Cancer All-Clear For Night Shift Work Based On Bad Science

By Rory O’Neill, Hazards Magazine editor

A recent Oxford University study concluding that night shift work should no longer be classified as a cause of breast cancer was based on ‘bad science’, top researchers warn.

The large scale ‘meta-analysis using data from 1.4 million women, published online on October 6th, 2016 in the Journal . . . → Read More: Cancer All-Clear For Night Work Based On Bad Science

DDT Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Breast Cancer

“DDT Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Breast Cancer,” by Justin Worland, Time.

DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), previously linked to Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and kidney and ovarian diseases, was taken out of use 30 years ago because of its harmful effects on health and the environment. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows . . . → Read More: DDT Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Breast Cancer

The 'war on cancer' has run off course

“Change the cancer conversation: The ‘war on cancer’ has run off course,” by Colin Macilwain, Nature.

When Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy in 2013 after genetic tests revealed her susceptibility to certain cancers, she urged others to consider their risk. Even more people will do so now that she has had her ovaries and . . . → Read More: The ‘war on cancer’ has run off course

Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes

“Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes.” By Theodora Ross, The New York Times.

An oncologist looks at the evidence for genetic testing in certain circumstances. This takes the conversation a step further.

On Aug. 6, researchers announced in The New England Journal of Medicine that they . . . → Read More: Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes

New NHS statins guidance ‘risks harming patients’

“New NHS statins guidance ‘risks harming patients.’” By Edward Malnick, The Telegraph.

Telling millions of healthy people to take statins risks harming ‘many patients over many years’, doctors warn Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, and watchdogs.

Proposals to advise 12 million people to take statins could have “worrying” consequences because the plans were borne out . . . → Read More: New NHS statins guidance ‘risks harming patients’

“Misfearing” — Culture, Identity, and Our Perceptions of Health Risks

““Misfearing” — Culture, Identity, and Our Perceptions of Health Risks,” by Lisa Rosenbaum MD, New England Journal of Medicine.

“Misfearing,” the term Cass Sunstein uses to describe the human tendency to fear instinctively rather than factually, is not unique to women’s perceived health threats. Decades of research on risk perception have revealed the many factors . . . → Read More: “Misfearing” — Culture, Identity, and Our Perceptions of Health Risks

Why Jolie's cancer test costs so much

Published on CNN, May 24, 2013.

(CNN) — Angelina Jolie, when writing about her preventive double mastectomy, did not discuss how much her surgeries cost, but she did mention that many women would not be able to afford the $3,000 to $4,000 test that led her to make the decision. What she failed to say . . . → Read More: Why Jolie’s cancer test costs so much

What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention

“What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention.” By H. Gilbert Welch, CNN.com.

I checked my e-mail messages — they all seemed to be about Angelina Jolie’s op-ed. I found it to be a moving story and understood her choice. As the day wore on, the story dominated the news. I didn’t fully appreciate how much Ms. . . . → Read More: What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention