More men with low-risk prostate cancer are forgoing treatment, study finds

More men with low-risk prostate cancer are forgoing treatment to instead watch and wait to see whether their cancer progresses — and experts say that’s a good thing. Among men with low-risk prostate cancer in the United States, 42.1% used the watch-and-wait approach, also called “active surveillance,” in 2015, up from 14.5% in 2010, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA on Monday. Compared with high-risk or intermediate-risk, low-risk prostate cancer tends to grow very slowly or not at all, which is why “active surveillance” can be considered as an alternative…

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VCU to build $350 million inpatient children’s facility at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

RICHMOND, Va. — Children will soon have a new place to get healthy in Richmond. Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU announced they would build a new $350 million, 86 bed inpatient children’s facility. The new building, which will be next to the current outpatient Children’s Pavilion on Marshall Street in downtown Richmond, is scheduled to open in 2022. “The completion of the Children’s Pavilion with a new inpatient hospital will provide an exclusively child-centered environment as advocated by patient families, our own pediatric…

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Theories explore why men send photos of their genitals

She’s sitting in a crowded subway car, zipping through email messages on her phone and minding her own business when it appears: a photo of a man’s penis. Sexting is so commonplace that 88% of participants — men and women — in a 2015 study said they’d done it. So common that research psychologist Peggy Drexler wonders if there’s even any stigma attached to it. So common that, as we found out last week, even someone as high-profile as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said that an outlet threatened to release…

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Scientists say bees can do basic math

Does math give you trouble? Here’s some encouragement: Despite their miniature brains, a new study says honeybees can learn basic arithmetic. If they can do it, so can you! According to a study published this week in Science Advances, scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have shown that honeybees can add and subtract if trained to do so. This discovery helps scientists understand the relationship between brain size and brain power, perhaps knocking birdbrain off the list of perceived slights. Honeybees and humans are separated by more than 400 million…

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Man who spent six weeks in coma returns home to celebrate Christmas in February

SAN DIEGO – A California man who spent six weeks in a coma returned home Wednesday to celebrate Christmas in February with all of his neighbors, according to KSWB. Ryan Caine went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms on December 10th. Soon after, he was diagnosed with pneumonia that went septic, his family said. Caine was placed in the intensive care unit where he stayed for nearly six weeks. “His whole body was in a paralytic state and was completely run by machines for six weeks,” his mother Janet Caine…

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Hundreds of anti-abortion activists rally at Virginia State Capitol

PHOTO: Alexandra Zernik RICHMOND, Va. — Among a sea of strollers and picket signs on the grounds of the Virginia Capitol, hundreds of people demonstrated Thursday against abortion — and especially against Democratic proposals to ease restrictions on late-term abortions. Activists filled the landing of the Capitol steps, flooding down the hill towards Bank Street. Signs declaring “Equal rights for pre-born people” and other anti-abortion slogans poked out of the crowd as children played and their parents watched. The Commonwealth for Life: March on Richmond featured General Assembly members, anti-abortion activists…

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FDA reports additional cases of cancer linked to breast implants

A deadly cancer linked to breast implants has been found in additional women in the United States, federal health officials said. At least 457 women in the United States have so far been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Wednesday. Of those, nine have died as a result of the rare cancer, which affects cells in the immune system and can be found around the breast implant. Women with breast implants have an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma,…

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FDA threatens more legal action against mega-retailers selling tobacco products to minors

The US Food and Drug Administration is taking to task mega-retailers that are in violation of restrictions against the sale of tobacco products to minors. David and Goliath? The US Food and Drug Administration is taking to task mega-retailers that are in violation of restrictions against the sale of tobacco products to minors. Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Thursday that the FDA is evaluating data on large national retail chains to identify entities that have high rates of repeat violations. Gottlieb also said in the statement that he requested a meeting with…

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Juul ramped up nicotine levels, and competitors followed, study says

Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs spurred a “widespread rush” of companies seeking to boost their own nicotine concentrations in order to mirror Juul’s success, according to a paper published Thursday in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control. Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs spurred a “widespread rush” of companies seeking to boost their own nicotine concentrations in order to mirror Juul’s success, according to a paper published Thursday in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control. When Juul released its original 5% nicotine pods in the United States in 2015, the majority of competing products came…

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