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ASCT Foundation Silent Auction and Raffle was a grand success
American Society for Cytotechnology
Thanks to conference participants and generous item donors, the ASCT Foundation Silent Auction and Raffle, conducted during the ASCT Annual Conference in April, raised a total of $2,316! One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly support the activities and awards sponsored by the ASCT Foundation. Currently the Foundation is financially supporting the continued development of the ASCT Quality Assessment Center. This new educational resource provides the tools and knowledge needed to manage the day-to-day operations of a modern cytology laboratory. See the current offerings at http://qac.asct.com.
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|Cervical Cytology: Diagnostic Challenges
and Updates on Management Guidelines
By Diane Davis Davey, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Assistant Dean
University of Central Florida and Orlando VAMC, Orlando, Fla.
Study: HPV-oral cancer won't threaten spouses
American Society of Clinical Oncology via MedPage Today
Oropharyngeal cancers that arise from human papillomavirus don't appear to put domestic partners at elevated risk of either the infection or the same cancer, an observational pilot study showed. HPV prevalence among spouses or partners of an affected patient was similar to that of the general population, at 7 percent, Gypsyamber D'Souza, Ph.D., MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and colleagues found.
Michael Douglas' throat cancer comments thrust HPV discussion to fore
Michael Douglas is drawing worldwide attention. In an interview, he appeared to blame his throat cancer on oral sex and HPV, a sexually transmitted disease. One expert celebrated Douglas' openness about the subject, but questioned his comment's accuracy.
Vinegar holds promise for cervical cancer screening
A test for cervical cancer that uses ordinary vinegar — and that can be performed by trained laypersons — holds promise for poor countries where cytology-based screening is not easily implemented. This low-cost, innovative solution to a pressing women's health problem was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.
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Study supports future possibility of personalized medicine for cervical cancer
Washington University School of Medicine via The Medical News
Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that testing cervical tumors before treatment for vulnerability to chemotherapy predicts whether patients will do well or poorly with standard treatment. The study supports the future possibility of personalized medicine for cervical cancer, a tumor normally addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach.
Hormone-disrupting chemicals affect blood vessels in the uterus
Uppsala University via HealthCanal
Chemicals with endocrine-disrupting properties affect cells in the uterus that are important for the growth of new blood vessels, according to a new thesis from Uppsala University. Doctoral student Malin Helmestam at the Department of Women's and Children's Health has, with colleagues, studied how a few different endocrine-disrupting chemicals affect endothelial cells from the endometrium.
Researcher admits mistakes in stem cell study
A blockbuster study in which U.S. researchers reported that they had turned human skin cells into embryonic stem cells contained errors, its lead author has acknowledged. Shoukhrat Mitalipov nevertheless adamantly stood by the conclusions of the study published recently in journal Cell, which reported that human stem cell lines for the first time had been created via cloning.
Scientists pinpoint genetic traits of cells that give rise to gliomas
The Medical News
A multi-institutional team of researchers have pinpointed the genetic traits of the cells that give rise to gliomas — the most common form of malignant brain cancer. The findings, which appear in the journal Cell Reports, provide scientists with rich new potential set of targets to treat the disease.
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Cancer: The No. 1 health concern among middle-income Americans
The Medical News
Cancer is the No. 1 health concern among our country's middle-income Americans, according to a new study released by Washington National Institute for Wellness Solutions. The study, Middle-Income America's Perspectives on Critical Illness and Financial Security, which surveyed 1,001 Americans ages 30 to 66 with an annual household income of between $35,000 and $99,999, found that 79 percent are somewhat concerned or very concerned about a cancer diagnosis, followed by heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease.
Accessory turns iPhone into high-tech lab
Tech News Daily
A new biosensing tool puts the power of a high-tech laboratory in the pockets of researchers in the field. This iPhone-enabled device could be used in pop-up clinics, waste management sites, refugee camps and anywhere else the mobile testing of biological materials such as blood is necessary.
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