Geomapping reveals environmental influence on behaviors and cancer risk

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In her research, Lorraine Reitzel, Ph.D., uses geographic information systems technology, with the help of Seann Regan, to obtain information about a geographic area. This allows her to better understand why people engage in certain behaviors and how their environment impacts health and cancer risk.

MD Anderson Physician Receives Award for Decades of Accomplishments

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Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., reflects on his accomplishments, thoughts on receiving the McGuire Award and where the field of breast cancer is headed in the future.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer

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Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), also called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is a type of radiation therapy in which a few very high doses of radiation are delivered to small, well-defined tumors. The goal is to deliver a radiation dose that is high enough to kill the cancer while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy organs. Barbara Pool is one of six lung cancer patients per day who go through stereotactic body radiation therapy and she is the 1000th patient to...

MWV Episode 68 - Threading the NEIDL: TWiV Goes Inside a BSL-4

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Constructed in 2009 in the highly populated South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) facility contains labs that operate at biosafety levels 2, 3 and 4. Due to its location the NEIDL has faced a raft of legal and regulatory hurdles that have prevented BSL-3 and BSL-4 labs from becoming functional. "Threading the NEIDL," is a 1-hour documentary narrated by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Higgins Professor of Microbiology &...

Vitamin D supplementation and calcium absorption during caloric restriction: a randomized double blind trial

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Background: Weight loss (WL) is associated with a decrease in calcium absorption and may be one mechanism that induces bone loss with weight reduction. Objective: Because vitamin D supplementation has been shown to increase true fractional calcium absorption (TFCA), the goal of this study was to examine the effect of vitamin D during WL or weight maintenance (WM). Design: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind 6-wk study was conducted in 82 postmenopausal women [BMI (in kg/...
Authors: Sue Shapses, Deeptha Sukumar, Stephen Schneider, Yvette Schlussel, Robert Sherrell, M Paul Field, Hasina Ambia-Sobhan

The Medical Marriage: A National Survey of the Spouses/Partners of US Physicians

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Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a Hematologist/Oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing in the March 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings reporting on the findings of a national survey of spouses and partners of physicians, their relationship satisfaction, and the effect being married to a physician has on their relationship. Available at: http://tiny.cc/23pcqw