Cancer-Fighting Cocktail Demonstrates Promising Results as New Treatment for Advanced Cervical Cancer

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Combining a standard chemotherapy drug with a second drug that stops cells from dividing improves both the survival and response rates for those with advanced cervical cancer, a new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers finds.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center|15-Sep-2014 6:00 PM EDT

Preclinical Study Adds to Cancer-Fighting Promise of Combined Immunotherapy-Radiation Treatment

A study in mice implanted with breast and melanoma cancers adds to a growing body of evidence that highly focused radiation – long thought to suppress immunity – can actually help boost the immune system’s fight against cancer when combined with a new kind of immune-enhancing drug.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine|15-Sep-2014 5:15 PM EDT

Radiation Therapy Improves Survival in Patients with Early-Stage Hodgkin’s Disease

Standard of care treatment for early-stage Hodgkin’s Disease has included combined therapy of chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy (RT), but use of RT has not been universal. The purpose of this large-scale study was to examine the association between RT use and overall survival over time in early-stage HD.

– Mount Sinai Medical Center|15-Sep-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Iowa State Geofablab Prints 3-D Rocks, Fossils; Advances Geoscience Research, Education

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Iowa State's Franek Hasiuk is using 3-D printing to study the pores within limestone reservoir rocks. A better understanding of the pore networks within the rocks could help industry get at more oil. Hasiuk is also using 3-D printing to engage geology students.

– Iowa State University|15-Sep-2014 4:45 PM EDT

Study First to Use Brain Scans to Forecast Early Reading Difficulties

UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges.

– University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)|15-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Scientists Discover RNA Modifications in Some Unexpected Places

Deploying sophisticated high-throughput sequencing technology, dubbed ψ-seq, a team of Whitehead Institute and Broad Institute researchers collaborated on a comprehensive, high-resolution mapping of ψ sites that confirms pseudouridylation, the most common post-transcriptional modification, does indeed occur naturally in mRNA.

– Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research|15-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

National Study Examines Ways Federal Policy Can Impact Childhood, Adolescent Obesity

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A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks could reduce obesity in adolescents, and exercise promotion, such as after-school physical activity programs, could impact younger children in the fight against fat. That’s the findings of a new national study co-authored by Ross Brownson, PhD, professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

– Washington University in St. Louis|15-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Certain Form of Baldness at Age 45 Linked to Higher Risk for Aggressive Prostate Cancer

A new, large cohort analysis from the prospective Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial, indicates that men who had moderate baldness affecting both the front and the crown of their head at age 45 were at a 40% increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer (usually indicates a faster growing tumor resulting in poorer prognosis relative to non-aggressive prostate cancer) later in life, compared to men with no baldness. There was no significant link between other patterns of baldness and prostate cancer risk. The study, published September 15 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, supports earlier research suggesting that male pattern baldness and prostate cancer may be linked.

– American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)|15-Sep-2014 3:35 PM EDT
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