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Immune therapy for advanced bladder cancer yields promising results

Immune therapy for advanced bladder cancer yields promising results

A multi-center phase I study using an investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer patients who did not respond to other treatments has shown promising results in patients with certain tumor types, researchers report. Continue reading

Radiation for prostate cancer linked to secondary cancers, study finds

Radiation for prostate cancer linked to secondary cancers, study finds

Among men treated for prostate cancer, those who received radiation therapy were more likely to develop bladder or rectal cancer, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Overall the incidence of these cancers is low Continue reading

Patient-centered educational, behavioral program to reduce lymphedema risk trialed

Patient-centered educational, behavioral program to reduce lymphedema risk trialed

Viewed as one of the most unfortunate outcomes of breast cancer treatment, lymphedema is characterized by an accumulation of lymph fluid in the interstitial spaces of the affected limb, leading to chronic ipsilateral limb swelling causing psychosocial distress and physical challenges for patients. Even conservative estimates suggest that 3% of women who have had sentinel lymph node biopsy and 20% of those who have had axillary lymph node dissection may develop lymphedema a year after breast cancer surgery. Continue reading

Five lung transplants performed at hospital in 24 hours

Five lung transplants performed at hospital in 24 hours

Loyola University Medical Center recently performed five successful lung transplants in just over 24 hours. Put in perspective, five is the average number of lung transplants performed each day throughout the entire country. The patients, all doing well, are a teacher, a judge, an executive director, a grandmother and an extraordinary young woman who beat very long odds to undergo a second lung transplant in three years Continue reading

Cognitive behavioral or relaxation training helps women reduce distress during breast cancer treatment

Cognitive behavioral or relaxation training helps women reduce distress during breast cancer treatment

Can psychological intervention help women adapt to the stresses of breast cancer? It appears that a brief, five-week psychological intervention can have beneficial effects for women who are dealing with the stresses of breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Continue reading

Ground breaking hip and stem cell surgery completed using 3D printed implant

Ground breaking hip and stem cell surgery completed using 3D printed implant

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient’s CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing) technology, meaning it was designed to the patient’s exact specifications and measurements. The implant will provide a new socket for the ball of the femur bone to enter. Continue reading

Male infertility linked to mortality, study shows

Male infertility linked to mortality, study shows

Men who are infertile because of defects in their semen appear to be at increased risk of dying sooner than men with normal semen, according to a study led by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Men with two or more abnormalities in their semen were more than twice as likely to die over a roughly eight-year period as men who had normal semen, the study found. Continue reading

Older migraine sufferers may have more silent brain injury

Older migraine sufferers may have more silent brain injury

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. In a new study, people with a history of migraine headaches had double the odds of ischemic silent brain infarction compared to people who said they didn’t have migraines. Silent brain infarction is a brain injury likely caused by a blood clot interrupting blood flow to brain tissue Continue reading

Antidepressant may slow Alzheimer’s disease

Antidepressant may slow Alzheimer’s disease

A commonly prescribed antidepressant can reduce production of the main ingredient in Alzheimer’s brain plaques, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Continue reading

Human learning altered by electrical stimulation of dopamine neurons

Human learning altered by electrical stimulation of dopamine neurons

Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania. A report in the Journal of Neuroscience describes for the first time that human learning can be modified by stimulation of dopamine-containing neurons in a deep brain structure known as the substantia nigra. Continue reading