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Latest Women's Hospital Stories

2010-01-12 13:26:00

Research reveals how these cancers shield themselves from immune attack BOSTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Melanoma, if not detected in its early stages, transforms into a highly deadly, treatment-resistant cancer. Although the immune system initially responds to melanoma and mounts anti-tumor attacks, these assaults are generally ineffective, allowing more advanced melanomas to win the battle and spread beyond the primary site. Now, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and...

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2009-12-24 07:15:00

The ability to make, test, and map the atomic structure of new anti-cancer agents has enabled a team of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists to discover a compound capable of halting a common type of drug-resistant lung cancer. In a study to be published in the December 24/31 issue of the journal Nature, the researchers report that non-small cell lung cancers that had become invulnerable to the drugs Iressaâ and Tarcevaâ were stymied by a compound...

2009-12-16 07:00:00

ROCKLAND, Mass., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- EMD Serono, Inc., an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced a strategic collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, to advance basic and clinical research in multiple sclerosis (MS), with the goal of generating new and innovative discoveries that advance treatment for people living with this condition. The multi-faceted agreement will run for up to 5 years, with the potential to renew the alliance thereafter. Both...

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2009-10-13 12:00:00

A new study has shown that minimally invasive procedures, while intended to shorten hospital stays and lower the risk of other health complications, may increase the risk of other complications, such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Writing in the October 14 Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr Jim C. Hu, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, cited information to show that minimally invasive radical prostatectomy (MIRP), including robot-guided procedures, have increased from 1...

2009-10-06 15:08:47

Researchers have fresh insight into an evolutionarily ancient way that cells cope when oxygen levels decline, according to a new study in the October 7th issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication. In studies of cells taken from the lining of human pulmonary arteries, they show that a microRNA "“ a tiny bit of RNA that regulates the activity of particular genes and thus the availability of certain proteins "“ allows cells to shift their metabolic gears, in a process known...

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2009-06-23 05:25:00

For years, vitamin D and fish oil have been two of the most popular over-the-counter dietary supplements in U.S.  Now, an extensive, government-funded study will test the benefits of both in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and strokes to determine whether they will get the official thumbs up. What's more, the study is one of but a small handful of health experiments to ever look into the ethnic-specific effects of nutrients on the human body. In humans and most other mammals...

2009-03-24 09:20:00

NEEDHAM, Mass., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Industry sources estimate that U.S. healthcare facilities spend approximately $5.3 billion annually for energy costs alone. Hospital administrators planning ahead for a new facility would face considerable escalation of such costs for the foreseeable future. Seeking systematic reductions in energy use by following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria is one way to effectively combat rising energy costs. A new free whitepaper,...

2009-03-10 08:00:00

C-sections and "Invasive" Placenta Condition Can Result in Excessive Bleeding and Be Life Threatening for Mothers SAN DIEGO, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Innovative, interventional radiology treatments are making childbirth safer for women who have C-sections that are complicated by massive bleeding and for those who suffer from the pregnancy condition of "invasive" placenta. The results of two studies detailing the effectiveness of minimally invasive treatments for pregnant women...

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2008-12-30 16:19:52

Women who took beta carotene or vitamin C or E or a combination of the supplements had a similar risk of cancer as women who did not take the supplements, according to data from a randomized controlled trial in the December 30 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Epidemiological studies have suggested that people whose diets are high in fruits and vegetables, and thus antioxidants, may have a lower risk of cancer. Results from randomized trials that address the issue,...

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2008-12-09 12:42:12

Spanish researchers announced this week that eating a handful of nuts a day for a year, and also eating a Mediterranean diet heavy in fruit, vegetables and fish, may help people reverse risk factors for heart disease. The researchers discovered that adding nuts to a typical Mediterranean diet was more effective that increasing olive oil consumption. Together, the regimens reduce heart risks like metabolic syndrome in people more than a low-fat diet. "What's most surprising is they found...