MedMinute: WHO calls for immediate action to help underweight babies around the world


LUBBOCK, Texas– A new study shows partial radiation, compared to whole breast radiation has similar long term survival rates for low risk breast cancer patients. Researchers at the Ohio State University studied more than 4,200 women with stage 0, 1 and 2 breast cancer. Researchers performed partial radiation on the small area where the tumor was removed for five days instead of the traditional four to six weeks. They say the treatment produced similar recurrence rates.

One in seven babies worldwide were born weighing under 5 1/2 pounds in 2015, according to a new study from the World Health Organization. Almost 3/4 of the low weight babies were born in Southern Asia And Sub-Saharan African. Researchers said immediate action is needed to tackle underlying causes and provide care for babies.

A new study recommends that frail, older patients who are diagnosed with advanced cancers like stomach and esophagus should receive less chemotherapy. British researchers said the approach is an effective way to control the disease and will lead to fewer side effects.

1. The Ohio State University
2. The Lancet Global Health
3. Cancer Research UK

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