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African American Women With Breast Cancer Less Likely To Have Newer, Recommended Surgical Procedure

Dalliah Mashon Black, MD
Source: MD Anderson Cancer Center

African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 12% less likely than Caucasian women with the same diagnosis to receive a minimally invasive technique, axillary sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, even as the procedure had become the standard of surgical practice, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [...]

Researchers Uncover New Insights Into Developing Rapid-Acting Antidepressant For Treatment-Resistant Depression

"Memantine acts on the same receptors in the brain as fast-acting ketamine," said Dr. Lisa Monteggia, Professor of Neuroscience. Source: UT Southwestern

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have generated fresh insights that could aid in the development of rapid-acting antidepressants for treatment-resistant depression. The researchers found that by blocking NMDA receptors with the drug ketamine, they could elicit rapid antidepressant effects in patients with treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine was developed as an anesthetic, but is better known publicly [...]

Vitamin D And The Nursing Mother

Robert P. Heaney, MD is a clinical endocrinologist specializing in nutrition. He holds the John A. Creighton University Professorship and is world-renowned for providing more than 40 years of advancements in understanding bone biology, osteoporosis, and human calcium and vitamin D physiology.
Source: Creighton University

Everyone seems to agree that vitamin D is important throughout life. This is certainly as true in the first year of life as it is later on. For it is during the first year that, in addition to its role in calcium metabolism, this critical nutrient reduces both the risk of current infections and the [...]

New Diagnostic Imaging Techniques Deemed Safe In Simulations

Simulated 3D dose measurements of the breast, showing the dose imparted to the whole body. The dose is shown on a red and yellow color map, where yellow shows maximum dose. Source: Duke Medicine

Gamma and neutron imaging offer possible improvements over existing techniques such as X-ray or CT, but their safety is not yet fully understood. Using computer simulations, imaging the liver and breast with gamma or neutron radiation was found to be safe, delivering levels of radiation on par with conventional medical imaging, according to researchers at [...]

Having Children Is Contagious Among High School Friends During Early Adulthood

Pregnant friends.
Source: © Dmitriy Melnikov / Fotolia

A new study suggests that having children is contagious among female high school friends during early adulthood. “The study shows the contagion is particularly strong within a short window of time: it increases immediately after a high school friend gives birth, reaches a peak about two years later, and then decreases, becoming negligible in the [...]