How we can protect from cell phones?

phoneRealistically, most people reading this article will not be decommissioning their iPhones or androids anytime soon. These devices enable us to stay closely connected to our loved ones, as well as to connect to the global brain which is the internet. But what this research does implore us to do is to exercise caution. Here are a few steps to take to reduce exposure:

  • Wear a headset or earphones to keep the device as far away from your head and/or other vital organs as possible.
  • Turn the device off whenever it is not being used.

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Drug Combo Tackles Brain Mets in Breast Cancer

Brain MetsBy Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: November 01, 2012
Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner

The combination of the biologic lapatinib (Tykerb) and capecitabine (Xeloda) chemotherapy appears to shrink brain metastases from HER2-positive breast cancer without need for radiation, a phase II trial showed.

Two-thirds of patients saw their previously-untreated brain lesions shrink by at least half with the treatment regimen, Thomas Bachelot, MD, of the Centre Léon Bérard in Lyon, France, and colleagues found in the LANDSCAPE trial. [Read more…]

Aspirin a Day Tied to Lower Cancer Mortality

By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today, Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner.

Daily aspirin use is associated with a modest decrease in mortality from cancer, particularly for malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract, a large retrospective study confirmed.

Individuals who were current daily users for 5 years or more at baseline had an 8% decrease in cancer mortality compared with non-users (RR 0.92, 95% CI 0.83 to 1.02), according to Eric J. Jacobs, PhD, and colleagues from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. [Read more…]