Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 23, 2002
Scientists develop markers capable of detecting minute numbers of cancer cells in blood
Scientists have identified three molecular markers which, when used together, are capable of detecting minute amounts of metastatic cancer cells in the blood of patients.

Elderly expectations of medical care easy to satisfy but complicated
Elderly patients may be satisfied with their physicians, even though they were concerned about the physician's technical proficiency or they had been misdiagnosed in the past, according to Penn State researchers.

Free web-based tool makes map colors a snap
With a computer on nearly every desk, mapping software is now available to just about everyone, but choosing colors for maps is a job often fraught with complexity and failure.

Scientists find groups of genes associated with different types and stages of breast cancer
A method of rapidly

Fatigue may be red flag for postpartum depression
A simple questionnaire on fatigue, administered two weeks after childbirth, may serve to identify women who at increased risk of developing moderate to severe postpartum depression according to Penn State researchers.

Markers that can predict cancer spread could save women from unnecessary chemotherapy
Women with early breast cancer could avoid needless chemotherapy thanks to work carried out in Chicago on identifying biochemical markers which indicate whether or not cancer is likely to spread to other parts of the body, the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona heard on Saturday 23 March.

Women face high risk of developing breast cancer following radiotherapy for Hodgkin's Disease
Women who have received radiotherapy for Hodgkin's Disease have a three times higher relative risk of developing breast cancer than women from the general population, Professor Dietlind Wahner-Roedler told the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference on Saturday 23 March.

JDRF launches multimillion-dollar Center for Islet Transplantation at Emory University
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Center has launched a new Center for Islet Transplantation at Emory University, funded with a $4.1 million grant over a three-year period.

The Pill may increase the risk of breast cancer according to a large study of younger women
Women who have ever used the Pill face a slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to one of the largest studies on oral contraceptive use, the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference heard on Friday 22 March.
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