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Experimental Potential HIV Vaccine Proves Promising In Monkeys
2012-01-05 10:02:23

An experimental vaccine tested in rhesus monkeys helped protect them from getting infected with Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) -- the primate version of HIV and AIDS -- and appears to make the disease more manageable in those who aren´t protected, researchers reported on Wednesday. The vaccine reduced the risk of infection by 80 percent among the monkeys exposed to SIV, while monkeys that became infected had lower amounts of the virus in their blood, the research team reported in...

2011-12-02 08:00:00

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Novocure(TM), a commercial stage private oncology company, has announced that prominent neuro-oncologists at four clinical centers in the U.S. will be the first to provide access to its Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields)(TM) device, NovoTTF-100A System(TM), for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). GBM is a deadly brain tumor affecting approximately 10,000 Americans each year. The NovoTTF(TM) device, approved by...

2011-11-21 08:00:00

ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Novocure(TM), a commercial stage private oncology company, announced today that Dr. Eric T. Wong, Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, presented follow-up results of a study focusing on overall survival in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The long-term follow-up results from the Phase III EF-11 study compared overall survival at two and three years after initiating therapy in...

2011-11-17 12:46:00

PORTSMOUTH, N. H., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Novocure(TM), a commercial stage private oncology company, announced the presentation of several studies evaluating the NovoTTF-100A System(TM) for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma at the 16th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of NeuroOncology, November 17-20 in Anaheim, California. Data from the following studies will be presented at this meeting: Mitosis Interference of Cancer Cells during Anaphase by Electric Field from...

2011-11-08 21:28:03

Study finds that insulin resistance is associated with inflammatory processes that lead to cortical atrophy and brain dysfunction Many complications of diabetes, including kidney disease, foot problems and vision problems are generally well recognized. But the disease's impact on the brain is often overlooked. For the past five years, a team led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) neurophysiologist Vera Novak, MD, PhD, has been studying the effects of diabetes on cognitive...

2011-10-13 09:56:12

BIDMC physicians lament the devaluation of clinical judgment in today's health care world Physicians who once only grappled with learning the language of medicine must now also cope with a health care world that has turned hospitals into factories and reduced clinical encounters to economic transactions, two Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center physicians lament. "Patients are no longer patients, but rather 'customers' or 'consumers'. Doctors and nurses have transmuted into 'providers,'...

2011-08-16 07:30:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), the premier radiation oncology company, announced today that the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and a leader in pioneering innovative technology to advance patient care, has treated its 2,000th patient with the CyberKnife(®) Robotic Radiosurgery System. The first center in New England to offer the CyberKnife System, the BIDMC...

2011-07-14 13:10:28

Study describes subjective and objective measures of patient improvement in asthma patients receiving bronchodilator treatment vs placebo treatments vs. no treatment at all Placebos are "dummy pills" often used in research trials to test new drug therapies and the "placebo effect" is the benefit patients receive from a treatment that has no active ingredients. Many claim that the placebo effect is a critical component of clinical practice. But whether or not placebos can actually influence...

2011-05-10 13:54:04

Study shows use of mind-body therapies is on the rise More than a third of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and that number continues to rise attributed mostly to increases in the use of mind-body therapies (MBT) like yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises. Prior research suggests that MBT, while used by millions of patients, is still on the fringe of mainstream medical care in America. New research suggests that attitudes are changing. In a study...

2011-05-09 21:39:31

Study suggests stress and outcome may be related There is no doubt that undergoing infertility treatment is stressful, with high rates of anxiety and depression reported by many patients. Mind/body therapies designed to help women reduce stress earlier in the treatment process result in higher pregnancy rates, but little is known specifically about the impact of these therapies on women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). A new study published June 1 in Fertility and Sterility, a...