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Focus on Cancer Control

Focus is the online newsletter for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

News is posted as it happens, making Focus the most up-to-date source of information about the developments and people at the Cancer Center.

Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to our Cancer Control Research Program. All Focus articles are also available.

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2014 Surgeon General Report

Physicians promoted "fresh" or "less irritating" cigarettes in advertisements into the 1950s—now we know tobacco smoke harms even nonsmokers. Unless things change, experts predict that 5.6 million of today’s children will die early as a result of smoking.

September 15, 2014

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Latest Treatments, Local Care

When a tumor wrapped around her heart didn't respond to treatment, Dr. Philip Manno drew on the technology and the experience of colleagues at Norris Cotton Cancer Center to find new approaches for his patient's Hodgkin lymphoma. Now she's cancer free.

August 18, 2014

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Coached Activities Help Preteen Health

A recent NCCC study shows that extracurricular activities such as coached team sports can shape healthy habits at a time in life when young people can get hooked on smoking and drinking.

August 04, 2014

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Unraveling Ovarian Cancer

By comparing the genetic makeup of ovarian tumors from two very different groups of women, researchers hope to discover what irregularities in DNA are shared because that could point to the cause of this deadly disease.

May 13, 2014

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E-cigarettes: No Smoke, No Danger?

Smokers turn to e-cigs to ease nicotine withdrawal, or to avoid harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. But many use e-cigs in public spaces and regular cigarettes everywhere else. Quitting half-way won’t help. And we don’t know that smokeless vapor is safe.

March 31, 2014

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Bedroom TVs and Youth Obesity

More than one-third of U.S. children and teens are overweight or obese. Removing that TV from your child’s bedroom is a single concrete action that you can take to help reduce your child’s risk of excessive weight gain.

March 04, 2014

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Quit Smoking for Good This Time

Ninety percent of people who try to quit cold turkey can't, and for those who do quit, "slipping" is common. Accepting that slips are part of the process, and learning about addiction and nicotine replacement products can help you stay tobacco-free.

January 06, 2014

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Brussel Sprouts, Beer…and Arsenic?

Dartmouth researchers analyzed toenail clippings to measure long-term arsenic levels in the body. They found significantly increased exposure in people who regularly consume beer, white wine, Brussel sprouts, and dark meat fish.

December 20, 2013

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Cervical Cancer: Screening, Education, Hope

NCCC physicians and researchers brought information and hope to the rural village women. The data they brought back to their labs for complex analysis will provide Honduran physicians information they need to create a comprehensive national plan to fight cervical cancer in Honduras.

December 02, 2013

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How to Stay Healthy: From a Kid's Point of View

Eat right and stay active: we know this can minimize cancer risk. Middle and high school students in Laconia, NH recently used cameras and journals to document what makes it easy (or hard) to incorporate healthy activities into their daily routines.

November 18, 2013

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Osteoporosis and Esophageal Cancer

Common treatments for osteoporosis (bisphosphonates like Boniva or Fosamax), prescribed to strengthen bones and reduce the risk of fracture, can irritate the esophagus in some patients. Do these drugs increase your risk for cancer?

October 18, 2013

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Radon and Cancer

You can't see or smell it, but radon gas may be entering your basement through the soil around and under the foundation. Once inside, radon binds to dust particles in the air you breathe, and can cause lung cancer.

October 07, 2013

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Using Media to Promote Healthy Behavior

Studies show that children are influenced—often in unhealthy ways—by ads using popular movie and TV characters. Dartmouth researchers want to use these marketing tactics to promote healthy behaviors.

September 23, 2013

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Fast Food Advertising to Children

Marketing guidelines suggest that children's fast food advertising focus on healthy foods, not toys. But fast food ads for kids focus on movie characters, giveaways, and company branding more than ads for adults.

August 29, 2013

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Teen Obesity and Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks have been linked to youth obesity, and teens are drinking more of them. Are school vending machines part of the problem?

July 29, 2013

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Alcohol Movie Rating Could Help with Underage Drinking

Movies showing underage drinking, binge drinking, alcohol abuse, or drinking and driving can influence adolescent behavior. Should they be R-rated?

June 24, 2013

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Team Science helps Identify Genetic Influence in Obesity for People of African Ancestry

Genetic variations work with environmental factors to influence body size and obesity.

May 13, 2013

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Fight Sun Exposure Risk

Outside workers worry about machines and noise more than sunscreen, but too much sun increases risk for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S. The best way to fight back is to protect yourself from overexposure.

April 30, 2013

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Protect Children from Third Hand Smoke Exposure

How tobacco smoke lives and lingers long after the smoke has "supposedly" cleared.

February 04, 2013

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What are E-Cigarettes?

In many states, they can be found at shopping mall kiosks or sold in the corner convenience store. And they are all over the Internet. The e-cigarette is here—a multi-part electronic nicotine delivery device that plugs into a wall or computer to charge instead of being lit by a match.

December 03, 2012

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Helping Women Help Themselves

One of the most satisfying aspects of Tracy Onega's work with the New Hampshire Mammography Network (NHMN), she says, is creating an opportunity for the women of New Hampshire to feel like they are contributing to a significant public-health outcome.

May 07, 2012

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Brain Imaging May Predict Appetite for Junk Food

At a time when obesity has become epidemic in American society, Dartmouth scientists have found that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans may be able to predict weight gain.

April 30, 2012

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Surgeon General Cites Cancer Center Studies in New Youth Smoking Report

It's shocking. Every day, more than 1,200 people in the United States die from smoking-related causes—more than 440,000 Americans every year.

March 19, 2012

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Alcohol in Movies Influences Young Teen Habits

Young teens who watch a lot of movies featuring alcohol are twice as likely to start drinking as their peers who watch relatively few such films, reveals new research from Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

February 21, 2012

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Picturing Healthy Living

Collaborating with Norris Cotton Cancer Center researcher Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD, students and residents of Woodsville, NH, utilized an innovative kind of photo-journalism to record their ideas about healthy ways to live to minimize the risk of cancer.

January 03, 2012

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Fast Food in the Movies

Kids are getting an eyeful of positive fast-food impressions every time they go to the movies.

December 26, 2011

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Cancer Center Researchers Cited for Major Advances in 2011 by ASCO

Research by members of Norris Cotton Cancer Center has been cited by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as noteworthy advancements in 2011 in the effort to improve cancer treatment and prevention.

December 16, 2011

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Dartmouth Receives $6.1M Women's Breast Cancer Grant

A new Breast Cancer Screening Center will develop and test new informational tools to help women understand the benefits of screening.

October 24, 2011

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Rural Mothers and Exercise

A new Cancer Center study found that rural mothers perceive specific internal barriers to being adequately physically active.

April 28, 2011

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A Numbers Game

"The question policymakers have to ask themselves is, 'Who would benefit the most screening?' It’s easy to say, 'Everyone,' but in an era of limited resources that’s not a useful answer." – Samir Soneji, PhD

April 26, 2011

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Pitching Prevention

The Cancer Center's Telisa Stewart, MPH, DrPH, teaches youngsters, as well as adults, that a day in the sun is a beautiful thing but that if kids aren't protected, it can also be dangerous.

October 20, 2010

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By the Numbers

Medical consumers face an increasingly dense thicket of statistical claims about medicines, procedures, and tests.

July 10, 2010

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