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11:08am

Thu March 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

'Love Your Butt' Campaign Tries To Conquer Colonoscopy Fears

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 11:50 am

Cute it may be. But will it convince you to get a colonoscopy?
loveyourbutt.org

The billboard in Washington, D.C.'s Metro stopped me in my tracks on the way to work: "Love Your Patooty."

An advertisement for yoga pants? Padded chairs? No.

Closer examination revealed it was encouraging me to get a colonoscopy.

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8:11am

Thu March 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why More Patients Should Blog About Illness And Death

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 1:51 pm

David Oliver sits quietly as he waits for the results of a scan at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia, Mo., in 2012. The University of Missouri research professor was diagnosed with cancer in September 2011. He broke the news to colleagues via a video on the Internet.
Jeff Roberson AP

I entered the world of illness blogs for the first time when I learned through Facebook that a friend from middle school passed away last Friday from acute myeloid leukemia. In the three months between his diagnosis and his death, the friend, whom I'll call Tom, blogged beautifully and intimately on CaringBridge, a Web tool designed to help the seriously ill tell their stories and manage communication with friends and family.

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4:45pm

Wed March 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

'Sponge' Drug Shows Promise For Treating Hepatitis C

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 11:31 am

Particles of the hepatitis C virus are imaged with an electron microscope.
James Cavallini Science Source

With an estimated 2 million baby boomers infected with hepatitis C, the disease has reached epidemic levels among Americans age 48 to 68.

Doctors can now cure about 70 percent of hepatitis C cases, but the drugs' side effects can be severe. And many Americans are still left with a disease that can cause liver failure and cancer.

So doctors have been desperate for better treatment options.

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11:20am

Wed March 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Catalog Of Gene Markers For Some Cancers Doubles In Size

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:41 am

A microscopic image of prostate cancer. Researchers have found new genetic markers that flag a person's susceptibility to the disease, as well as breast and ovarian cancer.
Otis Brawley National Cancer Institute

The largest gene-probing study ever done has fished out dozens of new genetic markers that flag a person's susceptibility to breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.

The 74 newly discovered genetic variants double the previously known number for these malignancies, all of which are driven by sex hormones.

Underscoring the sheer magnitude of the findings, they're contained in 15 scientific papers published simultaneously by five different journals. The Nature group of journals has collected them all here.

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9:14am

Wed March 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Allergy Drops Under The Tongue May Be Fine Alternative To Shots

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 11:31 am

Otolaryngologist Sandra Lin uses under-the-tongue drops to treat patients with allergies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Courtesy of Keith Weller/Johns Hopkins Medicine

Allergy shots have long been one of the best available treatments for hay fever, other allergies, and asthma, but they're a pain. In Europe, people have a more pleasant alternative: drops put under the tongue.

That treatment, called sublingual immunotherapy, hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but more and more patients in the U.S. are asking for it.

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