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How Oxytocin Makes A Mom: Hormone Teaches Maternal Brain To Respond To Offspring’s Needs

Researchers have discovered the mechanism by which oxytocin helps mothers be responsive to their offsprings' needs. The research was done in an animal model, but may have implications for humans.
Source: © Alexandr Vasilyev / Fotolia

Neuroscientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered how the powerful brain hormone oxytocin acts on individual brain cells to prompt specific social behaviors — findings that could lead to a better understanding of how oxytocin and other hormones could be used to treat behavioral problems resulting from disease or trauma to the brain. The […]

Pain-Free Blood Tests

This prototype device is being developed into a fool-proof, almost painless way to draw blood samples by Tasso, formed by students of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Source: David Tenenbaum/UW-Madison

A company with deep roots at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wants to make blood sampling less painful and more convenient. Tasso Inc. is perfecting a device the size of a pingpong ball that extracts a small sample while held against the skin for two minutes. During this time, a slight vacuum in the device enables […]

New Method Increases Accuracy Of Ovarian Cancer Prognosis And Diagnosis

In her Genomic Signal Processing Lab at the University of Utah, Orly Alter develops new mathematical techniques, inspired by theoretical physics, for finding patterns in data. Source: Nathan L. Galli, University of Utah

Nearly anyone touched by ovarian cancer will tell you: it’s devastating. It’s bad enough that cancer in almost 80% of patients reaches advanced stages before diagnosis, and that most patients are expected to die within five years. But just as painfully, roughly one quarter of women diagnosed have no warning that they are resistant to […]

8 Reasons The US Surgeon General Should Announce That UV Tanning Causes Skin Cancer

Source: University of Colorado Cancer Center

A July, 2014 Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer by acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak points out that indoor tanning is “strongly associated with increased skin cancer risk,” but stops short of reporting that tanning causes cancer. A University of Colorado Cancer Center opinion published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine […]

Women With Ovarian Cancer Gain Extra Months With Addition Of Drug To Standard Chemotherapy

Robert L. Coleman, MD
Source: SGO

Medical researchers are always looking for ways to prevent or cure cancer. Given the complexity of this disease, reaching these milestones has been difficult. Nevertheless, improvements in treatment outcomes are an important stepping-stone along the way. For women with ovarian cancer, a particularly deadly form of gynecologic cancer, even improvements in treatment outcomes have been […]

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