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When Illness Strikes – What To Do First

Any serious diagnosis thrusts patients and their families into an unfamiliar world of doctors, tests and treatment options. Here are my suggestions as you begin the journey through illness. Continue reading

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Tongue-piercings: who knew they could help you get around?

A magnetic tongue stud and a series of magnetic sensors attached to a retainer in the mouth may someday allow paralyzed patients to use their tongue to pilot a motorized wheelchair, according to scientists at Georgia Tech. Continue reading

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Clinical Cancer Advances in 2012

We hear so much news about cancer research, drugs and treatments that it is easy to feel overwhelmed and confused. Here is a report that makes sense of it all. Continue reading

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Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Study

A recent meta-analysis published in online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine has concluded that, “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.” Continue reading

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Umbilical Cord Blood – Should You Pay to Save It?

Blood from your baby’s umbilical cord, when properly collected and preserved immediately after delivery, contains viable stem cells that can later transform into a variety of different cell types. But it’s not a panacea. Continue reading

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Virtual Colonoscopy – Is It For You?

In a new study led by a physician at the Mayo Clinic’s facility in Phoenix and published in the journal Radiology, the investigators determined that the virtual technique was just as effective for patients over age 65 as those aged 50-65.

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A paradigm-shifting impact on solid-organ transplantation?

In what is hailed as a potential game changer in transplantation science, a small preliminary study suggests that donor matching and organ rejection issues can potentially be addressed by transplanting stem cells from the organ donor to the recipient. Continue reading

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Important New Immunotherapy Cancer Research

The Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network (CITN), announces plans to launch their first clinical trials later this year. Continue reading

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Clinical Cancer Research Advances in 2011

Each year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology conducts an independent review of advances in cancer research that have the greatest potential impact on patients’ lives. This year, Clinical Cancer Advances 2011 features 54 significant studies, including 12 that the report’s editors consider major advances. Continue reading

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Cancer Cell Self-Cannibalism

Cancer research continues to yield exciting breakthroughs as scientists learn more about the molecular and biological activity of cancer cells. Autophagy is one example.
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