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A new analysis suggests that giving birth in a hospital is considerably safer than having a baby at home or in a birth center.






By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
3 months 2 weeks ago
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In both cancer cell lines and in mice, blocking critical DNA repair mechanisms could improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for highly fatal brain tumors called glioblastomas, research shows. Radiation therapy causes double-strand breaks in DNA that must be repaired for tumors to keep growing. Scientists have long theorized that if they could find a way to block repairs from being made, they could prevent tumors from growing or at least slow down the growth, thereby extending patients' survival.
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A phase II trial of efatutazone with erlotinib in patients with refractory non-small cell lung cancer produced results that suggested that while efatutazone did not improve the efficacy of erlotinib, there is hope that lessons from the trial will allow researchers to make better future use of the drug or other drugs in its class.
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A unique population of microbes in the female breast may lay the groundwork for understanding how this bacterial community contributes to health and disease, according to a new study. Forms of bacteria known as 'Proteobacteria' were the most abundant, potentially as they are able to metabolize the fatty tissue, said the paper's first author.
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Data about DNA differences, gene expression, or methylation can each tell epidemiologists something about the link between genomics and disease. A new statistical model that can integrate all those sources provides a markedly improved analysis, according to two new papers.
3 months 2 weeks ago
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New research identifies a potential characteristic for predicting outcome in a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme. Existing therapies based on genetic information have failed to effectively treat glioblastomas. Therefore, researchers are aggressively looking to find new molecular targets for this aggressive brain tumor.
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Sub-populations of breast cancer cells sometimes cooperate to aid tumor growth, according researchers, who believe that understanding the relationship between cancer sub-populations could lead to new targets for cancer treatment. Cancers contain genetically different subpopulations of cells, called subclones. Researchers have long known that these mutant subclones aggressively compete with one another to become the dominant tumor cell population. However, in some cases it seems that no single subclone can achieve dominance on its own.
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A team of researchers explains how our immune system kills abnormal blood cells. Their discovery could eventually lead to new treatment avenues for leukemia, lymphoma and certain types of infectious viral diseases. "Our team is studying how natural killer cells can eliminate abnormal hematopoietic (blood) cells," explains the lead researcher. "Natural killer cells are crucial to the immune system and play a critical role in protecting us against viruses and cancer cells."
3 months 2 weeks ago
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A drug, used in combination with chemotherapy to treat advanced colorectal cancer, is not effective in some settings, and indeed may result in more rapid cancer progression, research has shown. The study evaluated whether the drug cetuximab and chemotherapy together worked better than chemotherapy alone as a treatment in addition to surgery for people with bowel cancer that had spread to the liver but could be surgically removed. The researchers found that adding cetuximab to chemotherapy did not help this group of people.
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A genetically engineered herpes simplex viral therapy is safe when used in conjunction with radiation in the treatment of malignant gliomas, one of the most deadly forms of brain cancer, researchers report. The virus, G207, is a modified herpes simplex virus that in two previous studies has been shown to be safe when used as a sole therapy. The new findings indicate the virus is also safe when used in combination with low doses of radiation therapy.
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