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Day at Sea: Non-Profit Gives Back to Cancer Patients

Day at Sea Non-Profit Gives Back to Cancer PatientsCancer is a reality that has become far too common for many people and their families. Recent statistics have shown that currently each year over 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease annually and the numbers will only continue to grow until a medical cure is found. As many know, a cancer diagnosis not only affects the patient but, it can take a serious toll on their families and caregivers.

While many clinical researchers are committed to finding a cure and promising steps are made every day, some are also dedicated to improving the experience for patients and families during this highly-sensitive time in their lives.
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New Smartphone Attachment for Physicians Showing Promising Results in Detecting Cancer

New Smartphone Attachment For Physicians Showing Promising Results In Detecting CancerThe findings of a pilot program for the D3 imaging system were recently shared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

D3 is short for digital diffraction diagnosis, which is an imaging module with a high powered LED light, which clips on to a smartphone. The end result is a high resolution imaging device that has a field of view superior to that of a traditional microscope.

As confirmed by IndustryWeek, the system has the ability to record data from over 100,000 cells from blood, biopsy, or a tissue sample. Microbeads are added to the blood or tissue, which is then combined to detect cancer related molecules. Analyzing the diffraction patterns helps to determine if cancer is present.

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Completion Of The HPV Vaccine Increases Due To New EHR Prompts

Completion Of The HPV Vaccine Increases Due To New EHR PromptsWhile some vaccines require one shot, or a couple of shots over a few weeks, the HPV vaccine requires three shots over a six-month period. Currently, the controversial HPV vaccine has the lowest completion rates of any vaccine, but EHR prompts are helping to close this gap.

A new study published in the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine shows that patients ages 9 to 18 were three times more likely to start the series of HPV vaccines and an impressive 10 times more likely to complete the vaccines if their health care provider scheduled patient reminders into their EHR system.

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Can An Artificial Sweetener Be Used To Treat Cancer?

Can An Artificial Sweetener Be Used To Treat CancerThere has been much speculation as to the harmful side effects of both artificial sweeteners, as well as all chemically produced food additives. One of the many concerns is an increased risk of cancer. However, findings presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society show that the primary ingredient of many artificial sweeteners may actually help to treat aggressive forms of cancer.

According to FoxNews, a research team from the University of Florida College of Medicine studied how saccharin reacts with the cancer protein called CA IX. Their findings are that saccharin hopes to regulate the pH around the cells of many common types of cancer—which has the potential to affect how well the cancer thrives, as well as its ability to spread.

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BlackBerry, NantHealth Announce Promising Partnership

BlackBerry, NantHealth Announcing Promising PartnershipWhile the announcement largely took a backseat to the slew of headlines that have emerged in the last three days out of the mHealth Summit, it’s definitely worth noting that BlackBerry has just teamed with NantHealth in what amounts to a truly promising new partnership.

NantHealth, a healthcare-focused data provider, and BlackBerry are behind a secure cancer genome browser that gives doctors “the ability to access patients’ genetic data on the BlackBerry Passport smartphone.”

According to a report from Reuters, the partnership comes as little surprise given that BlackBerry officially purchased a minority stake in NantHealth earlier this year.

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PCORI Board Approves $114 Million for New Research

PCORI Board Approves 114 Million for New ResearchThis week, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors approved 71 awards, which total more than $114 million (to be distributed over three years).

“The money will be used to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) designed to answer questions most important to patients and those who care for them,” an announcement from the Board explained.

The awards include the first 19 under the priority area of Accelerating Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research.

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Cigna, HopeLab, Childhood Leukemia Foundation Announce Partnership

Cigna, HopeLab, Childhood Leukemia Foundation Announce PartnershipThe opening comment made in this morning’s press release said it all: “Cancer can be isolating and frightening, especially for kids.”

In a laudable effort to “support and empower” young cancer patients, global health service company Cigna is teaming up with the Childhood Leukemia Foundation (CLF) to provide free iPads preloaded with HopeLab’s cancer-fighting game app Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge to patients through CLF’s Keeping Kids Connected program.

Keeping Kids Connected allows young cancer patients to stay in touch with family, friends and school while actively receiving treatment.

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