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Proton radiotherapy as effective as standard photon therapy in treating pediatric brain tumor

Proton radiotherapy as effective as standard photon therapy in treating pediatric brain tumor

The use of proton radiotherapy to treat the most common malignant brain tumor in children is as effective as standard photon (x-ray) radiation therapy while causing fewer long-term side effects such as hearing loss and cognitive disorders, according to a study receiving online publication in Lancet Oncology. [More]
UCL-led researchers find way to assess viability of induced pluripotent stem cells

UCL-led researchers find way to assess viability of induced pluripotent stem cells

A research team led by scientists from UCL have found a way to assess the viability of 'manufactured' stem cells known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Published today in Nature Communications, the team's discovery offers a new way to fast-track screening methods used in stem cell research. [More]
Quest Diagnostics to offer in vitro diagnostic test for use in detection of PD-L1 expression for melanoma

Quest Diagnostics to offer in vitro diagnostic test for use in detection of PD-L1 expression for melanoma

Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, today announced it will offer clinical laboratory testing using the PD-L1 IHC 28-8 pharmDx qualitative test from Dako, an Agilent Technologies company. [More]
Beckman Coulter Access Family of Immunoassay Systems release new access TSH (3rd IS) Assay

Beckman Coulter Access Family of Immunoassay Systems release new access TSH (3rd IS) Assay

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics is pleased to announce obtaining CE Mark and the release of its new Access TSH (3rd IS) assay for use with the company’s Access Family of Immunoassay Systems. [More]
Abingworth announces closing of $105m clinical co-development fund

Abingworth announces closing of $105m clinical co-development fund

Abingworth, the international investment group dedicated to life sciences, today announced the closing of the $105m Abingworth Clinical Co-Development Fund (ACCF), its 11th life sciences fund. ACCF was oversubscribed, exceeding its target of $100 million, and will co-invest with other Abingworth funds. [More]
Artificial pancreas moves closer to becoming a reality

Artificial pancreas moves closer to becoming a reality

As the accuracy, reliability, adoption, and successful use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) continue to increase, the ultimate goal of combining CGM with an insulin pump and sophisticated algorithms for automating the control and suspension of insulin infusion--known as the "artificial pancreas"--moves closer to becoming a reality. [More]
Combining nanomedicine with two anticancer treatments could improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients

Combining nanomedicine with two anticancer treatments could improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients

A nanoparticle drug-delivery system that combines two complementary types of anticancer treatment could improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer and other highly treatment-resistant tumors while decreasing toxicity. [More]
New report reveals striking variation in cancer burden within AANHPI population

New report reveals striking variation in cancer burden within AANHPI population

A new report describes cancer among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs), and reports striking variation in the cancer burden within this population, reflecting vast differences in exposure to cancer risk factors. [More]
Standardized treatment approach makes outpatient thyroid surgery a safe option for elderly patients

Standardized treatment approach makes outpatient thyroid surgery a safe option for elderly patients

A standardized treatment approach that starts with good screening and ends with patients going home to well-prepared caregivers, means outpatient thyroid surgery is safe for the vast majority of patients, including the elderly and super-elderly, physician-scientists say. [More]
LabCorp to offer Interpace's new ThyraMir microRNA classifier test

LabCorp to offer Interpace's new ThyraMir microRNA classifier test

Interpace Diagnostics announced today that Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, the world's leading health care diagnostics company, will begin offering Interpace's new ThyraMir microRNA classifier test. [More]
Finding may aid in the design of potential therapies for thyroid problems

Finding may aid in the design of potential therapies for thyroid problems

Thyroid disease affects about 12 percent of the U.S. population. While many people with thyroid disease don't even know they have it, an overactive or underactive thyroid can cause a slew of problems, including weight gain or loss, mood changes and infertility. In children, an underactive thyroid can be fatal, which is why they are tested for a deficiency at birth. [More]
Cancer mortality continues to drop in the U.S.

Cancer mortality continues to drop in the U.S.

Steady reductions in smoking combined with advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in a 23% drop in the cancer death rate since its peak in 1991. The drop translates to more than 1.7 million cancer deaths averted through 2012. [More]
Harley Street Fertility Clinic encourages couples to have more sex to increase chances of conception

Harley Street Fertility Clinic encourages couples to have more sex to increase chances of conception

Today, one of the UK’s leading fertility experts warns that couples with busy lives are not engaging in enough sexual intercourse and this is therefore impacting the nations fertility. [More]
Chi-Med announces initiation of Phase III sulfatinib registration trial in patients with NETs in China

Chi-Med announces initiation of Phase III sulfatinib registration trial in patients with NETs in China

Hutchison China MediTech Limited today announces that Hutchison MediPharma Limited, its drug R&D subsidiary, has initiated SANET-ep, a Phase III sulfatinib (HMPL-012) registration trial in China in patients with extra-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors ("NETs"), which are all non-pancreatic NETs, including, for example, NETs originating in the lymph, lung and across the gastrointestinal tract. [More]
Multiple small doses of targeted radiation therapy more effective at destroying pituitary gland tumors

Multiple small doses of targeted radiation therapy more effective at destroying pituitary gland tumors

A recent patient study at Houston Methodist Hospital proved that multiple small doses of highly focused radiation therapy is safer and more effective than a single larger dose of radiation at destroying pituitary gland tumors. [More]
Environmental exposures and behaviors contribute to the majority of cancers, study shows

Environmental exposures and behaviors contribute to the majority of cancers, study shows

Researchers have found that extrinsic factors such as environmental exposures and behaviors contribute heavily to the development of the vast majority of cancers. [More]
ACS, Alliance begin work on second volume of manual for cancer surgery

ACS, Alliance begin work on second volume of manual for cancer surgery

The American College of Surgeons and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology announced that they have begun work on the second volume of a comprehensive, evidence-based examination of cancer surgery techniques and recommendations. [More]
Array BioPharma reports top-line results from binimetinib Phase 3 trial in patients with NRAS-mutant melanoma

Array BioPharma reports top-line results from binimetinib Phase 3 trial in patients with NRAS-mutant melanoma

Array BioPharma today reported top-line results from the ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of binimetinib in patients with advanced NRAS-mutant melanoma, known as the NEMO trial. The study met its primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival (PFS) compared with dacarbazine treatment. [More]
New biobank initiative may help unlock some of the mysteries linked to Down syndrome

New biobank initiative may help unlock some of the mysteries linked to Down syndrome

Nationwide Children's Hospital and research advocacy group DownSyndrome Achieves have joined forces to create the first biobank in the country dedicated to collecting and managing blood samples from people with Down syndrome. [More]
New research sheds light on outcomes for patients with thyroid cancer

New research sheds light on outcomes for patients with thyroid cancer

Thyroid cancer survivors report poor quality of life after diagnosis and treatment compared with other patients who are diagnosed with more lethal cancers, according to new research from the University of Chicago Medicine. [More]
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