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Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Cancer patient Alison Cairnes poses for a portrait at the University of California San Diego in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 15, 2017. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)
Cancer patients increasingly are having their care guided by gene tumor boards, a new version of the hospital panels that traditionally decided whether surgery, radiation or chemotherapy would be best. These experts study the patient’s cancer genes and match treatments to mutations that seem to drive the disease.

Documentary about anxiety taps a world-class athlete

Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 5 p.m.

Michael Phelps makes a surprise visit to Charlie, one of the children featured in the new documentary “Angst.” (Ali Mohsenian)
Michael Phelps appears in “Angst” to share his story of being bullied and depressed, leading to severe anxiety. The swimmer, winner of 28 Olympic medals, would look in the mirror and not like what he saw.

Everybody is exhausted: Stress and social media are taking their toll

Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 5 p.m.

Recurring tiredness seems to be the new normal for a growing number of people, regardless of their age or background. (Handout / Tribune News Service)
Whichever word you prefer, recurring tiredness seems to be the new normal for a growing number of people. Causes range from illnesses such as anemia, depression, hypothyroidism, diabetes and heart disease to the increasing overuse of technology and its implications on our mental well-being. Yes, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can wear you out.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Five steps to preventing falls

Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, noon

When your kids fall and bounce back up to kick the ball, that’s impressive. Few older adults can bang into each other and bounce back. More likely, they’d stay down on the ground and eventually end up in the emergency room.

Domestic Violence Action Month draws attention to underreported problem

Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

Domestic abuse victim Aida Ortiz is photographed at her home in Hayden, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
The first time Aida Ortiz expressed concerns about her marriage, her mostly Catholic family encouraged her to keep it together. But her husband’s fits of rage became more frequent, and he sometimes threatened to disappear with their two young sons, she said. And once he grabbed her phone and threw it at her face. But she ducked and it shattered on a wall behind her.

Cigarette makers to publish new statements on health risks

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Major U.S. cigarette companies will soon begin publishing a series of blunt statements about the health risks of smoking as part of a court order stemming from a 1999 lawsuit brought by the federal government.

Trump may limit Obama-era free contraception mandate

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

The Trump administration could issue a rule as early as Friday that would sharply limit the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean hundreds of thousands of American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge.

Nowhere to go: Young people with severe autism languish in hospitals

Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 5:28 p.m.

James Cordone, 11, was hospitalized for seven weeks in 2015 after his family grew unable to quell his rages. (Nancy J. Parisi / Tribune News Service photos)
Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. These young people – who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home – are taken to the hospital after community social services and programs fall short, and families call 911 for help, according to more than two dozen interviews with parents, advocates and physicians in states from Maine to California.

Seattle’s Juno Therapeutics ready for another round in war on cancer

Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

Above: Steve Goldfless,  the senior research scientist at Juno Therapeutics, works with the AbPair Machine that looks at millions of single human immune cells on Sept. 13. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/TNS) (Steve Ringman / Photos by Steve Ringman/Seattle Times)
CAR-T cell therapy for aggressive B cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the form of cancer Symes had, is the most promising product in the pipeline of Seattle-based biotech company Juno Therapeutics. Many oncologists expect CAR-T cell therapies to completely change the standard treatment for certain types of cancer in the next few years.

People’s Pharmacy: Is the anticoagulant Xarelto affected by grapefruit?

Tue., Sept. 19, 2017

Q: You often speak of food interactions with the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin), but rarely address the anticoagulant Xarelto. I take Xarelto for atrial fibrillation and would like to know what food interactions I might need to be aware of. A: Your question seems quite simple on the surface, but it turned into a challenging assignment. People with the irregular heart rhythm called AFib are frequently prescribed anticoagulants like warfarin or rivaroxaban (Xarelto) to prevent strokes.

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