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Plaque in arteries associated with AMD; Lung cancer to become leading cause of cancer death in Europe
Plaque in arteries associated with AMD; Lung cancer to become leading cause of cancer death in Europe

(February 16, 2013 - Insidermedicine Week in Review)

From Wisconsin - Atherosclerosis may raise risk of early age-related macular degeneration, according to a report published in Ophthalmology. Researchers studied 1,700 individuals between 53 and 96 years of age. Participants were assessed for AMD at 5 year and 10 year followup, and intima-media thickness (IMT), plaque in the carotid artery, angina, MI or stroke were all reported by the patient's physician. Results showed that mean IMT was associated with early AMD and late AMD, but history of stroke, angina or MI had no such association. As well, the number of sites with plaque were linked to late AMD but not early AMD

 

From  Italy - Lung cancer will become the leading cause of death among women in Europe, according to a report published in the Annals of Oncology. Researchers examined cancer rates in the EU to estimate the amount of people that will die from the disease in 2013. They found that over 1.3 million Europeans will die from cancer in 2013. There will be an estimated 88,000 deaths from breast cancer and 82,000 from lung cancer. These lung cancer rates represent a 7% decline since 2009, while the breast cancer rates are declining. If these trends continue, researchers estimate that lung cancer will be the leading cause of cancer mortality in Europe by 2015.

 
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