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Physician exchange of electronic data rises, but still a ways to go

The National Center for Health Statistics (a division of the CDC) recently published a data brief on variations in physician office health data exchange by state in 2015. The brief is filled with interesting data, much of which is instructive...

source: By Scott E. Rupp
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Two new studies suggest that human papillomavirus (HPV) and the health problems it causes — including cervical cancer — are more widespread than previously thought. The first study recalculated the death rate...

source: Rewire

Defects in a key gene — long thought to drive cancer by turning off the protection afforded by the BRCA genes — spur cancer growth on their own, according to a study published in Oncotarget. The study gene, known as EMSY, has some of the same functions as BRCA1...

source: Oncology Times

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow Medtronic to market a technology treating bone tumors in areas other than the spine. Medtronic's OsteoCool RF Ablation System uses targeted radiofrequency (RF) energy to remove malignant metastatic bone tumors.

source: Memphis Business Journal

East Asian female breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy have a higher risk of developing second primary lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, causing more deaths than breast, colon...

source: International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer via Medical Xpress

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will partner with Proton International to bring proton therapy, one of the most technically advanced forms of cancer-killing radiation, to Alabama. Proton therapy delivers a more precise dose...


Men with prostate cancer can receive shorter courses of radiation therapy than what is currently considered standard, according to Justin Bekelman, M.D., an associate professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy...

source: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania via ScienceDaily


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