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March 15, 2011
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Breast cancer guideline updated at 2011 NCCN
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New systemic treatment options for women with metastatic disease highlight the recently updated breast cancer guideline from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which was presented here at the NCCN 16th Annual Conference. However, the headlining element of the guideline might be described as controversial; the breast cancer panel made recommendations on issues such as forgoing axillary lymph node dissection (despite positive nodes) and the use of bevacizumab in advanced disease. More

Genetics is 'top of the pops' in science research
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Genetics is still the hottest area of scientific research, a decade on from the mapping of the human genome, despite slow progress in translating discoveries into new medical treatments. A Thomson Reuters Science Watch survey found seven of the top 13 researchers in 2010 worked in genetics. More

Britain considers allowing 3-parent IVF technique
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Britain is considering whether to approve a fertility treatment designed to prevent some incurable inherited diseases under which babies would be conceived from three biological parents. More

Polymer cloak gives blood cells anonymity, possibly allowing universal transfusions
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Anyone who has ever donated blood has learned his or her blood type, such as AB, O negative, etc., which will be matched to a recipient with the same blood type. If blood types do not match, a recipient's immune system could reject the transfusion, a potentially fatal proposition. But a new method masks the type of donated red blood cells, possibly eliminating the need to test types and making it easier to give and receive blood. More

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Scientists grow viable urethras from boys' cells
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Researchers have used patients' own cells to grow urinary tubes in the lab and have successfully used them to replace damaged tissue in five young boys, showing the potential power of cell-based therapies. Urine flow tests and tube diameter measurements show the tissue-engineered urethras are still working after six years, said Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. More

Study: Adults with HIV at increased risk of bone fractures
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Adults infected with HIV — particularly adults between 25 and 54 — are at increased risk for bone fractures compared to the general population, a new study has found. It's known that low bone mineral density is common in people with HIV, but there is little data on bone fracture rates in this group of patients. More

'T-reg' cells keep us healthy
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Scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have identified the key immune cell population responsible for regulating the body's immune response. The finding could have wide-ranging repercussions for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, organ transplantation and cancer, and change how the efficacy of newly developed drugs is measured. More

Biomarker panel identifies asthma, COPD
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A combination of four blood proteins may serve as biomarkers to help clinicians distinguish patients with asthma from those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Australian researchers report. These proteins have "the potential to be a valuable tool in the clinical diagnosis of respiratory disease," they write in an article published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. More

Rescue NET for lupus patients
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Lupus is a disease where the immune system attacks healthy cells of the body. This leads to progressive damage of different tissues and organs. The classical characteristic of the disease is the so-called butterfly rash in the face. Many Lupus patients eventually die of kidney failure. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin together with medical scientists from the University of Erlangen succeeded in elucidating basic principles of the disease. This opens up new perspectives for methods that might enable early diagnosis and treatment of Lupus patients with a high risk at kidney failure. More

Serum test could define need for SLN biopsy in melanoma
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The development of a serum glycoprotein microarray has led to the discovery of four proteins for which antibodies significantly predict nodal metastases in patients with melanoma. If validated, the data could form the basis of a blood test to select patients for sentinel lymph node biopsy, Dr. Michael Sabel said during a symposium sponsored by the Society of Surgical Oncology. More
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