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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

FDG PET/CT Not Useful in Staging Newly Diagnosed Stage III Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer

Apr. 24, 2015 — Although National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines consider 18F-PET/CT appropriate for systemic staging of newly diagnosed stage III breast cancer, the technique may not be equally valuable ... read more

Discovery Could Impact Study of Chronic Pain Conditions

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered the critical role in pain processing of a gene associated with a rare disease. Their breakthrough paves the way for a better understanding of chronic pain conditions, they ... read more

Bioceramics Obtained for Implants from Shark Teeth

Apr. 21, 2015 — Researchers have managed to obtain bioceramics from shark teeth, which have already tested applications in the regeneration of bone tissue, particularly in the fields of traumatology and odontology. ... read more

Increasing Evidence Points to Inflammation as Source of Nervous System Manifestations of Lyme Disease

Apr. 16, 2015 — About 15 percent of patients with Lyme disease develop peripheral and central nervous system involvement, often accompanied by debilitating and painful symptoms. New research indicates that ... read more

Stronger Muscles Make for Healthier Bone Development

Apr. 14, 2015 — Higher muscle mass is strongly linked with healthier bone development in children, researchers report. Researchers also found no relationship between fat mass and bone development, indicating it is ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — A gene critical to controlling the body's ability to create blood cells and immune cells from blood-forming stem cells -- known as hematopoietic stem cells -- has been discovered by researchers. ... read more

Bone Mineral Density Improved in Frail Elderly Women Treated With Zoledronic Acid

Apr. 13, 2015 — A single intravenous dose of the osteoporosis drug zoledronic acid improved bone mineral density in a group of frail elderly women living in nursing homes and long-term-care ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, researchers have developed a software program that works ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — A biomarker that may be a potentially important breakthrough in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer has been discovered by researchers. Worldwide, prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer ... read more

Stem Cell Disease Model Clarifies Bone Cancer Trigger

Apr. 9, 2015 — Using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), a team of researchers has gained new insight into genetic changes that may turn a well known anti-cancer signaling gene into a driver of risk for bone ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers have clarified that an interaction between capsaicin receptor TRPV1 and chloride channel anoctamin 1 causes enhancement of the capsaicin-evoked pain sensation in ... read more

Hormone, Bone Tests May Be Indicative of Dialysis Patients' Heart Health

Apr. 2, 2015 — Approximately 2 million kidney disease patients in the world receive some sort of dialysis treatment. Now researchers say that in these patients, high parathyroid hormone levels and subsequent bone ... read more

Predicting Chronic Pain in Whiplash Injuries

Apr. 1, 2015 — While most people recover from whiplash injuries within a few months, about 25 percent have long-term pain and disability for many months or years. Using special MRI imaging, scientists identified, ... read more

Phone Counseling Reduces Pain, Disability After Back Surgery

Apr. 1, 2015 — Having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery, a new study shows. The phone calls, designed to ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — Imatinib, an example of a 'targeted therapy' against cancer, or related drugs might be tools to fight a variety of infections, scientists say. Imatinib, is an example of a "targeted ... read more

3-D Neural Structure Guided With Biocompatible Nanofiber Scaffolds and Hydrogels

Apr. 1, 2015 — Neural tissue may be reconstructed with biocompatible nanofiber scaffolding and 3-D hydrogels, holding much promise for repairing damaged neural ... read more

Mar. 31, 2015 — A drug being developed to treat osteoporosis may also be useful for treating osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease, a rare but potentially debilitating bone disorder that that is present ... read more

Vitamin D Can Affect Pain, Movement in Obese Osteoarthritis Patients

Mar. 30, 2015 — If you are overweight and have osteoarthritis, you may want to bone up on vitamin D. According to a new study, higher levels of vitamin D may decrease pain and improve function in obese individuals ... read more

Mar. 29, 2015 — The runx2 master transcription factor functions differently in chondrocytes and osteoblasts, two key cells in bone formation, scientists report. This research has taken a major step forward in ... read more

Hip Fracture Patients in Long-Term Care Are Less Likely to Receive Osteoporosis Therapy

Mar. 29, 2015 — Canadian researchers calculated the proportion of high-risk residents of long-term care homes receiving osteoporosis medications and vitamin D supplementation according to specific high-risk ... read more

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