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The Latest: Stars mingle and dance at SAG Awards after-party

The Latest on Sunday's presentation of the Screen Actors Guild from the Shrine Auditorium (all times local):

9 p.m.

The SAG Awards are over, but the after-party is giving nominees the chance to mingle and unwind.

Robert De Niro held court on a couch in the center of the room and looked deep in conversation as machines billowed smoke around him and lights danced from the ceiling.

Other stars treated the couches more like a dance floor. Allison Williams started grooving to "The Weeknd's "I Feel It," as her "Get Out" co-stars mingled. Mary J. Blige moved to "No Church in the Wild" by Kanye West and Jay-Z as she munched on a crab leg.

The cast from "Orange is the New Black" mixed with the mostly female cast of "GLOW," spinning each other to Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" and Michael Jackson's "Rock With You," as they mouthed the words.

Yael Stone, who is pregnant, was perhaps enjoying the party a little less than her "Orange is the New Black" co-stars. She asked nearby strangers where the exit was, and was followed out by Taylor Schilling and Natasha Lyonne after they were overheard laughing at an inside joke.

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) at the SAG Awards after-party.

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7:05 p.m.

The revenge tale "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the winner of the best film ensemble SAG Award.

The film stars Frances McDormand as a mother seeking justice after her daughter is raped and murdered, and who unleashes scorn and fury in her campaign to hold a small town police force accountable. McDormand and Sam Rockwell also won SAG Awards Sunday evening.

Sunday's win continues the film's run as an Oscar best picture front-runner. While the performances have won widespread praise, some have criticized the film for being out of touch.

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7 p.m.

Frances McDormand has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best film actress for her "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" performance.

McDormand plays the mother seeking justice for her daughter, who was raped and killed, and takes on the small town police force who she doesn't believe is doing enough to solve the case.

It is McDormand's second SAG best actress win in a film, and her third SAG Award overall. She won in 1997 for her role as a police officer in "Fargo."

She credited "Three Billboards" director Martin McDonagh for writing a "tsunami" of a film, and allowing its actors to ride the wave.

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6:50 p.m.

Gary Oldman is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best film actor for his performance in "Darkest Hour."

Oldman is considered the front-runner for the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill during a pivotal moment in World War II when the prime minister was trying to rally Britain to fight the Nazis.

The actor broke down in tears while accepting the award, saying there are "giants of acting" in the SAG Awards showroom.

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6:45 p.m.

Cue the tears — NBC's "This Is Us" has won the SAG Award for best television drama ensemble.

The NBC series stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown and tells the story of the tight bonds of a family, with flashbacks filling in the backstories of the characters, including the origins of their secrets.

Ventimiglia accepted the award on behalf of the crew, flanked by actors on the show including several of the younger actors play the main characters when they were younger.

The actor thanked fans, telling them the cast loved them for supporting a show that supported positivity and inclusion.

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6:40 p.m.

The SAG Awards are running a bit long and winners are being asked to keep their acceptance speeches short.

The announcement calling for 45-second speeches came before the presentation of the show's lifetime achievement award to Morgan Freeman.

The show traditionally has a two hour running time.

Best TV drama actor Sterling K. Brown was the first to encounter the time crunch, with music starting to play over his acceptance speech. The show gained some time with the best TV drama actress award. The winner, "The Crown's" Claire Foy, did not attend Sunday's ceremony.

— Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) at the SAG Awards

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6:30 p.m.

"The Crown's" Claire Foy is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best television drama actress.

Foy plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series, which focuses on the early years of the monarch's reign as she struggled to balance her royal duties with her home life and the needs of post-World War II Britain.

Foy also won the award last year. She did not attend Sunday's ceremony.

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6:25 p.m.

Sterling K. Brown is the winner of the best television actor Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Randall Pearson on 'This is Us'

Brown plays a family man recovering from a nervous breakdown and the ongoing effects of his adoptive father's death on him and is siblings when they were teenagers.

The actor says it is a blessing to do what you love for a living. He thanked his fellow actors, saying they were his inspiration.

He also specifically thanked the two young actors who play his character as a boy and a teenager on the NBC series.

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6:15 p.m.

Morgan Freeman has accepted the lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild by pointing out the show's awards statuette is male.

Freeman says he wasn't going to point out a flaw in the award before saying, "It works from the back. From the front, it's gender specific."

The audience cheered, and Freeman says that maybe he started something. The SAGs statuette is called "The Actor" and depicts a performer holding the drama and comedy masks.

His comments came during a ceremony that put a special emphasis on women, with a roster of nearly all female presenters and its first-ever host in Kristen Bell.

Rita Moreno presented the award to Freeman, who received a standing ovation and kissed the actress gently on the lips when he took the stage.

Freeman wore a black baseball cap during the show, and was chided by Moreno to raise the hat a bit so people could see his face better. He obliged and joked that was what he had to put up with when he and Moreno worked together on the show "Electric Company."

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5:55 p.m.

Nicole Kidman is the winner of the SAG Award for best actress in a television limited series or movie.

Kidman won for "Big Little Lies" in a category in which two of her co-stars were also nominated.

Kidman plays a housewife who gave up her professional life to care for her sons with an abusive husband, played by Alexander Skarsgard.

She won her first SAG Award Sunday night after being nominated 10 times. She thanked the guild first, saying she has been working since she was 14-years-old and was incredibly grateful for her career.

The 50-year-old actress says she is especially honored for being honored because at another time in Hollywood an actress her age would be considered too old for major roles.

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5:45 p.m.

Alexander Skarsgard's portrayal of an abusive husband in the HBO series "Big Little Lies" has won him the SAG Award for best actor in a television limited series or movie.

Skarsgard plays the violently domineering husband of a laywer-turned-housewife played by Nicole Kidman.

The actor says he is incredibly embarrassed and "infinitely grateful" for the award.

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5:30 p.m.

Allison Janney is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting film actress for her role in "I, Tonya."

Janney won for her role in "I, Tonya ."

It is Janney's seventh SAG Award. She says she is incredibly lucky and emotional to be nominated in a category alongside Mary J. Blige, Hong Chau, Holly Hunter and Laurie Metcalf. She also called "I, Tonya" star Margot Robbie fearless.

Sam Rockwell won the best supporting actor SAG for his role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." It is Rockwell's first SAG Awards win and comes for his role as a racist police officer in the film, which stars Frances McDormand.

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5:20 p.m.

"Veep" is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best television comedy.

The HBO series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a politician who schemes and abuses her staff to maneuver her way through American political life. It is the first SAG win for the series.

Matt Walsh gave the acceptance speech, riffing on his character's inability to handle public speaking engagements. He thanked several absent cast members, including Anna Chlumsky and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the best television comedy actress SAG award moment earlier.

It is the first SAG ensemble win for the HBO show.

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5:15 p.m.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won the best television comedy actress Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the series "Veep."

It is Louis-Dreyfus's fifth SAG comedy win and her third for her "Veep," in which she plays a politician acutely concerned with her place in the American political system.

The actress recently completed treatment for breast cancer and did not attend Sunday's ceremony.

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5:10 p.m.

"Shameless's" William H. Macy is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best television comedy actor.

Is is the third SAG Macy has won for his role as an alcoholic father on Showtime's "Shameless" and the second year in a row he has taken home the honor.

He also won a SAG Award in 2003 for the television movie "Door to Door."

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5:05 p.m.

The SAG Awards have opened with Allison Janney, Tracee Ellis Ross, Millie Bobby Brown and Kristen Bell talking about their experiences as actors.

Bell, who is the show's first-ever host, cracked a joke during her "I Am an Actor" segment, telling the audience, "I am Kristen Bell, and I am a narcissist."

She also tried to strike a unifying tone, telling the showroom "fear and anger will never win the race."

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4:50 p.m.

Daniel Kaluuya is happy to oblige a playful suggestion from a fan in the bleachers outside the SAG Awards.

When a woman in the bleachers spotted the "Get Out" star, she yelled "''Get Out," Daniel, Daniel! Get out! Get out!" Kaluuya pretended to start running and then smiled.

The calls from fans do get noticed by many of the actors walking the red carpet before Sunday's awards show.

At one point, a fan shouted to John Stamos, "You are one handsome devil." He appeared to blush and then hammed it up for the camera.

Another fan chatted with "This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown about their hometown of St. Louis and which high schools they went to. Brown then tells the fan, "It's always nice to meet someone from home."

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) in the SAG Awards fan bleachers.

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4:35 p.m.

Cheryl Hines is celebrating the men who are standing up for women and supporting the Time's Up movement.

As the actress walked the red carpet on her way to into Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, she said she has to "give a lot of props to the guys who are celebrating with us and saying it's your time to shine."

Hines stars in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which is nominated for best television comedy ensemble.

She says those who are worried that it's "a bad time to be a white man" should acknowledge that "it's been a really good time for a really long time for the guys."

William H. Macy and "Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya are among the men who said they supported the work of the Me Too and Time's Up movements.

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.

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4:20 p.m.

"Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya says every year is the year of the woman.

A double nominee at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Kaluuya says that while "everything men do is for women," he sees a "conscious shift" in response to the Me Too and Time's Up movements.

The SAG Awards are putting additional emphasis on female performers on Sunday, featuring a roster of almost all women presenters, its first-time host Kristen Bell, and an opening segment with only actresses describing their craft.

Kaluuya says men are examining their behavior from a viewpoint they hadn't considered before, and he supports those who are speaking out about unfair treatment.

"It's not about me," he says. "It's giving the floor to these women and men who have gone through this stuff, and I'm here to support them and take a back seat."

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.

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4:10 p.m.

William H. Macy says the Time's Up and Me Too movements may be "bewildering" for men, but it's a good thing.

The Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for his work on the comedy series "Shameless" says he skipped Saturday's women's march but recently attended a Time's Up meeting for men. He said he thinks "a lot of men feel under attack."

He says the discomfort is good and he expects the industry will quickly adapt. He says, "I love our business. It's self-healing. It's progressive, and it'll do the right thing quickly."

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.

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4 p.m.

Allison Janney says not to expect any Oprah-style speeches should she win the Screen Actors Guild Award for her supporting role in "I, Tonya."

Winfrey's galvanizing speech at the Golden Globe Awards sets the bar high for awards show acceptance speeches, and Janney says she's not even trying to reach it.

Janney says, "I don't know what's going to come out of my mouth if I get up there, but it's not going to be Oprah."

The statuesque star says she "feels like a warrior" in the body-hugging, silver paillette-covered dress she chose for the SAG Awards, and that she's still feeling an empowering rush from participating in the women's march in Los Angeles Saturday.

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.

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3:40 p.m.

Fans in the bleachers outside the Screen Actors Guild Awards are getting up close, and some cool photos, with some of their favorite stars.

Justin Hartley of "This Is Us" posed for photos in front of bleachers, taking a cell phone from one man and snapping a selfie with him.

Hartley also posed for a photo with Parker Bates, who plays him as a boy on the NBC drama, which is nominated for best drama ensemble.

Sean Astin of "Stranger Things" also stopped to sign an autograph and take a photo using a fan's camera.

"Stranger Things" is also nominated for best drama ensemble at Sunday's awards.

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) in the SAG Awards fan bleachers

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3:30 p.m.

Jenifer Lewis says she's seen the effects firsthand of the Time's Up and Me Too movements in Hollywood.

The "black-ish" star said as she arrived at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday in Los Angeles that there's been "a huge change in the business" since the Harvey Weinstein news broke last year.

Lewis says "every show" is having mandatory sexual harassment meetings and that she recently attended one at Disney.

She added that she's honored to be part of "black-ish," calling it "the cherry on top of my career." The ABC series is nominated for outstanding television comedy ensemble at Sunday's ceremony.

Lewis says the show is "leading the revolution" by dealing with such timely issues as police brutality, women's rights and depression.

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.

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3:20 p.m.

The stunt performers of "Wonder Woman" and the television series "Game of Thrones" are the winners of the first Screen Actors Guild awards handed out Sunday.

The awards were announced during the red carpet show preceding Sunday's celebration of the best acting in film and television.

"Game of Thrones" is a back-to-back winner. The cast of the HBO fantasy series is also nominated for the best drama ensemble award that will be handed out later Sunday.

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3:05 p.m.

Hundreds of fans armed with cellphones and some in gowns themselves are shouting to stars as they walk the red carpet ahead of the SAG Awards.

One woman yelled to Alison Brie, in a striking red dress: "You're beautiful." Brie replied: "So are you!"

One fan shouted to JoBeth Williams of "Poltergeist" fame: "Looking good! Go one with your bad self!" Williams beamed and shouted back: "Thank you!"

Several shouted "Sterling!" when "This Is Us" star and SAG Award nominee Sterling K. Brown walked by looking dapper and "Kevin" when his co-star, Justin Hartley, followed shortly after.

The SAG Awards will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern on TBS and TNT.

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) in the SAG Awards fan bleachers

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7:30 a.m.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will honor the best performances in film and television from the past year on Sunday night, but not without also tackling the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal in Hollywood and efforts to improve the industry's treatment of women.

This year's show will feature a mostly female roster of presenters and its first ever host with Kristen Bell.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the leading film nominee, including for its star Frances McDormand. The top television nominee is "Big Little Lies," with three of its stars — Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern — all vying for best actress in the same category.

The show being held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles begins at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus marks chemo end with 'Beat It' video

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has marked the end of chemo by posting an Instagram video of her grown sons lip-syncing to Michael Jackson's "Beat It."

The "Veep" star and "Seinfeld" alum" said of Charlie and Henry, her two kids with Brad Hall: "Ain't they sweet?"

Louis-Dreyfus announced in September she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She said she found out the day after winning an Emmy for "Veep." She's been sharing her journey and support from loved ones and fans on social media ever since.

The video is titled: "Mom's last chemo day!!! BEAT IT!!! Love, Henry and Charlie." Louis-Dreyfus called her sons "My beauty boys."

The video posted Friday had been viewed more than 500,000 times as of Saturday afternoon.

Louis-Dreyfus turned 57 Saturday.

Canadian woman dies of cancer 2 months after winning $1.5M lottery jackpot

A Canadian woman who won a $1.5 million lottery jackpot while battling stage 4 breast cancer in November has died, according to multiple reports.

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Family members confirmed Diane Bishop’s passing to CBC News on Wednesday. She was 51.

"Diane fought not only for herself, but for those who could not speak for themselves as they dealt with their own financial battles that accompanied their cancer journey," Bishop’s family said in a statement to CBC News. "Diane touched many lives and we know she will be missed greatly. Diane will forever be in our hearts and minds."

CBC News highlighted Bishop’s story one month before her lottery win, as she struggled to make ends meet while undergoing cancer treatment. She was a single mother with two sons in their 20s, the news network reported.

Bishop won the top prize in the Atlantic Lottery’s Set for Life game in November, while she was struggling to cover the costs of her cancer treatment. Lottery officials said her ticket was worth $100,000 per year or a $1.5 million lump sum. Bishop chose the latter.

“This is life-changing,” Bishop said in a Nov. 23 news release from the Atlantic Lottery. “It’s eased my financial strain. Now I can retire and take care of my health.”

She is survived by her sons and her daughter-in-law, according to an online obituary.

FDA warns against cough medicine for kids with codeine, hydrocodone

Do you reach for the cough syrup when your little one catches a cold? Make sure it doesn’t include codeine or hydrocodone, because the Food and Drug Administration says the opioid ingredients could pose some serious safety risks

» RELATED: Opioids now kill more Americans than guns or breast cancer, CDC says

The organization announced Thursday that it is now requiring manufacturers to change the labels on cough and cold medicines containing these ingredients to prevent children under 18 from using them. 

>> Read more trending news 

The FDA is also asking companies to add new safety warning labels on medicines for adults, including an expanded boxed warning, which describes the risks of taking those that include codeine and hydrocodone. 

Common side effects of opioid use include headache, vomiting, dizziness, breathing difficulties and even death. 

»RELATED: 5 ways to to talk to your young child about the opioid epidemic

“Given the epidemic of opioid addiction, we’re concerned about unnecessary exposure to opioids, especially in young children. We know that any exposure to opioid drugs can lead to future addiction. It’s become clear that the use of prescription, opioid-containing medicines to treat cough and cold in children comes with serious risks that don’t justify their use in this vulnerable population,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

In September, the FDA met with the Pediatric Advisory Committee to determine the dangers associated with using opioids in children’s cough medicine. They believe the risks outweigh the benefits. And while they say some kids’ cough require treatment, symptoms usually subside on their own. 

“It’s critical that we protect children from unnecessary exposure to prescription cough medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone,” Gottlieb said. “At the same time we’re taking steps to help reassure parents that treating the common cough and cold is possible without using opioid-containing products.”

» RELATED: FDA panel: Teens risk breathing trouble from codeine cough syrup

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'I don’t believe it myself': Ohio breast cancer survivor, former teacher turns 104

To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.”

>> Watch an interview with Slade here

Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, Ohio, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as her body temperatures fell to dangerous levels.

“I see a survivor,” said Chuck Veidt, 60, who cares for Slade in his West Alexandria Road residence. “She is something else. A true survivor. Her mind is better than mine. She’s a tough act to follow.”

When asked about her 104th birthday, Slade said: “I don’t believe it myself.”

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

About 10 years ago, Veidt checked on Slade in her home up the street from his to see if she needed anything from the grocery store. He was shocked to see her lying face down in the kitchen as about a foot of snow accumulated just outside the door. She was rushed to Middletown Regional Hospital, where her body temperature returned to safe levels after two hours. She suffered frost bite.

She later told Veidt she listened to the furnace turn off and on so she wouldn’t fall asleep.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979, she had her left breast removed. Thirty-one years later, the cancer returned in her right breast.

Longevity is part of Slade’s DNA. Her father and mother lived to be 91 and 89, respectively, though she has buried her two younger brothers and sister.

She credits eating fresh food from the family garden for her long life, but Veidt chimed in that Slade often told him not being married was the reason.

Born in a farmhouse in Madison Twp. in 1914, Slade graduated from Middletown High School in 1932. Her last MHS class reunion was her 60th in 1992. She’d probably be the only one still alive for her 86th class reunion.

“A class of one,” Veidt said with a smile.

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Slade taught two years in a one-room school house, then 35 years after Poasttown built a new school. One of her former first-grade students, Homer Hartman, 86, attended Slade’s birthday party. Before Hartman was wheeled into the house, Slade gave a warning: “He’s going to tell a bunch of lies about me.”

Hartman didn’t disappoint. While he called Slade his “favorite” teacher, he said she frequently put him in the corner of the classroom.

“She didn’t let me get away with much,” he said.

She responded: “I never put him in the corner. None of my students.”

Slade retired in 1972 and said there is no way she could teach today because of the lack of discipline shown by some students.

“Kids would tell me where to go,” she said with a smile.

Is Slade afraid to die? She just shook her head.

“A new experience for me,” she said.

She paused, then added: “When (God) comes for me, I will be ready to go.”

Opioids now kill more Americans than guns or breast cancer, CDC says

For the second year in a row, U.S. life expectancy has dropped, a trend largely attributed to the surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal health officials reported Thursday.

More than 63,000 Americans died of drug overdose in 2016 and 42,249 of those deaths involved opioids, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw a 28 percent increase of fatal opioid overdoses. In 2015, more than 52,400 deaths were attributed to drug overdoses and 33,000 of them involved opioids.

>> Read more trending news 

“I’m not prone to dramatic statements,” Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics, told NPR. “But I think we should be really alarmed. The drug overdose problem is a public health problem and it needs to be addressed. We need to get a handle on it.”

The last time the life expectancy in the U.S. dropped was in 1993, because of the AIDS epidemic. The rate hasn't fallen for two consecutive years in the U.S. since the 1960s, NPR reported.

Related: Could medical marijuana help fight the opioid epidemic?

According to the CDC, much of the increase in fatal opioid overdoses was driven by the rise in illegal synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as fentanyl and tramadol. The rate of overdose deaths involving these synthetic opioids doubled between 2015 and 2016, from 3.1 per 100,000 in 2015 to 6.2 per 100,000.

Opioids are defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as a class of drugs that bind to opioid receptors on cells in the brain and throughout the body, and cells that may control your digestion, pain and other functions.

The body already contains some opioid chemicals, like endorphins, which help relieve pain and give you that positive feeling after exercise. But when opioid drugs attach to the cell receptors in the brain, they can dull your perception of pain even more, which is why some opioid drugs are prescribed by physicians for patients with severe injuries.

Misuse of opioids starts when prescription opioid drugs or illegal opioids, like heroin, are used to feel euphoric. The misuse of opioids can lead to addiction and can potentially be fatal.

Each year since 2013, the rate of deadly overdoses from synthetic opioids other than methadone have increased by an average of 88 percent. Heroin claimed more than 15,000 lives in 2016, compared to nearly 13,000 in 2015.

Related: Doctors and the opioid crisis: An AJC National Investigation

By comparison, opioids killed more people in 2016 than car crashes (about 37,400), guns (about 38,000) or breast cancer (about 40,000).

Twenty-two states plus Washington, D.C., had overdose death rates higher than the average of 19.8 fatalities per 100,000 people.

West Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania were among the worst.

Drug mortality has increased among all age groups since 1999, but it's currently highest among those ages 25 to 54. 

“It’s even worse than it looks,” Keith Humphreys, an addiction specialist at Stanford University, told the Washington Post. Research has shown that the actual number of opioid deaths could be at least 22 percent higher than the figures reported.

“We could easily be at 50,000 opioid deaths last year,” Humphreys said. “This means that even if you ignored deaths from all other drugs, the opioid epidemic alone is deadlier than the AIDS epidemic at its peak.”

Couple facing daunting future receives gift of dream wedding

Liz Stipkovits and her fiancé, James Garish, are busy planning a wedding for February

“I knew immediately when I laid eyes on her, that's who I was going to be with,” Garish said.

They met when James was 5 years old.

About 22 years later, James got enough courage to reach out to Liz while he was deployed in Iraq.

The McKeesport couple has been together now for eight years.

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“He has been my rock,” Stipkovits said. “He's been my rock. I got sick in 2013.”

Liz battled breast cancer and went into remission for two years, but it came back a second time. Just when she thought it was gone again, only two months later, it came back for round three. 

“He grabbed ahold of my hand and basically said, ‘We're in this together, we got this, we'll beat this and whatever you need, I'm here for you,’” she said.

The cancer has now moved to other parts of her body. 

“Time is of the essence for her,” Jamie Holmes, of Jamie’s Dream Team, said.

Thanks to a nomination from Lori McKown, a social worker at Jefferson Hospital, Holmes and the non-profit are going to give the couple the wedding of their dreams.

“Something happy, no more doom and gloom,” Garish said. “A break from all the medical stuff.”“I need that to level out for a minute,” Stipkovits said.

After he returned from serving in the military, Garish donated his first paycheck to Jamie's Dream Team to help provide a fishing trip for a little boy.

Now, the couple has set Feb. 17 as their wedding date, and Jamie's Dream Team is looking for help with everything from a dress to flowers to a venue, all with the hopes of fulfilling the Christmas wish for the very deserving couple. 

“It feels great,” Garish said. “I'm very thankful to Jamie for helping us out.”

A model loses leg to toxic shock syndrome — here are 5 things she wants women to know

American model Lauren Wasser first developed toxic shock syndrome in 2012, when she was 24 years old. That year, she had to have her right leg amputated. And on Wednesday, Wasser told the Washington Post, she expects she’ll “inevitably” need to have her other leg amputated as well.

>> Read more trending news 

Recently, Wasser has used her platform to warn women about the risks associated with tampons.

Here’s what she wants other women to know about the condition:

Toxic shock syndrome is real — and it can be deadly.

Following her first amputations in 2012, Wasser’s girlfriend, photographer Jennifer Rovero, began a therapeutic photo series that helped Wasser find strength, again. 

“While we were shooting, we often asked young girls if they have ever heard of TSS or if they believed that it's real,” she wrote in an InStyle op-ed last month. “The majority of them said no."

>> Related: Woman wakes from coma as family prepares to take her off life support

According to the Mayo Clinic, TSS may be rare, but it’s a potentially life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections, often caused by toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (or staph) bacteria.

The condition is primarily associated with the use of tampons, specifically super-absorbent ones that have long been off the market, but it can affect anyone, including men, children and postmenopausal women. Those with a skin or wound infection may be at risk.

TSS from staph bacteria has a mortality rate of between 5 and 15 percent. The rate jumps to 30 to 70 percent for TSS associated with strep bacteria.

>> Related: Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

Educate yourself about TSS signs and symptoms — and treatment.

Raising awareness and encouraging others to educate themselves has been key to Wasser’s advocacy.

Possible signs and symptoms of toxic shock syndrome, according to Mayo Clinic:

- A sudden high fever

- Low blood pressure (hypotension)

- Vomiting or diarrhea

- A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles

- Confusion

- Muscle aches

- Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat

- Seizures

- Headaches

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Treatment:

If you’re concerned you’re at risk, immediately see your doctor. Because TSS can affect multiple organs, you will likely undergo multiple tests, including a CT scan or chest X-ray.

Treatment may include antibiotics, blood pressure medication, fluids for dehydration, dialysis (if your kidneys fail), surgery to remove nonliving tissue from infected areas or to drain the infection.

Additional guidance at MayoClinic.org.

Women need to be aware of what they’re putting in their bodies.

Wasser wants women and young girls to know about the dangers tampons can have. Aside from the TSS fine print buried on the bottom of a tampon box, the dangers of tampons are rarely visible to consumers.

“You’ll see an ad for Advil or Viagra and hear some monotonous voice warn you about even the smaller side effects like headaches or nausea. When you see a tampon commercial, it's all happy teenage girls running along the beach in bikinis. The dangers are beyond minimized,” she wrote for InStyle.

According to Vice News, over the past 50 years, tampon composition, especially tampons from major manufacturers like Playtex, Kotex or Tampax, has changed from natural ingredients (cotton) to synthetic ingredients (rayon, plastic).

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“These synthetic fibers, along with a tampon's absorbency, can form an ideal environment for staph bacteria to flourish,” Vice reported.

As aforementioned, TSS can be triggered by a bacterial infection, typically involving staph bacteria.

Wasser, for the record, was wearing Kotex Natural Balance tampons.

According to Mayo Clinic, if you use tampons, you should read the labels and use the lowest absorbency tampon possible. It’s advised that tampons are changed at least every four to eight hours and their use should be alternated with sanitary napkins. When flow is light, Mayo Clinic suggests using minipads.

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For anyone that has had TSS or a prior serious staph or strep infection, tampon use is not recommended.

Read more here.

Remains of Army vet, dog found in California desert, ex-husband charged with murder

California law enforcement officials on Friday found in a shallow grave the bodies of a missing U.S. Army veteran and her beloved dog, both of whom had been missing since Labor Day weekend.

The bodies of Julia Beth Jacobson, a 37-year-old retired Army captain, and her Wheaten terrier, Boogie, were found in the desert in Cactus City, an unincorporated community near Interstate 10 in Riverside County, south of Joshua Tree National Park. Ontario police officials said the remains were found with the help of a cadaver dog.

They were also found with the cooperation of Jacobson’s ex-husband, Dalen Larry Ware, who was arrested on suspicion of murder Oct. 13 at his home in Laveen, Arizona. Ware, 39, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail in the San Bernardino County Jail.

Jacobson and Boogie were found during the third day of searching, police officials said. A total of 120 officers and deputies from four different agencies scoured an area that was about 6 square miles in size. 

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Ware’s lawyer wrote in an email that his client voluntarily led investigators to “the place he had buried (his ex-wife)” without cutting a deal for leniency with prosecutors. 

The bodies were found the same day that Jacobson’s family held a memorial service for her in her native North Dakota. Her sister, Casey Jacobson, wrote on Justice for Julia, a Facebook page set up in her memory, that police officials informed the family of the discovery as they were saying goodbye to the mourners who had attended the funeral. 

“While it was gut-wrenching news, it was the first time that my father and my two brothers and I were all in the same place and could receive the news immediately, face to face with each other,” Casey Jacobson wrote. “That was a blessing.”

Jacobson and her dog were initially reported missing Labor Day weekend in San Diego. Investigators with the San Diego Police Department conducted an extensive search, which led them more than 100 miles north to Ontario.

NBC News reported in October that Jacobson was last seen, with Boogie, on the security footage from a store in Ontario.  

Ontario detectives, who took the lead on the case, found forensic evidence in Jacobson’s white Chevy Equinox that led investigators to believe she had been slain, according to a news release from the Ontario Police Department. Investigators believe she was killed the day after she went missing. 

Jacobson’s SUV was found abandoned Sept. 7 in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, not far from her home, the Union-Tribune reported. The keys were inside. 

NBC News reported that the SUV, Jacobson’s company car from her job with 7-Eleven corporate, was tracked through its OnStar program. The vehicle was unlocked, with the windows partially rolled down. 

Detectives from both San Diego and Ontario met with San Bernardino County prosecutors who, based on the evidence gathered in the case, obtained a warrant for Ware’s arrest, Ontario police officials said. Ware was taken into custody by agents from the FBI’s Arizona Violent Crimes Task Force and the Phoenix Police Department.

He was booked into the San Bernardino County Jail on Oct. 27, jail records show. 

Investigators have not made public a possible motive for the homicide. The Union-Tribune reported that Jacobson, who married Ware in February 2014, separated from him in March 2016. She filed for divorce, which was granted that December. 

KGTV in San Diego reported that another ex-wife requested a domestic violence restraining order against Ware in April 2014. The woman wrote that he had not “accepted (the) divorce and (her) moving on with (her) life.”

The woman wrote that she had numerous saved texts and voicemails from Ware and that his harassment was making her life “miserable.” She told the court she feared for her safety.

“It has now escalated to him stalking me and popping up at any time,” the woman wrote, according to the news station

Jacobson, a native of Dickinson, North Dakota, served in the Army ROTC in college and, upon her graduation, was appointed a second lieutenant in the Army, according to her obituary. She was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Bosnia.

Her obituary said she was well-respected by supervisors, peer and subordinates.

“She served our country honorably and bravely for over five years and separated in 2009 as a captain,” the obituary read. “She was awarded the Bronze Star medal for her service in a combat zone.”

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The obituary said that Jacobson and her three siblings lost their mother to breast cancer earlier this year. She was making plans to have their father spend part of the year with her in California. 

She was described as an adventurer with a “big heart, razor sharp wit and candor,” who adored her family and friends. 

“She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Julia left this earth too early, but Julia believed God always has a purpose,” the obituary read. “Even though Julia is no longer physically with us, she will live on in our hearts and minds.”

Chargers CB Casey Hayward leaves team after brother's death

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward has left the team to be with his family after his brother's death in a car accident.

Coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that he doesn't know whether Hayward will return for Sunday's game against Cleveland.

Jecaives Hayward was killed Monday night in Macon, Georgia, when he was ejected from a car in which he was a passenger.

"I told him he needs to go home and be with his family," Lynn said. "If Casey makes it back and plays, that's great. If he doesn't, then we certainly understand."

Casey Hayward is a key defensive player for the Chargers (5-6), who are on a roll after a 0-4 start.

Hayward has started all 11 games and made four interceptions and 30 tackles. The Chargers have depended heavily on him after losing fellow veteran starter Jason Verrett to a knee injury in September, and Hayward ranks as one of the most effective defensive backs in the NFL, according to numerous statistical ratings.

Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams said Hayward intends to return to Los Angeles on Friday. Lynn also said Hayward is studying for the game with the intention of playing.

"He's doing some things to get prepared for this game," Lynn said. "But sometimes you get back home and things change. He may have more on his plate than he thinks, and I just told him take care of business at home, and we'll take care of this."

Hayward joined the Chargers in 2016 after four seasons with Green Bay. He was a high school quarterback who moved permanently to defensive back at Vanderbilt.

Hayward's mother, Tish, died last year at 45 years old after a fight with breast cancer.

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Breast cancer survivor says man groped her while shopping at Kohl's

A Michigan woman says she was sexually assaulted by a man while shopping at a Kohl's store in Troy on Nov. 17.

The woman, who did not want her name shared, told WXYZ that she is a breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy and recent reconstructive surgery. She was shopping for bras when she says a man, later identified as Embra Middleton, 23, grabbed her from behind, rubbed his body against hers and groped her.

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But that wasn't the worst of the assault, WXYZ reported. The woman said Middleton then urinated on her back. The area where she was struck by Middleton's bodily fluids was near the area of her surgical incisions, which are still healing, the woman said.

Middleton was charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct, but not with a sexual crime. The woman tells WXYZ that she is sharing her story in hopes that Middleton will be charged with sexual assault and be required to register as a sex offender, if convicted.

Just one drink a day can increase your risk of cancer, study warns

Do you enjoy the occasional cocktail? Beware, because even moderate consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report

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Researchers from the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently conducted an experiment, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, to determine the link between drinking and the disease. 

To do so, they looked at several studies that found a strong correlation between alcohol and cancer.

After gathering all the data, they concluded that about 3.5 percent of all cancer-related deaths were due to alcohol consumption. 

Furthermore, in 2012, they discovered approximately 5.5 percent of all new cancer occurrences and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths worldwide were attributable to drinking alcohol.

"The importance of alcohol drinking as a contributing factor to the overall cancer burden is often underappreciated," the organization said in a statement. "Associations between alcohol drinking and cancer risk have been observed consistently regardless of the specific type of alcoholic beverages."

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While researchers did note the greatest risk was among those with heavy and long-term use and those who also smoked cigarettes, moderate drinking is risky, too. Scientists described moderate as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.

This was particularly the case with oropharyngeal – cancer affecting the throat – and breast cancer.

“A meta-analysis that focused solely on cancer risks associated with drinking one drink or fewer per day observed that this level of alcohol consumption was still associated with some elevated risk for ... oropharyngeal cancer and breast cancer,” the authors wrote. 

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But researchers aren’t suggesting you get rid of your booze altogether. They want individuals to recognize “that excessive alcohol use can delay or negatively impact cancer treatment and that reducing high-risk alcohol consumption is cancer prevention,” they wrote. 

To prevent high-risk alcohol consumption, researchers believe lawmakers and health care providers should implement specific strategies and policies.

Some suggestions include limiting youth exposure to advertising of alcoholic beverages and increasing alcohol prices and taxes. 

Scientists also hope to conduct more research.

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“Systems-based research,” the report said, “including research into successful means for the oncology community to identify patients who are currently using alcohol or who may be at high risk for alcohol relapse, will be critical.”

Just 1 percent of women know of this common ovarian cancer symptom, study says

Ovarian cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. However, many are unaware of the red flags, according to a new report.

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Target Ovarian Cancer, a cancer charity in Europe, recently conducted an experiment to determine how the disease has affected women in recent years. 

To do so, they interviewed nearly 1,400 women of the general population in the United Kingdom to measure awareness of ovarian cancer. They then surveyed about 500 practicing general practitioners across the U.K. to measure awareness and their experience with ovarian cancer.

Lastly, they handed out questionnaires to about 400 U.K. women with ovarian cancer. It focused on their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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After analyzing the results, they found that ovarian cancer affects about 7,300 women in the U.K., and 11 women die every day from the disease.

Despite the statistics, not many know about the warnings signs. 

Just 1 percent know that “increased urinary urgency” is one of the four main symptoms of ovarian cancer, and only 21 percent are able to name bloating as a symptom.

Furthermore, 30 percent of women incorrectly believe cervical screenings also detect ovarian cancer.

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As for doctors, 45 percent of them wrongly think symptoms are only present in the later stages of the disease, and about 43 percent of women visit their general practitioner three times or more before being referred for a diagnostic tests. 

“The findings ... show what is working when it comes to diagnosing and treating ovarian cancer in England, but they also show where more remains to be done,” the authors concluded in the study

To heighten awareness, researchers recommend general practitioners complete accredited training on ovarian cancer. They also hope to highlight the Be Clear on Cancer campaign, which aims to educate women on the symptoms and the importance of visiting the doctor. 

Want to learn more about the results? Take a look at the full report here

Harry Connick Jr.'s wife Jill Goodacre opens up about battle with breast cancer

Jill Goodacre’s life changed forever five years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

According to People, the wife of multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick Jr. learned of her diagnosis during an annual mammogram. She said that because her breasts are dense, she was ordered by doctors to have a sonogram. After the sonogram, doctors noticed something and ordered a biopsy. She was later diagnosed with stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma and underwent a lumpectomy, followed by radiation.

“I was scared I was going to lose her, absolutely,” Connick Jr. said, according to E! News. “I wasn’t going to let her see that, but I was. I know from losing my mom that the worst can happen. She’s my best friend, and I really don’t know what I would do without her.”

Connick Jr.’s mother died of ovarian cancer when he was 13.

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Since the lumpectomy and radiation treatments, Goodacre has been on Tamoxifen, an estrogen modulator pill that helps prevent the development of hormone receptor-positive breast cancers.

As she approaches the five-year mark, Goodacre said she is looking forward to stopping the Tamoxifen, which has a side effect of weight gain and is something the former Victoria’s Secret model struggled with.

She is also looking forward to opening up about her journey, something she has kept secret for years.

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“It wasn’t like we were superstitious, like if we said something about being in the clear we’d somehow jinx it,” she said. “But we wanted to be well on the other side of things before we told everybody. The doctors all say that after the five-year mark, things look optimistic, so we’re starting to feel pretty good.”

72 major genetic risk factors for breast cancer identified in new study  

Two new studies published Monday in the journals Nature and Nature Genetics revealed 72 previously unknown genetic risk factors — or gene mutations — that lead to the development of breast cancer.

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The studies encompass work from more than 500 researchers at 300 institutions around the world, a collaboration headed by the OncoArray Consortium, a global network of scientists studying genomics.

The researchers examined genetic data, including blood samples, from a combined 275,000 women, 146,000 of whom had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The bulk of the mutations found (65) predispose to the most common type of breast cancer, hormone receptor-positive (or ER-positive) breast cancer.

The other seven predispose to hormone receptor-negative breast cancer.

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“These findings add significantly to our understanding of the inherited basis of breast cancer as well as identifying new genetic variants, we have also confirmed many that we had previously suspected,” study investigator Doug Easton of the University of Cambridge said. “There are some clear patterns in the genetic variants that should help us understand why some women are predisposed to breast cancer, and which genes and mechanisms are involved.”

How much can the newly identified genes predict about breast cancer risk?

Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer

There is sufficient scientific evidence to prove first-degree relatives of a hormone receptor-positive breast cancer patient have double the risk of getting breast cancer themselves compared to women without a family history of the cancer. 

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After studying 122,977 cases of ER-positive cases, researchers can explain an additional 4 percent of that heritable breast cancer risk.

Previous research about the presence of common BRCA1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations show they also account for about 17 percent of heritable breast cancer risk.

With what the medical community already knows about BRCA1, BRCA2, other variants, plus the newly identified genes, it’s estimated that about 39 percent of heritable ER-positive breast cancer risk can be explained, researchers said.

Hormone receptor-negative breast cancer

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While studying 21,468 ER-negative cases, the researchers identified 10 new gene mutations that could explain approximately 1.5 of the heritable risk of ER-negative breast cancer. With the new research and previous research, the researchers can now explain 14 percent of the heritable risk.

“If you can differentiate women into groups of sufficiently different risks, you might be able to save more lives,” Roger Mine, lead researcher of the “Nature Genetics” study and co-author of the “Nature” study, said. One example: Women with different risks could receive tailored screenings. 

Read the full ER-negative study in Nature Genetics.

The researchers encourage clinicians to apply the new findings at the clinical level, but also urge future researchers to further study the mechanisms of the newly-identified gene mutations to learn more about how cancer manifests itself and how it can be better detected.

Sugar can fuel cancerous cells, study says

Different types of foods have been linked to cancer, including saturated fats and processed meats. Now, scientists say sugar can fuel the disease, too. 

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Researchers from universities in Belgium recently conducted a nine-year experiment, published in Nature Communications, that revealed how sugar stimulates the growth of tumors. 

They explained that healthy cells receive energy through aerobic respiration, a process that transforms digested food into energy molecules. To complete the process, oxygen is required so that carbon dioxide can be released.

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On the other hand, cancerous cells get energy from fermenting sugar, which causes tumor growth. This is called the Warburg effect.

For the study, they examined the correlation between “the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness” by observing the sugar fermentation of yeast, which is similar to that of cells. They both “share the unusual characteristic of favoring fermentation of sugar over respiration,” the study read.

The scientists not only confirmed that sugar causes tumors to grow, but that it also makes cells multiply faster. They believe the sugar produces more of the most common cancer-causing genes, also known as Ras proteins, which fuel aggressive tumors. 

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“Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth. Thus, it is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness. This link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences,” co-author Johan Thevelein said in a statement

While the researchers do not understand why the cells react this way to sugar, they think their findings can help treat cancer with low-sugar diets. 

“This research in yeast and human cells has led to a new very valuable scientific hypothesis,” the authors wrote. “The next step is to find out whether these results also apply to patients.”

Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women under 60 years old are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women in the same age group. In fact, data from 2015 showed black women had a 39 percent higher breast cancer death rate.

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New research from Emory University, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute points to differences in health insurance as the culprit.

The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, included data from the National Cancer Data Base on 563,497 black and white women between the ages of 18 and 64 who had been diagnosed with stage I to stage III breast cancer between 2004 and 2013.

The researchers examined five factors for the study:

  • Demographics (age, stage, state, year of diagnosis, etc.)
  • Comorbidities (other health conditions)
  • Insurance (lack of insurance, private insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, etc.)
  • Tumor characteristics (size, type, stage, etc.)
  • Treatment (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, etc.)

The findings

They found that insurance explained one-third of the additional risk of death among the black women compared to white women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Additionally, almost three times as many black women (22.7 percent) were either uninsured or had Medicaid insurance compared to white women (8.4 percent).

“Lack of insurance is a barrier to receipt of timely and high-quality treatment and screening services,” study authors wrote.

Other major factors that explained the differences: tumor characteristics (23.2 percent), comorbidities (11.3 percent) and treatment (4.8 percent).

Nearly 80 percent of the women in the study had the most common type of breast cancer (hormone receptor-positive breast cancer) and according to the researchers, when matched for factors such as insurance, comorbidity and others, those factors accounted for a combined 76.3 percent of the total excess risk of death in black patients.

The authors noted that when it came to treatment differences, black and white women contrasted most for hormone therapy, which, according to ACS, is typically used after surgery to help reduce the chance of recurrence.

“Several studies reported that black women are less likely to complete chemotherapy and hormone therapy,” study author Ahmedin Jemal told the ACS. “This could be for many reasons, including problems with transportation or the inability to pay for medicine.”

Additionally, previous research has shown that black women get lower quality mammograms and are less likely to have a follow-up appointment after receiving abnormal mammograms.

And insurance is vital for both high-quality cancer care and for early detection.

“We know so much about cancer prevention and control,” Jemal, who is also vice president of the ACS surveillance and health services research program, said. “But we’re not applying it to the whole population equally. We have to make the standard of care available to everyone, including people with low income. And blacks are disproportionately represented in that group.”

Read the full study at ascopubs.org

Learn more about the study and more about how women can protect themselves from breast cancer at cancer.org

A warning for overnight workers: You could be at higher risk for obesity, study finds

New research published in the journal “Obesity Reviews” suggests night shift workers have a higher risk of obesity or of being overweight.

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The research includes an analysis of 28 observational studies that reported on an association between shift work and obesity, body mass index (BMI) or weight change.

Studies also had to meet a variety of criteria, including reliable assessment of shift work, conclusions with 95 percent confidence intervals and observational study designs.

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Here’s what the researchers found:

  • Night shift work increases risk of obesity/overweight by 23 percent.
  • Night shift work increases risk of abdominal obesity, which is characterized by visceral fat accumulation in the abdomen and is commonly associated with abnormal metabolic profiles (like insulin resistance), by 35 percent.
  • Night shift workers between midnight and 5 a.m. showed a pooled estimate odds ratio of 1:32, meaning the odds of obesity/overweight is 1.32 higher for night shift workers compared to non-night shift workers.
  • Permanent night shift work showed a higher risk of obesity/overweight than rotating shifts, possibly due to daytime environmental hours interrupting proper sleep.
  • Highest risks were among 10-hour permanent night shifts or 12-hour rotating shifts compared with other night shift work.

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Why are night workers at risk?

Read more here.

Weight loss surgery could help reduce the risk of cancer, researchers find

Weight loss surgery doesn’t just help extremely obese people drop pounds. It also might help them lower their chances of getting cancer, according to a new report

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Researchers from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recently conducted an experiment, published in Annals of Surgery, to determine how weight loss surgery impacts the risk of developing cancer. 

To do so, they examined about 22,000 people who underwent bariatric surgery between 2005 to 2012 and about 66,000 people who did not, tracing their progress until 2014. 

Scientists also factored in age, race, body mass index and gender, and more than 80 percent of the participants were women

They found that patients who had undergone the surgery had a 33 percent lower risk of developing cancer, with the benefit greatest for obesity-related cancers. 

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Furthermore, the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer dropped by 42 percent and 50 percent for endometrial cancer. The chances also decreased for colon cancer by 41 percent and 54 percent for pancreatic cancer.

Why is that?

Researchers believe it’s because of the estrogen levels."Cancer risks for postmenopausal breast cancer and endometrial cancer are closely related to estrogen levels," lead author Daniel Schauer said in a statement. "Having weight loss surgery reduces estrogen level."

Researchers also noted other benefits from having the surgery.

"I think considering cancer risk is one small piece of the puzzle when considering bariatric surgery, but there are many factors to consider. Reductions in diabetes, hypertension and improvements in survival and quality of life are reason enough," lead author Daniel Schauer said in a statement.

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"The study provides an additional reason to consider bariatric surgery."

Join Us for GET UP Atlanta

   

B98.5 Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and B98.5 is partnering with Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta for GET UP Atlanta!   

Visit KomenAtlanta.org to get more info, sign up to pledge 8 hours of physical activity in October, then record your hours of exercise and share your progress. 

Why 8? Everyday in Atlanta, 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and one will die. Puts things into perspective, don’t you think?

Friends and family are invited to sponsor or become involved in the fitness program themselves, which has an entry fee of $35. 

The challenge runs through the month of October and has a goal to raise $40,000 for Komen Atlanta. 

Every day in Atlanta, seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one will die. 

Komen Atlanta works to educate the community about the importance of early detection and provides thousands of free breast health services each year to ensure that every woman has access to everything she needs to detect and survive breast cancer.    

On October 23, a special celebration will be held at the Monday Night Brewing Garage located at 933 Lee St. SW. Entry to the celebration is free for Get Up Atlanta participants and $30 for non-participants.

  

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