Innovations in genetic testing technology over the past 5-10 years have opened up the ability to test multiple cancer risk genes at one time, at the same or lower cost than past testing for one or two individual genes. As a result, many testing laboratories now offer “next generation panel tests.” These tests allow investigation of multiple cancer risk genes with one sample, at one time, for one cost. This can be an attractive option when the family history could suggest more than one inherited syndrome – one test can evaluate for multiple syndromes. However, panel tests have also created some new challenges for patients and health care providers. Continue reading
2014 was another year of discovery and innovation at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center as we work toward our goal of conquering cancer. Here are summaries of select clinical, laboratory and population collaborations by Cancer Center members that will benefit cancer patients everywhere:
- March 25, 2014: 25% of breast cancer survivors report financial decline due to treatment, and the financial impact varied greatly by race. “As oncologists, we are proud of the advances in our ability to cure an increasing proportion of patients diagnosed with breast cancer. But as treatments improve, we must ensure that we do not leave these patients in financial ruin because of our efforts,” says study author Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil. In a second study, Dr. Jagsi found
Along with the rest of the University of Michigan Health System, the infusion pharmacy at the Comprehensive Cancer Center has been using new technology to improve patient care. One new feature takes a picture of your prepared chemotherapy and links with the new barcode medication administration system to:
- Confirm correct drug selection (right drug for the right patient)
- Automate dose calculations (right dose)
- Automate dose labeling to increase efficiency for pharmacy staff (right time)
- Reduce waste
Travel volume for the year-end holidays will reach the highest peak recorded by AAA (since 2001), with nearly 91 percent of all travelers (89.5 million) celebrating the holidays with a road trip and 5.7 million travelers taking to the skies.
Travelers with varicose veins — both men and women — should know the risks of DVT. Anyone with varicose veins is at a slightly higher risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) during a long flight or ride.
For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is also a time when there is an increased risk of home fires.
Many households engage in holiday activities that are leading causes of U.S. home fires, including cooking, Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home fires grows even more.
As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired. That’s when home fires and burn injuries are more likely to occur. I should know: I’m managing director of Injury Prevention at the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center — one of the nation’s oldest and most respected centers for treating patients who have suffered burn injuries.
Fortunately, with a little added awareness and some minor adjustments to holiday cooking and decorating, the season can remain festive and safe for everybody. By taking some preventative steps and following some simple tips, most home fires and burn injuries can be prevented.
With unattended cooking being the #1 cause of U.S. home fires and injuries, be sure to stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling or broiling food.
Most cooking fires involve the stovetop, so keep anything that can catch fire away from it, and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time.
If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. Create a “no-kid zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.
Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home fires from candles.
The nonprofit National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) statistics show that two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. Consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles.
However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over and are placed on uncluttered surfaces.
Avoid using candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep, as one-third of U.S. candle fires begin in these locations.
Lastly, never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle and be sure to store any matches/lighters used in a secure location, up high and out of the reach of children.
Christmas trees also cause a significant number of house fires:
One of every three Christmas tree related fires is caused by electrical problems, and one in five resulted from a heat source that’s too close to the tree.
By following these fire/burn prevention tips and measures, you can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home, and enjoy a safe holiday season. The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs. By taking simple precautions, people can avoid potential fire and burn injury hazards, and make this time of year a healthy and happy one.
I wish everyone and their loved ones a very happy and safe holiday season!
Take the next step:
- Get more information on safe Christmas tree usage, other safety tips, and how kids can help solve the #1 national disaster threat of home fires by participating in the Paradigm Challenge
- , Learn more about U-M Trauma Burn fire prevention programs
- If you’ll be lighting off fireworks to celebrate the New Year, heed these tips from U-M Trauma Burn Center
Founded in 1959, the U-M Trauma Burn Center was one of the first dedicated burn units in the U.S. Verified as both a Burn Center & a Level‐1 Trauma Center by the American Burn Association & the American College of Surgeons, it is recognized for the ability to care for the most severely injured patients, and leadership in research, education, outreach & prevention. Each year, an average of 1,400 multiple-trauma and burn patients are admitted to U-M. The center serves as the State Burn Coordinating Center for Michigan & offers award-winning outreach programs.
OK, you know you have food allergies. And you know what foods trigger your allergies. And no one needs to tell you how much a food allergy attack can ruin your day. But food allergic reactions still account for more than 30,000 emergency room visits each year, and one reason is that many food allergy triggers are hiding in foods you may not expect!
For example, did you know:
- canned tuna contains milk
- bouillon cubes contain wheat
- hot dogs contain egg
- natural and artificial flavorings may contain peanuts and/or shellfish
- Worcestershire sauce contains fish
- deli meat may contain soy