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New test may improve cervical cancer detection
University of Gothenburg via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Routine smear tests have considerably reduced the number of cases of cervical cancer, but despite intensive screening 250 women in Sweden still die from the disease every year. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed new methods of minimizing the number of missed cases and making diagnosis more reliable. More

Volunteer opportunities
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CAP See, Test & Treat
The College of American Pathologists' See, Test & Treat program provides free cervical and breast cancer screening for uninsured and underinsured women in the United States. Women receive same-day screening, diagnoses and follow-up care. Information can be found at on the CAP Foundation page.

CerviCusco is a Peruvian-registered nonprofit association dedicated to preventing cervical cancer. CerviCusco is affiliated with the International Cervical Cancer Foundation. A modern medical center is maintained in Cusco, Peru, staffed by a Peruvian health care team. Expert foreign medical providers work at CerviCusco on a volunteer basis throughout the year. See

Grounds for Health
Grounds for health works with coffee-growing communities to establish sustainable cervical cancer prevention programs. Grounds for health invests in education and training of community health promoters and providers. See

The PAPS Team International
The Professionals Analyzing Pap Smears Incorporated also known as The PAPS Team International is a California-based nonprofit, international organization. They are dedicated to the prevention of cervical cancer in developing countries and underserved areas. Three Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening clinics have been established in Kenya. See

The Viet/American Cervical Cancer Prevention Project
The mission is to help Vietnam develop Papanicolaou screening services while studying the relationship between the Vietnam War and cervical cancer. See


Fighting cancer with cell phones: Innovation to save lives in Africa
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More than 50,000 women die each year of cervical cancer in Africa, according to World Health Organization estimates, as more than 80 percent of the cases are detected in late stages. In countries such as Tanzania, where nearly 4,500 women die annually from the disease, the problem is exacerbated by an acute shortage of medical experts and a lack of quality screening services, especially in rural areas. More

Targeting protein could prevent metastasis of cancer cells
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Researchers at King's College London have uncovered a protein required by cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body, highlighting it as a potential target for future treatments to prevent secondary cancers. More


Study: Embryo survival gene may fight range of diseases
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A gene that keeps embryos alive appears to control the immune system and determine how it fights chronic diseases like hepatitis and HIV, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists said. Although the experts have only conducted studies on the gene Arih2 using mice, they hope it can be used as a target for drugs eventually to fight a spectrum of incurable diseases. More

Short DNA strands may be key to human cognition and diseases
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Short snippets of DNA found in human brain tissue provide new insight into human cognitive function and risk for developing certain neurological diseases, according to researchers from the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The findings are published in a recent issue of PLoS Biology. More

Researchers remove extra chromosome from Down's syndrome cells — Could a gene therapy be next?
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Scientists from the University of Washington have successfully removed an extra copy of chromosome 21 in cell cultures belonging to a person with Down's syndrome. While the breakthrough is unlikely to result in an outright treatment for the condition, it could pave the way for gene therapies in which many of the health conditions associated with the chromosomal disorder can be significantly alleviated. More

Panel recommends routine HIV tests for teens, adults
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In a broad new expansion of HIV screening, an influential government panel now says everyone ages 15 to 65 should be tested for the virus that causes AIDS. The draft recommendation, issued recently by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is far broader than its last recommendation in 2005, which called for screening only those at high risk. More

Rethinking HIV: After 5 years of debate, a new push for prevention
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After decades of focusing almost exclusively on treating HIV, public health experts are now considering a new approach, moving to establish more effective prevention strategies to curb spread of the disease. Recent tests show that anti-HIV drugs that can hamper the growth of the virus responsible for AIDS may also prevent progression of the disease if given to infected individuals soon after their exposure to HIV. More

Origin matters for brain tumors
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Brain tumors arising from different cell types might require different — and more personalized — treatment approaches. Cancers arise when a normal cell acquires a mutation in a gene that regulates cellular growth or survival. But the particular cell this mutation happens in — the cell of origin — can have an enormous impact on the behavior of the tumor and on the strategies used to treat it. More

Human umbilical cord blood cell co-culture supports embryonic
stem cell expansion

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Researchers in Taiwan have developed a "safe, feasible and robust co-culture system" supplied by human umbilical cord mensenchymal stem cells to feed the sustained culture used for human embryonic stem cell expansion prior to cell transplantation. The co-culture, said the researchers, "appears to eliminate the most feared characteristic of transplanted hESCs," which is their propensity to form tumors. More

Bacterial DNA sequence used to map disease outbreak    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time, researchers have used DNA sequencing to help bring an infectious disease outbreak in a hospital to a close. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals used advanced DNA sequencing technologies to confirm the presence of an ongoing outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a "special care baby unit" in real time. More

Latest WHO warning about new coronavirus raises transparency concerns for health experts
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The World Health Organization has warned countries to heighten their surveillance for possible cases of infection with the new coronavirus, suggesting patients with unexplained pneumonia should be tested even if they don't have links to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The agency also suggested investigating clusters of severe respiratory infections and clusters of such illnesses in health care workers, regardless of where they occur in the world. More

'Different kind of stem cell' possesses attributes favoring
regenerative medicine

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A research team at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center say the new and powerful cells they first created in the laboratory a year ago constitute a new stem-like state of adult epithelial cells. They say these cells have attributes that may make regenerative medicine truly possible. More


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