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Mercy Gynecologic Oncologist and Noted Robotic Surgery Expert Dr. Dwight Im Named Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” for 2017

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Mercy Medical Center has announced that Dwight D. Im, M.D., FACOG, has been recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as a "Top Doctor” for 2017

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Shorter Radiation Use, BRCA Gene News, Staging Endometrial Cancer, and More in the Cancer News Source

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Kimmel Cancer Center, Gregg Semenza, Cancer, Chemotherapy

Scientists Identify Chain Reaction That Shields Breast Cancer Stem Cells From Chemotherapy

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Working with human breast cancer cells and mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have identified a biochemical pathway that triggers the regrowth of breast cancer stem cells after chemotherapy.

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Ovarian Cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Peritoneum cancer, Low grade serous carcinoma

Hormonal Maintenance Therapy May Improve Survival in Women with Chemo-Resistant Rare Ovarian or Peritoneum Cancer

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For women with a rare subtype of epithelial ovarian or peritoneum cancer, known as low-grade serous carcinoma (LGSC), hormone maintenance therapy (HMT) may significantly improve survival, according to a new study from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Parents Grade Themselves, Signals from Fat, Getting Teens to Exercise, and More in the Obesity News Source

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Testosterone Treatment Improves Bone Density and Anemia, May Lead to Cardiac Risk

It is commonly known that testosterone levels decrease as men age, but until last year, little was known about the effects of testosterone treatment in older men with low testosterone. Today, in a group of papers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that testosterone treatment improved bone density and anemia for men over 65 with unequivocally low testosterone. However, testosterone treatment did not improve cognitive function, and it increased the amount of plaque buildup in participants’ coronary arteries.

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Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Food Pathogens, Listeria, Obstetrics

Listeria May Be Serious Miscarriage Threat Early in Pregnancy

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Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine studying how pathogens affect fetal development and change the outcome of pregnancy.

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Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Radiation, Cancer Treatment

Penn Expert Calls for Shorter Radiation Use in Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Men with prostate cancer can receive shorter courses of radiation therapy than what is currently considered standard, according to Justin Bekelman, MD, an associate professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Abramson Cancer Center.

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Zika May Cause Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue in Babies Carried to Term

Johns Hopkins researchers say that in early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta – intended to protect the developing fetus – and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and to babies born with thin brain tissue and inflammation in brain cells.

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BRCA Gene Plus Breast Cancer History Leads to Preventive Strike Against Pancreatic Cancer

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More than three decades after surviving breast cancer, Susanne Calabrette faced a second scare. In June 2016, an MRI for an unrelated condition revealed she had pancreatic cysts, giving her a chance for a pre-emptive strike against this killer cancer.

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New Approach to Cervical Cancer Care in Botswana Cuts Lag Time Between Treatment and Diagnosis in Half

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Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women low- and middle-income countries, including Botswana, where 75 percent of cervical cancer patients suffer from advanced forms of the disease. These patients can face wait times as long as five months after diagnosis before receiving lifesaving treatment. A new, multidisciplinary model of cervical cancer care developed by a University of Pennsylvania team based in Botswana cut the delay between diagnosis and treatment by more than 50 percent, according to research published this month in the Journal of Global Oncology.

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Placenta Provides Time Capsule for Autism Studies

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In two recent studies, researchers at UC Davis have shown that placental tissue can provide critical information about the epigenetic landscape that influences fetal development.

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Woman's Health, Heart Disease, UAB Hospital, Women's Heart Disease, Women's Heart Health, Cardiovascular disease (CVD), Menopause And Heart Disease

New Women’s Heart Health Clinic Provides Specialized Care

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According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 23 percent of women will die within one year after having a heart attack, and nearly 46 percent of women become disabled with heart failure.

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Retinopathy Of Prematurity, Blindness, Preeclampsia, Premature Birth

Is Preeclampsia a Risk or a Protective Factor in Retinopathy of Prematurity?

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, and colleagues at the John A. Moran Center and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, were looking for a way to tease apart the effects of preeclampsia on the risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease found in premature infants. Their results, and the model they developed, were published February 14, 2017, in Scientific Reports.

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Dr. Melissa Simon Appointed to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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Dr. Melissa Simon, the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been appointed to a national task force that makes recommendations on clinical preventive services, including screenings, counseling, and preventive medications on topics such as cancer and diabetes.

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Obgyn, Vulvar and vaginal atrophy, Estrogen Therapy, Female Sexual Health, Female Sexual Dysfunction, dyspareunia

High Rates of Satisfaction for Applicator-Free Local Estrogen Softgel Ovule in Post-Menopausal Women

A new investigational delivery method for localized vaginal estrogen therapy that utilizes an applicator free softgel to alleviate moderate-to-severe vaginal pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), received high rates of patient satisfaction among post-menopausal women, according to post-trial survey results published in the journal Menopause. “These survey results show that something as simple as a change to a more elegant delivery system that is easier to use and not messy might empower more post-menopausal women to seek prescription treatment for VVA, and perhaps help them stay with the application guidelines for longer,” said study first author Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, Division Chief, OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center.

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Drug Costs, Prostate Cancer, abiraterone, Zytiga, Drug availability, Food effect on drugs

Taking a High-Priced Cancer Drug with a Low-Fat Meal Can Cut Cost by 75%

Taking one-fourth the standard dose of a widely used drug for prostate cancer with a low-fat breakfast can be as effective – and four times less expensive – as taking the standard dose as recommended: on an empty stomach. The finding has significant financial implications.

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sperm cells, egg fertilization, fusexin, Cell Fusion, Zika research, Dengue Virus, Hap2, Cells, Disease

Sperm-Egg Fusion Proteins Have Same Structure as Those Used by Zika and Other Viruses

The protein which helps the sperm and egg fuse together in sexual reproduction are part of a larger family of proteins that helps other cells bind together to create larger organs, and which also allows viruses like Zika and Dengue to invade healthy cells.

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Researchers Identify 'Achilles' Heel' of PTEN That Helps Drive Prostate Cancer Progression

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Loss of the protein Importin 11 predicts relapse and metastasis in patients following prostate removal

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Pregnancy, Pregnant Women, Immunity, Immune Response, baby, Babies, Research, Ohio

Ohio State Study: Baby's Sex Plays a Role in Pregnant Woman's Immunity

Women have claimed for years that their bodies react differently whether they’re pregnant with a boy or girl. Now evidence, published by Ohio State University researchers shows the sex of a baby is associated with pregnant women’s immune responses.







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