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Technology may find ovarian cancer cells at an earlier stage
New technology for identifying early stage ovarian cancer in uterine and cervical cells could have the potential to one day stem this often deadly disease, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Cancer. Using equipment that can carry out nanocytology — a technique that identifies cells at the nanoscale, or one billionth of a meter, much smaller than typical microscopy can detect — researchers were able to find ovarian cancerous cells that were invisible using a conventional microscope.
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ASCT Foundation 2013 Awards
American Society for Cytotechnology
In addition to underwriting the student conference registration fees and providing the student competition awards, the ASCT Foundation also supports two additional awards: the Allen Achievement in Writing Award and the Marion and Nelson Holmquist Cytotechnologist Achievement Award. Karen Allen, the Voice Editor for eight years, established The Allen Achievement in Writing Award in 2004 to recognize individuals for their excellence in writing. This year the award recognizes Matt Riding, CT (ASCP) from Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, Calif. His article, entitled "Summary of the New Screening Guidelines for the Prevention and Early Detection of Cervical Cancer" appeared in the July 2012 issue of the Voice.
The 2013 Marion and Nelson Holmquist Cytotechnologist Achievement Award was earned by Maria Angela Friedlander from Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. The award serves to recognize a cytotechnologist who has made his or her own significant contribution to both the ASCT and the profession of cytotechnology. Maria fulfills these criteria completely with her service work for three professional organizations: ASCT, ASC and ASCP. For the ASCT, she has served as Commissioner to the CPRC, Webinar Planning Chair, Education Committee Chair and Public Relations Chair. All of this (of course) is in addition to her full-time position as Cytology Service Laboratory Manager and Cytotechnology Program Director.
"I am truly honored and humbled to have received the 2013 ASCT Holmquist Award. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work and learn from other cytotechnologists while serving on numerous ASCT committees," Friedlander said. "I am inspired by my mentors in ASCT who continue to support, guide and inspire. Many thanks to them and the ASCT Foundation for this high honor."
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|Personnel Management in the Cytology Lab
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Lab Manager, Cytology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.
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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.
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Prices cut for cervical cancer vaccines in poor countries
The New York Times
The two companies that make vaccines against cervical cancer announced that they would cut their prices to the world's poorest countries below $5 per dose, eventually making it possible for millions of girls to be protected against a major cancer killer. The World Health Organization, which has been pressing for faster progress in maternal health, greeted the news as "a great step forward for women and girls."
Will cheaper HPV shots be the difference between life and death?
It is hoped that a dramatic and historic price cut on leading HPV vaccines will help immunize millions more young women in developing countries and combat cervical cancer rates, but is this change one that should be praised or rallied against as not having gone far enough?
Cancers caused by HPV were on the rise before the vaccine came to market
By analyzing data on both early-stage and late-stage anal and head and neck cancers, researchers have found that the rates of the early-stage cancers increased precipitously between 1978 and 2007, before the introduction of a vaccine for human papilloma virus.
Cancer center studies target immune system, women's cancers
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center via HealthCanal
Physician scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are studying ways to teach the body’s immune system to fight off cancer. The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the Keck School, has recently begun recruiting female participants for three new clinical trials studying breast, ovarian and cervical cancer immunotherapies.
Scientists create human stem cells through cloning
Reuters via MSN
After more than 15 years of failures by scientists around the world and one outright fraud, biologists have finally created human stem cells by the same technique that produced Dolly the cloned sheep in 1996: They transplanted genetic material from an adult cell into an egg whose own DNA had been removed. The result is a harvest of human embryonic stem cells, the seemingly magic cells capable of morphing into any of the 200-plus kinds that make up a person.
New drug may help immune system fight cancer
An experimental drug that taps the power of the body's immune system to fight cancer is shrinking tumors in patients for whom other treatments have failed, an early study shows. The drug binds to a protein called PD-L1 that sits on the surface of cancer cells and makes them invisible to the immune system, almost like a cloaking device.
Angelina Jolie's news prompts women to call doctors
Actress Angelina Jolie's revelation that she had a preventive double mastectomy has struck a nerve with women, many of whom have called doctors to ask about their own breast cancer risk. "There has been an amazing surge of queries about this," says Kathleen Blazer, a genetic counselor at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.
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Scientists use X-ray diffraction to image whole, hydrated cells in natural state
RIKEN via PhysOrg
Changyong Song and colleagues from the RIKEN SPring-8 Center in collaboration with scientists from across Japan, Korea and the U.K. have now developed an x-ray diffraction microscopy method that allows whole, fully hydrated cells suspended in solution to be imaged for the first time. X-ray diffraction microscopy works by analyzing the wave distortion created when an x-ray hits an object—rather like the patterns generated when waves pass an object in water.
Hydrogels may be the ticket for studying biological effects of nanoparticles
National Institute of Standards and Technology via PhysOrg
A class of water-loving, jelly-like materials with uses ranges ranging from the mundane to the sophisticated could be tapped for a new line of serious work: testing the biological effects of nanoparticles now being eyed for a large variety of uses. New research by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrates that three-dimensional scaffolds made with cells and supporting materials known as hydrogels can serve as life-like measurement platforms for evaluating how tiny engineered materials interact with cells and tissues.
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