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Saliva Test Can Reveal Silent Virus That Steals Babies’ Hearing

Two UAB researchers have found a testing method for CMV that they say is more reliable than the traditional method. CMV is the leading cause of hearing loss in babies. Their findings will be published in the June 2, 2011 New England Journal of Medicine.

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Trauma Among Military, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Military, MRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Neurology

Blast-Related Brain Injuries Detected in U.S. Military

An advanced imaging technique has revealed that some U.S. military personnel with mild blast-related traumatic brain injuries have abnormalities in the brain that have not been seen with other types of imaging.

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Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Cancer

Women with BRCA Mutations Can Take Hormone-Replacement Therapy Safely After Ovary Removal

Women with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, which are linked to a very high risk of breast and ovarian cancer, can safely take hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) to mitigate menopausal symptoms after surgical removal of their ovaries, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania which will be presented Monday, June 6 during the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting. Results of the prospective study indicated that women with BRCA mutations who had their ovaries removed and took short-term HRT had a decrease in the risk of developing breast cancer.

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Two Thirds of Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients Unable to Obtain Oncology Appointments

Newly diagnosed cancer patients frequently face hurdles in obtaining an appointment for care with an oncologist, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennnsylvania that will be presented Saturday, June 4 at the 2011 annual meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology (Abstract #6128). Even callers with private health insurance had difficulty scheduling an appointment, with just 22 percent of them obtaining a slot, compared to 29 percent of uninsured patients and 17 percent of patients on Medicaid, according to results of a study in which research assistants posed as patients seeking an initial evaluation.

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Researchers Identify Genes that Could Better Predict Response to BRAF Inhibitors for Patients with Advanced Melanoma

Genetic analysis of the tumors from patients with advanced melanoma can clue researchers in to how well patients will respond to a therapy that targets the growth-promoting protein called BRAF, a researcher from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will report on Monday, June 6 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Looking outside of the BRAF gene, the researchers found loss of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN also appears to be associated with patient response to GSK436, which could help guide researchers to even more personalized approaches to melanoma therapy.

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Hand Surgery Expert from LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, Md., Available for Interviews

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Stacey Berner, M.D., the medical director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Md., is one of the country's foremost hand surgeons.

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Northwest Hospital President Accepts New Position

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President & COO at Northwest Hospital and senior vice president of parent corporation, LifeBridge Health, in Baltimore, MD, Erik G. Wexler, accepts the position of president and CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital in MA.

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USDA Serves a Dinner Plate for Healthy Eating

America is about to ditch the food pyramid. In its place, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will serve a plate-shaped symbol sliced into basic food groups. Beside the plate will rest a small cup of dairy (milk or yogurt). What does this mean for the kid on the playground, or the mom running in eight different directions?

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Disaster Recovery, Emergency Management Training, Tornadoes, Western Illinois University, Health Sciences

Expert Available - Natural Disaster Recovery (i.e. tornadoes) Expert Available

Jack Rozdilsky, an assistant professor in Western Illinois University's emergency management program in the WIU Department of Health Sciences, specializes in natural hazards and emergency management issues.

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International Journal of Radiation , American Society For Radiation Oncology, International Journal Of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Prostate Cancer, imrt, 3D-CRT, GI

IMRT Cuts GI Side Effects from Prostate Cancer in Half vs. 3D-CRT

Intensity modulated radiation therapy, a newer, more precise form of radiation therapy, causes fewer gastrointestinal side effects when combined with hormone therapy than using three-dimensional radiation therapy, according to a study published in the June issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).







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