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Some cancers linked to HPV on the rise
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A consortium of research institutions reports that while cancer death rates have continued to decline since the 1990s, the incidence of some cancers associated with human papillomavirus, or HPV, has increased. A survey, published recently in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that incidences or death rates of lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers have decreased. But oropharyngeal, anal and vulvar cancers, all associated with HPV infection, have increased. More

The ASCT Welcomes students to the 2013 Warren R. Lang
Student Competition!

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The 2013 ASCT Student Interesting Case Presentation Competition will be held on Saturday, April 20 during the ASCT Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. In order to facilitate participation in the conference and competition, the ASCT Foundation is sponsoring the registration fee for student members!

Completed case submissions forms are due by Feb. 22. The one-page form includes an official presentation title and a brief explanation of the case (no more than 100 words). Up to 10 students will be selected to present their case presentation in person. Students who cannot attend the conference have the option to participate in a computerized version of the competition. Their presentations will be viewed during the conference break sessions. The presenters will be selected by March 1.

The case submission form and detailed guidelines for the case presentation are available on the ASCT website, Student Forum.

Questions may be sent to Catherine Smith, ASCT Education Committee Chair, at


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Bill to expand Virginia HPV vaccine mandate to boys fails
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By deleting the words "for females" from the Virginia statute requiring parents to vaccinate children against the human papillomavirus, it would expand the mandate to boys and ensure Medicaid pays for the vaccine for those who can’t afford it, delegate Patrick Hope told a House subcommittee recently. The House Health, Welfare and Institutions subcommittee unanimously voted down the proposal. More

Cancer death rates drop 20 percent
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VideoBriefThe death rate from cancer in the United States has dropped dramatically in the last two decades, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. American cancer death rates have risen consistently since the 1900s; they peaked in 1991 at 215.1 deaths per 100,000 in the population. The 2009 death rate, which just became available, is 173.1 per 100,000. That's a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates from 1991. More

Pap test could help find cancers of uterus, ovaries
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The Pap test, which has prevented countless deaths from cervical cancer, may eventually help to detect cancers of the uterus and ovaries as well, a new study suggests. For the first time, researchers have found genetic material from uterine or ovarian cancers in Pap smears, meaning that it may become possible to detect three diseases with just one routine test. More


Bioengineer developing needle-free 'nanopatch' vaccines
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When it comes to protecting millions of people from deadly infectious diseases, Mark Kendall thinks a fingertip-sized patch covered in thousands of vaccine-coated microscopic spikes is the future. A biomedical engineer with a fascination for problem solving, he has developed the so-called "nanopatch"” to try to transform delivery of life-saving vaccines against potential killers like flu and the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer. More

New solutions for unstructured data may help with clinical laboratory, anatomic pathology data
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Unstructured medical laboratory data is widely recognized to be one significant hurdle on the path toward the universal electronic health records. This is particularly true for anatomic pathology reports. Despite advances in synoptic reporting, to date, few pathology groups and clinical laboratories have developed ways to resolve this problem. More

Technique lets researchers watch cell life in real time
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VideoBriefAn EPFL team has developed a technique for spying on the inner lives of cells. For the first time, scientists have used a near-infrared, light-sensitive biocompatible molecule to mark and observe the activity of proteins inside living cells. More

Researchers study the foot soldiers of the immune system
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Researchers at McGill University and the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered the molecular blueprint behind the IFIT protein. This key protein enables the human immune system to detect viruses and prevent infection by acting as foot soldiers guarding the body against infection. More

Removing the stigma of HIV testing
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At the Infectious Disease Center of Excellence, housed in United Health Center in Washington, D.C., Lisa Fitzpatrick and her team provide more than just testing; they are leading a campaign to remove the stigma associated with HIV testing and being HIV-positive. More

DNA pioneer James Watson takes aim at 'cancer establishment'
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A day after an exhaustive national report on cancer found the United States is making only slow progress against the disease, one of the country's most iconic — and iconoclastic — scientists weighed in on "the war against cancer." And he does not like what he sees. James Watson, co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, lit into targets large and small. More

Leprosy bug turns adult cells into stem cells
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Leprosy bacteria can reprogram cells to revert to a stem-cell-like state, able to mature into different cell types, researchers report today in Cell. The scientists stumbled on the discovery while researching the way leprosy spreads around the body. The mechanism of the hijacking is unclear, but reproducing it could lead to new stem-cell-based therapeutic strategies. More

New compound overcomes drug-resistant Staph infection in mice
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have discovered a new compound that restores the health of mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an otherwise dangerous bacterial infection. The new compound targets an enzyme not found in human cells but which is essential to bacterial survival. More


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