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Survey Finds 1 In 3 Patients Needed More Information On Cancer Treatment Side Effects
One in three adults treated for cancer may experience side effects from treatment they wish they had known more about, according to a new survey published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice. The national survey of more than 400 U.S. adults, which was sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), also found that nine in 10 patients felt they made the right treatment decision despite the desire for more information about treatment side effects.
"An unfortunate reality of cancer treatment is that therapy also has side effects that can impact a patient's quality of life. Nearly all patients in the survey felt confident about their treatment decisions, but a sizable number also expressed a clear need for more information about potential side effects," said Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, FASTRO, senior author of the study and the Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncol
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Virtual And Mixed Reality Inferior To Traditional Learning In Anatomy Education
A study from McMaster University has shown that traditional ways of learning anatomy remain superior to those that rely on digital media.
The research suggests that virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) are inferior to traditional physical models of learning, and have major disadvantages in cost and functionality.
The findings also support the pivotal role of stereoscopic vision – the ability to perceive depth using the slightly different view from each eye – in efficient anatomy learning.
The study results were published today in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education.
“These newer technologies promise to provide dynamic and vivid imagery that the user can interact with for an active and self-paced learning experience, without having to enter an anatomy laboratory,” said Bruce Wainman, first author and director of the education program in anatomy at McMaster.
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'Face Blindness' May Involve A Failed Brain Network, And Could Shed Light On Autism
People with prosopagnosia, or "face blindness," have trouble recognizing faces -- even those of close friends and family members. It often causes serious social problems, although some people can compensate by using clothing and other cues. Face blindness often becomes apparent in early childhood, but people occasionally acquire it from a brain injury later in life. A new study of people who became face-blind after a stroke, led by Alexander Cohen, MD, Ph.D., of Boston Children's Hospital, provides clues to what goes wrong in the brain.
The findings, published in the journal Brain, indicate that no one single area is always perturbed in face blindness. Instead, face blindness involves an entire network, where a malfunction in communication among the various components can bring the system down. This potentially opens the door for improving face recognition by tweaking the function of di
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Deep Brain Stimulation Safer For Patients With New MRI Compatible Slectrode
Imagine having an electrode embedded in your brain in a surgical procedure that involves drilling holes in your skull to implant it. Now imagine going through an MRI scan for medical evaluation, when the metal electrode may react to the magnetic fields and vibrate, generate heat or even possibly damage the brain.
This is a reality that patients who need deep brain stimulation could face.
Now, a study published Nov. 18 in Nature Microsystems & Nanoengineering describes a promising improvement to the procedure developed by San Diego State University engineers, in collaboration with researchers at KIT, Germany. The SDSU research team created a glassy carbon electrode as an alternative to the metal version, and new findings show it does not react to MRI scans, making it safer.
First developed in 2017 in researcher Sam Kassegne's MEMS lab at SDSU, the carbon version is designed to last lon