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St. Louis Society of Cytology Conference       Norwood Hills
      Country Club,
      St. Louis, Mo.
   
   Sept. 29
   
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Wisconsin Society of Cytology Conference       Country Springs
      Hotel
      Pewaukee, Wis.
   
   Oct. 13
   
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Cervical cancer and pre-cancer cervical growths require single HPV protein
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Human papillomavirus has long been implicated in cervical cancer, but details of how it happens have remained a mystery. Now researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that a single HPV protein is required for cervical cancer and even pre-cancer growths in the cervix to survive. More

Biomarkers may refine thyroid cancer diagnosis
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A three-step genetic analysis of thyroid nodule tissue, obtained by fine needle aspiration, could improve the diagnosis of cancer, researchers reported. In cases where cytological assessment of thyroid tissue is indeterminate, the standard procedure is a diagnostic thyroidectomy, according to Sara Tomei, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Pisa in Pisa, Italy. More

Researchers identify possible key to slow progression toward AIDS
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One of the big mysteries of AIDS is why some HIV-positive people take more than a decade to progress to full-blown AIDS, if they progress at all. Although the average time between HIV infection and AIDS in the absence of antiretroviral treatment is about 10 years, some individuals succumb within two years, while so-called slow progressors can stay healthy for 20 years or longer. More

Task force says no to routine screening for ovarian cancer
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The U.S. Preventive Task Force has recommended against routine preventive screening of asymptomatic women with no risk factors for ovarian cancer in a report published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The report echoes a recommendation made by the task force in 2004, which found that "the potential harms outweighed the potential benefits of screening." More

Rating HPV biomarkers in head, neck cancers: Combinations work better than viral DNA in tumors alone
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Not all head and neck cancers are created equal. Those started by infection with the human papillomavirus are less often fatal than those with other causes, such as smoking. Detection of a reliable fingerprint for HPV could help patients avoid unnecessarily harsh treatment. A new study finds that while one popular biomarker for HPV is not a reliable predictor of mortality from the cancers alone, combinations of some biomarkers showed much more promise. More

Young women skip mammograms after task force recommendations
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Rates of screening mammography among women younger than 50 declined within two months of a negative recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and have remained below baseline rates, according to a study. The mammography rate among women ages 40 to 49 decreased by almost 8 percent in the period immediately after the 2009 release of the USPSTF recommendation against routine screening mammography for that age group. More

MORE NEWS


7 tips for better biobanking
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Biobanks have become a hot area in recent years as many hospitals and research institutes build up large collections of biological samples from healthcare and population cohorts. Such biorepositories are becoming essential in medical research and provide a powerful tool in the identification of biomarkers for disease and development of new analytical methods for diagnostics. More

A first: Organs tailor-made with body's own cells
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With a patient suffering from a tumor in his windpipe, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, had a radical idea: making the patient a new windpipe, out of plastic and his own cells. Implanting "bioartificial" organs would be a first-of-its-kind procedure for the field of regenerative medicine, which for decades has been promising a future of ready-made replacement organs — livers, kidneys, even hearts — built in the laboratory. Now, researchers are building organs with a different approach, using the body's cells and letting the body itself do most of the work. More

Expansion of Zadroga law covers 50 more cancer types for those who toiled at ground zero
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For years they were alone as their strength was sapped and their bank accounts drained by the cancers they caught at ground zero. Now, finally, New York's 9/11 heroes have gotten some backup. Cancer survivors cheered the government's recent decision to add 50 varieties of the deadly disease to the list of 9/11-linked ailments covered by the Zadroga law – making the sickened heroes eligible to tap the fund for much-needed help. More

Single gene mutation found to cause insulin sensitivity
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Oxford researchers have discovered the first single gene responsible for insulin sensitivity in humans. Since the opposite condition of insulin resistance is a significant marker of type 2 diabetes, the discovery could potentially lead to new pathways for diabetes drugs and future treatments. The scientists decided to look at the gene – PTEN – based on previous studies, which examined common variants across the human genome that might lead to an increased risk for diabetes. More

Regenerative medicine helps rebuild wounded warriors
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Marine Sgt. Ron Strang was on foot patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province when an improvised explosive device tore through his left thigh, shredding his muscle and draining half his blood. Strang, 28, endured more than a dozen surgeries and painful skin grafts to close the gaping wound. Though his skin eventually healed, Strang was left with half the quadriceps he once had. But an experimental treatment has tricked his body into regenerating itself, and now Strang can walk – even run – without help. The pioneering procedure implanted pig tissue stripped of cells deep inside his thigh. More


 

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