Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2014’

Depression in the Elderly Linked to Alzheimer’s Risk

Depression In The Elderly Linked To Alzheimer S Risk

Alzheimer’s disease researchers are investigating whether depression in the latest stages of life may be related to beta-amyloid plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The research, presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s annual meeting, is investigating the possibility that depression may be a major risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s faster than others. Alzheimer’s disease begins developing …

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Focused Ultrasound Reduces Bones Metastases Pain

Focused Ultrasound Reduces Bones Metastases Pain

When cancer progresses and spreads to the bone, patients often suffer debilitating pain. A new phase III clinical trial shows that noninvasive MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) treatment that heats the cancer within the bone relieves pain and improves function for most patients when other treatment options are limited. The results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. …

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IMPLANTABLE SENSOR MEASURES BRAIN TUMOR OXYGEN

IMPLANTABLE SENSOR MEASURES BRAIN TUMOR OXYGEN 2

Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells thrive when deprived of oxygen. Tumors in low-oxygen environments tend to be more resistant to therapy and spread more aggressively to other parts of the body. Measuring tumors’ oxygen levels could help physicians make decisions about treatments, but there’s currently no reliable, noninvasive way to make such measurements. However, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) …

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TRACKING INCIDENTAL FINDINGS

TRACKING INCIDENTAL FINDINGS

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and has a particularly poor prognosis if not diagnosed early. Prompt follow-up on incidental findings from CT scans ordered for other reasons may find more cancers earlier, but a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (2014;11(4):378-383) reported that …

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