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Transition shares soar on positive diabetes drug results

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – For Rafael Nadal to bridge a 7,000-point gap with Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings looks like a tall order, even for a player of his qualities, yet he could still threaten the Serb’s hopes of ending 2013 as world No.1. With the French Open looming large on the horizon, Nadal is back in the claycourt groove as he continues his comeback from a knee injury that sidelined him for seven months. …

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Catherine Zeta-Jones seeks help again for bipolar disorder

BERLIN, April 29 (Reuters) – Barcelona will try every trick in the book to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final return leg on Wednesday, honorary Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer warned on Monday. Bayern crushed the Spaniards last week in a surprisingly one-sided encounter but Beckenbauer, former player, coach and president of Germany’s most successful club, warned that Barcelona were not ready to surrender. “Barca will try everything to throw Bayern off balance,” he told Bild newspaper. …

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Bonding over bone cancer

EUGENE, Ore. — Jordan McDonald wears his on his right leg. Grant Jensen wears his on his left.

And McDonald, at 24, is twice as old, so his prosthetic leg is longer than the new one just fitted for Jensen, who is still a rambunctious 12-year-old. But what the two share runs much deeper than which leg they partially lost to an uncommon form of cancer.

McDonald has become part big brother, part adviser, part guide to Jensen as he fights a sometimes-aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, which is most often seen in children and young adults. McDonald recently treated the Jensen family — Grant, his 5-year-old sister ,Claire, and his parents, Erin and Tyler — to a weekend of fun before Grant was scheduled to start another round of chemotherapy.

Grant’s prognosis is uncertain. The cancer has spread to his lungs, and his parents are cautiously hopeful that chemotherapy will stop it, but as with most spreading cancers there are no guarantees.

“One thing I tell them is just live your life,” McDonald said on a recent Saturday as Grant tried out a sporty luxury car during a tour of Mercedes-Benz of Eugene, where McDonald is a mechanic. “The treatment will take care of itself. There’s not much you can do about that.”

McDonald, who lives in Halsey near his parents, was 18 when he found out a week after his high school graduation that the pain he’d been feeling in his right knee was osteosarcoma. The diagnosis was like a rock falling in a still pond, roiling what had been the typical, quiet life of a rural family.

Within days, he was starting three months of chemotherapy at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, followed by […]

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Should old, sick patients get skin cancer surgery?

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More than two-thirds of people with non-melanoma skin cancer underwent surgery to treat the condition, according to a new study – including patients who were at least 85 years old or had multiple other chronic diseases.

Researchers found 43 percent of those patients with limited life expectancies died within five years of their diagnosis – but none from skin cancer. Many of them reported poor wound healing after skin surgery or other treatment-related complications including pain, numbness and itching.

The study team said its findings suggest many older patients may not live long enough to benefit from treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers, but can still be harmed by it.

“For so many conditions we just use a standard treatment without thinking about the long-term (clinical) cost,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, a health policy researcher from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

“What I think doctors often underestimate is how often patients don’t want aggressive care.”

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. About 2.2 million Americans are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancers – which include basal and squamous cell cancers […]

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U.S.-born kids have more allergies, asthma

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Kids and teens who are born abroad and immigrate to the United States are about half as likely to have asthma and allergies as those who are born in the U.S., according to a new study.

Researchers surveyed the parents of 80,000 children in one of six languages and found that association held even after they took into account where families lived and how often they moved, as well as their race and income.

“This is definitely something we see clinically and we’re trying to better understand, what is it in our environment that’s increasing the risk of allergic disease?” said Dr. Ruchi Gupta, who studies allergies at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago but wasn’t involved in the new research.

Food allergies have increased tremendously,” she told Reuters Health. “We do see people who come from other countries don’t tend to have it, but immigrants who are maybe second generation, they’re identical (to U.S.-born people).”

It’s not obvious what explains that pattern, researchers said.

According to Gupta, two possible culprits are the so-called hygiene hypothesis – which suggests […]

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