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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases in the elderly has positive effects on pain and quality of life

Geneva, Switzerland: Giving palliative radiotherapy to elderly patients with painful bone metastases can significantly improve their quality of life, a Dutch researcher told the 2nd Forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). With the number of elderly patients … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 12:45 pm
Posted in Cancer

Commonly used drug can limit radiation damage to lungs and heart for cancer patients

Geneva, Switzerland: Unavoidable damage caused to the heart and lungs by radiotherapy treatment of tumours in the chest region can be limited by the administration of an ACE inhibitor, a drug commonly used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, a … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 8:30 am
Posted in Cancer, Cardiology

Intensity modulated radiotherapy reduces side effects in patients with early breast cancer

Geneva, Switzerland: Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) gives better results than standard radiotherapy in patients with early breast cancer, according to results from a randomised trial presented to the 2nd Forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). IMRT … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 7:45 am
Posted in Cancer

New radiotherapy approach reduces symptoms of dry mouth in patients with head and neck cancers

Geneva, Switzerland: Researchers have shown for the first time that it is possible to reduce the distressing symptoms of dry mouth in patients treated with radiotherapy for head and neck cancers if the radiation dose to a salivary gland (called … Continue reading

Published Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 8:30 am
Posted in Cancer

Two landmark studies report on success of using image-guided brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer

Geneva, Switzerland: Two large, landmark radiotherapy studies have shown that it is possible to treat cervical cancer effectively with high doses specifically adapted to each tumour, and with fewer serious side-effects to the surrounding normal organs. Two presentations at the … Continue reading

Published Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 8:30 am
Posted in Cancer

Mathematical models out-perform doctors in predicting cancer patients’ outcomes and responses to treatment

Geneva, Switzerland: Mathematical prediction models are better than doctors at predicting the outcomes and responses of lung cancer patients to treatment, according to new research presented at the 2nd Forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). These … Continue reading

Published Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Use and misuse of neuroscience in the development and deployment of chemical and biochemical weapons: action required at national and international level

London, UK: As the third review conference of the State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention meets in The Hague this week, the expert who chaired the Royal Society 2012 report on “Neuroscience, conflict and security” is calling on CWC … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 12:01 am
Posted in Other

How ‘free will’ is implemented in the brain and is it possible to intervene in the process?

London, UK: Researchers have been able to identify the precise moment when a network of nerve cells (neurons) in the brain creates the signal to perform an action, before a person is even aware of deciding to take that action. … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

Legal ‘high’ Benzo Fury may be dangerous due to stimulant and hallucinogenic effects

London, UK: The legal “high” known as “Benzo Fury” may have stimulant as well as hallucinogenic effects according to new research presented at the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience (BNA2013). In a poster presentation at the meeting, Dr Jolanta … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:01 am
Posted in Other

Distorted thinking in gambling addiction: what are the cognitive and neural mechanisms?

London, UK: Fascinating new studies into brain activity and behavioural responses have highlighted the overlap between pathological gambling and drug addiction. The research, which was presented at the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience (BNA2013) has implications for both the … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 10:15 am
Posted in Other
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