Much like mammography, PSA screening for prostate cancer needs to be used smartly, says +Fred Hutch public health researcher Dr. Ruth Etzioni. Two new studies showing fewer men are being screened for prostate cancer and fewer early stage cases are being caught. That's not surprising, but does that mean dangerous cancers are being missed, or that unnecessary surgeries are being avoided? Too early to tell, but important to find out.
Two new studies published Tuesday in JAMA show that fewer men are being screened for prostate cancer and fewer early stage cases are being caught. Is this bad news, good news or no news? An expert weighs in.
A lot has changed in the 30 years since HIV was discovered -- much of it for the better. But Charlie Sheen's announcement today has revealed something ugly that's still with us: the stigma of being HIV-positive.
Michael Louella, who coordinates the community advisory board for Fred Hutch-based defeatHIV, said the backlash he's seen against Sheen today makes him wonder: "' ... even though we have tools to prevent HIV, we have treatments to keep it suppressed, we’re working on a cure, we’re working on a vaccine, there’s hope everywhere — but [we haven’t] touched the ugly ogre underneath.’”
Media and online reactions to actor Charlie Sheen’s announcement Tuesday that he is HIV positive shows how far we have — and haven’t — come in the past three decades. Sheen is taking live-saving antiviral drugs. As long as he controls his virus with medication, he is likely to live a normal lifespan, Sheen's doctor said.
The science behind the science of starting a new lab - from shopping lists to hiring decisions to building a culture that welcomes off-the-wall ideas. Dr. Justin Taylor offers us a peek inside the process. #CuresStartHere
Dr. Justin Taylor, 34, is on the young side for a principal investigator – the lead researcher of a project or lab. In the last year, he's gone from being a postdoctoral fellow in someone else’s lab to being the P.I. of his own at a time when science itself is facing funding hurdles.
+Fred Hutch lead investigator Dr. Katherine A. Guthrie is launching a new study comparing hormonal to non-hormonal treatments for menopausal-related vaginal dryness, itching and pain, the next stage of the MsFLASH research network partnership with Group Health Research Institute and University of Minnesota. The 5-year grant will include the Vaginal Health Trial and also develop materials to help women choose menopausal symptom treatments based on their own needs and preferences.
Well-meaning public health campaigns often stigmatize smoking, but research published today shows that this leads to a harmful, unintended consequence: Smokers are less likely to quit.
“It’s time to get serious about reworking anti-smoking messaging so that it is targeted to the individuals most likely to benefit from them,” said Dr. Jonathan Bricker, a smoking-cessation researcher at Fred Hutch.
Public health campaigns that stigmatize smoking can backfire, according to a study published Monday, leading some people to become so angry and defensive that they refuse to quit and others feeling so bad about themselves that they give up trying.
Love it or loathe it, kale rose to and remains one of this decade’s “it” bites. But even fans of its wealth of micronutrients, fiber and phytochemicals decry the hype about eating huge amounts every day. (And don't even talk to us about kale chips.)
Regarding kale and other so-called superfoods, “Most of this hype is not based on science – even though some of the foods are healthy foods," says Dr. Marian Neuhouser, a Fred Hutch nutritional epidemiologist.
Older adults who have been through life-changing traumas may be better equipped to deal with day-to-day stress, according to a new study from NC State University.
Fred Hutch's Dr. Bonnie McGregor weighs in: “The trick is when you have these hardships, rather than avoid or deny the feelings, you’ve got to work through them. That’s how you get stronger,” she said. “It’s like an emotional muscle that gets stronger with use.”
Why do some prostate cancers become resistant to treatment? New research published today by Dr. Andrew Hsieh and collaborators reveals potential new answers to this vexing question.
After Hsieh lost his father-in-law to the disease, prostate cancer research became his life's mission. “You have to do something where not just your brain is in it but your heart. For me, it has to be both."
Have you also had an experience with cancer in your family that has changed how you live your life? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Dr. Andrew Hsieh came to Fred Hutch from the University of California, San Francisco to start his own lab. There, he focuses on making discoveries that unlock some of the mysteries about how cancer cells work and why some are resistant to treatments, particularly advanced prostate cancer.
Janine Ison was prepared for a lovely vacation--not a diagnosis of AML. She generously shared with us her moving story of a sudden diagnosis, grueling treatment, remission and everyone who supported her along the way. Thank you for sharing, Janine.
Janine Ison was expecting to start her vacation one Friday night in 2013. Instead, she was diagnosed that evening with AML, hospitalized the very next day and quickly placed on a path toward bone marrow transplantation. She's now in remission and shares her story of survival.
Specialized cancer hubs, including Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, have a 9 percent higher survival rate among patients. One theory why: Physician teams are dedicated to single cancer types. Other theories? Read on...
For pancreatic cancer, dubbed 'the beast of all beasts,' immunotherapy is offering hope, reports a new study. For two Fred Hutch researchers involved in this promising work, it's also personal: They each lost their dads to pancreatic cancer.
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