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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Soil Sleuths Solve Mystery of Arsenic-Contaminated Water

Sep. 2, 2015 — An Earth scientist has helped discover how trace amounts of arsenic were moving from sediments into groundwater aquifers in Southern California. The research sheds light on a poorly understood aspect ... read more

Young Black Women Have a Higher Frequency of BRCA Mutations Than Previously Reported

Aug. 25, 2015 — Researchers recently conducted the largest U.S. based study of BRCA mutation frequency in young black women diagnosed with breast cancer at or below age 50 and discovered they have a much higher BRCA ... read more

Fertility Concerns Impact Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions

Aug. 24, 2015 — Concerns about fertility kept a third of young women with breast cancer from taking tamoxifen, despite its known benefit in reducing the risk of breast cancer coming ... read more

Activated Neurons Produce Protective Protein Against Neurodegenerative Conditions

Aug. 24, 2015 — Activated neurons produce a protein that protects against nerve cell death. Researchers have found out how this effect comes about and defined a crucial ... read more

Study Examines Breast Cancer Mortality After Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Diagnosis

Aug. 20, 2015 — Researchers estimate the 20-year breast cancer-specific death rate for women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ to be 3.3 percent, although the death rate is higher for women diagnosed before ... read more

Imaging Software Could Speed Up Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Aug. 19, 2015 — New software could speed up breast cancer diagnosis with 90 percent accuracy without the need for a specialist, according to research. This could improve breast cancer management, particularly in ... read more

Tool Boosts Accuracy in Assessing Breast Cancer Risk

Aug. 19, 2015 — A national risk model that gauges a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer has been refined to give a more accurate assessment. In 2014, more than 232,000 women in the United States were ... read more

Light/moderate Drinking Linked to Increased Risk of Some Cancers in Women, Male Smokers

Aug. 19, 2015 — Even light and moderate drinking (up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men) is associated with an increased risk of certain alcohol related cancers in women and male ... read more

Scientists, NASA Astronauts Developing Near Real-Time Osteoporosis, Bone Cancer Test

Aug. 17, 2015 — A test in development offers the possibility of near real time monitoring of bone diseases, such as osteoporosis and multiple myeloma. The test, which measures changes in calcium isotope ratios, uses ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Protein Kinase C is a family of enzymes that controls the activity of other proteins in a cell by attaching chemical tags. That simple act helps determine cell survival or death. When it goes awry, a ... read more

Researchers Identify the Cells at the Origin of Breast Cancers

Aug. 13, 2015 — One of the key questions in cancer biology is to understand the mechanisms that control tumor heterogeneity and to determine to which extend tumor heterogeneity influences clinical outcome. Now ... read more

Older Breast Cancer Patients Less Likely to Benefit from Chemo

Aug. 12, 2015 — Chemotherapy prolongs life for older adults with most types of cancer, but for women over the age of 80 with breast cancer, the chances of survival due to chemotherapy are significantly lower, ... read more

Tell-Tale Biomarker Detects Early Breast Cancer

Aug. 12, 2015 — MRI can detect the earliest signs of breast cancer recurrence and fast-growing tumors, research shows. The approach of a new study detects micromestastases, breakaway tumor cells with the potential ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — A high proportion of reproductive-age women may be experiencing pelvic pain that goes untreated, according to a study. As the researchers expected, reports of pain were highest for women diagnosed ... read more

Blood Vessel 'Doorway' Lets Breast Cancer Cells Spread Through Blood Stream

Aug. 12, 2015 — Using real-time, high-resolution imaging, scientists have identified how a 'doorway' in the blood vessel wall allows cancer cells to spread from breast tumors to other parts of the body. ... read more

Finding a Fingerprint for an Invasive Cancer Still in Hiding

Aug. 11, 2015 — A new study of a biomarker that can identify DCIS patients who are not at risk for subsequent invasion could save many lives and keep women from having to go through medical and surgical therapy, ... read more

Testosterone Supplementation Does Not Result in Progression of Atherosclerosis

Aug. 11, 2015 — Among older men with low testosterone levels, testosterone administration for three years compared with placebo did not result in a significant difference in the rates of change in atherosclerosis ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — While most of us worry about the fat cells building up on the fleshy parts of our bodies, scientists are paying serious attention to another kind of fat cell deep inside our bones, in the marrow. Now ... read more

Hypofractionation Vs. Conventional Fractionation in Breast Cancer Radiotherapy

Aug. 6, 2015 — New research has examined outcomes in women with breast cancer who had breast-conserving surgery and were treated with hypofractionated radiation therapy (shorter courses of radiation treatment ... read more

Combined Impact of Smoking, Early Menopause on Mortality

Aug. 5, 2015 — Women may now have yet another reason to quit smoking given the results of a new study. The Swedish study involving 25,474 women is the first to quantify the combined effects of smoking and age at ... read more

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