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Real-Time Imaging of Lung Lesions During Surgery Helps Localize Tumors and Improve Precision

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New molecular tools are emerging to identify lung adenocarcinomas during pulmonary resection. The results of a proof-of-concept study suggest that lung cancer fluorescent imaging during surgery using targeted molecular agents may soon be a reality. While the methodology still needs refinement, the technique holds the possibility of precise visualization of tumor margins, detection of other tumors or metastases, localization of small malignant ground glass opacities, and accurate identification of lymph nodes containing metastatic cancer cells.

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New Computer-Based Technology May Lead to Improvements in Facial Transplantation

Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery, which may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor and recipient.

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Experts Recommend Tumor Removal as First-Line Treatment for Cushing’s Syndrome

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for treating Cushing’s syndrome, a condition caused by overexposure to the hormone cortisol.

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Designing Integrated Circuits for Venus Rover

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NASA has awarded grants to a University of Arkansas-affiliated technology firm to design complex integrated circuits that can operate on the surface of Venus, where the temperature can reach 500 degrees Celsius.

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UAB’s ROSA Robot Guides New Epilepsy Procedure

UAB is one of the only medical centers in the US using the ROSA robot in stereotactic EEG, to better find the origin of seizures in the brains of epilepsy patients prior to surgery.

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Five New Centers Awarded Signature Centers Initiative Grants

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A team of scientists searching for an innovative repair strategy for spinal cord and brain injuries, and another looking for cures for the "wasting away," experienced by AIDS and cancer patients are among five research center teams awarded development funding in IUPUI Signature Centers Program.

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Long Telomere Length Associated with Increased Lung Cancer Risk

A large-scale genetic study of the links between telomere length and risk for five common cancers finds that long telomeres are associated with an increased risk of lung adenocarcinoma. No significant associations between telomere length and other cancer types or subtypes were observed.

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Scientists Identify Gene Vital for Rebuilding Intestine After Cancer Treatment

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Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that a rare type of stem cell is immune to radiation damage thanks to high levels of a gene called Sox9.

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Citrus Greening Bacterium Changes the Behavior of Bugs to Promote Its Own Spread

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The disease that threatens to destroy Florida’s $10.7 billion citrus industry appears to have its own mechanism to promote its spread, making it harder to control.