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Chemobrain and Cancer Treatments - by: Deborah Kotz, Globe Staff, Boston.com - Daily Dose Health News, Advice & Information

Along with chemotherapy’s well-documented side effects of nausea and fatigue, cancer patients also complain about a type of brain fog that sets in clouding their memory, judgement, and cognitive abilities. But a new study presented Friday at a breast cancer conference in San Antonio suggests that the condition -- called “chemobrain” -- may not always be due to the drugs but to the stress and anxiety that comes from receiving the diagnosis and fears of impending treatment.

DNA Mapping Of Alzheimer's Patients Gives Deep Dive View - by: Michelle Fay Cortez , Bloomberg.com

Over the past 18 months, 81-year-old Bill Bunnell has visited the doctor a half-dozen times to take memory tests, provide blood samples, and undergo a spinal tap and imaging scans. It’s all part of the most extensive study ever conducted on Alzheimer’s. Now researchers are about to take an even closer look at Bunnell, a retired engineer from Madison, Connecticut.

The number of Americans undergoing advanced imaging tests has skyrocketed, increasing their exposure to radiation that may result in cancer later in life, a study found.

The hearts of newborn mice can repair themselves after an injury, a discovery that raises fresh hopes for healing damaged hearts in people. Scientists knew that some fish and amphibians could regrow parts of their hearts after major injuries, but there was no good evidence for this in mammals.

Every year, thousands of US citizens travel to Mexico for cancer treatment, because clinics there offer non-toxic therapies and the cost is much less expensive, says TMD Unlimited, a medical tourism corporation.

Have pain, will travel - by: STEVE BREARTON , ReportunBusiness.com

In September, Hungarian dentists toured Britain, offering checkups and estimates from an inflatable PVC tent. Hungary is one of a number of former Eastern-bloc nations hoping to attract travellers for cosmetic and primary dental care.

Travel the world, have surgery and save money - by: Sophie Goodchild, standard.co.uk

AN EXHIBITION on health tourism showcasing 120 clinics from around the world offering everything from heart surgery to nose reshaping, opens this weekend in London.

Prescription for Change - by: AMAR GUPTA, The Wall Street Journal

The health-care industry is about to undergo a global revolution driven by a force it can no longer resist: information technology.

Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional drug therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented September 24, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.

Patients will find it easier to escape NHS queues and head across the Channel for treatment under an EU blueprint for European health tourism to be published tomorrow.

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