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NORVISION Announces First Successful Implementation Of Multimedia Screens In Radiation-Rich Environments

Radiation Therapy Skylite In-ceiling Video-Wall Source: Norvision

NORVISION announced its successful implementation of the NORVISION “Skylite” In-ceiling Video-wall. Installed in Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center’s radiation rooms, the recessed ceiling screens project calming imagery and serene videos to patients receiving radiation therapy.

Parenting Skills Improve In ADHD Parents With Medication

Dr. James Waxmonsky
Source: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Parenting skills of adults with ADHD improve when their ADHD is treated with medication, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. At least 25% of clinic-referred children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a parent with ADHD. “Parents with ADHD are at increased risk to engage in problematic parenting techniques, including inconsistent disciplinary practices, making [...]

Potential ‘Universal’ Blood Test For Cancer Discovered

The Lymphocyte Genome Sensitivity (LGS) test looks at white blood cells and measures the damage caused to their DNA when subjected to different intensities of ultraviolet light (UVA), which is known to damage DNA. The results of the empirical study show a clear distinction between the damage to the white blood cells from patients with cancer, with pre-cancerous conditions and from healthy patients. (Stock image).
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Researchers from the University of Bradford have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as colonoscopies and biopsies being carried [...]

Trees Save Lives, Reduce Respiratory Problems

While trees' pollution removal equated to an average air quality improvement of less than 1 percent, the impacts of that improvement are substantial. Researchers valued the human health effects of the reduced air pollution at nearly $7 billion every year.
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In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, US Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms. While trees’ pollution removal equated to an average air quality improvement of less than 1%, the impacts [...]

New Device Detects Deadly Lung Disease

The lateral-flow device (LFD) detects invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, a notoriously difficult to diagnose disease caused by the fungus Aspergillus. Source: University of Exeter

A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. The lateral-flow device (LFD), created by Professor Chris Thornton, detects invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, a notoriously difficult to diagnose [...]