Popular high blood pressure drug linked to increased skin cancer risk in older Australians

Popular high blood pressure drug linked to increased skin cancer risk in older Australians
The popular high blood pressure drug, hydrochlorothiazide, has been linked to a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma and lip cancer in older Australians. Credit: Shutterstock

Hydrochlorothiazide—one of the most prescribed high blood pressure drugs in Australia—has shown links to increased risks of developing skin cancer among older Australians, a new study by UNSW Sydney researchers shows.

The drug contains photosynthesising properties, which can make skin more sensitive to the sun.

The findings are based on a big data analysis of skin cancer rates in a case-control study among older Australians. The results, published in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, support similar findings from previous international studies.

“We found increased risk for developing malignant melanoma and squamous cell cancer of the lip (lip cancer) with hydrochlorothiazide use,” says Dr. Benjamin Daniels, lead author of the study and research fellow at UNSW Medicine’s Centre for Big Data Research in Health

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Foundation Medicine, OneOncology partner to bring precision oncology to community practices

NEW YORK Foundation Medicine and OneOncology jointly announced on Monday a strategic partnership to use real-world clinical and genomics data to improve access to genomic profiling and personalized medicine in community oncology practices across the US.

The two entities have inked a research collaboration, which will use clinico-genomic datasets to derive molecular insights and inform patient care. “I am a big proponent of understanding the molecular landscape of a patient’s cancer in order to determine the appropriate treatment course for patients with advanced cancer over multiple lines of therapy,” Lee Schwartzberg, chief medical officer at OneOncology, said in a statement. “We’re excited to optimize comprehensive genomic profiling and its power to inform more personalized care across our network.”

Within the partnership, Nashville, Tennessee-based OneOncology, a national network of five independent, community oncology practices representing over 400 providers in the US, will use its patient data to advance research and

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A visit from Planet Fitness’ own Teddy Savage

11 Fitness: A visit from Planet Fitness’ Teddy Savage


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SHOWERS AND STORMS. JENNIFER: A GOOD WEEKEND TO DO INDOOR PROJECTS. THANKS, TAYLOR. IT’S TIME NOW FOR 11 FITNESS AND JOINING US THIS MORNING IS TEDDY SAVAGE FROM PLANET FITNESS. HEY, TEDDY, GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING, JEN. I’M DOING GREAT. HOW ARE YOU? JENNIFER: I’M DOING GREAT. SINCE LAST WE SPOKE, THERE’S A MASK MANDATE IN PUBLIC PLACES IN MARYLAND. PEOPLE HAVE TO WEAR THEM IN THE GYM. HOW IS THAT GOING SO FAR? IT’S GOING OKAY, BECAUSE MEMBERS ARE STARTING TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NOT A CHANGE THAT THEY CAN NOT OVERCOME. I HAVE A COUPLE OF TIPS WHERE YOU CAN MASK UP AND HAVE A FUN WORKOUT. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? ALL RIGHT. SO FIRST, LET ME GRAB MY PLANET FITNESS WATER BOTTLES BECAUSE THEY’LL BE MY WEIGHTS,

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