Failure to publish trial results exposes patients to risks without providing benefits

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Although the publication of results of clinical trials carried out in the USA within 12 months of their completion has been mandatory since 2007, an astoundingly high number of Phase III radiotherapy trials did not do so, according to new research. An analysis of 802 trials with a primary completion date of before Jan. 1, 2013, showed that 655, or 81.7 percent, did not publish even a summary result.

Is breast conserving therapy or mastectomy better for early breast cancer?

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Young women with early breast cancer face a difficult choice about whether to opt for a mastectomy or breast conserving therapy (BCT). New research has shown young women, who had early stage breast cancer that had not spread to the lymph nodes and who opted for BCT with radiation therapy, had a 13 percent higher risk of developing a local recurrence of their disease over a 20-year period than women who had a mastectomy and no radiation therapy.

Inadequate financial savings tied to increased childhood health risks

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The connection between a family’s income and childhood health has been well-established, with lower income linked to poorer health and a greater likelihood of more chronic conditions. Now a new study shows that the size of the paycheck is not all that matters when it comes to children’s health risks. So does the amount that a family has tucked away in savings.

Teen tobacco users commonly report light smoking

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New research reveals new details about teen smoking. Most young smokers report that they don’t light up every day, and many smoke only a few cigarettes on the days they do smoke. These teens are less likely to identify as smokers, even as they face health risks comparable to heavier tobacco use.