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Safer than cigarettes? No vaping way

Categories: Cancer  /  News

It’s touted as a safe alternative to cigarettes. But is vaping really that harmless? The short answer, says pediatrician Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst, is no. Vaping is the inhalation of aerosol produced by an electronic cigarette when it heats nicotine and other chemicals. It differs from traditional cigarettes in that there is no smoke inhaled, only water vapor. While cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals, including nicotine, it is unknown how many chemicals are in an e-cigarette. “The ‘vapor’ released from an electronic nicotine delivery system, or E.N.D.S., is not actually a vapor, but an aerosol that contains numerous airway irritants …Read More >

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Health in the headlines

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Need to catch up on the latest health news? We’ve gathered the highlights for you. Here’s a reason to celebrate: chocolate may be good for the heart. Here’s a reason not to celebrate too much: A new study says just one alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer. Traveling abroad this summer? Here are some tips for a safe and healthy journey.  And if you’re trying to watch your waistline, you might want to take the “calories burned” reading on your fitness tracker with a grain of salt. Why chocolate may be good for the heart — …Read More >

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A promising new treatment for cancer

Categories: Cancer  /  News  /  Research  /  Surgery  /  Technology

A new treatment for cancer using minuscule radioactive fat particles injected directly into the tumor holds promise as a powerful, highly targeted therapy with minimal side effects. The treatment, developed by researchers at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center, is undergoing clinical trials. The first patient, identified as David Williams, 54, was treated for brain cancer at University Hospital last week.  But the researchers believe the concept will be useful for other types of solid tumors as well. Dr. Andrew Brenner, a neuro-oncologist, is the principle investigator of the study. Other centers have been …Read More >

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Sheared for science — and kids

Categories: Cancer  /  Children's Health  /  News

What would you do in the fight against childhood cancer? For about 130 local men, women and children, the answer meant trading vanity for solidarity — and saving big money on hair products for the next several weeks. They came together Saturday to raise money for childhood cancer research, at an event sponsored by St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The foundation has donated more than $1 million to the UT Health Science Center’s pediatric cancer programs over the past five years. This year, a team calling themselves Dude Where’s Your Hair 3.0, made up of members of the South Texas Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center — …Read More >

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