Physical Activity and Other Health-Risk Behaviors During the Transition into Early Adulthood

submitted by: mattkwan
Background: Research consistently demonstrates that physical activity declines with age. However, such declines do not occur linearly. The transition into early adulthood is one period where disproportionate declines in physical activity have been evident, but much of our understanding of such declines among young adults has been based on cross-sectional data or with prospective studies exclusively focused on college/university students. Purpose & Methods: The purpose of the current...
Authors: Matthew Kwan, John Cairney, Guy Faulkner, Eleanor Pullenayegum

Old Age and Cancer – the Focus of This Doctor

submitted by: mdanderson
Old age is the main focus of a geriatrician, a doctor who is board certified in medicine and in geriatrics. Patients faced with old age and cancer have a lot to deal with, especially managing drug intake. Holly Holmes, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine and a certified geriatrician at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, states her main focus is to help the senior cancer patient remain as functional and independent as possible. Being old in...

Targeted Drug Melts Fat in Obese Monkeys

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An anti-obesity drug that homes in on and destroys blood vessels that support fat reduced the weight of obese rhesus monkeys by 11 percent in one month. It also trimmed their waistlines by eradicating 27 percent of their abdominal fat. Obesity raises a person's risk for developing breast, ovarian, prostate, colon and other cancers and also hinders treatment for cancer patients. Scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center who developed the drug discuss results of the...

Body Image Issues for Cancer Patients

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Download from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/body-image-issues-for-cancer/id43184... Michelle C. Fingeret, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science with joint appointments in the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses her innovative line of research.

All Obstacles Removed ... the Journey Continues for Brain Cancer Patient

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Aidan Immroth lost his battle to brain cancer in November of this year, but at the end of his brief 13 years on this earth, Aidan accomplished something really huge -- actually as big as an elephant -- a painting using a live elephant as the canvas that is! Part of the Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, Aidan had a vision to paint a real elephant and it became reality through the help of Ian Cion, MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital's...

Sexual Counseling for Couples after Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Leslie Schover, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains her findings from the clinical trial, Counseling About Regaining Erections and Sexual Satisfaction (CAREss). The results examine which group, face-to-face or Internet, had a better sex counseling experience, and also assesses if the partner received improved sexual function as well as the male prostate cancer patient.