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The anti-vax movement is generally  (and justifiably) treated with a good dose of scepticism and ridicule and it’s likely any anti-radiation movement will suffer the same fate  But as lead story this week explains not everyone swears by radiation treatment.

The second story looks at treatment delays – a  nightmare when it’s…

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A while back Keytruda was being hailed as the new wonder drug.  There’ve been a few up and downs since then, but it’s still around and the lead story suggests that early promise can be realised.

Second story suggests it could be joined one day by the new AZD1775.

And we finish with one from the `you are what you eat’…

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Along with `quit alcohol and smoking and lose weight’ the line `exercise more’ is pretty much standard medical advice. However, the lead story notes that there may be more to the`exercise more’ than simply to make everyone feel guilty.

Second story re-emphasises the need for good dental hygiene.

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New Zealand nurses are currently agitating for a pay rise with many maintaining the general public is only partly aware of how important their role is.  Lead story this week then is about how nurses can help head and neck survivors post-surgery.

Second story is a bit more technical – about identifying types of cancer in order to…

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With the increasing number and variations of cancer treatments (and the number of identifiable cancers)  finding the right one can be a challenge, but more work is now underway to help ensure a correct fit – as the lead story explains.

And while head and neck cancers are often blamed on smoking, alcohol or HPV infection some…

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Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a pretty bleak time and any help will be appreciated. That help can come in the form of a pet - and the (usually) relentless positivity and enthusiasm of a dog is one of the best – as this week’s lead story suggests.

The second story outlines some of the areas that a…

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One of the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy is mucositis -` the painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes' - particularly in the mouth and digestive system which makes swallowing a painful challenge. Lead story this week suggests help could be on the way.

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New techniques and developments in applications like robotic surgery, immunotherapy, gene therapy and others are adding to the traditional weaponry of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Hydrogel is now looking a potential winner as well – as today’s lead story suggests. The second looks at gene therapy…

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Of the big three cancer treatments – chemotherapy, radiation and surgery – none are particularly much fun for the patient. Research suggesting one of the three – radiation – can in some cases be reduced is therefore good news all round.

The second story this week is another look at research aimed at halting growth of cancer tumours.

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# Since cats are known to eat people when they die, is their cute kneading actually them tenderizing us?
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In light of  the NZ government’s recent thumbs down to medical marijuana, lead story today takes a look at the issue from a medical point of view. Expect nothing definitive though.

That’s followed by a piece of promising research and a further (if still needed) plea for HPV vaccination.

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# Nations can't come together to fight hunger, end oppression, or create lasting peace....but for bobsledding, no problem.
# A boomerang is just a socially anxious…

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Get help to lift depression: Weds Weekly

A weekly collation of stories from one of our members

That old line about laughter being the best medicine may have some validity according to the lead story.   And, more practically,  it suggests perfectly understandable depression after a diagnosis  should not lead to missing treatment appointments.

The second story is a very up video suggesting advances in robotic surgery means there’s less to be depressed about anyway.

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The number of after effects of cancer treatment are many and often an on-going challenge. Lymphoedema - that swollen, floppy jowls effect - and loss of hearing are two common examples and while not life threatening both detract from quality of life. The two stories this week suggest there…

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Can we make ACC fairer? Summer Wednesday.

Weds Weekly is in summer hiatus so I will endeavour to post one important health story each week until normal service resumes. 

Ever wondered about the discrepancy between disabling illnesses and disabling accidents? Have a listen to this interview with someone who is taking a good look at this issue. 

ACC barrister and researcher Warren Forster has been named the NZ Law Foundation International Research fellow for 2017. He will spend…

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Let there be light: Weds Weekly

Another Weekly Wednesday round-up from one of our members. The video below is from a site that explains the near infrared photoimmunotherapy trial mentioned in the first article. 

While immunotherapy drugs and robotic surgery advances tend to dominate the new treatment spotlight there is much…

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