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Mercy Gynecologic Oncologist and Noted Robotic Surgery Expert Dr. Dwight Im Named Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” for 2017

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Mercy Medical Center has announced that Dwight D. Im, M.D., FACOG, has been recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as a "Top Doctor” for 2017

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Kimmel Cancer Center, Gregg Semenza, Cancer, Chemotherapy

Scientists Identify Chain Reaction That Shields Breast Cancer Stem Cells From Chemotherapy

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Working with human breast cancer cells and mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have identified a biochemical pathway that triggers the regrowth of breast cancer stem cells after chemotherapy.

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Ovarian Cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Peritoneum cancer, Low grade serous carcinoma

Hormonal Maintenance Therapy May Improve Survival in Women with Chemo-Resistant Rare Ovarian or Peritoneum Cancer

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For women with a rare subtype of epithelial ovarian or peritoneum cancer, known as low-grade serous carcinoma (LGSC), hormone maintenance therapy (HMT) may significantly improve survival, according to a new study from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Testosterone Treatment Improves Bone Density and Anemia, May Lead to Cardiac Risk

It is commonly known that testosterone levels decrease as men age, but until last year, little was known about the effects of testosterone treatment in older men with low testosterone. Today, in a group of papers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that testosterone treatment improved bone density and anemia for men over 65 with unequivocally low testosterone. However, testosterone treatment did not improve cognitive function, and it increased the amount of plaque buildup in participants’ coronary arteries.

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Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Food Pathogens, Listeria, Obstetrics

Listeria May Be Serious Miscarriage Threat Early in Pregnancy

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Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine studying how pathogens affect fetal development and change the outcome of pregnancy.

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Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Radiation, Cancer Treatment

Penn Expert Calls for Shorter Radiation Use in Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Men with prostate cancer can receive shorter courses of radiation therapy than what is currently considered standard, according to Justin Bekelman, MD, an associate professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Abramson Cancer Center.

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zika, Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Placenta

Zika May Cause Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue in Babies Carried to Term

Johns Hopkins researchers say that in early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta – intended to protect the developing fetus – and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and to babies born with thin brain tissue and inflammation in brain cells.

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Cancer, Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, BRCA2 gene, BRCA, Brca1, Ut Southwestern

BRCA Gene Plus Breast Cancer History Leads to Preventive Strike Against Pancreatic Cancer

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More than three decades after surviving breast cancer, Susanne Calabrette faced a second scare. In June 2016, an MRI for an unrelated condition revealed she had pancreatic cysts, giving her a chance for a pre-emptive strike against this killer cancer.

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New Approach to Cervical Cancer Care in Botswana Cuts Lag Time Between Treatment and Diagnosis in Half

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Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women low- and middle-income countries, including Botswana, where 75 percent of cervical cancer patients suffer from advanced forms of the disease. These patients can face wait times as long as five months after diagnosis before receiving lifesaving treatment. A new, multidisciplinary model of cervical cancer care developed by a University of Pennsylvania team based in Botswana cut the delay between diagnosis and treatment by more than 50 percent, according to research published this month in the Journal of Global Oncology.

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Placenta, Autism, UC Davis MIND Institute, DLL1, Methylation, epigentics

Placenta Provides Time Capsule for Autism Studies

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In two recent studies, researchers at UC Davis have shown that placental tissue can provide critical information about the epigenetic landscape that influences fetal development.







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