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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute researches ‘promising’ triple-negative breast cancer treatment

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By: Meghan McRoberts From: wptv.com Researchers at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have been awarded a large grant to look into the chance that a chemical released by sea sponges in various oceans could treat an aggressive form of breast cancer. “I find it really, really promising,” said Associate Research Professor, Dr. Esther Guzman. She is leading the research project …

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FDA Approves Qiagen’s PIK3CA Test as Companion Test for Novartis Breast Cancer Drug

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By: Staff Reporter From: genomeweb.com The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Qiagen’s Therascreen PIK3CA RGQ PCR Kit as a companion diagnostic for identifying which advanced breast cancer patients have PIK3CA mutations and are likely to respond to Novartis’ alpelisib (Piqray). The test is designed to analyze PIK3CA mutations in tissue and blood samples. Patients who are mutation negative …

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Research provides insight into genetic link to potential treatment response among BRCA1/2 breast cancer patients

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By: Alex Gardner From: medicalxpress.com New findings from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania provide clues about immune response of tumors in patients with BRCA 1/2-related breast cancers. The research, published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, could shape treatment strategies and clinical trial design for these patients, who make up about two percent …

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MIT CSAIL’s AI can predict the onset of breast cancer 5 years in advance

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By: Kyle Wiggers From: venturebeat.com Breast cancer is the second leading cancer-related cause of death among women in the U.S. It’s estimated that in 2015, 232,000 women were diagnosed with the disease and approximately 40,000 died from it. And while exams like mammography have come into wide practice — in 2014, over 39 million breast cancer screenings were performed in …

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One Patient, One Stick: Nurses Launch Petition to Place Vascular Access Specialists in Every Hospital Across America

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Grassroots nurses group says legislation is needed to reduce patient pain and suffering from repeated needlesticks A coalition of nurses and the Association for Vascular Access have launched a drive to gather 100,000 signatures of the public and medical professionals to support a safety initiative by placing vascular access specialists in every hospital across America. The petition will be presented …

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Mexican teen invents breast cancer detecting “EVA” bra, after mom’s two-time cancer survival

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From: ntd.com Julian Rios Cantu almost lost his mother to breast  cancer after a diagnosis in 2013, and the traumatic experience inspired him to develop a game-changing new invention. The 19-year-old Mexican student has invented a bra, alongside friend and business partner Antonio Torres, after witnessing their mother and grandmother respectively battle with breast cancer. But it’s not just any …

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Playing Political Games Does Not Improve Patient Care

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By: Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD From: aapsonline.org Now that it is the political season where divisiveness rules the day, the bevy of President wannabes’ interest in maternal health is suspect. After all, none of them have joined the many maternal health advocates who praised the President for signing into law the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act which gives grants to the states to help …

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New cancer strategies promising, says researcher

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By: Martin Herrema From: medicalxpress.com Dr. Tim Fenton, an expert in cancer research at the University, says the announcement of new strategies to overcome the evolution of drug resistance in tumours could dramatically increase the effectiveness of cancer therapies. Dr. Fenton, of the University’s School of Biosciences, commented: “The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) initiative announced today aims to develop …

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A new approach to targeting cancer cells

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By: Iqbal Pittalwala From: ucr.edu A University of California, Riverside, research team has come up with a new approach to targeting cancer cells that circumvents a challenge faced by currently available cancer drugs. A cancer target is often a rogue protein that signals cancer cells to proliferate uncontrollably and invade organs. Modern cancer drugs have emerged that work by striking …

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McSally’s bill would hasten health coverage for metastatic breast cancer patients

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By: Ripon Advance News Service From: riponadvance.com U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on May 8 sponsored bipartisan legislation that would eliminate the waiting periods for disability insurance benefits and Medicare coverage for Americans having metastatic breast cancer. “Breast cancer patients don’t have time to wait months or even years to access treatment,” Sen. McSally said. “My bill would waive these …