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Immune Therapy for Brain Tumors: A New Promising Avenue

Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer. Only about one fifth of adults diagnosed with it survive two years or more after their diagnosis. Early clinical trial data show that a new two-drug combination might help people diagnosed with glioblastoma to fight the disease.

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News Media Registration Open for ENDO 2016: The 98th Annual Meeting & EXPO in Boston, MA

Members of the media can now register to cover the latest advances in hormone health and science at ENDO 2016, the Endocrine Society’s 98th Annual Meeting & Expo, in Boston April 1-4.

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Study Demonstrates Safety, Effectiveness of MRI for Patients with Implantable Cardiac Devices

The findings of a major study led by cardiovascular imaging specialists at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN), suggest that magnetic resonance imaging is a safe and effective diagnostic procedure for patients with implantable cardiac devices. The research, believed to be the first ever focused solely on the value of MRI in this patient population, is being presented today at the annual Society of Cardiovascular MRI Scientific Sessions meeting in Los Angeles.

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Smartphone App Linked to Increase in Contraceptive Use in India

A smartphone app containing motivational videos developed to help married rural women in India better understand contraceptive choices led to a dramatic increase in the number of women using modern family planning methods in just a few months, new Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) research suggests.

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Survival Period for Esophageal Cancer Is Tied to Race and Income

African-American patients with esophageal cancer survive fewer months after diagnosis than white patients, but only if they also have low incomes, according to a new study from Duke Health researchers.

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Better Access to Contraception Means More Sex for Married Couples

Married couples in low- and middle-income countries around the world that use contraception are having more frequent sexual intercourse than those that do not, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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Community-Level Violence Linked to Teens’ Risky Sexual Behavior

Teens’ experiences with violence — either through fear of violence, observing violent events, or being victims of violence themselves — are associated with how likely they are to have sex and use condoms, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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World of Heart Recovery Medicine to Focus on Latest Advances at U-CARS Symposium

On Jan. 14-15, leading scientists and clinicians from across the globe will come to the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City for the Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS). Now in its fourth year, the one-of-a-kind conference has been described as a “think tank” where hundreds of cardiologists, surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists, ER physicians, nurses, pharmacists, research scientists and more converge to push forward the field of heart recovery.

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Corals Respond to Changing Ocean Conditions by Altering Regulation of the DNA Message

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Some corals may cope with climate change by changing markings on their DNA to modify what the DNA produces.

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New Material Developed for Accelerated Skin Regeneration in Major Wounds

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Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed a synthetic biomaterial that fills wounds and aids in regeneration of skin cells, which ultimately improves wound healing.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Why Does Tamoxifen Work Better in Some Women?

New studies add to questions about predicting whether tamoxifen will be effective in an individual breast cancer patient.

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Aspirin Use Does Not Improve Outcomes for Cancer Patients, but May Lower Breast Tissue Density, Allowing for Earlier Detection, Two Penn Studies Find

Whether aspirin may help prevent or reduce the risk of breast cancer remains a hotly debated research question. While past studies have indicated a potential benefit, most recently in hormone receptor-positive breast cancers, one new study from Penn Medicine suggests otherwise. Aspirin does not appear to be protective or associated with improved clinical outcomes or survival among breast cancer patients with aggressive disease, the researchers of one study report. However, another study suggests aspirin may in fact help reduce breast tissue density, which could lead to earlier detection of some breast cancers.

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Counseling Paired with Comprehensive Genetic Cancer Screening May Increase Knowledge and Decrease Anxiety Among at-Risk Patients

Many BRCA 1/2-negative patients choose to proceed with comprehensive testing for genetic mutations that increase cancer risk, and when presented with counseling before and after testing, most make informed decisions and experience decreased levels of anxiety, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Basser Center for BRCA in Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. The study will be presented on Thursday, December 10, 2015 as part of the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (Abstract #P2-09-01).

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One-Two Punch of Palbociclib and Paclitaxel Shows Promise Against Advanced Breast Cancer in Penn Study

Combining the new breast cancer drug palbociclib with paclitaxel (Taxol) shrank tumors in nearly half of patient with estrogen-receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results will be presented Saturday at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (Abstract P6-13-08). A second study (Abstract P4-13-04), to be presented Friday provides new clues to how breast cancer develops resistance to the palbociclib, a common occurrence among many patients who take the drug.

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Older Breast Cancer Patients Defy Survival Models

Older women with early-stage, invasive breast cancer had better survival rates than what was estimated by a popular online tool for predicting survival, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute.

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Genes Influence Choice Between Small Rewards Now or Bigger Ones Later

Opting for smaller rewards immediately instead of waiting for bigger payoffs later is associated with problems such as impulsive behavior and addiction to food, drugs and alcohol. Washington University School of Medicine researchers are reporting that such decision-making tendencies have a genetic link to brain pathways that underlie those disorders.

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Novel Drug Combinations and the First Integrative Genetic Analysis of RNA Sequencing in Myeloma

Researchers Present Results at American Society of Hematology Meeting

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Gene Therapy Restores Immunity in Children and Young Adults with Rare Immunodeficiency

Gene therapy can safely rebuild the immune systems of older children and young adults with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID-X1), a rare inherited disorder that primarily affects males, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have found. NIAID's Suk See De Ravin, M.D., Ph.D., is scheduled to describe the findings at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.