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The Top Five Advances In 50 Years Of Progress Against Cancer

(NAPSI)—The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer, announced the “Top 5 Advances in 50 Years of Modern Oncology,” based on results of worldwide voting on CancerProgress.Net—ASCO’s interactive website documenting the history of progress against cancer.

The “Top 5 in 50” results identify pivotal discoveries in chemo therapy, prevention, molecularly targeted therapy and supportive care that have stood the test of time, and upon which further discoveries have since been based.

Federal funding played a role in many of these advances as a result of research supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH has lost almost a quarter of its purchasing power in the last decade, adjusting for inflation.

“Over the past five decades, NIH-funded research has transformed the outlook for people with cancer,” said ASCO President Peter Paul Yu, M.D., FACP, FASCO. “These Top 5 in 50 highlight transformational discoveries that represent a shining sliver of what we have learned from a sustained investment in federally funded research. However, without greater federal investment going forward, the pace of progress against cancer and other diseases will be far slower.”

The “Top 5 Advances” were:

1. The first chemotherapy treatment that cured advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma, called MOPP, discovered in 1965, paving the way to 90 percent cure rates for patients with this disease today.

2. The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, approved to prevent cervical cancer in 2006.

3. The targeted drug imatinib (Gleevec), approved in 2001 to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia.

4. A three-drug combination, PVB, developed in 1977 that led to the cure of advanced testicular cancer.

5. The 1991 approval of the anti-nausea drug ondansetron (Zofran) that dramatically improved many patients’ quality of life while going through cancer treatment.

Further information is available at www.cancerprogress.net.

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A Stress-Free Dessert Can Make The Season Sweeter

(NAPSI)—Here is some news that can help to make the winter season more comforting and holidays less stressful.

According to an American Psychological Association study, the leading worries during the holidays are time and money, causing many to feel fatigued and stressed.

To help alleviate stress when preparing meals for friends and family, look for recipes that are quick and effortless to make.

For example, for a sweet ending to the meal, try creating a semi-homemade treat by transforming a store-bought snack into a delicious dessert.

Mrs. Freshley’s is offering quick and easy recipes that use their snacks to create delectable treats with minimal stress.

Here’s a new take on a classic fall comfort food—Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ingredients
5 Mrs. Freshley’s Honey Buns

2 eggs, beaten

½ 15-oz can of pumpkin puree

2 cups milk

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon

Directions
Slice Mrs. Freshley’s Honey Buns into bite-size pieces.

Place honey buns in greased 2-quart baking dish.

Beat eggs, pumpkin puree, milk, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl.

Pour milk mixture over honey buns.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and pudding is firm.

For a quick treat with great flavor, try this recipe for Crisp Cranberry Trifle.

Crisp Cranberry Trifle

Ingredients
7 Mrs. Freshley’s Donut Sticks

4 mason jars

2 cans of whole cranberry sauce

1 tub of frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions
Cut Donut Sticks into bite- size pieces and place a layer in the mason jar.

Next, apply a layer of whole cranberry sauce, then a layer of whipped topping.

Repeat layers until jar is full.

More stress-free dessert recipes and holiday entertaining tips can be found at www.MrsFreshleys.com and www.facebook.com/mrsfreshleys.

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Cold & Flu Season: Beware Of Medication Overdose

(NAPSI)—As cold and flu season begins, it is important to pay attention to the active ingredients in prescription and over-the-counter medications you take to alleviate your cold symptoms, especially if you already take medicines for chronic pain.

Every year, it is estimated that more than 126,000 hospitalizations and 17,000 deaths in the U.S. are due to overdose of acetaminophen and NSAIDs.

Acetaminophen, which is an active ingredient in brands such as Tylenol®, NyQuil® and Percocet®, is safe when taken as recommended, but can lead to liver damage when taken in excess. NSAIDs, which are a class of pain-relieving drugs that include brands such as Advil®, Motrin® and aspirin, can cause stomach damage when overused.

It is important that you read medicine labels and only take one product at a time that contains the same active ingredient, even if you are taking medicine for different symptoms, such as knee pain and a cold. And talk to your health care provider about your medicine use and other options for managing symptoms.

Gut Check: Know Your Medicine, a campaign from the American Gastroenterological Association, aims to educate consumers about medication safety. Visit www.GutCheckFacts.org to learn more.

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Helping The Very Ill To Be Comfortable At Home

(NAPSI)—Some 1.65 million Americans are currently in hospice care, and if you or someone you care about is ever among them, a recently developed medical device could be a big help.

The Problem

Many of the very ill or elderly have trouble taking their medication by mouth.

A Solution

For them, veteran hospice nurse Brad Macy, RN, BSN, developed a simple and innovative device to leverage the efficacy of the rectal route of administration.

This specialized catheter is designed to enable the comfortable and discreet administration of liquids and medications, while overcoming the many challenges associated with the use of suppositories.

Laura Brandt, RN, MSN, is a practicing hospice nurse who uses this approach. She said, “This intervention is very effective and convenient, particularly for patients who are at home during end of life. It enables the patient to be comfortable, and it brings families such relief to know that their loved one is not suffering.”

How It Works

Once put in place by a clinician, the device can enable repeated administration of medications and liquids. Its medication port rests on the patient’s leg for easy access by caregivers and clinicians.

What It Can Be Used For

• Medication administration when the oral route fails

• Administration of fluids and electrolytes

• Administration of liquid medications for pain, nausea and other symptoms.

Unlike intravenous lines, which usually need to be placed in an inpatient environment and require special formulation of sterile medications, this catheter can be placed by a nurse in the home. The device could help thousands of patients avoid unnecessary hospitalization and uncomfortable suppository insertion, and reduce complications related to IV and subcutaneous medication delivery.

Available from Hospi Corporation, the Macy Catheter received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a prescription device.

Learn More

For further information, visit www.hospicorp.com or dial Hospi toll free at 888-509-3732.

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Drink (Water) To Your Health

(NAPSI)—Here’s health news you should find easy to swallow: Whether you’re working, traveling, playing sports or just relaxing, it’s important to stay hydrated regardless of the season.

Making up more than two-thirds of the weight of the human body, water is critical to keep the body’s cells and organs functioning properly. Keeping your body hydrated, says the American Heart Association, helps the heart pump blood more easily through the blood vessels to the muscles and helps the muscles remove waste so that they can work efficiently.

As you work, play and exercise, here are six questions to ask yourself to ensure you and your family are staying regularly hydrated:

1. How much water should I drink each day?

• Recommendations for water intake vary by person but wellness experts generally agree that drinking 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day is a healthy goal. Individuals who exercise frequently and pregnant women should increase their intake.

2. Sugary drinks seem to quench my thirst as much as water. Is one better than the other?

• Under most circumstances, water is the best source of fluid to keep the body hydrated. Caffeinated beverages can cause you to actually lose more fluids and sugary drinks can be hard on the stomach. It’s best to stick to water when trying to stay hydrated.

3. What else can I do to stay well hydrated?

• Foods such as fruits and vegetables that contain a high percentage of water can help supplement your intake. Try tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, watermelon and strawberries.

4. I have trouble remembering to drink water. What should I do?

• Add drinking a glass of water or reusable water bottle of water to your daily routine. For example, drink a glass of water after you wake up or while watching your favorite show. Drinking water before a meal can help you feel fuller faster and perhaps prevent overeating.

5. How can I be sure my water is pure?

• To help reduce contaminants that may be in your tap water and provide filtered drinking water for your family, you can get a water filtration system. For example, 3M offers a wide range of filtration products, some of which address pesticides, nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants that may be found in water.

6. Where can I learn more?

• Visit www.3mwater.com/yesIwanta3MWaterSolution and www.facebook.com/3MWaterDealer.

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Prepare For Long-Term Care

(NAPSI)—As Americans live longer, the prospect of becoming a caregiver or needing one is an undeniable reality. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of adults 65 or older will require some form of long-term care (“LTC”). Despite the clear need, the majority of Americans have not taken proactive steps to address care for themselves or their loved ones—but you don’t have to be among them.

Findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2014 Long-Term Care Study revealed that even though three-quarters of individuals agreed that planning is important as longevity increases, just a fraction have spoken to family members about their wishes or discussed their own preferences. Of those who have considered LTC planning, the majority expect to rely on personal savings, which may be unrealistic, as a private room in a U.S. assisted living facility or nursing home can average $38,000 and $90,000 per year, respectively, according to data from Northwestern Mutual’s Cost of Long-Term Care Study. Moreover, since AARP research indicates that 87 percent of Americans rely on unpaid or informal caregivers, it is not surprising that more than half of future caregivers in Northwestern Mutual’s Long-Term Care Study believe that caregiving will affect their budgets and retirement savings.

According to Steve Sperka, vice president of long-term care at Northwestern Mutual, the significant financial and lifestyle implications of caregiving should elevate planning for LTC to a key priority. “Our new study confirms what we have heard firsthand from clients—that fulfilling caregiving obligations can take a serious economic and emotional toll on families,” said Sperka. “Caregivers, particularly members of the Sandwich Generation simultaneously providing for young children and elderly relatives, are sacrificing family time and career opportunities while in their professional prime.”

The good news is that it is possible to take control of your potential long-term care needs and help ensure clarity for the future in the event of an unexpected illness or condition. To protect income and assets and mitigate the stress and uncertainty that accompany difficult long-term care events, Sperka suggests the following:

• Recognize that you have options. While it is optimal to get a jump start on long-term care planning, there are a range of considerations at various life stages that can be integrated into your financial security planning.

• Have a candid conversation. Long-term care is a challenging topic but understanding your family member’s wishes and expectations for care as well as communicating your own is the key to building a sound retirement plan.

• Talk to a financial professional. Do not underestimate the value of expert guidance in navigating complex scenarios and tailoring a strategy that will align with your individual goals, needs and resources.

To learn more about long-term care costs and options, including a Long-Term Care Cost Calculator, visit www.nm.com.

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Faster At The Pharmacy

(NAPSI)—There are five steps you can take to get in and out of the pharmacy faster:

1. Time your visit right. Pharmacies are generally less busy and lines may be shorter mid-mornings and late afternoons.

2. Scan to refill. Many pharmacies now have secure apps that let you scan the bar code on a current prescription when it needs refilling.

3. Keep all your information together. CVS/pharmacy customers have 24-hour access to their prescription records, can view and order refills, and stay up-to-date with health needs via the mobile app and at CVS.com.

4. Don’t waste time going to pick up a prescription that’s not ready. Many pharmacies offer text, e-mail or telephone alerts.

5. Avoid unnecessary issues. The CVS mobile app has a Drug Interaction Checker that checks medications and their reactions with other medications, foods and so on. A Pill Identifier takes the guesswork out of which pills are which, so you take the right one.

 

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