Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost

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Radiation therapy shoots high-energy particles into the body to destroy or damage cancer cells. Over the last century, the technologies used have constantly improved and it has become a highly effective way to treat cancer. However, physicians must still walk a fine line between delivering enough radiation to kill tumors, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. […]

Scientists develop novel chemical ‘dye’ to improve liver cancer imaging

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Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a novel nanodiamond-based contrast agent — a chemical “dye” used to enhance the visibility of internal body structures in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — that improves visualisation of liver cancer tumours. Better and more sensitive imaging contributes towards detecting liver cancer and is crucial for […]

At last, a clue to where cancer metastases are born

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Even in remission, cancer looms. Former cancer patients and their doctors are always on alert for metastatic tumors. Now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered why some cancers may reoccur after years in remission. The findings, published recently in the journal Cell Reports, show that invasive tumors can begin sending out tumor […]

Widespread vitamin D deficiency likely due to sunscreen use, increase of chronic diseases

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Results from a clinical review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association find nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use. The study also found that 95 percent of African American adults may have vitamin […]

More Kids With Serious Headaches

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Visits to pediatric emergency departments for headache pain in children are on the rise There is a growing body of evidence that pediatric emergency departments are seeing a steady increase in the number of children presenting with headaches, as supported by new research to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National […]

Migraine: Both Too Much, Too Little Weight

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Both too much, too little weight tied to migraine Both obesity and being underweight are associated with an increased risk for migraine, according to a meta-analysis published in the April 12, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The researchers looked at all available studies on body mass […]

Dopamine Levels Fall During Migraine Attacks

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Dopamine levels fall during migraine attacks, brain scans show Using PET scans of the brain, University of Michigan researchers showed that dopamine falls and fluctuates at different times during a migraine headache. This could help scientists better understand dopamine-based therapies for migraines as well as a patient’s behavior during an attack. The connection between dopamine […]

Further reductions in radiotherapy to young children with brain tumors less successful

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A team of investigators has determined that young children participating in a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of reduced radiotherapy did worse when there were deviations from the treatment protocol. Results of the study will be available online in advance of publication by Pediatric Blood & Cancer on April 4. “This study shows that […]