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NIH to Fund Research Workforce Diversity Program

December 31, 2013 10:44 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health is releasing three new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to develop approaches to engage researchers, especially from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive...

Lung Cancer Scans Urged for Some Smokers, Not All

December 31, 2013 10:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday—even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone...

Surgery Beats Chemotherapy for Tongue Cancer

December 27, 2013 9:28 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Patients with tongue cancer who started their treatment with a course of chemotherapy fared significantly worse than patients who received surgery first, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive...

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Radiotherapy Is Less Often Used by Breast Cancer Patients with Young Children

December 26, 2013 9:03 am | by Journal of the National Cancer Institute | News | Comments

Radiotherapy (RT) after breast conserving surgery (BCS) has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer (BC) recurrence. However, although younger women tend to have more aggressive tumors and have higher risks of recurrence than older...

German clinic's new Elekta Versa HD system boosts radiotherapy speed and precision in first patient treatments

December 26, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On October 28, clinicians at Evangelische Kliniken Gelsenkirchen (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) launched a new era of radiation therapy speed and accuracy with their first Versa HD™ case, a 72-year-old female patient with advanced (metastatic)...

FDA Clearance for First-Ever Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application

December 20, 2013 10:10 am | by Philips | News | Comments

As breast density becomes a more recognized risk factor for breast cancer, Royal Philips today announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application for its MicroDose...

New Data for Engineering Immune Cells Shows Early Promise in Solid Tumors

December 20, 2013 10:00 am | by AACR | News | Comments

Engineered immune cells, called CARTmeso cells, designed to direct antitumor immune responses toward tumors that carry a protein called mesothelin, showed antitumor activity in two patients with advanced cancers that had not responded to prior...

Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

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DNA Clamp to Grab Cancer Before It Develops

December 19, 2013 3:34 pm | by Université de Montréal | News | Comments

As part of an international research project, a team of researchers has developed a DNA clamp that can detect mutations at the DNA level with greater efficiency than methods currently in use. Their work could facilitate rapid screening of...

ZipLine® Medical Clinical Study Data Presented at Mt. Sinai “Winter Symposium”: ZipLine Produces Suture-Like Outcomes with Significant Surgical Time-Savings

December 19, 2013 11:29 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Preliminary clinical study results from a randomized, controlled, prospective clinical study comparing the ZipLine Surgical Skin Closure to traditional stitches for skin cancer excision were presented at the 16th Annual Mount Sinai Winter Symposium...

UCLA Researcher Highlights Advances in Nanotechnology's Fight Against Cancer

December 19, 2013 11:13 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

As cancer maintains its standing as the second leading cause of death in the U.S., researchers have continued their quest for safer and more effective treatments. Among the most promising advances has been the rise of nanomedicine, the application...

First Cancer Operation Room with a Navigator Is Created

December 19, 2013 10:59 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Gregorio Marañón Hospital, the company GMV and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have started the first cancer operation room with a navigator. This image-guided system will allow for increased intraoperative...

Photo of the Day: Newly Designed Cancer OR

December 19, 2013 10:57 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | News | Comments

The system, presented at Gregorio Marañón Hospital, permits real-time interaction with the body of the patient (with its different tissues and cancer) as well as the radiotherapy applicator used to radiate the area affected by the tumor. This...

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Computer-Controlled Table Could Direct Radiotherapy to Tumors While Sparing Vital Organs

December 18, 2013 3:55 pm | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Swiveling patients around on a computer-controlled, rotating table could deliver high doses of radiotherapy to tumors more quickly than current methods, while sparing vulnerable organs such as the heart, brain, eyes and bowel. Sophisticated...

Breathalyzer to Detect Lung Cancer

December 17, 2013 11:40 am | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

Lung cancer is one of the world’s biggest killers. In the UK it accounts for six per cent of all deaths, largely because treatment is often ineffective by the time symptoms are diagnosed. But researchers at the University of Huddersfield...

Through Emerald Lenses

December 13, 2013 2:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of a media tour to Ireland. While weather-wise, the Fall is not the ideal time of year to visit the island (although as I was informed, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather), it was fantastic timing in terms...

Studies: Some Cancer Treatments Can Be Skipped

December 13, 2013 12:41 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer — which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation — without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research... 

Nipple Aspirate Test Is No Substitute for Mammogram

December 13, 2013 11:33 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Many women admit that getting a mammogram is no fun, and may wish there was an easier, more comfortable way to screen for breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. Some companies today are promoting a test in which a breast...

Photo of the Day: Clarifying Breast Cancer Diagnosis

December 13, 2013 11:32 am | by FDA | News | Comments

FDA is unaware of any valid scientific data to show that nipple aspirate tests, when used on their own, are an effective screening tool for any medical condition, including the detection of breast cancer or other breast disease. Researchers...

Exercise Helps Women Tolerate Breast Cancer Drugs

December 12, 2013 3:36 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence. The study is the first major test of ...

Helping Cancer Researchers Make Sense of the Deluge of Genetic Data

December 12, 2013 3:24 pm | by Jim Ritter, Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

A newly improved internet research tool is helping cancer researchers and physicians make sense out of a deluge of genetic data from nearly 100,000 patients and more than 50,000 mice. The tool, called the Gene Expression Barcode 3.0, is proving to be ...

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

December 11, 2013 9:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

"One of These Rivals the Original Proof that Penicillin Works," Says Medical Trend Guru Stephen Shrewsbury. Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long...

Gene Therapy Scores Big Wins Against Blood Cancers

December 10, 2013 12:25 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients...

Study: Many Lung Cancer Tumors Prove Harmless

December 10, 2013 12:13 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Harmless lung cancer? A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems. The analysis suggests the world's No. 1 cause of cancer deaths isn't as lethal...

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