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Health Topics - Cancer

Final Leg: Moving promising therapeutics into practice

Nicknamed the “valley of death” by insiders, the gap between academic discovery and drug development is where most good ideas for new drugs fall to the wayside. A commercial drug developer turned academic researcher, Zhiqiang An, Ph.D., has worked on both sides....

Invisible Disabilities: Part Two: Not always obvious to the onlooker, invisible disabilities can limit normal daily activities

It begins in the feet and progresses upward. Feelings may include numbness, pins-and-needles tingling, burning or stabbing pain, and hypersensitivity to light touch or pressure. ...

A Difficult Decision: BRCA genes and taking preventive action against breast and ovarian cancers

On May 14, 2013, newspaper and magazine headlines swirled with stories about Angelina Jolie. This was not typical tabloid fodder; on that day, she announced in a New York Times op-ed that she carried a defective copy of the BRCA gene, which her doctors estimated had increased her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer to an alarming 87 percent and 50 percent, respectively. ...

Beat the Heat:

Texas in summer? Only one word for it: hot. You may not be able to avoid the heat and sun, but you can face them safely....

TORS: New Life-Saving Robotic Surgery: Throat cancer cure rates may rise to 90 percent, thanks to the partnership of robot and skilled surgeon

A week after major surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his tonsil, 44-year-old Cedric Sells sunk his teeth into a juicy burger instead of sipping on a shake. He spoke to his family and friends “with no problem” and felt little pain, only some scratchiness in his throat....