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It Only Takes 10 Seconds for This Pen to Detect Cancer

Researchers are continually looking for new ways to treat cancer more efficiently and effectively. Through innovations and clinical trials, they see what works and what doesn’t. Currently under evaluation is the MasSpec Pen, a device that can detect cancer within 10 seconds.  How the MasSpec Pen...

Oncology
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Rewiring the Heart to Repair Its Rhythm

Ventricular fibrillation, the most serious heart rhythm disorder, occurs when electrical signals can’t complete their journey across heart tissue, resulting in quivering heart muscles that fail to pump blood. This can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. But researchers have discovered a special type of...

Cardiovascular Care
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New Technology Gives Patients With COPD More Treatment Options

Chronic lower respiratory disease, or CLRD, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is a form of CLRD. And while no cure exists for COPD, there are a number of effective treatments to help patients manage their symptoms, from...

Lung Care
Transplant
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Advanced Endoscopic Procedures: More Than Imaging

Endoscopic procedures are a useful way to see inside the body and collect images that help your doctor gain a greater understanding of your health. There are several different types: colonoscopies focus on the colon and rectum, upper endoscopies focus on the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract,...

Digestive Health
Imaging
Acid Reflux
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Can Deep Brain Stimulation Effectively Treat Depression?

About 33% of people with depressive symptoms experience treatment-resistant depression, meaning they don’t receive significant relief from common therapies like medication or counseling. Doctors have used deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, and seizure...

Neurology
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HIPEC: A 3-in-1 Approach to Treating Cancer

If you’ve ever dropped a glass on the floor, you may have responded by sweeping up the largest shards and then vacuuming to get the tiny pieces that remained. This is the general idea behind combining cytoreductive surgery and the HIPEC procedure for patients with abdominal cancers. This innovative...

Oncology
Lung Cancer
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From Mythology to Reality: Restoring Sight in the Blind

Can a device really restore sight to the blind? That’s what physicians at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are testing with the Orion cortical visual prosthesis from Second Sight Medical Products. With a name derived from the myth of Orion who went blind and regained...

Neurology
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Silent Seizures: A Surprising Phenomenon in Alzheimer's Disease

People often associate seizures with convulsions and a complete loss of bodily control. However, there’s another type of seizure that happens deep within the brain and might be difficult to notice. Symptoms of silent seizures include a momentary loss of responsiveness, a blank stare, or fluttering...

Neurology
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Understanding the Link Between Obesity and Liver Cancer

Between determining how certain cancers originate, analyzing the unique characteristics of different types of this disease, and discovering new treatments, cancer research is an active and varied field. The team at the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program at the Dan L Duncan...

Liver Care
Oncology
Pink Genome Sequencing Report

Is the Answer to Breast Cancer in Our DNA?

Solving a riddle is always easiest when you have all of the background information. The same concept applies to breast cancer. When doctors can determine what is causing breast cells to multiply rapidly, they can prescribe the medication most likely to remove the stimulus. However, the sources of...

Breast Cancer
Oncology