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The world’s only normal breast tissue bank marked its 10th year collecting and researching healthy women’s breast tissue last week.

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If you’re like millions of other Americans, when a big event happens –a  shooting, a disease outbreak, a contentious election –you scour the internet to make sense of what’s going on.

American ‘Stem Cell Tourists’ Don’t Have To Travel Abroad, Study Says

Jul 7, 2016
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The phenomenon of stem cell tourism has been associated with travel to exotic locations such as China, Argentina or Mexico, where commercial clinics with little accountability offer high hopes, expectations and — sometimes — the promise of miracle treatments for diseases ranging from muscular dystrophy to spinal cord injury.

Is it time to rethink the lab mouse? St. Louis scientists say yes

Jun 8, 2016

The classic lab mouse is black or white, eats a precisely measured diet to keep him lean, and is relatively young — probably a teenager or young adult in rodent years. His genes are nearly identical to the others around him, the result of generation upon generation of inbreeding for research purposes.

Those specs might help a scientist standardize her experiments, but they may also be holding some research back for one type of cancer drug, two St. Louis researchers argued in a recent review. Instead, they say that pre-clinical trials should include older mice, obese mice, and mice with different types of gut microbiota.

If A New Cancer Drug Is Hailed As A Breakthrough, Odds Are It's Not

Oct 29, 2015

Miracle. Game changer. Marvel. Cure. Lifesaver.

For Dr. Vinay Prasad, each one of these words was a little straw on the camel's back. At oncology conferences, they were used "indiscriminately" to describe new cancer drugs. Journalists bandied them about in stories.

Finally, the pile of hyperbole broke the camel's back.

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After a review of the research connecting red meats and processed meats to cancer, a group of WHO researchers published their findings today.

Called Back After A Mammogram? Doctors Are Trying To Make It Less Scary

Oct 15, 2015

When I left my first mammogram appointment a few weeks ago, I felt fine.

Everything had gone smoothly, the technologist hadn't made a concerned face when she looked at the screen, and I was convinced I'd get the all-clear from my primary care doctor in a week or so.

Then came the phone calls the following day — first from my doctor's office, then from the mammography center — telling me the radiologist had seen something that didn't look quite right. I needed to come back for another mammogram and this time an ultrasound exam, too.

Cruelty of Teen Bullying Feeds Into Adult Depression

Jun 5, 2015
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If you’ve ever sat in a therapist’s chair wondering if those bullies from junior high are responsible for your adult depression, a study published earlier this week in the British Medical Journal lends weight to your theory.

At 59 years old, Michael Froome just got a new heart.  His problem goes back 20 years after a chest pain led his doctor to order a cardiac stress test.

“When they put on the last electrode so the monitor comes live with your data, someone in the room goes, ‘Oh! That’s not good,’” Froome recalled.

Spencer Rosero, a cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is one of Froome’s doctors. He has an idea that could cut the number of hospital visits patients like Froome have to make.

A promising technique for making brain tumors glow so they'll be easier for surgeons to remove is now being tested in cancer patients.

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