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Breast Cancer Responds Equally Well to Gel Rather Than Oral Drug, and With Less Side Effects

Breast Cancer Responds Equally Well to Gel Rather Than Oral Drug, and With Less Side Effects | International Health Issue | Scoop.it
Tamoxifen applied to the skin is shown by a study to be as effective as the pill version, with fewer problems.

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The drug tamoxifen is used to treat women with estrogen receptor-positive cancer, which relies on estrogen to grow. When taken for five years, the drug can cut in half the risk of recurrence of this type of cancer. Yet comes with many known side effects.

A gel has now been developed containing the drug tamoxifen that can be applied to the skin. Research published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, said that the gel was applied to the breasts of women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. All the women had DCIS that was sensitive to estrogen. The study found that after 6 to 10 weeks of gel application, the reduction in a marker for cancer cell growth in the breast tissue was similar to that of the orally administered tamoxifen.

Seema Khan, a surgical oncologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and the lead author of the study said that the gel causes fewer side effects because the drug is concentrated in the breast tissue, and doesn’t circulate much in the blood. “The gel minimized exposure to the rest of the body and concentrated the drug in the breast where it is needed,” Khan said. “There was very little drug in the bloodstream, which should avoid potential blood clots as well as an elevated risk of uterine cancer.”

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WOF3 Episode 3 - Type 2 Diabetes Part 1 of 3

Lisa Clayton Kai Tahu/ Rangitane is one of over 200000 New Zealanders who know they have type 2 diabetes .It's estimated that another 100000 have the disea...

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Pre diabetes - what you can do -- a guide for New Zealanders

How to keep yourself or someone you love free from diabetes. Did you know that one in five New Zealanders has something called "pre diabetes"? That means you...

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Diabetes fight for life in New Zealand

Posted by: http://www.diabeteswaikato.org.

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New Zealand faces wave of diabetes, research suggests - Medical Xpress

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3News NZ New Zealand faces wave of diabetes, research suggests Medical Xpress However, those with pre-diabetes (with a glucose metabolism disorder that typically leads to diabetes) numbered 18.6% of the adult population, meaning that prevalence of...

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Pacific looks to homegrown diet to fight obesity

Diabetes and obesity have become such major health issues in the Pacific that the political leaders of 15 regional countries last year declared the region to...

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Health and Pacific Peoples in New Zealand - Statistics New Zealand

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WHO | Diabetes

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Diabetes: WHO health topic page on diabetes provides links to descriptions of activities, reports, publications, statistics, news, multimedia and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programmes and offices working...

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Pacific Island Public Health Group Declares Diabetes at Pandemic Proportions

Pacific Island Public Health Group Declares Diabetes at Pandemic Proportions | International Health Issue | Scoop.it
Pacific Island representatives of The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors published a new assessment of extreme health dangers in the region.

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Diabetes Atlas | International Diabetes Federation

Diabetes Atlas | International Diabetes Federation | International Health Issue | Scoop.it

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Understanding and Addressing Unique Needs of Diabetes in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders


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Diabetes: Asia's 'silent killer' ("both the rich and the poor, fat and slim; so what's happening?")

Diabetes: Asia's 'silent killer' ("both the rich and the poor, fat and slim; so what's happening?") | International Health Issue | Scoop.it
Asia and the Western Pacific are facing a diabetes epidemic, which is taking an unprecedented human and economic toll, writes the BBC's Zoe Murphy.

In human and financial terms, the burden is huge and it is hitting the poor especially hard.

Often thought of as a disease of the rich, experts say the unabating rise may be fuelled as much by food scarcity and insecurity as it is by excess.

Changing lifestyles, rapid urbanisation and cheap calories in the form of processed foods are putting more and more people at risk of developing Type-2 diabetes.

There are now 382 million people worldwide living with diabetes,according to new figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

More than half are in Asia and the Western Pacific, where 90-95% of cases are classed as Type-2.

"It is typically an ageing disease, but the data shows that the young and middle-aged are most vulnerable. It is prevalent in obese people but emerging data suggests that for lean people with diabetes the outcome can be worse."

"One of the greatest challenges is that the system is not conducive to preventative care. We need to go out and find those at risk otherwise you miss the critical moment to prevent the disease," she says.

Governments are waking up to the problem, according to Leonor Guariguata, a biostatistician at IDF.

 


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Diabetes and Your Vision

The Diabetes Problem: The body runs out of insulin that is used to transport glucose from our bloodstream in our cells to be used for energy. Due to obesity ...

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Diabetes the Ticking Time Bomb

Posted by: http://www.diabeteswaikato.org John Denton from Diabetes NZ explains a prominent international study about the disease. • 1 in 10 has diabetes • P...

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New Zealand looking at new ways to fight diabetes disaster

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Maori and Pacific island communities, who are generally more obese than the majority European population, is around three times higher than other New Zealanders.


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Beating the Diabetes Tsunami in NEw Zealand - Geoff Simmons on TVNZ news

Geoff Simmons, author of Health Cheque talking on TV NZ news on nutrition in New Zealand, The diabetes epidemic and public policy around health care.

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Overweight: How our kids measure up - Life & Style - NZ Herald News

Overweight: How our kids measure up - Life & Style - NZ Herald News | International Health Issue | Scoop.it
South Auckland parents believe their children are as healthy as the average youngster, even though their obesity level is far above national norms. - New Zealand Herald

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Pacific Island health – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

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New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD)

New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) | International Health Issue | Scoop.it
New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) is an incorporated society that is open to people involved in the care of people with diabetes.

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WHO | Pacific islanders pay heavy price for abandoning traditional diet

WHO | Pacific islanders pay heavy price for abandoning traditional diet | International Health Issue | Scoop.it

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Pacific Islanders, South Asians and Filipinos Have Higher Rates of Diabetes Than All Other Ethnic Groups | ucsf.edu

Pacific Islanders, South Asians and Filipinos Have Higher Rates of Diabetes Than All Other Ethnic Groups | ucsf.edu | International Health Issue | Scoop.it

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Tonga - the diabetes heavy weight of the Pacific | World diabetes foundation

Tonga - the diabetes heavy weight of the Pacific | World diabetes foundation | International Health Issue | Scoop.it

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Pacific health study finds rise in heart disease, diabetes as leading cause of death

Pacific health study finds rise in heart disease, diabetes as leading cause of death | International Health Issue | Scoop.it
Australia Network News reports that a paper examining the changes in health in the Pacific says heart disease and diabetes are replacing diseases like measles and malaria as the leading cause of death.

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PERSPECTIVES: Ancestral Health - A Maori Perspective

PERSPECTIVES: Ancestral Health - A Maori Perspective | International Health Issue | Scoop.it
Peter Tainui offers the perspective of someone on a journey to discover the riches in their ancestry and what it means for one's health.
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