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2008-09-23 15:00:34

A type of radiation seed implants offers more convenience for early-stage breast cancer patients by shortening radiation therapy, U.S. researchers said. Accelerated partial breast irradiation, or APBI, uses a type of radiation seed implants called balloon brachytherapy, a newer type of radiation treatment that shortens radiation therapy from the standard six to seven weeks of treatment to only one week, said lead author Dr. Peter Beitsch of Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas. The...

2008-09-18 12:00:40

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SenoRx (Nasdaq:SENO) today announced that three abstracts summarizing clinical findings related to its Contura(tm) Multi-Lumen Balloon (MLB) Catheter are scheduled for presentation at upcoming conferences. One abstract will be presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in Boston, Massachusetts, September 21-25, 2008. The other two abstracts will be presented at the 31st Annual...

2008-09-10 18:00:34

TomoTherapy Incorporated (NASDAQ: TOMO) today announced that Azienda Ospedaliero - Universitaria di Modena in Modena, Italy has selected the Hi-Art(R) treatment system for advanced radiation therapy. The leading Italian hospital was able to make this revolutionary technology available to regional cancer patients less than a month after receiving the system. Stefano Cencetti, MD, Executive Director of Azienda Ospedaliero - Universitaria di Modena, explained, "Thanks to the perfect...

2008-08-26 09:00:59

By LAURAN NEERGAARD Farms and processors still must follow standard rules for cleanliness. WASHINGTON -- Consumers worried about salad safety may soon be able to buy fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce zapped with just enough radiation to kill E. coli and a few other germs. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday will issue a new regulation allowing spinach and lettuce sellers to take that extra step, a long-awaited move amid increasing outbreaks from raw produce. It doesn't...

2008-08-26 03:00:41

WASHINGTON - Could food producers literally squeeze the salmonella out of a jalapeno? Or zap the E. coli from lettuce without it going limp? Headline-grabbing food poisonings from raw foods are raising interest in technology - from super-high pressure to irradiation - to get rid of some of the bugs. Washing, even with chlorine or other chemicals, only gets rid of surface contaminants, not germs that sneak inside the fruit or vegetable. Enter high-tech options. At a Virginia Tech...

2008-08-26 03:00:10

By MCT WASHINGTON (MCT) - After two years of nearly constant food-borne illness outbreaks and recalls of everything from tainted peanut butter to tons of hamburger meat the Food and Drug Administration's decision last week to allow the irradiation of lettuce and spinach to kill dangerous bacteria didn't surprise anyone in the food industry. Nor did it solve a long-simmering debate over whether the agency's penchant for prescribing such technical fixes to biological problems makes sense....

2008-08-23 03:00:07

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON - Consumers worried about salad safety might soon be able to buy fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce zapped with just enough radiation to kill E. coli and a few other germs. The Food and Drug Administration today will issue a regulation allowing spinach and lettuce sellers to take that extra step, a long-awaited move amid increasing outbreaks from raw produce. It doesn't excuse dirty produce, warned Laura Tarantino, the FDA's chief of food additive...

2008-08-22 18:00:33

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON - Consumers worried about salad safety may soon be able to buy fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce zapped with just enough radiation to kill E. coli and a few other germs. The Food and Drug Administration today will issue a regulation allowing spinach and lettuce sellers to take that extra step, a long- awaited move amid increasing outbreaks from raw produce. It doesn't excuse dirty produce, warned Dr. Laura Tarantino, FDA's chief of food additive safety....

2008-08-22 18:00:10

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will allow the sale of fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce treated with radiation to kill bacteria. The New York Times said it is the first time the U.S. government has allowed produce to be irradiated at levels high enough to kill E. coli and salmonella. Critics have expressed concern that irradiation could lower nutritional value and create unsafe chemicals. Dr. Laura Tarantino, director of the Office of Food Additive Safety at the FDA, told...

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2008-08-22 10:10:00

Radiation may be the cure to consumer worries about E. coli and germs on fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration will issue new regulations allowing spinach and lettuce sellers to take that extra step. It's a long-awaited move amid increasing outbreaks from raw produce. Radiation does not excuse dirty produce, warned Dr. Laura Tarantino, FDA's chief of food additive safety. Farms and processors must continue to abide by standard rules to keep the...