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Recent breakthroughs in immunotherapy and targeted therapy have improved outcomes for patients with advanced melanoma. For decades, the median survival time for patients with advanced melanoma...
U sing breath to divine the inner workings of the human body is a practice as ancient as Hippocrates, who described the fetor hepaticus of liver failure that manifested itself in the fishy odor of...
Whole- or partial-breast radiation therapy can reduce a patient’s chance of breast cancer recurrence after lumpectomy, but this benefit must be weighed against the risk of damage to healthy tissue. A...
D ruing the late 1990s, Linda Griffith was working in the laboratory of Joseph Vacanti, a pioneer in the field of tissue engineering, when she had a revelation. Vacanti, Griffith and their colleagues...
Aging nuclear reactors often struggle to stay on line, a fact that’s just as true for small research reactors as it is for massive power plants. So it shouldn’t have been surprising that during 2008...
M uch of what science knows about the human brain has come through deduction. If a stroke or trauma has destroyed a particular area, researchers can look at what that person can no longer do—talk,...
O n December 28, 1981, two days before his 71st birthday, gynecologic surgeon Howard Jones wrote a news release he hoped he wouldn’t have to use. The first baby created by in vitro fertilization in...
TomoTherapy is used at UCLA to treat a wide variety of cancers, but is particularly well suited for challenging cases involving large areas, or when the dose needs to be specially shaped to conform...
A man rushes into the emergency room (ER) with a critical neurological emergency: He seems to be having a stroke. The specialist is not immediately available, so the ER doctor calls one of the...
A study by researchers at UCLA and in Japan suggests a way to predict when a woman will have her final menstrual period. The findings could help women and physicians gauge the onset of menopause-...

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