She Was Losing Fistfuls of Hair. What Was Causing It?

A woman in my knitting group recently asked if any of us knew where she could buy a gray wig. Though she seemed to have an ample head of hair, she reported that she’d been losing fistfuls every time she brushed or washed it. Obviously very upset about what was happening, she said she didn’t…

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Building a safer CAR-T therapy

FEBRUARY 3, 2020, NEW YORK — A Ludwig Cancer Research study has devised a new type of chimeric antigen-receptor (CAR) T cell—a family of promising immunotherapies for cancer—that can be switched on and off on demand. The study, led by Melita Irving of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, George Coukos,…

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HIT modernization crucial to improve healthcare for Native Americans and Alaska Natives

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indian Health Service (IHS), a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, needs technology improvements to enhance healthcare for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, according to a Health Affairs blog post written by Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers. The authors urge Congress to support the…

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ESMO reaffirms commitment to education as key lever to make cancer prevention effective

International survey results on public’s behaviours around cancer released Alarming contrast in responses between socio-economic groups ESMO highlights improved prevention knowledge and wider accessibility to care as key priorities Lugano, Switzerland, 4 February — Today on World Cancer Day, ESMO, the leading organisation for medical oncology, joins the Union for International…

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Link between chronic kidney disease and heart failure is identified in patients

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — People with chronic kidney disease have a higher risk for heart disease and heart-disease death. Now, for the first time in humans, research led by Navkaranbir Bajaj, M.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has identified a pathological change that appears to link kidney disease to progressive heart disease. This offers…

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Putting precision oncology into practice

Rush University Medical Center is the first health care organization to launch medical record company Epic’s module for genomic results, giving providers the tools they need to tailor patient care at the molecular level. Rush will use the module as part of its Precision Oncology Center to integrate the power of genomic sequencing data into…

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