A way to keep brain tumors from coming back?

Glioblastoma brain tumors are notoriously difficult to fight: though they can be battled back with radiation and chemotherapy, within time they eventually manage to grow again. Yet, according to initial results of a study in mice, a technique that effectively starves the tumor of the blood supply it needs to regrow could eventually offer …

Rx for docs: just say no, but nicely

A doctor’s job is to provide patients with expert medical opinion and the best possible care. Yet many patients have their own ideas about the kind of clinical care they want — be it a particular test, treatment or medication. So, what happens when the two opinions don’t necessarily coincide?

Which prostate surgery is best? Depends on the surgeon

The current standard of surgery for prostate cancer patients is what is known as open radical prostatectomy, which involves a surgeon accessing and removing the cancerous prostate gland by making a standard surgical incision. Yet, in recent years, a less invasive approach, known as laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, which often uses …

How singing may help stroke victims recover speech

Patients who lose the ability to speak after suffering a stroke may be able to regain their speech using a novel technique that effectively reroutes the way the brain processes language, according to research presented this past weekend at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The technique, known as …

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