Entries by Christina Brower

Digital Radiology: Aiding Surgeon’s Actions in Critical Situations

A patient lies on an operating table, surrounded by a medical team where a craniotomy, or open brain surgery, is performed to remove a tumor inside the patient’s brain. Even the slightest error in the surgeon’s hand could result in irreversible damages to the patient. This is where technology steps in, providing the necessary extra […]

Gene Therapy Method Developed to Fight Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease affects over 30 million Americans, most of whom are unclear they are affected until later, much more dire stages. Current treatments are   limited in the later stages particularly:  kidney transplants or dialysis. “Chronic kidney disease is an enormous and growing problem,” said senior author Benjamin D. Humphreys, MD, PhD, director of the […]

Genetically modified poliovirus could fight deadly glioblastoma

Glioblastoma is the most common, aggressive, and deadly form of brain cancer. It reaps devastating results on the body from rigorous treatments. Even after treatment, survival of diagnosis from stage IV malignant glioblastoma is usually less than 20 months. For the future of brain cancer treatments and those affected, Duke researchers have began developing a […]

New Cancer Treatment Grabs Hold of Malignant Cells & Eradicates Them

Cancer. One of the biggest health scares among people and top killers worldwide, is driving scientists to push for the newest and best research and most aggressive treatments. One of which is immunotherapy. Immunotherapy can be very useful because of its ability to be utilized alongside other therapies, and may cause fewer side effects compared […]

Breakthrough Blood Test Could Discover Cancerous Cells Years Before Development

Scientists at the John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center are in the midst of a major medical advancement. Through the use of a non-invasive blood test, the scientists were able to use the DNA of patients to test for early stages of cancer cells, some before even forming. Instead of a traditional biopsy, a liquid biopsy […]

Video Games & Venous Thromboembolism

In 2004, a 24-year-old man died from “Gamer’s thrombosis”—a venous thromboembolism (VTE) after playing an internet computer game for about 80 consecutive hours. Then, in 2013 a 31-year-old man who went to the hospital with pain and swelling in his leg. He claimed to have been playing PlayStation while lying in bed for 8 hours […]

New MRI scanner could revolutionize diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors

According to an article by Zara Adams done through the University of Southern California, new MRI’s are improving the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. More specifically, Cushing’s tumors. As Cushing’s tumors are incredibly small and so the standard tests require blood, urine, and even sinus sampling tests. With the high-power resonance provided in new […]

A Delicious New Way to Fight Cervical Cancer

Look out teal, dark blue may be the new color of hope for cervical cancer patients everywhere. A study published in the  Pathology & Oncology Research, done by the University of Missouri School of Medicine has discovered that combining classic radiation treatment with blueberry extract can lead to a reduction in cervical cancer cells of up to 70%. […]

Catching Cancer -Medical Breakthrough Helps Early-Detection of Liver Cancer

Doctors have found a way to increase liver cancer detection by 40%. While the average screening for liver cancer is a basic ultrasound this is a process that misses a lot of small cases, which can become lethal. Scientists have found that by tracking a type of biomarker called alpha fetoprotein or AFP they can […]