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Monday, January 26, 2015

1/26/15 Health News:Undisclosed Superbug sickened dozens in Virginia ♦ New cancer-fighting strategy ♦ BPA exposure during pregnancy causes oxidative stress in child

Undisclosed superbug sickened dozens at Virginia Mason.
Virginia Mason Medical Center officials in Seattle stated that they overhauled their cleaning protocol for medical scopes after an outbreak of drugresistant superbugs spread by contaminated specialized endoscopes infected at least 32 patients between 2012 and 2014. Authorities believe the bacterium was likely transferred from patient to patient after the devices were cleaned, but still harbored the germs.Continue Reading
New cancer-fighting strategy would harden cells to prevent metastasis
Existing cancer therapies are geared toward massacring tumor cells, but researchers propose a different strategy: subtly hardening cancer cells to prevent them from invading new areas of the body. They devised a way of screening compounds for the desired effect and have identified a compound that shows promise in fighting pancreatic cancer. Continue Reading
Scientists invent system to improve effectiveness of cancer surgery
With the goal of making it easier for surgeons to detect malignant tissue during surgery and hopefully reduce the rate of cancer recurrence, scientists have invented a new imaging system that causes tumors to “light up” when a hand-held laser is directed at them Continue Reading
BPA exposure during pregnancy causes oxidative stress in child, mother
Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life, according to a new study. Continue Reading

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