AI comes to the Operating Room

(Denise Grady/ The New York Times) — Brain surgeons are bringing artificial intelligence and new imaging techniques into the operating room, to diagnose tumors as accurately as pathologists, and much faster, according to a report in the journal Nature Medicine. The new approach streamlines the standard practice of analyzing tissue samples while the patient is […]

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Obese expectant mothers affect their children’s IQ: study

(Tim Sandle/ Digital Journal) — A new study finds how a mothers obesity during pregnancy is connected to lag in sons’ development, especially with motor skills, and IQ. The same effect was not found with daughters. The study comes from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and it finds that a mother’s obesity during […]

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Google AI tool can pinpoint breast cancer better than clinicians

(Erin Brodwin/ Scientific American) — Researchers at Google (GOOGL), working alongside experts at Northwestern University and three British medical institutions, have created an AI model that appears capable of more accurately spotting breast cancer in mammograms than human experts, according to a new study. The AI model both detected cases of breast cancer at higher […]

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Acupuncture may ease a common side effect of cancer treatment

(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay News) — Dry mouth can be a troubling side effect of radiation therapy, but acupuncture may ease its symptoms, a new study suggests. Of 339 patients getting radiation for head and neck cancer in the United States and China, those who had acupuncture had fewer symptoms of dry mouth (xerostomia) than those […]

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Breast cancer cells use unexpected mechanism to suck up fats

(Genengnews.com) — The link between high-fat diets, obesity, and cancer has grown stronger over the past several years. Yet, the underlying molecular mechanisms have been slow to surface. Now, investigators from Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center set out to understand how fat from the diet might influence breast cancer (BC) cells. […]

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Getting the recommended amount of physical activity is tied to lower risk of cancer, study says

(CNN) — A new study sheds light on one potential health benefit of exercise: a lower risk of certain cancers. The study, published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, analyzed data from more than 750,000 adults in the United States, Europe and Australia, and found that recommended amounts of physical activity correlated with lower […]

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Taking certain vitamins during breast cancer chemo tied to recurrence, death

(Reuters Health) — Patients with breast cancer who use supplements during chemotherapy may be at an increased risk of recurrence and death, a new study suggests. Use of dietary supplements that boost levels of antioxidants, iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids appeared to lower the effectiveness of chemotherapy, researchers report in the Journal of […]

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Family learns BRCA test was wrong — after 7 women had major surgery

(Sara Dorn/ New York Post) — A series of lab tests that detected a potentially dangerous gene in seven women from one family were wrong, the family learned earlier this year — after they underwent major surgeries to reduce their chances of cancer. “I treated my test results like the Bible,” Katy Mathes, a 37-year-old […]

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Scientists develop superbug-resistant, self-cleaning plastic wrap

(Amy Woodyatt/ CNN Health) — Researchers have developed a self-cleaning plastic wrap that repels bacteria — and could be used to prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and other forms of dangerous bacteria. A team of scientists from Canada’s McMaster University used a combination of nano-scale surface engineering and chemistry to develop a plastic surface […]

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Losing weight could slash breast cancer risk by up to 26% in women over 50: study

(Miriam Habtesellasie/ Women & Home) — Now new research has suggested that losing weight could play a key role in slashing the risk of the disease in women over 50. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the Harvard research featured more than 180,000 participants aged 50 or over, pooling together data from […]

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