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Researcher’s Findings Likely to Change How Doctors Treat Underactive Thyroid in Pregnant Women

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In the first national study on the topic, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher found evidence to suggest that fewer pregnant women with a mildly underactive thyroid should be treated than previously recommended.

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Genetic Variant of the p53 Gene Linked to Breast Cancer Risk in Premenopausal African American Women

Scientists at The Wistar Institute in collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute found a significant association between a rare genetic variant of the p53 gene present in African American women and their risk of developing breast cancer in premenopausal age.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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