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Announcing the NAMCP Medical Directors Breast Cancer Resource Center. Click here to visit the website.

The FDA has recently approved Skyla, a new hormone-releasing system that is placed in the uterus for the prevention of pregnancy. Click here to view the Press Release in PDF Format!

The Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators white paper, "Assessing the Creative Application and Usefulness of NSider: A Tactical Tool for the Oncology Nurse Navigator" was published in the journal, The Oncology Nurse-APN/NP.

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GENOMICS

Angelina Jolie, genetic testing and the ACA
Kaiser Health News
Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, is on the record with a quick post on Angelina Jolie's startling announcement in a New York Times op-ed that she has had a prophylactic double mastectomy to cut her inherited risk of breast cancer. Jolie found through genetic testing that she carries the BRCA1 gene. Brawley, who has been an outspoken critic of overtesting, answers many important questions that Jolie's decision raises. Should all women have the genetic test? No, says Brawley, but they should all have a conversation with their doctors.
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A closer look at keratoconus
By Dorothy L. Tengler
In keratoconus, the normally round cornea becomes thin and irregular or cone-shaped. When this occurs, the abnormal shape prevents the light entering the eye from being focused correctly on the retina, resulting in distortion of vision. The risk of developing keratoconus may be higher in individuals who have certain inherited diseases or genetic conditions, such as Down syndrome, Leber's congenital amaurosis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or osteogenesis imperfecta. Over the last several years, significant progress has been made in identifying genetic risk factors for keratoconus.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Cancer treatment — It's personal now
OncLive
The human genome was fully sequenced about a decade ago, and since that time, personalized medicine has taken off, not only in oncology practice but in other treatment areas as well. Gone are the days of "one-size-fits-all" treatments, when tissue pathology dictated what treatment would be administered to all of the people who happened to have the same type of cancer and stage of disease.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Human embryonic stem cells are cloned
USA Today
Stem cell researchers have reached a long-sought milestone in "regenerative" medicine that seeks to provide rejection-free replacement transplant tissues to patients.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


New biomaterial can improve implant success
Bioscience Technology
Expensive, state-of-the-art medical devices and surgeries often are thwarted by the body's natural response to attack something in the tissue that appears foreign. Now, University of Washington engineers have demonstrated in mice a way to prevent this sort of response.
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Telestroke program looks to robots to boost quality
FierceHealthIT
Telestroke programs already have been proven to be able to improve access and care quality for patients, while also helping to save hospitals money. Now, five hospitals in California plan to use robots to boost such care efforts even further.
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4 strategies for managing hospitalists
HealthLeaders Media
Increasingly, hospitalists are gaining more responsibilities in areas such as monitoring patients day to day, ordering tests, performing surgeries, handling specialized care, or taking on leadership roles.A new therapeutic approach for lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, uses good old Tetris to train the eyes to work together.

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Breast cancer genetic testing gets covered by healthcare reform
MyHealthNewsDaily
Genetic testing for breast cancer will be covered under the Affordable Care Act, potentially saving women who need the test thousands of dollars.

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Toddler born without a windpipe get artificial trachea
ABC News
In a groundbreaking feat of science and surgery, a Korean toddler born without a windpipe received an artificial trachea made from her own stem cells.

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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Hospitals, testing companies face questions about value of community screenings
Kaiser Health News
Hospitals hoping to attract patients and build their brands are teaming up with medical-screening companies to promote tests aimed at consumers worried about potentially deadly heart disease or strokes. What their promotions don't say is that an influential government panel recommends against using many of the tests on people without symptoms or risk factors.
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Doctors transform how they practice medicine
Kaiser Health News
Dr. Thomas Bellavia transformed his traditional medical practice in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., into a so-called medical home where patients are seen by teams of doctors and nurses. He says it has paid off in better, more coordinated care for his patients and healthier income for the nurse practitioners and physicians in his group.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


Is the FDA's caution hazardous to our health?
NPR
When it comes to approving new medical treatments, the Food and Drug Administration is balancing the need for patient safety against the urgency of making important new treatments available as quickly as possible.
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FDA approves new drug to fight advanced prostate cancer
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has approved a drug to help men with advanced prostate cancer whose disease has spread to the bones.
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FAST FACTS
"Seizures can be caused by a number of factors, including epilepsy or fever, and most seizures stop themselves, according to the National Institutes of Health."


 

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