Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 15, 2004
Even health-conscious women going without colonoscopy
Many women who regularly get checked for breast and cervical cancer still don't go for a test that could save them from another big killer -- colon cancer - according to new research.

Expression of Rb2/p130 and VEGF could serve as potential liver cancer prognosticators
The expression of the tumor-suppressing gene Rb2/p130 and the protein VEGF in liver cancer could serve as important independent prognostic markers in determining the aggressiveness of the cancer.

Psychological factors may be root of back pain, say Stanford researchers
When it comes to back pain, psychological distress is a more reliable predictor of the problem than imaging and diagnostic disc injection, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers say.

Machines roll in to care for the elderly
The world's population over 60 is estimated to double by 2050, as people in the developed world live longer.

Dartmouth researchers advance fight against pancreatic cancer
Two Dartmouth medical studies have produced promising results in the fight against pancreatic cancer--one of the most deadly and aggressive forms of cancer--and may lead to the development of new, highly targeted therapies to manage previously untreatable tumors.

A new way to kill cancer: SLU research shows viruses can destroy lung, colon tumors
A genetically engineered virus can selectively kill cancerous cells in the lung and colon while leaving healthy cells intact, according to new research published today by Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Computer system makes 'chain' of health care stronger, safer
A randomized trial of a hospital computer software system developed at the Univ. of Michigan shows that it strengthens the links between those who care for patients in the hospital and beyond, saves money, reduces paperwork and reduces chances for errors.

Researchers identify cancer-causing gene involved in aggressive leukemia, lymphoma
Using genetically engineered mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have identified a gene that functions as a cancer-causing gene (or oncogene) and may play a key role in the development of leukemia and other cancers in children and adults.
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