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Test Predicts Response to Early Treatment for Dangerous Complication of Stem Cells Transplants Used in Leukemia Patients

A new test may reveal which patients will respond to treatment for graft versus host disease (GVHD).

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New Data: Risk for Leukemia After Treatment for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Higher Than Reported

The risk of developing leukemia after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer remains very small, but it is twice as high as previously reported, according to results of a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

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Use with Caution: High Doses of Vancomycin Fuel Risk of Kidney Damage in Children

Results of a small Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study show that hospitalized children given high-dose IV infusions of the antibiotic vancomycin to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections face an increased risk for kidney damage — an often reversible but sometimes serious complication.

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Loyola Offers Patients Free HIV Testing

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Loyola University Health System has now expanded free HIV testing to patients at the Loyola Center for Health at River Forest. “HIV affects people of all ages, all races and all economic backgrounds; it is not just an urban phenomenon but exists in the suburbs,” says Jerry Goldstein, research coordinator, Loyola University Health System. ”The more people tested, the earlier the detection and the faster treatment is offered to save lives and prevent the spread of infection.”

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PPPL’s Popular Science Lecture Series Debuts Jan. 10 with New Name Honoring Long-Time Organizer

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Announcement of start of 2015 Science on Saturday lecture series.

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This Endoscope Zaps Tumors

To examine internal organs, doctors often use a tube with light and a tiny camera attached to it. The device, called an endoscope, helps detect cancer and other illnesses. It may soon serve another purpose: zapping tumors. The biomedical advancement, which is under development at the University at Buffalo, could make chemotherapy more efficient, reduce its side effects and improve how doctors treat some of the most deadly forms of cancer.

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Electrician Overcomes Life-Threatening Job Injury Thanks to Loyola Burn Center

Chicago electrician sustained burns over 50% of his body after an electrical panel exploded in his face. For four months he stayed at Loyola burn center, during the long road back.

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Loyola to Give Blankets to Patients Who Will Spend Christmas in the Hospital

Loyola University Medical Center will bring comfort and warmth to its patients this Christmas through the gift of a homemade blanket.

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Muddy Forests, Shorter Winters Present Challenges for Loggers

A new study finds that the period of frozen ground has declined by an average of two or three weeks since 1948. During that time, wood harvests have shifted in years with more variability in freezing and thawing to red pine and jack pine — species that grow in sandy, well-drained soil that can support trucks and heavy equipment when not frozen.

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Lightweight Skeletons Of Modern Humans Have Recent Origin

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New research shows that modern human skeletons evolved into their lightly built form only relatively recently — after the start of the Holocene about 12,000 years ago, and even more recently in some human populations. The work, based on high-resolution imaging of bone joints from modern humans and chimpanzees as well as from fossils of extinct human species, shows that for millions of years, extinct humans had high bone density until a dramatic decrease in recent modern humans.

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