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The lung cancer blame game

The shame, blame and stigma surrounding this deadly disease affects everything from patient follow-through to research funding

Nov. 21, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Most people know that lung cancer is an aggressive killer, triggered by everything from smoking to genetic mutations to environmental toxins. But more and more patients, doctors and researchers are pointing to another harmful influence contributing to the suffering, delayed diagnosis and possibly even early deaths of those hit with the disease: stigma.

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E-cigs, apps and the FDA’s push to limit nicotine

Smoking cessation expert Dr. Jonathan Bricker weighs in on new studies and a federal effort to regulate an ‘astonishingly addictive’ drug

Aug. 1, 2017 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch smoking cessation expert Dr. Jonathan Bricker weighs in on the FDA's new proposal to limit the amount of nicotine in combustible cigarettes.

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Taking care of business

New colorectal cancer screening guidelines push for adults 50 and older to get screened — somehow

June 16, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

“The best screening test is the one that gets done,” wrote the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in their new colorectal cancer screening guidelines. Our researchers weigh in.

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Collaborating to boost value-based care

HICOR hammers out solutions, addresses hard questions on cost and cancer care at third annual summit

April 6, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Patients, providers and health economists joined forces last Friday in Seattle to improve patient outcomes during HICOR's third annual Value in Cancer Care Summit. Read our coverage.

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High blood levels of vitamin D linked to reduced estrogen – and potentially lower breast cancer risk

Study found the hormone-lowering effect to be independent of weight loss

Feb. 25, 2016 | By Kristen Woodward / Fred Hutch News Service

A Fred Hutch study involving postmenopausal, overweight and obese women who took 2,000 IUs of vitamin D daily for a year found that those whose vitamin D blood levels increased the most had the greatest reductions in blood estrogens, which are a known risk factor for breast cancer.

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Exploring the human gut microbiome

Scientific interest in this diverse world of bacteria has flipped from fear to fascination

Jan. 22, 2016 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

Stool samples in the Lampe Lab at Fred Hutch yield clues to the human gut microbiome, which is a diverse world of trillions of bacteria whose complex interactions keep us all alive, occasionally threaten our health and may hold secrets to preventing cancer or improving the lives of patients going through treatment for it.

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