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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cancer Research; Prostate cells undergo 'reprogramming' to form tumors ♦ UV light robots cut C. diff transmissions by 25 percent on cancer patient floors ♦ Malaria vaccine provides hope for a general cure for cancer

Prostate cells undergo 'reprogramming' to form tumors Researchers link early prostate cancer to alterations in a program controlled by a 'master regulator' of cell growth. These epigenetic changes point to new avenues for preventing and treating prostate cancer.
UV light robots cut C. diff transmissions by 25 percent on cancer patient floors New research from infection control specialists found that ultraviolet robots helped reduce the rates transmission of the common bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile among cancer inpatients -- mostly blood cancer patients, a group more vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections -- by 25 percent. The interventions also saved about $150,000 in annual direct medical costs.
Malaria vaccine provides hope for a general cure for cancer The hunt for a vaccine against malaria in pregnant women has provided an unexpected side benefit for researchers, namely what appears to be an effective weapon against cancer. The scientists behind the vaccine aim for tests on humans within four years
The dilemma of screening for prostate cancer Primary care providers are put in a difficult position when screening their male patients for prostate cancer -- some guidelines suggest that testing the general population lacks evidence whereas others state that it is appropriate in certain patients. Now a new perspective piece offers some guidance on when to screen patients and how to involve them in decisions about screening and treatment.
Lack of referrals for suspected cancer leads to more deaths Deaths are higher in cancer patients whose GPs do not regularly send patients through the two-week urgent referral route for suspected cancer, suggests a British study

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