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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...

New Sensor Tracks Zinc in Cells

December 10, 2013 10:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A new optical sensor created at MIT tracks zinc within cells and should help researchers learn more about its functions. The sensor, which can be targeted to a specific organelle within the cell, fluoresces when it binds to zinc, allowing scientists...

Measuring Life's Tugs and Nudges

December 9, 2013 11:58 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

As embryonic tissue develops, cells push and pull on each other, and they must do so correctly for the tissue to develop properly. Now scientists at Harvard University have devised the first method to measure these forces in three-dimensional...

Breakthrough in Treating Leukemia, Lymphoma with Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

December 9, 2013 11:49 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

Donated umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Now a study lead by a Loyola University Medical Center oncologist has found that growing cord blood stem cells...

Ultrasound Microscopy: An Aid for Surgeons to Make the Invisible, Visible

December 9, 2013 11:47 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

An ultrasonic microscope emits a high frequency sound at an object, and the reflected sound captured by its lens is converted into two dimensional image of the object under scrutiny. Ultrasonic microscopes have a wide range of applications...


Henry Ford Hospital Performs First Minimally Invasive Laser Brain Surgeries in Michigan

December 9, 2013 10:38 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital have performed the first two minimally invasive laser brain surgeries in Michigan – one for epilepsy and one to treat a brain tumor. And in both cases the patients went home the day after the procedure. "These...

Skyworks Launches Customized Optical Solutions for Varian Medical

December 9, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Isolink is shipping customized optical solutions to Varian Medical for...

Prostate Cancer Biomarker May Predict Patient Outcomes

December 6, 2013 11:04 am | by Vanderbilt University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Alberta in Canada have identified a biomarker for a cellular switch that accurately predicts which prostate cancer patients are likely to have their cancer recur or...

Calibration Tools Enhance Imaging of Cancer

December 6, 2013 10:13 am | by NIST | News | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and monitoring of certain cancers and possibly other...

Computer Model Suggests Genetic Breast Cancer Screening May Benefit Those at Intermediate Risk

December 5, 2013 10:50 am | by GCI Health | News | Comments

Archimedes Inc., a healthcare modeling and analytics company, today announced results of a simulated clinical trial which found that the seven single-nucleotide polymorphisms (7SNP) genetic test for breast cancer was most cost effective when...

The Pulse: Medical 'Ro-Butt' & Reinventing Healthcare

December 5, 2013 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are giving virtual prostate exams, teaching kids with autism, launching a new style of mobility device, and reinventing healthcare with L.A. billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. This episode features:   

New Data Show Seno Medical Instruments' Imagio™ May Help Reduce Negative Biopsies for Breast Cancer

December 4, 2013 2:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., the company pioneering opto-acoustic imaging as a tool to improve the process of diagnosing breast cancer, today announced preliminary information from a feasibility study of its Imagio breast imaging device...

Simple Blood Test Detects 85% of Colorectal Cancers

December 4, 2013 12:29 pm | by VolitionRx Limited | News | Comments

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for different types of cancer, today releases new data showing that when combining two of its proprietary NuQ assays into one test, they can achieve...

MR-Guided Ultrasound Offers Noninvasive Treatment for Breast Cancer

December 4, 2013 12:03 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

A technique that uses focused ultrasound under magnetic resonance (MR) guidance to heat and destroy tumors may offer a safe and effective treatment for breast cancer, according to research being presented today at the annual meeting of the...

Radiographic Imaging Exposes Relationship Between Obesity and Cancer

December 4, 2013 11:54 am | by Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press) | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute for Aging are working to improve understanding about obesity and cancer. A study, published today in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, is the first to use direct radiographic imaging...

Swallowing a Diagnostic Pill

December 4, 2013 11:12 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

A tiny capsule that can carry out a chemical analysis of the contents of one's stomach could identify the presence of so-called "occult" blood at very low levels. The data is automatically broadcast to an external monitoring device for detection...

Leading Cancer Research Centers Team Up To Launch Biotech Startup Focused On Cancer Immunotherapy

December 4, 2013 12:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), along with pediatric partner Seattle Children's Research Institute, have joined forces to launch Juno Therapeutics Inc., a new biotechnology...

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