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Weekly news updates are currently posted on our homepages, weekly news pages and sent directly to your inbox to provide up-to-date information on what has been covered in the news regarding lung cancer, and complementary health & wellness in the previous week.

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending October 18, 2021

Novel Drug Sparks Hope for Targeting HER3 in NSCLC and Beyond
“Although oncogenic activation of the HER3 receptor has been identified as a significant source of drug resistance and treatment failure, efforts to develop therapies targeting this mechanism have so far fallen short.1 Now, patritumab deruxtecan, a novel antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), is emerging as a promising HER3-directed therapy in patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and perhaps other solid malignancies.”

Veracyte kicks off limited release of its nasal swab lung cancer test as it gears up for full commercial launch
“Veracyte announced it has begun rolling out its long-awaited nasal swab test for lung cancer to a limited number of clinical sites, as it continues to build up data to back its full future commercial launch.”

‘This Is Us’ Actor Gerald McRaney’s Lung Cancer Diagnosis Happened By Chance. Here’s The Story Of How It Saved His Life
“In an interview with SurvivorNet, McRaney, who joins ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ this season, recalls his shocking diagnosis, found as he was preparing for knee surgery.”

Anlotinib Plus Irinotecan or Docetaxel Shows Promising Efficacy in SCLC
“Patients with small cell lung cancer who failed first-line treatment within 6 months were examined for efficacy of anlotinib plus chemotherapy in a phase 2 trial whose results were presented at the 2021 ESMO Congress.”

Chow Reviews Efficacy of Therapies for NSCLC Depending on PD-L1 Status
“During a Targeted Oncology Case-Based Roundtable event, Laura Q. M. Chow, MD, associate director, Clinical Research, director, Lung, Head, Neck & Clinical Immunotherapy Programs Livestrong Cancer Institutes, Professor, Department of Oncology, and associate chair of Education, Department of Oncology at Dell Medical School at the The University of Texas at Austin, discussed a 59-year-old patient with non–small cell lung cancer.”

Race Does Not Correlate With High Renal Toxicity With Pemetrexed/Pembrolizumab in NS-NSCLC
“Treatment with platinum-based pemetrexed combined with pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in patients with nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) resulted in acute kidney injury (AKI) and death in more Black American patients compared with White American patients, according to a retrospective analysis from the phase 3 KEYNOTE-189 clinical trial (NCT02578680).”

My Choices News

Week Ending October 18, 2021

Feeling blue? Color your world to boost your mood
“Sometimes we express emotions with color, as in “green with envy” or “feeling blue.” I know that bright and sunny days make me feel better, and cloudy/overcast days dampen my mood.”

Decolonizing Alternative Medicine: Taking Pride in the Ayurvedic Tradition
“Aruna Bhargava first learned of the Ayurvedic tradition of her ancestors from her grandmother. Like many Indian elders, Bhargava’s grandmother kept the tradition alive by sharing its many practical day-to-day uses with her grandchildren.”

Bibliometric Analysis of Research Trends on Acupuncture for Neck Pain Treatment Over the Past 20 Years
“A bibliometric approach using network analytical methods was applied to explore the research trends on acupuncture for neck pain treatment. Publications related to acupuncture for neck pain treatment from 2000 to 2020 were retrieved from the Web of Science database.”

Integrative Approaches to Osteoarthritis
“The CDC estimates 63 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis as of 2020, with that number ramping up to 75 million by 2035.1 In a national health survey sponsored by the CDC, 27.7 percent of adults who have arthritis are also obese, 33.7 percent also have diabetes, and 36.4 percent also have heart disease. This picture looks all too familiar in our clinics across the country.”

What Is Vagus Nerve Stimulation?
“Everyone is a big bundle of nerves. No, that’s not a description of the current pervasive sense of anxiety many people in America feel these days; rather, it’s an anatomical description of how the human body is home to billions of nerve cells and structures that thread all throughout the body, carrying electrical impulses that regulate everything from breathing and body temperature to hunger and sleep.”

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Work for Weight Loss, Blood Pressure, and More?
“Home cooks and health nuts have pinned their hopes on many miracle foods through the years: kale, spirulina, bonemeal. One of these, apple cider vinegar (or fermented apple juice), has had remarkable staying power, with purported benefits both big and small.”

9 Tips for Healthy Lungs
“We don’t often consider the role our lungs play in keeping us strong and well. It’s only when we experience breathing problems that we begin to appreciate how hard our lungs work for us. The truth is that, like the rest of our body, our lungs require daily care and attention to function at their best.”

Common Types of Alternative Medicine
“The chances are that you’ve seen this healing therapy being used several times before. It’s been lauded for its benefits to heal painful physical symptoms. The use of sterile needles that are used to stimulate specific points all over your body dates back to ancient China.”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending October 11, 2021

The Myriad Ways ctDNA Analysis Using Liquid Biopsy Can Be Applied in NSCLC
“A literature review examined the many clinical applications for circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analysis in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and provided insight into how liquid biopsy can help avoid certain limitations presented by other ctDNA analysis methods.”

All late-stage cancer patients need access to biomarker testing
“Quite literally, biomarkers saved my life.”

What Are Lung Cancer Biomarkers?
“Lung cancer biomarkers, also known as tumor markers, are biological molecules in people with lung cancer. These biomarkers are produced by either the body or the tumor.”

How Lung Cancer Develops in People Who Have Never Smoked
“More and more people who have never smoked tobacco are developing lung cancer. A new genomic analysis revealed that an accumulation of natural mutations led to the disease.”

Cheers For A Cure! raises money for lung cancer research
“AMESBURY — Lungstrong’s Cheers For A Cure! campaign, a partnership with area restaurants to raise money for lung cancer research, has raised $6,650 so far this year.”

Racial disparities in lung cancer survival rates can be mitigated by providing equal treatment access
“Although Black lung cancer patients are more likely to die from their disease than white patients, they have better outcomes than whites when treated with immunotherapies that are now considered the best standard of care.”

VIDEO:
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NRG1 Fusion–Driven Lung Cancers: Clinicopathologic Features and Response to Therapy

The Importance of Clinical Trials in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

My Choices News

Week Ending October 11, 2021

Does Tea Count as Fluid?
“Looking for a simple way to improve your health? It doesn’t get much simpler than staying well hydrated. Filling up on enough fluids can help your body maintain its proper temperature and cushion your joints, among other benefits cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While it sounds simple enough, past research indicates that many of us are chronically mildly dehydrated.”

How This Nutritional Psychiatrist Wants To De-Stigmatize & Improve Mental Health
“As a nutritional psychiatrist, I deeply care about de-stigmatizing the topic of mental health and providing people with the resources they need for better mental well-being.”

What Are The Health Benefits of Lavender? 5 Ways It Soothes the Soul
“Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), also commonly known as the English lavender, common lavender and French lavender, is an easy-to-grow plant known for its fragrant flowers and aromatic leaves.”

Questions Loom for the Adequacy of Peer Review in Oncology
“Clinical research published in peer-reviewed general medical and oncology literature is a core component of the process during which advances in care are developed and ultimately instituted as standard of care.”

The Last Word: Do You Really Need to Eat Breakfast?
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — or is it? While it may have been something your mom told you as she tried to give you a bag of cereal as you walked out the door to school, it’s become a trend to intentionally skip a morning meal for health promotion in some cases, such as with intermittent fasting.”

Dr. Haqqani: The impact of relaxation on physical and emotional health
“In June 2021, information on the importance of relaxation and its impact on physical and emotional health was updated by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health.”

Can Acupuncture Help with Depression?
“Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that may offer many health benefits. Research suggests it may also help treat depression.”

Indoor Air Quality Breakthroughs
“October is National Indoor Air Quality Month, and it comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 3.8 million premature deaths are caused each year by indoor air pollution, and COVID-19 has put a spotlight on indoor air quality.”

Chronic back pain: Can psychological therapy be an effective treatment?
“A recent study found that people with low-to-moderate chronic back pain who received pain-reprocessing therapy (PRT) experienced significant reductions in pain intensity after the treatment, with most individuals maintaining these reductions for 1 year.”

Study Suggests Music Therapy May Benefit Migraineurs
“Results of a pilot study revealed that music intervention may significantly reduce migraine attack frequency, although well-controlled clinical trials are warranted to better understand the efficiency of this intervention. Findings were published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.”

What’s on the menu matters in health care for diverse patients
“Food is a powerful part of community and medicine. It has the potential to build connections, elicit nostalgia, spark joy, mark celebration and promote healing.”

Which Homeopathic Remedies Work for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
“Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can have a big impact on your quality of life. This autoimmune condition can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints, which can impair mobility.”

Nature-based activities can improve mood and reduce anxiety
“Outdoor nature-based activities are effective for improving mental health in adults, including those with pre-existing mental health problems, a new study has found.”

Lung Cancer News

Week Ending October 4, 2021

Cancer Without Chemotherapy: ‘A Totally Different World’
“A growing number of cancer patients, especially those with breast and lung cancers, are being spared the dreaded treatment in favor of other options.”

Some Areas Lag Behind in Decreasing Lung Cancer Death Rates
“Despite a decrease in lung cancer rates across the country, significant differences in disease rates and outcomes remain at the state level, according to a presentation at the 2021 World Conference on Lung Cancer.”

Did USPSTF’s Change in Lung Cancer Screening Recs Address Inequity?
“The latest lung cancer screening guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) might have lowered eligibility thresholds for screening but they don’t appear to have addressed equity concerns.”

Taletrectinib May Show Promise in ROS1+ Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Taletrectinib (AB-106) demonstrated promising interim results in patients with ROS1-positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to data from the phase 2 TRUST trial (NCT04395677) that were presented at the 2021 Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.”

Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium Begins Study Screening Patients for Neoadjuvant Therapy Biomarkers
“The Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium said on Tuesday it has begun an umbrella trial, called LCMC4 Evaluation of Actionable Drivers in Early Stage Lung Cancer, or LEADER, in which it will screen early-stage lung cancer patients for driver mutations that can be targeted with neoadjuvant therapy.”

Rovalpituzumab Tesirine Falls Flat in Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Rovalpituzumab tesirine (Rova-T) failed to show an efficacy or safety benefit as a frontline, maintenance, and second-line treatment for patients with advanced small cell lung cancer (SCLC), warranting its discontinued development, according to findings from 4 independent studies published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology”

What is the doubling time for small cell lung cancer?
“Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive form of lung cancer that has a short doubling time. The term “doubling time” refers to the amount of time it takes for a cell or tumor to double in size.”

Roundtable Discussion: Treatment Goals for RET-Mutated Lung Cancer
“During a Targeted OncologyTM Case-Based Roundtable event, Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD, chairman, Medical Oncology at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers and clinical professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in Las Vegas, NV,, discussed the case of a 59-year-old patient with RET-mutated lung cancer. Vogelzang was joined in his discussion by 9 peers.”

VIDEO
Navigating Emotional Response to a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

My Choices News

Week Ending October 4, 2021

What to know about eating legumes
“Legumes include beans, lentils, and green peas, and are a healthy addition to any diet. Research indicates that their health benefits include less risk of chronic diseases and obesity, and they can help control blood pressure and cholesterol.”

Health Benefits of 10 Healing Herbs
“A healing herb—otherwise known as a medicinal plant—is a plant that is either collected from the wild or intentionally grown for its medicinal, or curative, value. Humans have used plants for thousands of years to treat ailments, pain, and disease.”

Are There Alternatives to Chemotherapy?
“When you are diagnosed with cancer, you may be looking to take control of the situation by researching all the treatment options available. You may begin to look into alternatives to conventional treatments like chemotherapy.”

5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
“Vegan food has never been hotter. According to SPINS data released by the Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association, plant-based food sales hit $7 billion in 2020. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. households bought plant-based foods that year—a four percent increase from the previous year.”

Integrative Medicine: Do Herbs, Diet and Other Approaches Affect Cancer Outcomes?
“Surviving cancer is about more than just getting surgery, chemotherapy or other treatments, says one expert. It also includes giving your body the delicate attention to wellness that it needs – like managing stress, seeking social support, maintaining a healthy diet and more.”

Five mental health benefits of exercise
“Wondering what the mental health benefits of exercise are? Well, the main side effects are good ones; mental, physical, and cognitive improvements. These benefits can often be underrated as we usually focus on the physical impact but when exercise is taken regularly and with the right intensity it can be incredibly powerful. “

Finding reliable health and nutrition information
“Misinformation is a common theme among health, nutrition and other topics. Consumers use a multitude of sources for nutrition information, including healthcare professionals, friend or family member, news articles or headlines, health-focused websites and television news.”

What to know about kimchi
“Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that consists of fermented, salted vegetables. It can contain a variety of ingredients but most often includes cabbage and seasonings such as sugar, salt, onions, garlic, ginger, and chili peppers.”

Healthy changes in diet, activity improved treatment-resistant high blood pressure
“People with treatment-resistant hypertension successfully reduced their blood pressure by adopting the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, losing weight and improving their aerobic fitness by participating in a structured diet and exercise program at a certified cardiac rehabilitation facility, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.”

The healing power of the ‘Food is Medicine’ movement
“Economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the issue of food insecurity to the forefront of news coverage, including poignant images of people waiting in miles-long lines at food pantries across the country.”

To Bring Food Into Health, We Must Bring Health To The Food System
“Two of the oldest maxims in health care are “do no harm” and “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” However, these two maxims may no longer be compatible. In the current push to prescribe food as a medicine, the health care system may be harming those working in the food system who need that medicine the most.”

The Mind-Body Benefits of Qi Gong—an Ancient, Meditative Movement Practice
“There’s no doubt that mindfulness and meditation have been proven over and over again to be beneficial for everything from stress relief to sleep. And there’s a form of meditation that has been around for thousands of years that you may not be aware of yet, qi gong (pronounced chee-gong). Qi gong, or qigong, is an ancient Chinese practice that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement.”

5 Nutritious Reasons to Keep Crunching on Bell Peppers
“Bell peppers are one of those ubiquitous vegetables you’ll find in everything from a crisp, fresh Greek salad to a baked-and-stuffed weeknight entree to colorful party veggie trays for a healthy group snack.”

Lung Cancer News

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending September 27, 2021

OneOncology Unveils Data Demonstrating Increased Utilization of Genomic and Biomarker Testing at Community Cancer Centers
“OneOncology, the national platform for independent community oncology practices, and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, presented data in two abstracts at the 2021 ASCO Quality Care Symposium examining genomic profiling and biomarker testing patterns in community oncology centers, as part of their multi-year strategic research partnership.”

White Ribbon Project holds lung cancer awareness event in Woodland
“Shyreece Pompey was a school teacher and devout member of her church in Michigan prior to finding out she had lung cancer.”

Turning the Tide against Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Mortality from non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has sharply declined in recent years, a decrease that has coincided with a spate of FDA approvals for targeted therapies in patients whose tumors harbor various genetic alterations. In 2015, two papers in Cancer Discovery showed that MET exon 14 splice site mutations were recurrent and actionable in patients with NSCLC.”

Annabelle Gurwitch and chef Amar Santana partner with Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA)
“New York Times bestselling author, actor, and activist, and former Dinner and a Movie host Annabelle Gurwitch is teaming up with celebrity chef Amar Santana to raise money for lung cancer research during a fun and delicious live, virtual cooking competition on October 2nd.”

Radiation or Surgery in Early Lung Cancer: Does It Make a Difference?
“Ablative radiation still noninferior to VATS after longer follow-up. Long-term survival was equivalent for patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whether treated with stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) or surgery, according to updated results from a prospective study.”

First Patient With Lung Cancer Treated in Phase 2b Tomivosertib Trial
“The first patient was dosed in the phase 2b KICKSTART clinical trial from eFFECTOR Therapeutics, Inc. in early June. The randomized trial will treat patients who have non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a combination of tomivosertib and Keytruda (pembrolizumab).”

Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility Highlights Health Disparities
“Health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities are still present in guidelines for lung cancer screening eligibility.”

Antibody response after COVID-19 vaccination lower among some patients with lung cancer
“Most patients with lung cancer — including those receiving active therapy — produced neutralizing antibodies to COVID-19 after vaccination, according to study results.”

Durvalumab and chemotherapy effective for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer
“Durvalumab and chemotherapy in extensive stage small cell lung cancer showed an improved overall survival compared to chemotherapy alone.”

Mirati’s adagrasib scores encouraging results in KRAS-mutated lung cancer
“US biotech company Mirati Therapeutics announced positive Phase II results for its investigational treatment adagrasib as a treatment for KRAS-mutated lung cancer.”

PODCAST:
Top Science From the World Conference on Lung Cancer
“In this podcast, we examine some of the most important studies presented at this year’s meeting”

VIDEO:
Expert Discusses Community Adoption of Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer
“Robert Coleman, MD, FACOG, FACS, discussed how immunotherapy in lung cancer has been widely accepted and adopted in the community oncology setting.”

My Choices News

My Choices© Update
Week Ending September 27, 2021

Adaptogens: from herbalism to clinical nutrition
“An ever-increasing number of active ingredients qualified as adaptogens are currently emerging from the nutraceutical market. And for a good reason: the great fame of some of them in traditional medicine and their pleiotropic health benefits on immunity, stress, and fatigue, make them highly successful and effective active ingredients.”

Self-Healing: A Concept for Musculoskeletal Body Pain Management – Scientific Evidence and Mode of Action
“Traditionally, musculoskeletal pain management has focused on the use of conventional treatments to relieve pain. However, multi-modal integrative medicine including alternative/complementary treatments is becoming more widely used and integrated into treatment guidelines around the world.”

The Wellness Design Benefits Of Grounding
“Remember the sensate joys of playing barefoot in a field of grass? Or skipping along a stream bed? Or sleeping out at night under the stars? These were among the pleasures of a childhood spent outdoors, sometimes lost to an adulthood spent almost entirely in homes, cars, shops, gyms and offices.”

Can Drinking Water (or Not Drinking Enough) Affect Your Sleep?
“Drinking water is essential to overall health. H2O accounts for up to 60 percent of the human body, and it helps with a wide variety of bodily functions — from cell growth to waste removal to digestion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And yes, hydration can affect sleep, too.”

Five Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee
“Caffeine lovers looking for a healthy way to get their daily fix have long been led to believe that tea offers greater health and wellness benefits. Not anymore. Nutrition experts and medical researchers are finding all kinds of reasons to recommend indulging in that cup of joe, most of them rooted in the fact that coffee is the single greatest contributor to total antioxidant intake.”

7 Myths About Yoga That Shouldn’t Stop You From Doing It
“The popularity of yoga is surging. According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study (published by the Yoga Alliance), the number of people doing yoga increased from 20.4 million in 2012 to 36 million in 2016.”

Qigong benefits, types, and how to get started
“Qigong is a meditative practice incorporating breathing techniques, movement, sound, and self-massage. Its origins lie in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy.”

How Alternative Healing Is Different From Medical Healing
“Traditional healing methods are an integral part of human society. For centuries humans have faced illness and thus traditional healing methods have evolved with time. While the methods can be different for different regions based upon the geographical features such as environmental conditions, resource availability, type of crops, etc, the fundamental aim remains the same, that is “good health”.”

My Choices© Update
Week Ending September 27, 2021

Adaptogens: from herbalism to clinical nutrition
“An ever-increasing number of active ingredients qualified as adaptogens are currently emerging from the nutraceutical market. And for a good reason: the great fame of some of them in traditional medicine and their pleiotropic health benefits on immunity, stress, and fatigue, make them highly successful and effective active ingredients.”

Self-Healing: A Concept for Musculoskeletal Body Pain Management – Scientific Evidence and Mode of Action
“Traditionally, musculoskeletal pain management has focused on the use of conventional treatments to relieve pain. However, multi-modal integrative medicine including alternative/complementary treatments is becoming more widely used and integrated into treatment guidelines around the world.”

The Wellness Design Benefits Of Grounding
“Remember the sensate joys of playing barefoot in a field of grass? Or skipping along a stream bed? Or sleeping out at night under the stars? These were among the pleasures of a childhood spent outdoors, sometimes lost to an adulthood spent almost entirely in homes, cars, shops, gyms and offices.”

Can Drinking Water (or Not Drinking Enough) Affect Your Sleep?
“Drinking water is essential to overall health. H2O accounts for up to 60 percent of the human body, and it helps with a wide variety of bodily functions — from cell growth to waste removal to digestion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And yes, hydration can affect sleep, too.”

Five Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee
“Caffeine lovers looking for a healthy way to get their daily fix have long been led to believe that tea offers greater health and wellness benefits. Not anymore. Nutrition experts and medical researchers are finding all kinds of reasons to recommend indulging in that cup of joe, most of them rooted in the fact that coffee is the single greatest contributor to total antioxidant intake.”

7 Myths About Yoga That Shouldn’t Stop You From Doing It
“The popularity of yoga is surging. According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study (published by the Yoga Alliance), the number of people doing yoga increased from 20.4 million in 2012 to 36 million in 2016.”

Qigong benefits, types, and how to get started
“Qigong is a meditative practice incorporating breathing techniques, movement, sound, and self-massage. Its origins lie in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy.”

How Alternative Healing Is Different From Medical Healing
“Traditional healing methods are an integral part of human society. For centuries humans have faced illness and thus traditional healing methods have evolved with time. While the methods can be different for different regions based upon the geographical features such as environmental conditions, resource availability, type of crops, etc, the fundamental aim remains the same, that is “good health”.”

My Choices© Update
Week Ending September 27, 2021

Adaptogens: from herbalism to clinical nutrition
“An ever-increasing number of active ingredients qualified as adaptogens are currently emerging from the nutraceutical market. And for a good reason: the great fame of some of them in traditional medicine and their pleiotropic health benefits on immunity, stress, and fatigue, make them highly successful and effective active ingredients.”

Self-Healing: A Concept for Musculoskeletal Body Pain Management – Scientific Evidence and Mode of Action
“Traditionally, musculoskeletal pain management has focused on the use of conventional treatments to relieve pain. However, multi-modal integrative medicine including alternative/complementary treatments is becoming more widely used and integrated into treatment guidelines around the world.”

The Wellness Design Benefits Of Grounding
“Remember the sensate joys of playing barefoot in a field of grass? Or skipping along a stream bed? Or sleeping out at night under the stars? These were among the pleasures of a childhood spent outdoors, sometimes lost to an adulthood spent almost entirely in homes, cars, shops, gyms and offices.”

Can Drinking Water (or Not Drinking Enough) Affect Your Sleep?
“Drinking water is essential to overall health. H2O accounts for up to 60 percent of the human body, and it helps with a wide variety of bodily functions — from cell growth to waste removal to digestion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And yes, hydration can affect sleep, too.”

Five Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee
“Caffeine lovers looking for a healthy way to get their daily fix have long been led to believe that tea offers greater health and wellness benefits. Not anymore. Nutrition experts and medical researchers are finding all kinds of reasons to recommend indulging in that cup of joe, most of them rooted in the fact that coffee is the single greatest contributor to total antioxidant intake.”

7 Myths About Yoga That Shouldn’t Stop You From Doing It
“The popularity of yoga is surging. According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study (published by the Yoga Alliance), the number of people doing yoga increased from 20.4 million in 2012 to 36 million in 2016.”

Qigong benefits, types, and how to get started
“Qigong is a meditative practice incorporating breathing techniques, movement, sound, and self-massage. Its origins lie in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy.”

How Alternative Healing Is Different From Medical Healing
“Traditional healing methods are an integral part of human society. For centuries humans have faced illness and thus traditional healing methods have evolved with time. While the methods can be different for different regions based upon the geographical features such as environmental conditions, resource availability, type of crops, etc, the fundamental aim remains the same, that is “good health”.”

Lung Cancer News

Lung Cancer News
Week Ending September 20, 2021

Immunotherapy Offers Certain Patients With Small Cell Lung Cancer A ‘Ray of Hope’, Expert Says
“Recent developments in immunotherapy treatment have given patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer something to have faith in, according to an expert from City of Hope.”

A study from Italy suggests that patients diagnosed with lung cancer after the start of the “COVID-19 pandemic received treatment more quickly than did patients who were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019.Study Reveals Shorter Time to Lung Cancer Treatment During COVID-19 Pandemic”
Trastuzumab Deruxtecan Yields Robust Antitumor Responses in HER2+ NSCLC
“Patients with HER2-mutated non–small cell lung cancer derived robust and long-lasting responses from fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki.”

Imfinzi plus chemotherapy tripled patient survival at three years in the CASPIAN Phase III trial in extensive-stage small cell lung cancer
“LONDON, UK I September 18, 2021 I Updated results from the CASPIAN Phase III trial showed AstraZeneca’s Imfinzi (durvalumab) in combination with a choice of chemotherapies, etoposide plus either carboplatin or cisplatin, demonstrated a sustained, clinically meaningful overall survival (OS) benefit at three years for adults with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) treated in the 1st-line setting.”

Yale Cancer Center Study Shows New Drug Combinations Improve Outcomes for Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer
“New findings from a large study led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center shows the addition of the drugs oleclumab or monalizumab to durvalumab improved progression-free survival for patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The data is part of the COAST trial and will be presented on September 17, 2021 at the annual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).”

ALK+ Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
“Final results from a phase 3 trial showed that brigatinib continued to improve progression-free survival (PFS) compared with crizotinib in patients with advanced, ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)”

Takeda wins FDA approval for targeted lung cancer drug
“Japanese drugmaker Takeda said Wednesday it’s received Food and Drug Administration approval for the first oral therapy targeting a specific gene mutation in non-small cell lung cancer patients.”

My Choices News

My Choices© Update
Week Ending September 20, 2021

Can flavonoids help fend off forgetfulness?
“The foundation of a healthy diet is a vibrant rainbow of fruits and vegetables, like rosy red strawberries, dark green spinach leaves, or sunny yellow peppers. Their colors often come from flavonoids, powerful plant chemicals (phytochemicals) that appear to contribute to many aspects of health. And now a large Harvard study published online in Neurology in July suggests that flavonoids may also play a role in protecting cognition.”

How To Keep a Food Journal: Instructions and Tips
“Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your diet, or simply understand your eating habits a little better, keeping a food journal can be incredibly beneficial.”

8 Caribbean Cultural Foods for Combatting Inflammation
“Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and infection. However, chronic inflammation — which may be influenced by diet, inadequate sleep, and high stress levels — is linked to overweight and obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.”

Fast Fiber Facts: What Is It and How to Get Enough
“According to data curated by the Department of Agriculture, only about 5% of Americans consume their daily recommended allowance of fiber. And that’s unfortunate, because fiber plays a big role in many aspects of health.”

How to Tell If the Health and Nutrition Information You’re Reading Online is Actually True
“With so much misinformation out there around COVID-19 and vaccinations, in addition to health and wellness information in general, it’s more important than ever to make sure what you’re reading is actually true and credible. There are six ways to tell if the nutrition and health information you’re reading online is trustworthy.”

Health & Wellness: Have you considered complementary or alternative health care?
“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a broad term for many health care treatments and medicines not generally used by the traditional medical community. Complementary or Integrative therapies are applied in tandem with traditional western medicine whereas alternative therapies are adopted in place of the traditional.”

7 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health, According to Experts
“When your gut is feeling great, you never think about it—but when it isn’t, it’s hard to think about anything else. The group of microorganisms that live in and make up your gastrointestinal tract plays a role in almost every aspect of your health from preventing chronic illnesses to keeping your immune system humming. So it’s no wonder that when it’s out of whack, you feel lousy.”

Nourishdoc Brings Top Integrative Practitioners For Educational Sessions For Balancing Hormones
“NourishDoc, the first 360-degree technology platform connecting wellness seekers and top holistic practitioners, announced today that it will start offering educational programs for chronic conditions. Integrative practitioners, professors, and researchers share their years of expertise in easy-to-understand informational sessions for natural remedies that can help heal millions around the world during these difficult times.”

What Are Botanicals, and What Can They Do for Your Health?
“Walk into a supplement store, and you’re bound to see dozens of products with nature-inspired labels boasting ingredients called “botanicals.”

One Major Side Effect of Not Drinking Tea, Says Science
“Tea is consumed across the globe, at all times of the day. Some people have it in the morning instead of coffee, some enjoy tea time in the afternoon, and others love drinking tea before bed.”

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