MSK scientists learn how genes and environment conspire in pancreatic cancer development

Like weeds sprouting from cracks in the pavement, cancer often forms in sites of tissue damage. That damage could be an infection, a physical wound, or some type of inflammation. Common examples include stomach cancer caused by H. pylori infection, Barrett’s esophagus caused by acid reflux, and even smoking-induced lung cancer. Exactly how tissue damage…

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Sleep deprivation may exacerbate frailty’s effects on mental health in older adults

Previous studies have linked sleep deprivation and frailty with depression. A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that examined their combined effect suggests that short sleep intensifies the impacts of frailty on depressive symptoms. Among 5,026 community-dwelling older adults in China, participants who were frail at the start of the…

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More than half of cancer survivors have underlying medical conditions associated with severe COVID

ATLANTA – FEBRUARY 3, 2021 – New study finds more than half (56.4%) of cancer survivors in the United States reported having additional underlying medical conditions associated with severe COVID-19 illness. The report appearing in JNCI: The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests that prevalence of these conditions among cancer survivors is nearly 40%…

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