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2013-07-23 23:21:07

A team of surgeons and members of the breast cancer program of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is conducting a two-year pilot study of an innovative microsurgery technique coupled with imaging technology to not only prevent lymphedema but also potentially detect and treat it early. New York, NY (PRWEB) July 23, 2013 A team of surgeons and members of the breast cancer program of the Herbert Irving...

2012-11-20 12:29:43

HOBOKEN, N.J., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery (ECA Plastic Surgery) is pleased to announce the availability of a new surgical procedure, the Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer (VLNT), for patients who are suffering from Secondary Lymphedema and are appropriate surgical candidates. Lymphedema is a condition that can be caused by different treatments for breast cancer. For example, when lymphatic vessels are disrupted by surgery or radiation therapy,...

2012-02-13 23:02:59

A new study reveals key factors that promote the spread of cancer to lymph nodes and provides a mechanism that explains how a common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can reduce the spread of tumor cells through the lymphatic system. The research, published by Cell Press in the February 14 issue of the journal Cancer Cell, opens new avenues for the design of antimetastatic therapies. The lymphatic system consists of a network of vessels that carry lymphatic fluid from the body...

2011-11-14 23:02:37

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists show that a gene essential for normal development of the lymphatic system also plays a critical role in forming the valves that help maintain the body's normal fluid balance A century after the valves that link the lymphatic and blood systems were first described, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have detailed how those valves form and identified a gene that is critical to the process. The gene is Prox1. Earlier work led...

2011-05-05 07:27:00

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BrightLife Direct, a compression clothing distributor, recently added three new lymphedema products to its inventory. Products by Farrow Medical, Solaris and Gottfried are now available online through the Washington, DC-based company. These compression garments are used in lymphedema treatment. Lymphedema is a medical condition that involves swelling of the arms, legs or hands. Although it can be caused by a genetic condition, it is often caused by...

2011-04-09 04:21:42

Researchers discover how to control traffic in the lymphatic system Saint Louis University researchers have identified a novel mechanism to control the traffic of cells and fluid from tissues to lymphatic vessels. It may be possible to harness this mechanism to fight cancer spread from one organ to another organ and improve the effectiveness of vaccines. The lymphatic system is an extensive fluid transit system, consisting of vessels in the body. It defends the body against infection. Cancer...

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2010-03-25 14:35:24

EPFL study reveals importance of relation between the lymphatic system and tumors A new mechanism explaining how tumors escape the body's natural immune surveillance has recently been discovered at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique F©d©rale de Lausanne) in Switzerland. The study shows how tumors can create a tolerant microenviroment and avoid attack by the immune system by mimicking key features of lymph nodes. The discovery, published in Science and in Science Express, online March 25,...

2009-10-05 11:20:55

Researchers at the University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center have discovered a previously unidentified form of circulation within the human eye which may provide important new insights into glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. For over a century, the eye has been considered to lack lymphatics, a circulation responsible for pumping fluid and waste out of tissues. The inability to clear that fluid from the eye is linked to glaucoma, a leading cause...

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2009-08-10 12:15:00

Researchers in the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati at the University of Kentucky have discovered the first naturally occurring molecule that selectively blocks lymphatic vessel growth. In an article in the Aug. 9, 2009 online edition of Nature Medicine, they report the identification of a new molecule known as soluble VEGFR-2 that blocks lymphangiogenesis "“ the growth of lymphatics "“ but not blood vessel growth.The twin circulatory systems of mammals - blood and lymphatic -...

2008-10-24 18:00:43

Tactile Systems Technology was named the second fastest growing private company in the Twin Cities on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "Fast 50" list. The "Fast 50" designation is based on a company's rate of revenue growth from 2005 to 2007. Tactile Systems Technology's revenue grew 340 percent during that time. Today, the company employs 80 people. Tactile Systems Technology develops, manufactures and markets products to treat vascular disorders such as lymphedema....


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Lymph Node
2013-03-04 14:27:41

A lymph node is an immune system organ that is widely distributed throughout various places in the body. There are about 500-600 nodes in an individual adult, with clusters of lymph nodes found in the underarms, groin, neck, chest, and abdomen. The lymphatic system as a whole is responsible for acting as the body’s primary mechanism of defense. Each node is oval-shaped, and measures between a few millimeters and a few centimeters long. They are linked to one another by lymphatic vessels and...

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