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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Scientists turn patients’ skin cells into heart muscle cells to repair their damaged hearts: first report

For the first time scientists have succeeded in taking skin cells from heart failure patients and reprogramming them to transform into healthy, new heart muscle cells that are capable of integrating with existing heart tissue. The research, which is published … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Highly targeted irradiation as good as whole breast radiotherapy in early stage cancer

Barcelona, Spain: Using a concentrated, highly targeted dose of radiation to the breast has equally good results as irradiating the whole area, with no adverse effects on survival and a much better cosmetic outcome, Hungarian researchers have found. Reporting the … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Posted in Cancer

Un estudio demuestra que la radioterapia de altas dosis es eficaz para combatir los cánceres de mama localmente avanzados que ahora tienen mal pronóstico

– La radioterapia radical eliminó completamente los tumores locales de un 82,50% de las pacientes tratadas, que no habían respondido a la quimioterapia ni a la terapia hormonal – Las pacientes que sí respondieron a la quimioterapia también se benefician … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Posted in Cancer

Uno de cada cuatro cánceres de garganta en España está causado por el virus del papiloma humano, transmitido por vía sexual oral

– Los datos son el resultado de un estudio conjunto de cuatro hospitales españoles, que se presenta en el 31.º Congreso de la Sociedad Europea de Radiología Terapéutica y Oncología (ESTRO) en Barcelona – La infección de este virus, de … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Posted in Cancer

Researchers discover cheap and simple way of overcoming poor response to radiotherapy caused by low haemoglobin levels: results from a randomised trial in head and neck cancer

Barcelona, Spain: Patients with head and neck cancer and a low haemoglobin (Hb) level do not respond well to radiotherapy and therefore both control of their tumour and disease-free survival are compromised. Now researchers from The Netherlands have found that … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Throat cancer patients who are positive for the human papilloma virus (HPV) respond better to radiotherapy alone than HPV-negative patients

Barcelona, Spain: New findings from a large Danish database of cancer patients suggest that, even though the human papilloma virus (HPV) can trigger throat cancer, patients who are HPV-positive and are light smokers, or don’t smoke at all, have a … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Posted in Cancer

3-D image guided brachytherapy helps avoid hysterectomies for cervical cancer patients

Barcelona, Spain: Delivering radiotherapy directly to cancer of the cervix using 3-D imaging techniques is effective at controlling the return and spread of the disease and, in most cases, avoids the need for hysterectomies, according to research presented at the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Stem cell sparing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer may avoid salivary gland damage

Barcelona, Spain: Researchers believe they may have found a way to avoid damaging salivary glands during radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer – a discovery that could improve the quality of life of 500,000 patients a year worldwide with … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) provide the most effective emergency contraception

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) should be used routinely to provide emergency contraception, according to the authors of the first systematic review of all available data from the past 35 years. They found that IUDs had a failure rate of less than … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 12:01 am
Posted in Fertility
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