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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 29-Oct-2019

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Cancer Research

Smartphone data can help surgeons understand a patient’s recovery

Surgeons report that they can describe the impact of certain postoperative events in their patients by capturing passively-collected accelerometer data from a patient’s smartphone.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

JAMA Surgery

Embargo expired on 28-Oct-2019 at 14:15 ET

Treating the TOTAL patient: clinical trial reduces relapse

A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study lowered the rate of relapse for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Journal of Clinical Oncology, Oct-2019; CA21765, CA36401, CA176063 and P50 GM115279

Embargo expired on 28-Oct-2019 at 16:00 ET

Algorithm Identifies Cancer Patients in Need of Advance Care Planning Conversations

The newly developed system prioritizes patients so that cancer doctors have conversations about their values and goals before it is too late.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

JAMA Network Open; T32-GM075766-14; 5-T32-CA009615

Embargo expired on 25-Oct-2019 at 11:00 ET

Scientists Find Molecular Key to Body Making Healthy T Cells

In a finding that could help lead to new therapies for immune diseases like multiple sclerosis and IBD, scientists report in the Journal of Experimental Medicine identifying a gene and family of proteins critical to the formation of mature and fully ...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Journal of Experimental Medicine, Oct. 25, 2019

Embargo expired on 25-Oct-2019 at 09:00 ET

Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Risk of Thyroid Cancer on Ultrasound

New study uses machine learning on ultrasound images of thyroid nodules to predict risk of malignancy

– Thomas Jefferson University


Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2019 at 11:00 ET

A possible gut-brain connection to ‘chemo brain’

To test the possible relationship between the gut and chemo brain, Leah Pyter's lab is examining chemo's effects on mice whose guts have been manipulated before treatment. One experiment involves feeding the mice antibiotics. The other relies on the ...

– Ohio State University

Neuroscience 2019

Embargo expired on 23-Oct-2019 at 12:00 ET

NUS researchers use light emitted from nanoparticles to intricately control biological processes

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have developed a method to give more control to optogenetics, by using specially designed nanoparticles and nanoclusters (dubbed ‘superballs’). These nanoparticles and superballs can emit diff...

– National University of Singapore

Nature Communications, 10, Article number: 4586 (2019), 8 October 2019; Nature Communications, 10, Article number: 4416 (2019), 27 September 2019

3D-Printed Device Finds ‘Needle in a Haystack’ Cancer Cells by Removing the Hay

Finding a handful of cancer cells hiding among billions of blood cells in a patient sample can be like finding a needle in a haystack. In a new approach enabled by 3D-printed cell traps, researchers are removing the hay to expose the cancer cells.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Lab on a Chip

Lenalidomide may delay onset of myeloma-related bone, organ damage

The largest randomized trial in asymptomatic patients with smoldering multiple myeloma suggests that lenalidomide, a cancer drug, may delay the onset of bone and other myeloma-related organ damage. Results of the study, which was conducted by the Eas...

– Mayo Clinic

Journal of Clinical Oncology

High Fiber, Yogurt Diet Associated with Lower Lung Cancer Risk

A diet high in fiber and yogurt is associated with a reduced risk for lung cancer, according to a study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers published in JAMA Oncology.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

JAMA Oncology

Researchers Identify Possible Approach to Block Medulloblastoma Growth

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a potential approach to stop the growth of the most common type of brain tumor in children.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Development, Oct-2019

Controlling the immune system’s brakes to treat cancer, autoimmune disorders

Immunologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have discovered key biological switches that control regulatory T cells—specialized white blood cells that keep the immune system in check.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Immunity, Oct. 24, 2019

Cancer treatment: researcher makes breakthrough immunotherapy discovery

Dr. Christopher E. Rudd has discovered a new cell therapy approach that boosts the immune response of T lymphocytes to malignant tumours.

– Universite de Montreal

Nature Communications, October 22; Canadian Institutes of Health Foundation grant; Wellcome Trust



– Mayo Clinic

Study fingers new player in cancer immunity

Study in mice reveals new immune regulatory mechanism involved in cancer, viral infections Silencing immune-regulating gene in immune cells eradicated colon cancer in mice Approach also helped some animals clear an aggressive form of melanoma Find...

– Harvard Medical School

Nature Immunology

ASTRO and ACR update practice parameters for radiation therapy treatments

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recently released seven updated practice parameters for medical providers who use radiation therapy to treat patients with cancer. The updated practice pa...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

How Oncologists Can Ethically Navigate the “Right-to-Try” Drug Law

The 2018 federal Right to Try Act allows patients with a life-threatening illness to be treated with drugs that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many in the oncology community say Right to Try strips away importan...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Cancer Experts and Features

New Clinical Advances in Gastroenterology Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 84th Annual Scientific Meeting

The American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting features innovative clinical gastroenterology research with implications for patients with digestive and liver diseases. ACG's Public Relations Committee has picked Noteworthy Abstrac...

– American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

ACG 2019

Embargo expired on 28-Oct-2019 at 09:00 ET

6 Skin Care Tips That Dermatologists Use Themselves

Board-certified dermatologists are experts when it comes to the skin, hair and nails, diagnosing and treating more than 3,000 diseases and conditions, including skin cancer, acne, psoriasis and eczema. They also help patients address their cosmetic c...

– American Academy of Dermatology

CAR T Cell Clinical Trial for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Begins at Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is treating patients in a new Phase 2 clinical trial of CAR T-cell therapy at Morristown Medical Center. A select number of sites across the U.S. are involved in this study, which is done on an outpatient basis. The study is s...

– Atlantic Health System

First Molecular Test in US to Better Detect Brain Tumors Now Available to Patients

NYU Langone Health and its Perlmutter Cancer Center have launched clinical whole genome DNA methylation profiling for patients with brain tumors. This leading-edge molecular assay utilizes DNA epigenetic signatures and artificial intelligence with m...

– NYU Langone Health


Johns Hopkins Medicine Hosts 25th Anniversary of A Woman’s Journey Annual Women’s Health Conference in Baltimore, Maryland

Since its inception in 1995, the mission for A Woman’s Journey has remained the same: to empower women to make the right health care decisions for their families and themselves.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

27 Mercy Physicians Named Among Region's "TOP DOCS" in November 2019 Issue of Baltimore magazine

A total of 27 Mercy Medical Center physicians were recognized in Baltimore Magazine’s November 2019 “Top Docs” issue, representing 22 separate specialties.

– Mercy Medical Center

Untangling considerations in the vaping debate

A rash of vaping-related deaths and injuries has alarmed physicians and public health officials. Scientists and physicians are still discerning what may be multiple causes to the deaths and injuries. Dr. Vin Gupta explains the situation.

– UW Medicine

Cancer Announcements

American College of Gastroenterology Announces Winners of Fifth Annual SCOPY Awards

American College of Gastroenterology announces 2019 SCOPY Award winners (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention, and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and aw...

– American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

ACG 2019

Embargo expired on 28-Oct-2019 at 09:00 ET

New York City surgeon Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, is installed as the 100th President of the American College of Surgeons

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, an esteemed thoracic surgeon from New York City, was installed for a one-year term as the 100th President of the American College of Surgeons.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Embargo expired on 28-Oct-2019 at 00:00 ET

Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, receives ACS Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, Past-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a general surgeon from Syracuse, NY, received the ACS Lifetime Achievement award last night during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the opening of the Co...

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Embargo expired on 28-Oct-2019 at 01:00 ET

Johns Hopkins Medicine Celebrates Opening of The Johns Hopkins National Proton Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital, in Collaboration With Children’s National

Pediatric and adult cancer patients in the District of Columbia and elsewhere will now have access to one of the most advanced, lifesaving proton technologies offered in the U.S. at the newly opened Johns Hopkins National Proton Center at Sibley Memo...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Christina Tsien Named Proton Therapy Medical Director of The Johns Hopkins National Proton Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital

Johns Hopkins Medicine has named Christina Tsien, M.D., the clinical director of the new Johns Hopkins National Proton Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Curtiland Deville, M.D., will serve as the associate proton director, while retaining his role ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program Supports Clinical Trial for Lung Cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) announces plans to support a phase II randomized trial for lung cancer patients with EGFR mutation or who have never smoked.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Ziopharm Oncology and MD Anderson Cancer Center Announce New R&D Agreement to Expand TCR-T Program

Ziopharm and MD Anderson have announced a new research and development agreement to develop novel T-cell therapies using engineered T-cell receptors for solid tumors.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute launches new national advertising campaign

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is launching a new campaign themed, What We Do Here Changes Lives Everywhere”.

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Major Grant for Study of Cell Fate in Cancer

HMS scientist's work will aim to elucidate the role of cellular decision-making in cancer development

– Harvard Medical School

Seven volunteers named to MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors

Seven business and community leaders from across the nation join MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

U.S. Department of Defense awards UA Little Rock $5.6 million grant to develop bone regeneration technology

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the University of Arkansas at Little Rock a $5.6 million grant to advance the NuCress™ scaffold, a groundbreaking bone regeneration technology. The NuCress™ scaffold is in the final stages of moving from...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Lobos Love Pink!

UNM Athletics and UNM Cancer Center sponsor football game to celebrate all women battling breast cancer

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center





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