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Dscovery may help breast cancer treatment — ScienceDaily

Triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) have a high mortality rate owing to aggressive proliferation and metastasis and a lack of effective therapeutic options. However, Professor Auguste’s team, discovered the overexpression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in human TNBC cell lines and tissues, and demonstrated that it is a potential molecular target and biomarker for TNBC therapy and diagnosis. “No therapies are available to treat triple negative breast cancer cells and because of that patients have a poor prognosis,” said Professor Auguste, the recipient of a 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The Identification of ICAM-1 as a TNBC target and biomarker may lead to the development of a new strategy and platform for addressing a critical gap in TNBC patient care, she added. …

Diabetes-related deaths in New York City hit all-time high

Health officials say diabetes-related deaths in New York City have hit a record high, though the death rate is below the national average. The city Health Department said Monday that the disease was the underlying or a contributing cause of 5,695 deaths in 2011. That is about 160 more such deaths than in 2010 and 1,260 more than in 1990. That happened while the city's overall death rate hit an all-time low in 2010, when almost 8,000 fewer people died than in 2000. The city's diabetes death rate now amounts to 67 fatalities per 100,000 people. The federal Health and Human Services Department says the national rate was just over 73 diabetes-related deaths per 100,000 people in 2007. The city is launching a radio ad campaign about the risks of diabetes.source : http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/11/diabetes-related-deaths-in-new-york-city-hit-all-time-high/

Tests reveal 66-year-old who lived as a man actually is a woman

A 66-year-old who lived his whole life as a man was given a surprising diagnosis after visiting the doctor in Hong Kong with a swollen abdomen - he was a woman. Doctors realized the patient was female after they found the swelling came from a large cyst on an ovary, the Hong Kong Medical Journal reported. The condition was the result of two rare genetic disorders. The subject had Turner syndrome, which affects girls and women and results from a problem with the chromosomes, with characteristics including infertility and short stature. But he also had congenital adrenal hyperplasia, increasing male hormones and making the patient, who had a beard and a “micropenis”, appear like a man. “Were it not due to the huge ovarian cyst, his intriguing medical condition might never have been exposed,” seven doctors from two of the city's hospitals wrote in the study published on Monday. The doctors said there have been only six cases where both genetic disorders have been reported in medical literature. Turner Syndrome on its own affects only one in 2500 to 3000 females. Click for more from news.com.au. source : http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/04/hong-kong-man-66-finds-out-woman/

Prescription painkiller deaths up 261 percent in NYC

New York City health officials say deaths from prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin increased 261% between 2005 and 2011. The city Health Department says there were 220 such deaths in 2011, up from 130 in 2005. The biggest increase was on Staten Island. There were 40 painkiller deaths there in 2011, or 11.2 per 100,000 people.  The Health Department plans to hold two conferences for doctors and dentists on Staten Island next month to address the problem. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said Tuesday that prescription opioid painkillers are chemically similar to heroin and can lead to addiction and fatal overdose. He said doctors and patients should know the dangers of using the drugs. Click here for more from My Fox New York. source : http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/05/15/prescription-painkiller-deaths-up-261-percent-in-nyc/