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The U.S. is still giving too many patients too much end-of-life care

Citing recent research, our Slow Medicine bloggers write that "we are still exposing far too many patients to an intensity of care at the end of life that leaves their family members with additional grief and regret."

The other ‘high-cost’ drugs: What specialty drugs mean for California

The specialty drug Orkambi, for cystic fibrosis, has a sticker price of $259,000 per year. What's driving these astronomical costs for specialty drugs? And can California's budget cope?

Is Chicken Healthier Than Red Meat?

Whenever I hear a health care professional telling people with type 2 diabetes or who are worried about getting cancer from “red meat” or “processed meats” to eat more chicken, I cringe.

From flame retardants to Paxil, perceptions of “safety” often come from industry

“Research” establishing the flame retardant chemical deca (Deca-BDE ) as safe can be traced to just 12 blood samples obtained in 1988 and “spun” by a consulting company hired by chemical makers. The toxicologist who analyzed and disseminated the research, Dennis Paustenbach, is known for his resear

In Native American communities, groups rally to reduce cancer deaths

Local programs within Native American communities are at the forefront of an effort to increase cancer screening and reduce cancer deaths.

Cancer Resource Center of the Desert helps patients navigate cancer's complexities

At the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert in San Diego's Imperial Valley, navigators help people come to grips with the complex and life-altering realities of cancer. Patients receive guidance on everything from talking with insurance companies and managing finances to coping with treatment.

Cancer in a Forgotten Corner of California

Imperial County is a rural farming community tucked into the southeast corner of the state along the border with Mexico. According to the 2008 Imperial County Health Status report, the incidence rate of cancer in there has been consistently lower than state-wide rates.

A Presidents’ Day tribute to the man who urged the nation to stop smoking

John F. Kennedy made one of the most lasting contributions to public health by appointing Luther Terry as U.S. Surgeon General, because Terry turned the world’s attention to the dangers of tobacco smoking.

Hiring a cancer survivor

The most recent employment report from the U.S. Labor Department showed the job market remained tough in January. If it’s difficult for healthy individuals to get a job, what is it like for cancer survivors?

Too Few Realize Obesity Can Cause Cancer

Everybody knows that smoking causes cancer, and that obesity causes heart disease, but even most doctors and scientists I speak to have no idea about the very large effect obesity has on cancer.

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