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Overestimation of radiation exposure may keep women from critical screening
Misinformation and misunderstanding about the risks associated with ionizing radiation create heightened public concern and fear, and may result in avoidance of screening mammography that can detect early cancers. (2014-05-07)
Focused ultrasound reduces cancer pain
Non-invasive focused ultrasound thermal therapy reduces pain from bone metastases. (2014-05-05)
Space Station research shows that hardy little space travelers could colonize Mars
Three recent scientific papers examined the risks of interplanetary exchange of organisms using research from the International Space Station. (2014-05-02)
Hyperfractionated RT improves local-regional control for patients with head and neck cancer
Patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck treated with hyperfractionated radiation therapy experienced improved local-regional control and, with patients censored at five years, improved overall survival with no increase in late toxicity, according to a study published in the May 1, 2014. (2014-05-01)
Study examines UV nail salon lamps, risk of skin cancer
Using higher-wattage ultra violet lamps at nail salons to dry and cure polish was associated with more ultra violet-A radiation being emitted, but the brief exposure after a manicure would require multiple visits for potential DNA damage and the risk for cancer remains small. (2014-04-30)
New insights into gamma-ray burst afterglows
Gamma-ray bursts are powerful bursts of gamma radiation in connection with the explosive death of massive stars. (2014-04-30)
Damage control: Recovering from radiation and chemotherapy
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that a protein called beta-catenin plays a critical, and previously unappreciated, role in promoting recovery of stricken hematopoietic stem cells after radiation exposure. (2014-04-30)
New tool for Joint Lab to investigate the chemistry of nature
The Aziz' team at the Joint Laboratory between Freie Universitaet Berlin and HZB has built a laser-based tabletop setup which generates ultrashort XUV light pulses and achieves their monochromatization by implementing special reflection zone plates, developed and produced by the team of Alexei Erko. (2014-04-29)
Quantitative volumetric analysis of the optic radiation in the normal human brain
This release focuses on the quantitative volumetric analysis of the optic radiation in the normal human brain. (2014-04-25)
ASTRO issues guideline on the role of postoperative radiation therapy for endometrial cancer
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued a new guideline, 'The Role of Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer: An ASTRO Evidence-Based Guideline,' that details the use of adjuvant radiation therapy in the treatment of endometrial cancer. (2014-04-23)
Some astronauts at risk for cognitive impairment, animal studies suggest
Johns Hopkins scientists report that rats exposed to high-energy particles, simulating conditions astronauts would face on a long-term deep space mission, show lapses in attention and slower reaction times, even when the radiation exposure is in extremely low dose ranges. (2014-04-23)
UV-radiation data to help ecological research
Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research have processed existing data on global UV-B radiation in such a way that scientists can use them to find answers to many ecological questions. (2014-04-22)
Sun emits a mid-level solar flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:03 a.m. (2014-04-18)
Patented research remotely detects nitrogen-rich explosives
A Kansas State University engineer has developed a patented technique that improves military security and remotely detects improvised explosive devices. (2014-04-17)
Making radiation-proof materials for electronics, power plants
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster made the dangers of radiation all too real. (2014-04-16)
Radiation therapy for cervical cancer increases risk for colorectal cancer
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are the first to recommend that young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer should begin colorectal cancer screening earlier than traditionally recommended. (2014-04-16)
Novel technique developed by NUS scientists opens door to better solar cells
A team of scientists, led by assistant professor Andrivo Rusydi from the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Science, has successfully developed a technique to study the interface between materials, shedding light on the new properties that arise when two materials are put together. (2014-04-14)
Shared decision making during radiation therapy improves patient satisfaction
Playing an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leaves cancer patients feeling more satisfied with their care, and may even relieve psychological distress around the experience, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report in the journal Cancer. (2014-04-14)
Rabbits kept indoors could be vitamin D deficient
Rabbits that remain indoors may suffer from a lack of vitamin D, researchers report in a new study. (2014-04-09)
Blocking DNA repair mechanisms could improve radiation therapy for deadly brain cancer
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have demonstrated in both cancer cell lines and in mice that blocking critical DNA repair mechanisms could improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for highly fatal brain tumors called glioblastomas. (2014-04-08)
Liverpool to develop sensors for Fukushima monitoring
Research at the University of Liverpool is developing new sensors for that will help the recovery and regeneration of the post-disaster Fukushima region and pave the way for improved monitoring and control of radioactivity at nuclear sites worldwide. (2014-04-07)
Increased risk of developing lung cancer after radiotherapy for breast cancer
Women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer have a small but significantly increased risk of subsequently developing a primary lung tumor, and now research has shown that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue. (2014-04-06)
Six months hormone therapy in addition to radiotherapy improves prostate cancer survival
Men with prostate cancer that is small and confined to the prostate gland but that is at risk of growing and spreading, do better if they are treated with radiotherapy combined with androgen deprivation therapy, which lowers their levels of the male hormone, testosterone, according to new research to be presented at the 33rd conference of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology in Vienna. (2014-04-06)
Helium ions may provide superior, better-targeted treatment in pediatric radiotherapy
For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment to tumors while helping to spare healthy organs. (2014-04-05)
Brachytherapy helps maintain erectile function in prostate cancer patients without compromising treatment outcomes
The use of permanent brachytherapy, a procedure where radioactive sources are placed inside the prostate, into or near to the tumor, preserves erectile function in approximately 50 percent of patients with prostate cancer. (2014-04-04)
Dose-escalated hypofractionated IMRT, conventional IMRT for prostate cancer have like side effects
Dose-escalated intensity modulated radiation therapy with use of a moderate hypofractionation regimen -- 72 Gy in 2.4 Gy fractions -- can safely treat patients with localized prostate cancer with limited grade 2 or 3 late toxicity, according to a study published in the Apr. (2014-04-03)
NASA releases images of M-class solar flare
On April 2, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 10:05 a.m. (2014-04-02)
Radiation able to be securely stored in nontoxic molecule, study finds
Researchers discovered that microscopic 'bubbles' are safe and effective storage lockers for harmful isotopes that emit ionizing radiation for treating tumors. (2014-04-02)
Medication does not help prevent ED following radiation therapy for prostate cancer
Among men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, daily use of the erectile dysfunction drug tadalafil, compared with placebo, did not prevent loss of erectile function, according to a study in the April 2 issue of JAMA. (2014-04-01)
NASA releases images of X-class solar flare
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. (2014-03-31)
NSIDC, NASA say Arctic melt season lengthening, ocean rapidly warming
The length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade, and an earlier start to the melt season is allowing the Arctic Ocean to absorb enough additional solar radiation in some places to melt as much as four feet of the Arctic ice cap's thickness, according to a new study by National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA researchers. (2014-03-31)
Ultra-thin light detectors
Layered semiconductor systems are a powerful tool. They can be used to build lasers or photodetectors. (2014-03-27)
Researchers: Biomarkers predict effectiveness of radiation treatments for cancer
An international team of researchers, led by Beaumont Health System's Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D., looked at biomarkers to determine the effectiveness of radiation treatments for patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. (2014-03-27)
Dying cells in fruit fly alert neighboring cells to protect themselves
Dying Drosophila larvae cells alert neighboring cells that they are in danger of suffering a similar fate, scientists will report at the Genetics Society of America Drosophila Research Conference. (2014-03-26)
Plugging the hole in Hawking's black hole theory
Recently physicists have been poking holes again in Stephen Hawking's black hole theory -- including Hawking himself. (2014-03-24)
Radiation therapy and cancer vaccines: Timing is everything
Combining radiation with immnotherapy can boost cancer killing. Now a team from Thomas Jefferson University has shown that the boost works best when the therapies are sequenced correctly. (2014-03-24)
Potential lung cancer vaccine shows renewed promise
Researchers at UC Davis have found that the investigational cancer vaccine tecemotide, when administered with the chemotherapeutic cisplatin, boosted immune response and reduced the number of tumors in mice with lung cancer. (2014-03-20)
NASA spacecraft reveal 'zebra stripe' structure in Earth's inner radiation belt
The twin NASA Van Allen Probes have discovered a new, persistent zebra stripe structure in Earth's inner radiation belt. (2014-03-19)
Radiation damage at the root of Chernobyl's ecosystems
Radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area, according to a new study. (2014-03-19)
NJIT physicist helps to discover a new structure in Earth's radiation belt
An NJIT physicist is a collaborator in the discovery of a new structure in Earth's inner radiation belt -- a zebra-striped structure of highly energized electrons that could endanger humans in space and also damage low-earth navigation and communication satellites. (2014-03-19)
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