Trastuzumab combined with trimodality treatment does not improve outcomes for patients

Results of the NRG Oncology clinical trial RTOG 1010 indicated that the addition of the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab to neoadjuvant trimodality treatment did not improve disease-free survival (DFS) outcomes for patient with HER2 overexpressing local and locally advanced esophageal adenocarcinoma. These results were recently, orally presented during the virtual Annual Meeting of the American Society…

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Using brain imaging to demonstrate weaker neural suppression for those with autism

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- May 29, 2020 – According to the National Autism Association, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience sensory hypersensitivity. A University of Minnesota Medical School researcher recently published an article in Nature Communications that illustrates why that may be true by showing the differences in visual motion perception in ASD are accompanied…

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Combined cediranib and olaparib presents similar activity to standard of care treatment

Results of the NRG Oncology phase III clinical trial NRG-GY004 indicated that the addition of the investigational agent cediranib to olaparib and standard platinum-based chemotherapy did not improve progression-free survival (PFS) outcomes for women with platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer;, however, activity between the treatments were similar in patients. These results were recently presented at the virtual…

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About 30 Million Euros for excellent research

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new proposal for a collaborative research centre (CRC) under the leadership of the Institute for Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine (IEKM) at the University Heart Centre Freiburg · Bad Krozingen. The CRC 1425 “The heterocellular nature of cardiac lesions: Identities, interactions, implications” will be funded by the DFG with…

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SARS-CoV-2 possibly emerged from shuffling and selection of viral genes across different species

A combination of genetic shuffling and evolutionary selection of near-identical genetic sequences among specific bat and pangolin coronaviruses may have led to the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and its introduction into humans, a new study suggests. The results also showed that the virus’ entire receptor binding motif (RBM), a component that plays a key role in…

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When COVID-19 meets flu season

CHICAGO — As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t scary enough, the flu season is not far away. How severe will the flu season be as it converges with the COVID-19 outbreak? What can we do to prepare? Dr. Benjamin Singer, a Northwestern Medicine pulmonologist who treats COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, outlines the…

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