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Surprising new way to kill cancer cells

Surprising new way to kill cancer cells

Northwestern Medicine scientists have demonstrated that cancer cells — and not normal cells — can be killed by eliminating either the FAS receptor, also known as CD95, or its binding component, CD95 ligand. “The discovery seems counterintuitive because CD95 has previously been defined as a tumor suppressor,” said lead investigator Marcus Peter, professor in medicine-hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “But when we removed it from cancer cells, rather than proliferate, they died.” The findings were published March 20 in Cell Reports Continue reading

U.S. headache sufferers get $1 billion worth of brain scans each year

U.S. headache sufferers get $1 billion worth of brain scans each year

One in eight visits to a a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new University of Michigan Medical School study finds. Continue reading

Improving quality, safety for PCIs performed without on-site backup

Improving quality, safety for PCIs performed without on-site backup

The increasing number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) being performed at low-volume centers without on-site cardiac surgery backup has driven the need for new safety and quality protocols, according to an expert consensus document released today and written by a committee representing the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Continue reading

Baby’s life saved after 3-D printed devices were implanted restore his breathing

Baby’s life saved after 3-D printed devices were implanted restore his breathing

In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn’t prevent his breathing from periodically stopping. His condition was so tenuous that often his parents could not hold him for fear of compromising his breathing. But after surgeons at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Continue reading

ACL tears are not the end for college football players

ACL tears are not the end for college football players

High-level college football players frequently return to the field after an ACL reconstruction, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day. The study added to earlier research by exploring specific factors that affected return to play, including player standing on rosters and year in school. “Our data shows that about 82% of Division 1 NCAA football players return after ACL surgery, with that percentage reaching up to 94% when we focus on players who were starters before being injured,” commented lead author Dr. Continue reading

Years of High School Football not linked to Neurocognitive Decline, study suggests

Years of High School Football not linked to Neurocognitive Decline, study suggests

As more parents consider whether it’s safe for adolescents to play football, a new Tulane University study of high school players found no link between years of play and any decline in neurocognitive function. The results, which were presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans on March 14, suggest risks of sport-related brain injuries are relatively low, said lead author Dr. Continue reading

Link between diabetes, pancreatic cancer found

Link between diabetes, pancreatic cancer found

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have shown that there is an association between pancreatic cancer and diabetes. In a new study published today in Annals of Surgical Oncology , clinicians worked with mathematicians to review data from 1973 to 2013 to conclude there was a time-dependent link between being diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatic cancer. A review of 88 international studies to date, is the largest analysis on the topic published. Continue reading

Link between diabetes, pancreatic cancer found

Link between diabetes, pancreatic cancer found

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have shown that there is an association between pancreatic cancer and diabetes. In a new study published today in Annals of Surgical Oncology , clinicians worked with mathematicians to review data from 1973 to 2013 to conclude there was a time-dependent link between being diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatic cancer. A review of 88 international studies to date, is the largest analysis on the topic published Continue reading

Link between diabetes, pancreatic cancer found

Link between diabetes, pancreatic cancer found

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have shown that there is an association between pancreatic cancer and diabetes. In a new study published today in Annals of Surgical Oncology , clinicians worked with mathematicians to review data from 1973 to 2013 to conclude there was a time-dependent link between being diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatic cancer. A review of 88 international studies to date, is the largest analysis on the topic published. Continue reading

Prostate specific antigen screening declines after 2012 USPSTF recommendations

Prostate specific antigen screening declines after 2012 USPSTF recommendations

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have assessed the impact of the 2012 U.S. Continue reading