impact of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Cream’s Eric Clapton, will take you on a musical journey that will impact both your ears and your heart. At a time when classic rock and blues aficionados believe that “all the good stuff has already been done,” Doc Wascher comes bursting out of the gate with a new song that vividly recalls the golden era of classic blues and rock music in the late 1960s and early ‘70s

“‘You Can Never Rewind’ reminds us all of the transforming power of love,” Wascher writes, “but it also reminds us of the reality that time is finite, and that time quickly passes all of us by.” While ancient philosophers wrote about these two interwoven realities of human existence, Doc Wascher has taken these existential themes and married them with a guitar-driven rock beat that will move both your heart and your feet at the same time.

“You Can Never Rewind” by Doc Wascher is now available from online music stores worldwide. Fans of melodic rock-blues will want to add this new release to their music collection and playlists without delay!

Also, don’t miss the official video preview for “You Can Never Rewind!” (link provided below).


“You Can Never Rewind” by Doc Wascher –

http://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Never-Rewind-Single/dp/B00SV71AH6/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-can-never-rewind-single/id962139121



“Rewind” by Doc Wascher –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rewind-single/id858423344

http://www.amazon.com/Rewind-Single-Doc-Wascher/dp/B00JJOQ9P8/ref=pd_sim_sbs_dmusic_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0VX23KERC4RST48AAPFQ



Music Video Preview –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6mPDbArzz8



Doc Wascher’s Bio –

In addition to his classic blues-rock compositions and recordings, Robert “Doc” Wascher is an internationally renowned cancer surgeon and professor of surgery. Dr. Wascher is also the author of the popular book, “A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race,” which is often referred to as the ‘Bible of Cancer Prevention’ for lay readers.

By day, Dr. Wascher is the Chief of Surgery at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in the Phoenix, Arizona area. By night, Doc Wascher is a passionate rock-and-roll composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist who channels a 40-year love affair with classic rock and blues music into his own original compositions and recordings.

In 2014, Robert “Doc” Wascher released his debut single, “Rewind,” which is an instrumental guitar-and-keyboard rocker that evokes the classic-rock guitar sounds of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, the Ventures and Duane Eddy.

“You Can Never Rewind,” Doc Wascher’s latest release, is the follow-up to “Rewind” and features Doc Wascher on vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, and bass guitar.

Enjoy!


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Get ready to “rewind” back to the melodic guitar rock sounds that ruled FM radio in the 70s and early 80s with the new hit single “Rewind,” the first single from the forthcoming album by Robert “Doc” Wascher!

Release Date:  4/23/2014.

Produced & released by Doc Wascher Records.

CDs & T-shirts coming soon!




"Rewind"  New Classic Rock Hit Song by Doc Wascher

"Rewind" New Classic Rock Hit Song by Doc Wascher


New Doc Wascher Rock & Roll Single, “Rewind,” on Amazon.com – 4/24/2014


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"Rewind" CD - Front Cover


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"Rewind" CD - Back Cover


Doc Wascher "Rewind"T-shirt

Doc Wascher "Rewind"T-shirt


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11-1-2009:   Exercise & Prostate Cancer Risk

10-25-2009:  HPV Virus & Risk of Breast Cancer

10-18-2009:  Post-Cholecystectomy Syndrome (Symptoms after Gallbladder Surgery)

10-11-2009:  Vitamin D & Falls in the Elderly

10-4-2009:   Surgery, NSQIP, Complications & Death

9-27-2009    Stress, Heart Disease, Exercise & Death

9-20-2009:   Vitamin D & Colorectal Cancer Survival

9-13-2009:   H1N1 Swine Flu Update

9-7-2009:     Green Tea, Aging & Lifespan

8-30-2009:   Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Diet & Fiber

8-23-2009:   Update on Prostate Cancer and Cryotherapy

8-16-2009:   Exercise Improves Lymphedema Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors

8-9-2009:    Breast Cancer Recurrence, Death & Vitamin D

8-2-2009:    Honesty, Dishonesty & Brain Function

7-26-2009:   Coronary Artery CT Scans & Cancer Risk

7-19-2009:   Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Ovarian Cancer

7-12-2009:   Breast Cancer & Metformin (Glucophage)

7-5-2009:     Prostate Cancer & Green Tea

6-28-2009:   Air Pollution & the Risk of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

6-21-2009:   Red Yeast Rice, Statins & Cholesterol

6-14-2009:   Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant & Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

6-7-2009:     Diet, Soy & Breast Cancer Risk

5-31-2009:   Diet and Prostate Cancer Risk

5-24-2009:   Diabetes, Glucose Control & Death

5-17-2009:   Drug Company Marketing & Physician Prescribing Bias

5-10-2009:   Hemorrhoids & Surgery

5-3-2009:     Statin Drugs & Blood Clots (Thromboembolism)

4-26-2009:   Are We Really Losing the War on Cancer?

4-19-2009:    Exercise in Middle Age & Risk of Death

4-12-2009:   Can Chronic Stress Harm Your Heart?

4-5-2009:     Does PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer Save Lives?

3-22-2009:   CABG Surgery vs. PCI in Diabetics with Coronary Artery Disease; Sweetened Beverages and Coronary Artery Disease

3-15-2009:   Depression, Stress, Anger & Heart Disease

3-8-2009:    Coronary Artery Disease: CABG vs. Stents?; Swimming Lessons & Drowning Risk in Children

3-1-2009:    Aspirin & Colorectal Cancer Prevention; Fish Oil & Respiratory Infections in Children

2-22-2009:  Health Differences Between Americans & Europeans; Lycopene & Prostate Cancer

2-15-2009:  Statin Drugs & Death Rates; Physical Activity, Breast Cancer & Sex Hormones

2-8-2009:    Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Breast Cancer; Stool DNA Testing & Cancer of the Colon & Rectum

2-1-2009:    Obesity and the Complications of Diverticulosis (Diverticulitis & Bleeding); Obesity, Weight Loss & Urinary Incontinence

1-25-2009:  Prostate Cancer, Fatigue & Exercise; Does your Surgeon “Warm-up” Before Surgery?

1-18-2009:  Cancer and Vitamins; Teenagers, MySpace and Risky Behaviors

1-11-2009:  Exercise Reverses Some Effects of Fatty Meals; Vitamin C and Blood Pressure

1-4-2009:     Secondhand Smoke & Heart Attack Risk; Poor Physical Fitness During Childhood & Heart Disease Risk During Adulthood

12-28-2008:  Stress & Your Risk of Heart Attack; Vitamin D & the Prevention of Colon & Rectal Polyps

12-21-2008:  Breast Cancer Incidence & Hormone Replacement Therapy; Circumcision & the Risk of HPV & HIV Infection

12-14-2008:  Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Selenium Do Not Prevent Cancer;  Postscript: A Possible Cure for Down’s Syndrome

12-7-2008:    Generic vs. Brand-Name Drugs, Stress & Breast Cancer Survival

11-30-2008:  A Possible Cure for Down’s Syndrome?; Smoking & Cognitive Decline; Calcium & Vitamin D & Breast Cancer Risk

11-23-2008:  Breast Cancer & Fish Oil; Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Treatment; Vasectomy & Prostate Cancer Risk

11-16-2008:  Vitamin E & Vitamin C: No Impact on Cardiovascular Disease Risk; Does Lack of Sleep Increase Stroke & Heart Attack Risk in Hypertensive Patients?

11-9-2008:    Statins Cut Heart Attack Risk Even with Normal Cholesterol Levels; Statins & PSA Level

11-2-2008:    Radiation Treatment of Prostate Cancer & Second Cancers; Sexual Content on TV & Teen Pregnancy Risk

10-26-2008:  Smoking & Quality of Life

10-19-2008:  Agent Orange & Prostate Cancer

10-12-2008:  Pomegranate Juice & Prostate Cancer

10-5-2008:   Central Obesity & Dementia; Diet, Vitamin D, Calcium, & Colon Cancer

9-28-2008:   Publication & Citation Bias in Favor of Industry-Funded Research?

9-21-2008:   Does Tylenol® (Acetaminophen) Cause Asthma?

9-14-208:     Arthroscopic Knee Surgery- No Better than Placebo?; A Healthy Lifestyle Prevents Stroke

8-23-2008:  Alcohol Abuse Before & After Military Deployment; Running & Age; Running & Your Testicles

8-12-2008:  Green Tea & Diabetes; Breastfeeding & Adult Cholesterol Levels; Fish Oil & Senile Macular Degeneration

8-3-2008:   Exercise & Weight Loss; Green Tea, Folic Acid & Breast Cancer Risk; Foreign Language Interpreters & ICU Patients

7-26-2008:  Viagra & Sexual Function in Women; Patient-Reported Adverse Hospital Events; Curcumin & Pancreatic Cancer

7-13-2008:  Erectile Dysfunction & Frequency of Sex; Muscle Strength & Mortality in Men; Cryoablation for Prostate Cancer

7-6-2008:   Sleep, Melatonin & Breast Cancer Risk; Mediterranean Diet & Cancer Risk; New Treatment for Varicose Veins

6-29-2008:  Bone Marrow Stem Cells & Liver Failure; Vitamin D & Colorectal Cancer Survival; Green Tea & Colorectal Cancer

6-22-2008:  Obesity, Lifestyle & Heart Disease; Effects of Lifestyle & Nutrition on Prostate Cancer; Ginkgo Biloba, Ulcerative Colitis & Colorectal Cancer

6-15-2008:  Preventable Deaths after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery; Green Tea & Colorectal Cancer; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) & St. John’s Wort

6-8-2008:  Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer Risk; Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of Kidney (Renal) Cancer; Antisense Telomerase & Cancer

6-2-2008:   Acute Coronary Syndrome- Do You Know the Symptoms?; Green Tea & Lung Cancer; Episiotomy & Subsequent Deliveries- An Unkind Cut

5-25-2008:  Early Childhood Screening Predicts Later Behavioral Problems; Psychiatric Disorders Among Parents of Autistic Children; Social & Psychiatric Profiles of Young Adults Born Prematurely

5-18-2008:  Can Statins Reverse Coronary Artery Disease?; Does Breast Ultrasound Improve Breast Cancer Detection?; Preventive Care Services at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers

5-11-2008:  Smoking Cessation & Risk of Death; Childhood Traumas & Adult Suicide Risk; “White Coat Hypertension” & Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

5-4-2008:   Super-Size Me: Fast Food’s Effects on Your Liver; Exercise, Weight & Coronary Artery Disease; Contamination of Surgical Instruments in the Operating Room

4-27-2008:  Stents vs. Bypass Surgery for Coronary Artery Disease; The “DASH” Hypertension Diet & Cardiovascular Disease Prevention; Testosterone Therapy for Women with Decreased Sexual Desire & Function

4-20-2008:  BRCA Breast Cancer Mutations & MRI Scans; Bladder Cancer Prevention with Broccoli?; Diabetes: Risk of Death Due to Heart Attack & Stroke

4-13-2008:  Breast Cancer Recurrence & Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT); Carotid Artery Disease: Surgery vs. Stents?; Statin Drugs & Cancer Prevention

4-6-2008:    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Pap Smear Results & Cervical Cancer; Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection & Oral Cancer; Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & the Risk of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD)

3-30-2008:  Abdominal Obesity & the Risk of Death in Women; Folic Acid Pretreatment & Heart Attacks; Pancreatic Cancer Regression after Injections of Bacteria

3-23-2008:  Age of Transfused Blood & Risk of Complications after Surgery; Obesity, Blood Pressure & Heart Size in Children

3-16-2008:  Benefits of a Full Drug Coverage Plan for Medicare Patients?; Parent-Teen Conversations about Sex; Soy (Genistein) & Prostate Cancer

3-9-2008:   Flat Colorectal Adenomas & Cancer; Health Risks after Stopping Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT); Television, Children & Obesity

3-2-2008:   Medication & Risk of Death After Heart Attack; Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Mammogram Results; Selenium: Cancer, Heart Disease & Death

2-23-2008:  Universal Healthcare Insurance Study; Glucosamine & Arthritis

2-17-2008:  Exceptional Longevity in Men; Testosterone & Risk of Prostate Cancer; Smoking & Pre-malignant Colorectal Polyps

2-10-2008:  Thrombus Aspiration from Coronary Arteries; Intensive Management of Diabetes & Death; Possible Cure for  Down’s Syndrome?

2-3-2008:   Vitamin D & Cardiovascular Health; Vitamin D & Breast Cancer; Green Tea & Colorectal Cancer

1-27-2008:  Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer & Pancreatic Cancer: Update from the 2008 American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

1-20-2008:  Testosterone Levels & Risk of Fractures in Elderly Men; Air Pollution & DNA Damage in Sperm; Statins & Trauma Survival in the Elderly

1-12-2008:  Statins, Diabetes & Stroke and Obesity; GERD & Esophageal Cancer

1-7-2008:     Testosterone Supplements in Elderly Men; Colorectal Cancer– Reasons for Poor Compliance with Screening Recommendations

12-31-2007:  Minority Women, Hormone Replacement Therapy & Breast Cancer; Does Health Insurance Improve Health?

12-23-2007:  Is Coffee Safe After a Heart Attack?; Impact of Divorce on the Environment; Hypertension & the Risk of Dementia; Emotional Vitality & the Risk of Heart Disease

12-16-2007:   Honey vs. Dextromethorphan vs. No Treatment for Kids with Night-Time Cough, Acupuncture & Hot Flashes in Women with Breast Cancer, Physical Activity & the Risk of Death, Mediterranean Diet & Mortality

12-11-2007:  Bias in Medical Research; Carbon Nanotubes & Radiofrequency: A New Weapon Against Cancer?; Childhood Obesity & Risk of Adult Heart Disease

12-2-2007:  Obesity & Risk of Cancer; Testosterone Level & Risk of Death; Drug Company Funding of Research & Results; Smoking & the Risk of Colon & Rectal Cancer

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Links to Other Breaking Health News

Sugary Drinks Raise Cancer Risk in Women

Eye Exams May Someday Be Able to Detect Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Even Mild Rise in Blood Sugar May Impair Memory

New Drug May Lead to Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Not Protect Brain Health

Parasite in Cat Feces May Affect Brain Function

Lung Diseases Cause 1 in 10 Deaths

Music May Heal The Heart

Poor Oral Hygiene Increases Cancer Risk

Autism May Affect Female Brains Differently than Male Brains

Child Obesity Rates Fall for the First Time

New Teeth Grown from Urine

HPV Virus Newly Linked to One-Third of All Oral Cancer Cases

FDA Approves New Brain Scan to Assess for ADHD in Kids

Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Among Middle-Aged Women

Naked Mole Rat May Provide Important Cancer Prevention Clue

The Effects of Poverty on the Brain

Half of Us Will Develop Cancer in Our Lifetimes

Protein Critical for Long-Term Memory Identified

HPV Virus and Cancer Risk

Probiotics May Decrease Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea caused by C. difficile

3-D Printer Helps to Save Baby’s Life

Experimental Drug May Reduce Heart Damage after Heart Attack

Vitamin D May Improve Asthma Symptoms

Doctor Provides Patients with Own Feces for Fecal Transplants

Rising Arsenic Levels in Chicken

Dramatic Increase in Suicide Rate Among Middle Aged Americans Over the Past Decade

Cutting Umbilical Cord Too Soon May Cause Anemia in Newborns

Spiny New Bandage May Speed Healing of Skin Wounds

Study Confirms that Men Really Do Have Trouble Reading the Thoughts of Women

Deadly new Bird Flu Strain Cases Continue to Rise

Abdominal Fat Increases Kidney Disease Risk

Increasing Dietary Potassium & Decreasing Salt Intake Reduces Stroke Risk

A New Explanation for the Link Between Red Meat & Cardiovascular Disease

Deadly New Bird Flu Identified in China

Infection Risk: Keeping an Eye on Your Dentist

Couple Loses 500 Pounds in Two Years

Coffee May Reduce Crash Risk for Long-Distance Drivers

Tiny Implant Tells Your Smart Phone When You Are Having A Heart Attack

Transplanted Kidney Causes Death Due to Rabies

Eating While Distracted Increases Calorie Intake

Resistant Bacteria are on the Rise

High Levels of Stress Linked to an Increase in Heart Disease Risk

Small Snacks Cut Hunger as Well as Big Snacks

Poor Sleep May Increase the Risk of Heart Failure

Ancient Mummies Found to Have Heart Disease by CT Scan

Physically Fit Kids Do Better on Math & Reading Tests

How Melanoma Skin Cancer Evades the Immune System

Possible Link Between BPA and Asthma

Baby Boomers Appear Less Healthy Than Their Parents

The Biology of Love in the Brain

Millennials May be the Most Stressed-Out Generation

Even Modest Alcohol Intake Raises Cancer Risk

Why Do Boys Receive Lower Grades than Girls?

Negative Emotions and Feelings Can Damage Your Health

Canker Sore Drug Cures Obesity (At Least in Mice…)

How Technology is Changing the Practice of Medicine

New Salt Intake Guidelines for Children

High Levels of Distress in Childhood May Increase Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Quitting Tobacco by Age 40 Restores a Normal Lifespan in Smokers

Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall

Self-Help Books Improve Depression

Marines Try Mindfulness and Meditation to Reduce PTSD

Dying Nurse Volunteers Herself to Teach Nursing Students about the Dying

Regular Walks Cut Stroke Risk

Falling Asleep While Driving More Common than Previously Thought

Celebrity Health Fads Debunked

Obesity Among Young Children May Be Declining

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Satisfaction with Life May Actually Increase with Age

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Dr. Wascher’s Archives:

3-4-2014:           Remembering Donald L. Morton, MD, 1934 – 2014

1-12-2014:         Mediterranean Diet Sharply Reduces Diabetes Risk

11-24-2013:        Nuts Increase Health & Lifespan

11-17-2013:        Acupuncture May Help Depression

10-27-2013:        New Hope for Baldness Cure

10-13-2013:        Exercise Versus Drugs for Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes

9-29-2013:          Marriage Improves Cancer Survival

9-21-2013:          Colonoscopy Prevents Colorectal Cancer

9-8-2013:             Fruit and Diabetes Risk

9-1-2013:             Doctors Frequently Make the Wrong Diagnosis

8-25-2013:           CT Scans Increase Cancer Risk in Children

8-18-2013:           Nearly 1 in 5 Deaths are Caused by Obesity

8-5-2013:              90 is the New 60

7-29-2013:           Full Moon Decreases Sleep

7-21-2013:           Every Other Day Aspirin Reduces Colorectal Cancer

7-15-2013:           Fish Oil May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

7-7-2013:             Fish Oil May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

7-1-2013:             Acupuncture May Improve Arm Lymphedema

6-23-2013:           Coffee May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

6-16-2013:          Weekend Surgery is More Risky than Weekday Surgery

6-9-2013:            New Scan Almost 100% Accurate in Diagnosing Breast Cancer

6-2-2013:            Music Reduces Anxiety and Sedation in the ICU

5-27-2013:          Why We Eat Far More Calories than We Think

5-19-2013:          Women in their 40s May Benefit from Annual Mammograms

5-13-2013:          High-Fat Dairy Foods Increase Breast Cancer Death Risk

5-5-2013:            Physical Therapy is as Good as Surgery for Common Knee Problems

4-28-2013:          Heart Disease Prevention Should Start During Childhood

4-21-2013:          Mediterranean Diet Reduces the Symptoms of Menopause

4-14-2013:          Helping Others Reduces Heart Disease Risk Factors

4-7-2013:            Mediterranean Diet Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Risk

3-31-2013:          High Fat Diet Decreases Metabolism and Increases Anger and Hostility

3-24-2013:         Excessive Salt Intake Linked to 10% of All Deaths

3-17-2013:         Impact of Gun Control Legislation on Gun Deaths

3-10-2013:         Hold the Bacon: Processed Meats Linked to Early Death

3-3-2013:           Psychiatric Illnesses May Involve Changes in Only Two Genes

2-17-2013:         Folic Acid Supplements Reduce Autism Risk

2-10-2013:         Fitness in Middle Age Lowers Dementia Risk

2-3-2013:          “Fecal Cocktail” for Colon Infections Due to Clostridium Difficile

1-27-2013:         Fish Oil Improves Memory, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risk Factors

1-20-2013:        Acts of Kindness Improve Social Acceptance Among Pre-Teens

1-13-2013         Speaking Two Languages Improves Brain Function Late in Life

1-6-2013:           Resveratrol May Reduce Cancer Risk and Cancer Cell Growth

12-30-2012:       Vitamin D May Improve Breast Cancer Survival

12-16-2012:       Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

12-9-2012:         Mercury Exposure In The Womb May Cause ADHD

12-2-2012:         Alcohol, Folic Acid, and Breast Cancer Risk

11-25-2012:       The Source of Racial Awareness and Racism in the Human Brain?

11-18-2012:       Oxytocin May Deter Men From Starting Extramarital Affairs

11-11-2012:      Statin Drugs May Reduce the Risk of Death Due to Cancer

11-4-2012:         American Surgeons in Crisis: Implications for Healthcare

10-28-2012:        Regular Exercise Significantly Cuts Colon Cancer Risk

10-21-2012:      Multivitamins and Cancer Risk: Reading Between the Lines

10-14-2012:     New Link to Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Breast Cancer and Obesity in Women

10-7-2012:        Viewing Photos of Kittens and Puppies Improves Attentiveness and Focus

9-30-2012:       Aspirin Dramatically Reduces Prostate Cancer Death Rate

9-22-2012:       Poverty and Low Educational Levels Increase Colorectal Cancer Risk.

9-16-2012:       Diabetes Significantly Increases Breast Cancer Risk

9-9-2012:         Common Household Chemical May Double Heart Disease Risk

9-2-2012:         Chronic Anxiety and Depression Significantly Increase the Risk of Early Death

8-26-2012:       Broccoli (Isothiocyanates) May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

8-19-2012:       Obesity Linked to Deadly Form of Esophagus and Upper Stomach Cancer

8-12-2012:       Foods that Decrease and Increase Breast Cancer Risk

8-5-2012:         Depression After Childhood Abuse May Be Linked To A Specific Gene

7-29-2012:       Soy Foods, Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

7-22-2012:       Watchful Waiting (Observation) Versus Surgery for Prostate Cancer

7-15-2012:       Fast Food, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Death

7-8-2012:         New Study: Medication Errors Linked to Half of All Prescriptions

7-1-2012:         Obesity, Diet, Exercise, Estrogen, Testosterone and Breast Cancer Risk

6-24-2012:       Even Modest Levels of Physical Activity Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

6-17-2012:       Increasing Number of CT and PET Scans Raise Cancer Risk Concerns

6-10-2012:       CT Scans and Cancer Risk in Children

6-3-2012:        New Government (USPSTF) Warning on Hormone Replacement Therapy Risks

5-27-2012:      Diabetes Pill (Metformin) Improves Survival in Patients with Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

5-20-2012:      Statin Drugs Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes Even in Low-Risk Patients

5-13-2012:      Vitamin D Improves Cancer Survival

5-6-2012:        Green Tea Reduces Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels

4-22-2012:       Vigorous Exercise Activates Cancer Prevention Genes

4-15-2012:      Red Meat Increases Risk of Death Due to Cancer and Heart Disease

4-8-2012:        Addition of MRI to Mammogram and Ultrasound Increases Breast Cancer Detection

4-1-2012:        New Vaccine and Antibodies May Prevent Heart Disease

3-25-2012:      Aspirin Cuts Cancer Risk and Cancer Death Rates

3-18-2012:      Red Meat Raises Death Risk from Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

3-11-2012:      Obese Fathers (Not Obese Mothers) Increase Their Children’s Risk of Obesity

2-26-2012:      Epidemic of Alcohol Abuse Among Surgeons

2-19-2012:      Vitamin D Improves Both HDL Levels and Weight Loss

2-12-2012:      Heart Disease May Also Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

2-5-2012:        Frying With Olive Oil Does Not Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

1-29-2012:      The Four Critical Cardiovascular Disease Risks That You Can Change

1-22-2012:      Effective New Treatment for Chronic Pain

1-8-2011:        Deep Brain Stimulation May Help Severe, Refractory Depression

1-1-2012:         Yoga Improves Chronic Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors

12-25-2011:     Kids, Vegetables, Diet, and Rewards

2-18-2011:      Meat Consumption and Colorectal Cancer Risk

12-11-2011:    Sweet Potato Greens and Prostate Cancer

12-4-2011:      Orlistat (Alli or Xenical) Significantly Reduces Obesity

11-27-2011:     Physicians and Mental Illness

11-20-2011:     Oxytocin Gene Variations May Determine Kindness

11-13-2011:    Dietary Fiber and Colon and Rectal Cancer Prevention

10-23-2011:     Aspirin May Help to Prevent Breast Cancer

10-16-2011:    Green Tea May Prevent Colon and Rectal Cancer

10-9-2011:      Aspirin May Reduce the Risk of Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

10-2-2011:      Clonidine and the Antidepressant Effexor Both Reduce Hot Flashes

9-25-2011:      New Research Says that Chocolate DECREASES Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Diabetes

9-18-2011:       Lifestyle and Diet Modifications Reduce Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

9-11-2011:      Ginger May Prevent Prostate Cancer

9-4-2011:        Lifestyle, Diet and Diabetes Risk

8-28-2011:      Cell Phone Use in Children and Teens and Brain Tumor Risk

8-21-2011:      Vitamin D May Significantly Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

8-14-2011:      Even 15 Minutes of Exercise Per Day Reduces Death Risk

8-7-2011:        Soy (Isoflavones), Osteoporosis, and the Symptoms of Menopause

7-31-2011:      Aspirin May Prevent Pancreatic Cancer

7-24-2011:      Green Tea Significantly Reduces LDL (Bad Cholesterol)

7-17-2011:      Obesity, Alcohol, Smoking and Breast Cancer Risk

7-10-2011:      Acetaminophen (Tylenol) May Prevent Prostate Cancer

7-3-2011:        Drug and Medical Device Company Advertising to Physicians

6-26-2011:     Dietary Fiber Significantly Reduces Risk of Death

6-19-2011:     Breast Cancer Cells in the Blood Predict High Risk of Recurrence

6-12-2011:     Statin Drugs Decrease Prostate Cancer Risk

6-5-2011:       New Drug Dramatically Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

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Donald L. Morton, MD, 1934 – 2014


 

Remembering Donald L. Morton, MD, Pioneering Cancer Surgeon and Researcher


DONALD L. MORTON, MD

(1934-2014)

 

BY KURT SAMSON

Surgical oncology pioneer Donald L. Morton, MD, died in January of heart failure, at age 79. He played a leading role in developing and implementing sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, which transformed the surgical management of many solid tumors, especially melanoma and breast cancer.

SLN biopsies today have been estimated to save the U.S. health system more than $3.8 billion per year in early cancer treatment, and averting numerous unnecessary surgeries.

Morton himself developed melanoma in the 1980s, but was able to recognize it early, and it was successfully treated.

For the last four decades of his life, he had been attempting to develop a therapeutic vaccine for melanoma, work that is being continued by his colleagues and other researchers.

“I think my greatest accomplishment,” he said at various times over the years, describing his childhood poverty, “was making it from rural West Virginia to the Westside of Los Angeles. I grew up during the Depression in a house that my dad built. We had no running water, no indoor plumbing, and no electricity.”

At the time of his death, Morton was Chief of the Melanoma Program and Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center, in Santa Monica, Calif., and Professor of Surgery Emeritus at UCLA.

Outside of the medical community, he gained public attention for treating John Wayne, who died of stomach cancer in 1979 and participated in an early immunogenic cancer vaccine study that Morton led.

The author of some 700 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, he was considered one of the most prolific researchers in the United States and received many national and international awards. Over the course of his professional career he served as President of several organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the World Federation of Surgical Oncology Societies, and the International Sentinel Node Society. In 2008, he received the prestigious Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

“Dr. Morton’s discoveries have profoundly changed the treatment of human cancer,” the ACS noted in making the award. “When he assumed the role of professor and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at UCLA School of Medicine in 1971, surgical oncology was not yet recognized as a specialty within general surgery. Dr. Morton’s division provided a model for other medical schools to duplicate.”

Regarding his SLN work, the ACS said, “His contribution has spared countless patients the morbidity of a complete regional lymph node dissection needlessly done in the absence of nodal metastasis. Intraoperative mapping of the sentinel node is a landmark achievement in surgical oncology.”

In 1991, Morton and John Wayne’s eldest son, Michael Wayne, founded the John Wayne Cancer Institute, where Morton became Medical Director and Surgeon-in-Chief until his death.

In the late 1970s, he changed how melanoma surgery was then approached by introducing the use of cutaneous lymphoscintigraphy to identify the regional lymphatic basin receiving drainage from a primary cutaneous melanoma. During the 1980s, he further refined lymphatic mapping to identify the pathway of sequential metastasis from a primary tumor to tumor-draining nodes within the regional nodal basin.

He defined the sentinel lymph node as the first tumor-draining node and hence the most likely initial candidate target of nodal metastasis. Extensive studies have confirmed that the pathologic status of the SLN accurately predicts the status of all nodes in the same drainage basin. SLN biopsy thus eliminates the need for more extensive staging lymphadenectomy, and improves the accuracy of nodal assessment by allowing closer scrutiny of a smaller specimen.

His novel studies of sentinel node mapping resolved the debate on the value of prophylactic lymph node dissection for melanoma, and SLN biopsy has become the standard of care for patients with early-stage malignant melanoma and breast cancer. The technique has also been successfully adapted for staging of other solid malignancies that can often spread to regional lymph nodes.

Morton received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1958. He interned at UCSF Medical Center and began a surgical residency in general surgery, and then a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He then joined NCI as Senior Surgeon in the Surgery Branch, eventually becoming head of the Tumor Immunology Section.

 

Educator, Mentor

Over the course of his long career, Donald Morton trained hundreds of surgical oncology students, many of whom have gone on to make significant contributions themselves. One of them, Robert Wascher, MD, is now Chief of Surgical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Western Regional Medical Center, in Goodyear, Arizona.

Speaking to OT about his mentor, Wascher said, “If you look at the trajectory of his life, it is quite amazing. This man, who began as a child from an impoverished coal-mining community in West Virginia, grew up to become one of the founding titans of surgical oncology.

“As a clinician, research scientist, and educator he liked to think outside the box. He was possessed of a tenacity that was, undoubtedly, a product of his hardscrabble youth. He was a tireless clinical investigator, and I believe that he still holds the record for being the most prodigiously funded researcher in the U.S., if not the world.”

Morton was a true innovator, Wascher said, but above all remained interested and committed to the work of the students that he had trained: “What stands out in my mind is not only his amazing contribution to the care of cancer patients through his development of the sentinel lymph node hypothesis, and the techniques of sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy, but also his lifelong commitment and generosity towards his students and colleagues.”

For all of the professional awards and recognition that Morton received in his life, Wascher said that he believes his greatest contribution was in educating and mentoring students.

“I am certain that Dr. Morton was most proud of the many young surgeons that he personally trained who went on to become successful and renowned surgical oncologists, research scientists, and department chairs in their own right. He was very paternalistic towards all of us. Although he could be very demanding of his fellows, he was always committed and caring towards us.

“Following my graduation, in 2003, from the surgical oncology fellowship that he founded, and that he sustained until literally a few days before his passing, he continued to regularly check in with me regarding my professional progress, as well as my family and me. For those of us who were fortunate enough to have had Dr. Morton as our mentor and teacher, his passing leaves an enormous void in our hearts and in our lives.”

 

Oncology Times

2/28/2014

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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Nuts Increase Health & Lifespan



A new study finds that nuts decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and lung disease, and increase lifespan.


 

NUTS INCREASE HEALTH AND LIFESPAN

As I discuss in my book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, the so-called Mediterranean diet, which includes the regular consumption of tree nuts, has been associated with a significant decrease in the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses in several clinical studies.  Now, a very large and ongoing public health study adds further compelling evidence about the potential health benefits of nuts.  The results of this study are published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

This study includes the combined findings of two very large ongoing prospective clinically research trials, the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.  The first study includes 121,700 female nurses who have been followed since the study opened in 1976.  The second study includes 51,529 male health professionals who have been followed since 1986.  Detailed dietary surveys were administered to the volunteers in these two studies every 2 to 4 years.

When compared to study volunteers who did not eat nuts, volunteers who ate nuts 7 or more times per week had a 20 percent lower death rate.  More specifically, increasing nut intake was associated with a significant decrease in death due to heart disease, respiratory illnesses, and cancer.  Both tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc.) and peanuts appeared to significantly reduce the risk of death due to major chronic illnesses.

The combined findings of these two very large ongoing prospective public health studies are consistent with the findings of other large studies that have linked the regular consumption of nuts with a decreased risk of chronic major illnesses, and an increased lifespan.

To learn more about the Mediterranean diet, and other evidence-based approaches to cancer prevention and heart disease prevention, please read my bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race.

 

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Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity


Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author


 

I and the staff of Weekly Health Update would again like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 100,000 health-conscious people from around the world who visit this premier global health information website every month.  Over the past 12 months, more than 3 million pages of high-quality medical research findings were served to the worldwide audience of health-conscious readers.  As always, we enjoy receiving your stimulating feedback and questions, and I will continue to try and personally answer as many of your inquiries as I possibly can.


 


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Doctors Frequently Make the Wrong Diagnosis



A new study finds that internists make the correct diagnosis in only 55 percent of simple illnesses, and in just 6 percent of complex cases.


 

DOCTORS FREQUENTLY MAKE THE WRONG DIAGNOSIS

When we see our doctor because we are sick, most of us expect that we will leave his or her office with a reasonably accurate diagnosis, and the appropriate treatment recommendations for our illness.  However, a newly published clinical research study suggests that these expectations might be rather unrealistic, particularly if we are suffering from an illness that requires a reasonably complex evaluation by our physician.  This new clinical study appears in the current issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

In this study, 118 general internists were recruited from throughout the United States.  All of these physicians were asked to provide a diagnosis for 4 previously validated patient scenarios, including both straightforward and complex clinical cases.  These doctors were asked to provide their diagnoses after reading the histories, physical examination findings, general diagnostic testing results, and disease-specific testing results for each of these 4 cases.

The results of this clinical study were not exactly reassuring to prospective patients….   The 118 participating internists came up with the correct diagnosis for only 55 percent of the straightforward cases.  When it came to making the correct diagnosis for the more challenging patient scenarios, the physician-volunteers in this study correctly diagnosed only 6 percent of the more complex clinical cases!  Moreover, the doctors who participated in this web-based clinical study appeared to have little insight into their diagnostic shortcomings, as their very high level of confidence in their diagnoses was similar for both the straightforward cases and the more complex cases.   This latter finding led the study’s authors to question whether or not physicians who are dealing with complex patient cases realize how likely their diagnosis is to be wrong.  (If a physician is unaware that his or her diagnosis is very likely to be wrong, then they may miss an opportunity to perform a more in-depth evaluation of their patient.)

While this is a small pilot study, its findings are nonetheless quite disturbing.  It suggests a simultaneous lack of diagnostic accuracy and over-confidence on the part of at least some physicians when it comes to evaluating patients, arriving at a correct diagnosis, and (hence) prescribing the correct treatment.  Whether or not the findings of this small study can be generalized to all internists (or to all doctors in the United States) is not clear.  However, the disconcerting findings of this clinical study should serve as a red flag to physician residency training programs and physician certification boards.  Meanwhile, becoming an educated healthcare consumer, and asking your physician to explain his or her assessment to you, may be just what the doctor ordered!

 

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According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty between September 2001 and December 2011 is more than 12 percent.  A new website, Veterans in Healthcare, seeks to connect veterans with potential employers.  If you are a veteran who works in the healthcare field, or if you are an employer who is looking for physicians, advanced practice professionals, nurses, corpsmen/medics, or other healthcare professionals, then please take a look at Veterans in Healthcare. As a retired veteran of the U.S. Army, I would also like to personally urge you to hire a veteran whenever possible.


Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity


Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author


 

I and the staff of Weekly Health Update would again like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 100,000 health-conscious people from around the world who visit this premier global health information website every month.  Over the past 12 months, 3.5 million pages of high-quality medical research findings were served to the worldwide audience of health-conscious readers.  As always, we enjoy receiving your stimulating feedback and questions, and I will continue to try and personally answer as many of your inquiries as I possibly can.


 


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Folic Acid Supplements Reduce Autism Risk



A new study finds that taking folic acid supplements during early pregnancy can reduce the risk of autism by 39 percent.


 

 

FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTS REDUCE AUTISM RISK

For reasons that remain unclear at this time, the number of children diagnosed with autism has skyrocketed in recent years.  While many cases of autism appear to be linked to specific genetic abnormalities that can be inherited, or to other factors that are strongly associated with autism, in the majority of cases, no specific causes are apparent. 

One important focus of autism research is in the area of the “prenatal environment,” which is to say, the environment that the developing fetus experiences prior to delivery.  For example, maternal infections with certain viruses during pregnancy have been linked with autism.  In other cases, maternal exposure to specific environmental toxins during pregnancy has also been associated with an increased risk of autism.  Due to growing evidence that the fetal environment during pregnancy may play an important role in the risk of developing autism, there has also been an interest in looking at nutritional factors that may play a role in either the prevention or development of autism during pregnancy. 

Folic acid (Vitamin B9) has previously been shown to play an important role in the development of the brain and spinal cord during early fetal development.  For example, devastating abnormalities in brain and spinal cord development, collectively referred to as neural tube defects, have been specifically linked to inadequate folic acid intake during early pregnancy.  Because folic acid supplementation during early pregnancy reduces the incidence of neural tube defects by almost 50 percent, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated folic acid supplementation of all food products derived from grains and cereals in the United States.  Now, a newly published clinical research study suggests that folic acid supplementation during early pregnancy may also significantly reduce the risk of autism.  This study appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In this landmark study, more than 85,000 children born in Norway between 2002 and 2008 took part in the prospective Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.  These children were closely followed in this study, until March 31, 2012.  The use (or nonuse) of folic acid supplements by the mothers of these children, before and during pregnancy, was then assessed.  The incidence of autism in this very large group of children was then correlated with their mothers’ use (or nonuse) of folic acid during early pregnancy.    

The findings of this study were rather dramatic.  At the end of this study’s observation period, 270 children had been formally diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder, including 114 children with autistic disorder (autism), 56 with Asperger’s syndrome, and 100 with Pervasive Developmental Disorder.  Although the risk of Asperger’s syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder did not appear to vary with respect to folic acid supplementation during early pregnancy, the use of folic acid supplements prior to and during pregnancy was associated with a 39 percent decrease in the risk of autistic disorder (autism), when compared to the children of mothers who did not take folic acids supplements.  (The authors of this study also noted that the statistical power of this study was not strong enough to detect a subtle impact of folic acid supplementation on the risk of Asperger’s syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and so a potential mildly beneficial effect of folic acid on the incidence of these two autistic spectrum disorders cannot be ruled out at this time.)

Therefore, the findings of this large prospective clinical research study indicate that the incidence of autism can be significantly reduced by folic acid supplementation just prior to pregnancy, and during pregnancy, just as the incidence of neural tube defects has been reduced using this same strategy.

 

For a groundbreaking overview of cancer risks, and evidence-based strategies to reduce your risk of developing cancer, order your copy of my bestselling book, “A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race,” from AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionVroman’s Bookstore, and other fine bookstores!

Within one week of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was ranked #6 among all cancer-related books on the Amazon.com “Top 100 Bestseller’s List” for Kindle e-books. Within three months of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was the #1 book on the Amazon.com Top 100 New Book Releases in Cancer” list.

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Negative Emotions and Feelings Can Damage Your Health

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At this time, more than 8 percent of Americans are unemployed.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty between September 2001 and December 2011 is now more than 12 percent.  A new website, Veterans in Healthcare, seeks to connect veterans with potential employers.  If you are a veteran who works in the healthcare field, or if you are an employer who is looking for physicians, advanced practice professionals, nurses, corpsmen/medics, or other healthcare professionals, then please take a look at Veterans in Healthcare. As a retired veteran of the U.S. Army, I would also like to personally urge you to hire a veteran whenever possible.

For a groundbreaking overview of cancer risks, and evidence-based strategies to reduce your risk of developing cancer, order your copy of my bestselling book, “A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race,” from AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionVroman’s Bookstore, and other fine bookstores!

Within one week of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was ranked #6 among all cancer-related books on the Amazon.com “Top 100 Bestseller’s List” for Kindle e-books. Within three months of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was the #1 book on the Amazon.comTop 100 New Book Releases in Cancer” list.




Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity


 

Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author


 

I and the staff of Weekly Health Update would again like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 100,000 health-conscious people from around the world who visit this premier global health information website every month.  Over the past 12 months, more than 2.5 million pages of high-quality medical research findings were served to the worldwide audience of health-conscious readers.  As always, we enjoy receiving your stimulating feedback and questions, and I will continue to try and personally answer as many of your inquiries as I possibly can.


 


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Fitness in Middle Age Lowers Dementia Risk



A new study finds that being physically fit in middle age may protect against Alzheimer’s disease later in life.


 

 

FITNESS IN MIDDLE AGE LOWERS DEMENTIA RISK

The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are predicted to rise significantly as our population continues to age.  At the present time, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and most other forms of dementia.

While the primary cause (or causes) of Alzheimer’s disease remains unclear at this time, it is clear that advancing age, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels all appear to be linked with this debilitating and irreversible form of dementia.  At the same time, it is also well known that regular exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated high cholesterol levels.  Now, a newly published research study, which appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine, strongly suggests that being physically fit during mid-life may also help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life.

In this study, 19,458 middle-aged adults were assessed for their level of physical fitness between 1971 and 2009.  After an average of 25 years of follow-up, 1,659 of these research volunteers went on to be diagnosed with dementia. When researchers correlated levels of physical fitness during mid-life with the incidence of dementia later in life, they found that higher levels of physical fitness in middle age appeared to be protective against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life.  In fact, the research volunteers with the highest levels of physical fitness during their middle age years were 36 percent less likely to develop dementia during the course of this study, when compared with volunteers who were at the lowest levels of physical fitness during mid-life.

In addition to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, the findings of this newly published clinical study strongly suggest that regular exercise during middle age is also associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing dementia later in life.  In view of the many health benefits associated with regular exercise, if you are not currently getting 3 to 4 hours of at least moderate exercise per week, then please see your physician and a personal trainer, and begin your own personal exercise program!


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High Levels of Distress in Childhood May Increase Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Quitting Tobacco by Age 40 Restores a Normal Lifespan in Smokers

Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall

Self-Help Books Improve Depression

Marines Try Mindfulness and Meditation to Reduce PTSD

Dying Nurse Volunteers Herself to Teach Nursing Students about the Dying

Regular Walks Cut Stroke Risk

Falling Asleep While Driving More Common than Previously Thought

Growing Immune Cells to Fight Cancer

Celebrity Health Fads Debunked

Thousands of Surgery Mistakes Are Still Happening Each Year

New Graphic Antismoking Ads Debut in England

Kids with Food Allergies May Become Targets of Bullies

Obesity Among Young Children May Be Declining

Tamoxifen for 10 Years (Instead of 5 Years) Significantly Improves Breast Cancer Survival Rate

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Satisfaction with Life May Actually Increase with Age

Brain Changes in the Elderly May Increase Susceptibility to Being Scammed

“Talking” Therapy May Help Depression When Antidepressant Medications Fail

New Egg-Free Flu Vaccine

Graphic Cigarette Labels in Australia

Predicting Childhood Obesity at Birth

Inexpensive Power Foods

 

 

Dr. Wascher’s latest video:

Dark as Night, Part 1


Dark as Night, Part 1

Dark as Night, Part 1


At this time, more than 8 percent of Americans are unemployed.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty between September 2001 and December 2011 is now more than 12 percent.  A new website, Veterans in Healthcare, seeks to connect veterans with potential employers.  If you are a veteran who works in the healthcare field, or if you are an employer who is looking for physicians, advanced practice professionals, nurses, corpsmen/medics, or other healthcare professionals, then please take a look at Veterans in Healthcare. As a retired veteran of the U.S. Army, I would also like to personally urge you to hire a veteran whenever possible.


For a groundbreaking overview of cancer risks, and evidence-based strategies to reduce your risk of developing cancer, order your copy of my bestselling book, “A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race,” from AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionVroman’s Bookstore, and other fine bookstores!

Within one week of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was ranked #6 among all cancer-related books on the Amazon.com “Top 100 Bestseller’s List” for Kindle e-books. Within three months of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was the #1 book on the Amazon.comTop 100 New Book Releases in Cancer” list.




Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity


 

Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author


 

I and the staff of Weekly Health Update would again like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 100,000 health-conscious people from around the world who visit this premier global health information website every month.  Over the past 12 months, more than 2.5 million pages of high-quality medical research findings were served to the worldwide audience of health-conscious readers.  As always, we enjoy receiving your stimulating feedback and questions, and I will continue to try and personally answer as many of your inquiries as I possibly can.


 


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Vitamin D May Improve Breast Cancer Survival



A new study links higher Vitamin D levels with improved survival in patients with breast cancer.


 

 

VITAMIN D MAY IMPROVE BREAST CANCER SURVIVAL

As I extensively discuss in my bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, Vitamin D is the last vitamin left standing tall based upon the findings of recent high quality cancer prevention research studies.  Other than Vitamin D, virtually every other vitamin has been shown, by solid clinical research data, to have little or no favorable impact on cancer risk.  Based upon extensive research, Vitamin D appears to be particularly effective in reducing the risk of cancers of the GI tract, including, especially, colorectal cancer.  When it comes to breast cancer, the clinical research findings for Vitamin D tend to be mixed, with some studies showing a decreased risk of developing breast cancer (and improved survival in patients already diagnosed with breast cancer) associated with higher blood levels of this hormone-like vitamin, while others studies have failed to show that these beneficial effects are associated with increased Vitamin D levels.  Now, a new update from the December 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (the largest annual meeting dedicated exclusively to breast cancer research in the world) strongly suggests that higher Vitamin D levels, when combined with chemotherapy and the bone-strengthening drug zoledronic acid (ZOMETA®), are associated with improved survival in patients with breast cancer.

The ongoing prospective AZURE breast cancer study was not directly designed to evaluate the role of Vitamin D in the treatment of breast cancer, but among the more than 3,000 women who were enrolled in this British study, some received Vitamin D supplements and some did not.  Therefore, a secondary aim of this study was to assess the impact of Vitamin D levels on clinical outcomes in this large group of women with breast cancer.

Out of the 3,360 women who volunteered to participate in the AZURE trial, blood samples of 872 of these women were available; and these blood samples were, therefore, evaluated by measuring Vitamin D levels.  As this study was conducted in the United Kingdom, where sunlight is notoriously scarce, it was not surprising to learn that only 10 percent of the women in this AZURE trial subgroup had blood levels of Vitamin D at or above the “sufficient” level of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL).

The primary aim of the AZURE study was to assess the impact of the bone-strengthening drug zoledronic acid on clinical outcomes in patients previously diagnosed with breast cancer.  As published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year, there appeared to be no significant differences in outcomes between women randomized to receive zoledronic acid and women who received placebo (sugar) pills while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.  However, in this new update from the AZURE trial, postmenopausal breast cancer patients who were randomized to receive zoledronic acid and who had blood levels of Vitamin D above 30 ng/mL were 11 percent less likely to develop spread (metastasis) of their breast cancer to their bones when compared to the postmenopausal women who also took zoledronic acid but who also had low Vitamin D levels.  (As breast cancer metastasizes to the bones more commonly than any other site in the body, this apparent Vitamin D-associated 11 percent reduction in bone metastases in postmenopausal patients being treated with chemotherapy and zoledronic acid would be expected to improve survival as well.)

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where I work as a Surgical Oncologist, and as the director of our breast cancer program, we routinely measure Vitamin D levels on all patients, and those who are found to be deficient in this important vitamin are routinely placed on Vitamin D supplements.  The updated findings of the AZURE breast cancer trial, as well as similarly positive research findings for other types of cancer, suggest that this approach to monitoring and, when necessary, supplementing Vitamin D levels may be an important adjunct to standard cancer therapies.

 

 

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Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity


 

Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author


 

I and the staff of Weekly Health Update would again like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 100,000 health-conscious people from around the world who visit this premier global health information website every month.  Over the past 12 months, 2.3 million pages of high-quality medical research findings were served to the worldwide audience of health-conscious readers.  As always, we enjoy receiving your stimulating feedback and questions, and I will continue to try and personally answer as many of your inquiries as I possibly can.


 



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New research shows that higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood increase survival among colorectal cancer patients.


 

VITAMIN D IMPROVES CANCER SURVIVAL

As I discuss in my bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, there is a large body of research evidence available to suggest that low Vitamin D levels may be associated with a higher risk of developing cancer.  However, the vast majority of published Vitamin D research has been focused on the use of Vitamin D to prevent cancer, while there is almost no data available linking Vitamin D levels in the blood with survival rates after a person has been diagnosed with cancer.  Now, a newly published prospective clinical research study, which appears in the current issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, suggests that low Vitamin D levels in the blood of patients undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer may, in fact, be associated with poorer survival when compared to patients with higher blood levels of this hormone-like vitamin.

This new study was part of the large and ongoing European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study.  Altogether, 1,202 EPIC study volunteers were diagnosed with colorectal cancer between 1992 and 2003.  As with all EPIC study volunteers, Vitamin D levels in the blood were checked when each participant joined the study.  Additionally, extensive dietary, lifestyle and medical history information was obtained from each study volunteer.

Among these 1,202 EPIC study volunteers who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, 541 died during an average study observation period of 73 months, and 444 of these deaths were directly caused by colorectal cancer.  The findings of this study were highly significant, and strongly suggest that higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood, prior to the onset of cancer, are associated with better survival in patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  When comparing patients who had the highest Vitamin D levels with the patients who had the lowest levels, the patients with the highest Vitamin D levels were 31 percent lesslikely to die specifically from colorectal cancer, and 33 percent less likely to die from any cause.  Similarly, increased calcium intake prior to being diagnosed with colorectal cancer also appeared to reduce the risk of death due to colon or rectal cancer.  (Like Vitamin D, increased calcium intake has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer.)

These new findings from the landmark prospective EPIC public health study are highly significant, in my view, as they are among the first data available to show that, in addition to its known cancer prevention activity (as I discuss in detail in A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race), higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may also reduce the risk of dying in patients who develop colorectal cancer.  (I should note that I have also been studying potential links between Vitamin D levels in the blood and survival in patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and I expect to report our institution’s findings within the next 12 months.)

As always, I strongly recommend that you check with your physician before initiating any new dietary supplements, including Vitamin D, as excessive intake of this hormone-vitamin can lead to kidney injury, GI tract ulcers, calcifications throughout the body, and other serious health complications.

 

For a groundbreaking overview of cancer risks, and evidence-based strategies to reduce your risk of developing cancer, order your copy of my bestselling book, “A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race,” from AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionVroman’s Bookstore, and other fine bookstores!

Within one week of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was ranked #6 among all cancer-related books on the Amazon.com “Top 100 Bestseller’s List” for Kindle e-books. Within three months of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was the #1 book on the Amazon.comTop 100 New Book Releases in Cancer” list.



Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity


Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author


I and the staff of Weekly Health Update would again like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 100,000 health-conscious people from around the world who visit this premier global health information website every month.  (More than 1.3 million pages of high-quality medical research findings were served to the worldwide audience of health-conscious people who visited Weekly Health Update in 2011!)  As always, we enjoy receiving your stimulating feedback and questions, and I will continue to try and personally answer as many of your inquiries as I possibly can.


 
















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