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How pharmacists lost control of their profession and why you should care

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By: Kim Ankenbruck, RPh From: kevinmd.com An excerpt from The Pharmacist is a Whore: How Pharmacists Lost Control of Their Profession and Why You Should Care. The day patients became customers was a black day for us all. Don’t get me wrong, pharmacy has always been a service profession, and we take that very seriously. However, by virtue of our degree …

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Updated Breast Cancer Resources and Events from NCCN Keep Patients and Doctors Worldwide Informed during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Latest metastatic breast cancer treatment options to be explained in webinar for patients and loved ones, corresponding with updated patient guidelines, on October 22 and 29 New NCCN Framework™ outlines recommendations for breast cancer screening and diagnosis for low- and middle-income countries and new NCCN Harmonized Guidelines™ include treatment recommendations for optimal management of breast cancer in the Caribbean Global …

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Aggressive breast cancer cells hijack natural stress protector to thrive

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Source: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University From: sciencedaily.com A member of a protein family known for protecting our cells also protects cancer cells in aggressive, metastatic breast cancer, scientists report. Induction of heat shock protein 70, or HSP70, — which protects cells from stress — appears to be a key difference between difficult-to-treat triple negative breast cancer and …

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Study shows value of breast cancer patients seeking second opinions

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Source: Medical University of South Carolina From: sciencedaily.com In a recent study on the value of a second opinion for breast cancer patients, researchers concluded that a review by a tumor board at an NCI-Designated Cancer Center changed the diagnosis for 43 percent of the patients. It’s early morning and a team of more than 20 professionals cram around a …

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‘Evil’ protein may be key in common breast cancer

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Source: University of Arizona From: futurity.org New research untangles some of the mysteries of a protein called EVL (pronounced “evil”), which may reduce the ability of a common kind of breast cancer to spread to other parts of the body. About 80 percent of all breast cancers are estrogen receptor-positive, in which estrogen fuels cancer growth. The new discovery could have …

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A behavioral intervention for cancer patients that works

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Source: Ohio State University From: .sciencedaily.com This is a story about something rare in health psychology: a treatment that has gone from scientific discovery, through development and testing, to dissemination and successful implementation nationwide. In a new study, researchers found that a program designed at The Ohio State University to reduce harmful stress in cancer patients can be taught to …

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Cancer cure breakthrough: Scientists unveil ‘Star Trek’ device for detecting cancer cells

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From: express.co.uk A HANDHELD device inspired by Star Trek’s tricorder and able to make “quick and accurate” diagnoses of cancer or a heart attack is close to reality. Scottish scientists say that their device, based on a silicon chip, could help make rapid, sophisticated medical diagnostics more accessible to people around the world. The Glasgow University team’s ‘multicorder’ pairs a …

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Decoding the structure of an RNA-based CRISPR system

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Salk Institute researchers uncover molecular details of a new genetic engineering tool Over the past several years, CRISPR-Cas9 has moved beyond the lab bench and into the public zeitgeist. This gene-editing tool holds promise for correcting defects inside individual cells and potentially healing or preventing many human ailments. But the Cas9 system alters DNA, not RNA, and some experts believe …

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Often-overlooked Natural Killer cells may be key to cancer immunotherapy

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Source: The Ottawa Hospital From: sciencenewsdaily.com Immune checkpoint inhibitors are revolutionizing the treatment of cancer, but new research challenges the central dogma of how these drugs work. This research, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, shows for the first time that often-overlooked immune cells called Natural Killer (NK) cells play a crucial role in responding to checkpoint inhibitors. “Checkpoint inhibitors …

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Researchers find adult stem cell characteristics in aggressive cancers from different tissues

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By: Tiare Dunlap From: ucla.edu Study could lead to new treatments for advanced epithelial cancers such as lung and prostate cancers UCLA researchers have discovered genetic similarities between the adult stem cells responsible for maintaining and repairing epithelial tissues — which line all of the organs and cavities inside the body — and the cells that drive aggressive epithelial cancers. Their …