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Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Posted by on Sep 20, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

When it comes to ovarian cancer, finding the right kind of doctor for your surgery impacts survival. Gynecologic oncologists are the surgeons of choice. In some studies when comparing general surgeons to gynecologic oncologist surgeons, having gynecologic oncologists improved survival rate significantly. The Foundation for Women’s Health can...

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Bench Scientists Discover a New T-cell

Bench Scientists Discover a New T-cell

Posted by on Sep 12, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

Something unusual happened when Professor Andrew Sewell and the T-Cell Modulation Group at the University of Cardiff put the blood of a healthy donor in a petri dish with some cancer cells. What grew in the blood was a T-cell that no one had seen before. This T-cell attacked the cancer cells and destroyed them. Sewell and his team did what all bench...

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Mosquitoes, Diseases and Humans

Mosquitoes, Diseases and Humans

Posted by on Aug 30, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

You may not believe this – after a summer with mosquitoes buzzing around you – but there are of these pesky insects that don’t bite humans specifically. They just aren’t that interested in us. Researchers at Princeton University wanted to know why. So they went to Africa to find Aedes aegypti aegypti, the mosquito that spreads yellow...

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Masks Work in Mysterious Ways

Masks Work in Mysterious Ways

Posted by on Aug 14, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

Theories abound as we learn more about COVID-19 but one that makes a lot of sense has to do with viral dosage. There is a term “LD50” which is the virus dose at which fifty percent of those who are exposed, die. Research determining this dosage is done in experiments on animals, varying the dose of virus to calculate a dose-mortality curve. ...

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COVID-19 with Cancer

COVID-19 with Cancer

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 3 comments

Recent research presented at a virtual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research 1 indicates the need for greater care and continued social distancing for those who are in treatment for cancer and – in one study that was presented – those who have a recent history of cancer (the research looked at people from 2015 to the...

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Turning to Glass: Fertility Preservation

Turning to Glass: Fertility Preservation

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020 in Blog, Infertility | 1 comment

We are surrounded by glass but most people don’t know the first thing about it. Glass is a strange substance: It is partly a solid and partly a liquid. What does this mean? The atoms of solids are packed close together. If they are crystalline, they are in regular, repeating patterns. The atoms in liquids are not in a regular pattern and move...

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Mask Wearing as a Political Issue

Mask Wearing as a Political Issue

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

The Pew Research Center released findings of a survey on mask wearing in the United States. Who could have guessed that wearing a mask to prevent illness would be made into a political issue? In answer to the question, “In the past month, how often, if ever, have you worn a mask or face covering when in stores or other businesses?” where...

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Clinical trial for Treatment of COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Clinical trial for Treatment of COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Posted by on Jun 27, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

One of the causes of death for those infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is an immunological phenomenon. As you can see from the image below, this occurs in phase 3. See Reference 1 Image simplified from reference. A phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center clinical trial to assess the efficacy and safety of Ruxolitinib...

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Wound Care

Wound Care

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus | 1 comment

My mother was an ob-gyn who, after spending many year raising her daughters, returned to medicine in the capacity of a quality assurance medical director at a local hospital. In that work, one of her main concerns was reducing the number of patients that developed decubiti, or bedsores. Bedsores occur when a patient cannot move themselves and lay on the...

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