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TGH Lung Transplant Program Develops New Method to Allow More High-Risk Patients to Receive a Transplant

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A unique new method to treat a specific group of patients who are at greater risk of rejecting a donor lung, allowing them to live longer after transplant without rejection, has been developed by the Toronto Lung Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network.

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Esteemed Johns Hopkins Pediatrician Catherine DeAngelis to Receive One of Field’s Highest Honors

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Renowned Johns Hopkins Children’s Center pediatrician and former JAMA editor Catherine D. DeAngelis, M.D., M.P.H., will receive the 2015 Howland Medal of the American Pediatric Society, one of the highest awards in pediatric medicine, bestowed annually for distinguished service in the field as a whole

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Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Recognized Nationally for Outstanding Survival Rates

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The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) was recently recognized for outperforming its anticipated one-year survival rate for allogeneic transplant patients. The new performance results were calculated by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and published in the 2014 Transplant Center-Specific Survival Report. The annual report is designed to provide potential stem cell transplant recipients, their families, and the public with comparative survival rates among transplant centers. This is the second consecutive year the Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program at SCCA has achieved higher than expected one-year survival rates, an accomplishment that only 12 other institutions have achieved.

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center Welcomes New Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center is proud to announce the additions of Patti Brooke and Jason Dixon to the Seattle team. Brooke joins the team as vice president of marketing and business development leading the Center’s strategic plan and ongoing marketing initiatives. Additionally, Dixon brings more than nine years of experience in the proton industry and will serve as the Center’s director of operations.

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Study Reveals How Listeria Breaches the Placenta

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A gut bacterium called Listeria, which is often found in soft cheese, is known to present a risk to pregnant women. Researchers now show how Listeria uses distinct tactics to breach the intestine and the placenta, using a protein called PI3-kinase.

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Cells Take Sole Responsibility for Merkel Cell Maintenance

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Researchers have identified a population of “progenitor” cells in the skin that are solely responsible for the generation and maintenance of touch-sensing Merkel cells.

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Leaky Channels Could Contribute to Unusual Heart Arrhythmias

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Leaks are not just problems for plumbers and politicians; researchers reveal how leaky transmembrane channels could cause disruptions in normal heart function. The study suggests that ion leaks in mutant sodium channels might contribute to an unusual set of cardiac arrhythmias.