GE's 3D mammography device gets FDA approval
(Reuters) - General Electric Co's healthcare unit last week won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its mammography device that produces three-dimensional images to detect breast cancer. According to the company's website, the device, SenoClaire, uses imaging technology that combines low radiation-dosed X-rays from multiple angles to produce a superior mammogram. The device consists of hardware and software upgrades to the company's previously launched Senographe Essential 2D full-field digital mammography system. ...

Double mastectomy doesn't boost cancer survival rates: study

A breast cancer patient leaves hospital after her latest radiotherapy session, in Tehran, Iran, on December 22, 2013Women fighting cancer in one breast don't benefit from having both breasts removed, according to new research out Tuesday, that found long-term survival was equivalent after targeted surgery plus radiation. Hollywood star Angelina Jolie famously announced last year she had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of one day developing breast cancer, because she has a genetic mutation that substantially increases breast cancer risk. It was the first study to directly compare survival rates between the three main surgical interventions used in breast cancer: a single or a double mastectomy, or a lumpectomy to removing only the cancerous tissue, followed by radiation therapy.

2.8 bln risk ill health from home air pollution

A man uses his wood stove at his home in Orgeres, northwestern France, on December 21, 2012"These smoky, dirty fuels are often used in an open fire or simple stove, resulting in high levels of household air pollution in poorly ventilated homes," said a statement, released Wednesday. Led by Stephen Gordon of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and William Martin of Ohio State University, the team concluded that 600-800 million families worldwide are at higher risk of respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, asthma, lung cancer and other ailments as a result of the air they breathe at home. Studies in India have found that household air pollution can be three times higher than on a typical London Street, and well above the World Health Organization's recommended safety levels. "Estimates suggest that household air pollution killed 3.5 to four million people in 2010," wrote the team.

Promising Success in China's Use of 3-D-Printed Bones in Delicate Back Surgery
Doctors in Beijing performed the world's first surgery using a 3-D-printed vertebra last month to replace a part of a 12-year-old boy's spine that was affected by a rare bone cancer, Chinese media reports.   The five-hour procedure, performed by Dr. Liu Zhongjun at Peking University, used a custom replacement made of porous titanium.

Ashya King's parents freed from jail in Spain

British parents Brett (L) and Naghemeh (C) King leave Soto del Real Prison in Madrid on September 2, 2014The British parents arrested for taking their ill son Ashya King from hospital looked forward to being reunited with him after being freed from jail in Spain on Tuesday. We have been dying to see his face for so long," Ashya's father Brett King, 51, told reporters as he and his wife Naghemeh King, 45, left the Soto del Real prison north of Madrid. The pair were free to leave Madrid and be reunited with their son, who has a brain tumour and is being treated in a hospital in Malaga, southern Spain. They were arrested in Spain under a European arrest warrant for taking five-year-old Ashya out of hospital in England after disagreeing with doctors over his cancer treatment.

Venezuelan Socialist Party swaps God for Chavez in new prayer

Supporters of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez display his image on a banner on a building, during the first anniversary of his death in CaracasA member of Venezuela's Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the classic Christian "Lord's Prayer" to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism. "Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates," red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress. Viva Chavez!" she exclaimed to applause. Though Chavez died of cancer in March 2013, he remains omnipresent in Venezuela.

Ashya King Case Highlights Dilemma of Parents Overriding Doctors

Ashya King Case Highlights Dilemma of Parents Overriding DoctorsBritish Parents Took 5-Year-Old Son to Spain for Alternative Cancer Treatment

Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

A woman gets a mammogram to screen for breast cancer on May 15, 2001 in Putanges, FranceRemoving both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about riskier, potentially unnecessary operations that increasing numbers of women are choosing.

Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and the correctional facility should be closed down, according to a report made public on Tuesday. Eleven prisoners died of cancer from 2010 through 2013, and six others have been diagnosed with cancer at the State Correctional Institution Fayette, said the report, released by the Abolitionist Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Pittsburgh, and the Human Rights Coalition, a national prison reform group. SCI Fayette has a higher inmate death rate than all but two other prisons in the state, both of which have high geriatric populations, it said. A 12-month investigation found that blowing coal ash was the most likely cause of the inmate cancers as well as other illnesses at the facility.

New UN rep for South Sudan warns of 'huge challenge'

New UNMISS mission head Ellen Margrethe Loj (L) is greeted by UNMISS personnel as she arrives in Juba on September 2, 2014The new UN chief for South Sudan arrived in the conflict-wracked country Tuesday, a week after gunmen shot down a UN helicopter to break the fourth ceasefire deal in nine months. "It is a huge challenge," Danish diplomat Ellen Margrethe Loj told reporters of the task ahead after arriving in the capital Juba, although she said she was "looking forward" to the task. Loj, 65, the new UN special representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), arrives after almost nine months of conflict and amid warnings there could be a famine in the world's youngest nation if the fighting continues. Loj's predecessor, Norway's Hilde Johnson, said when she left the country in July that South Sudan's "self-serving elite" of leaders and rebels were sick with "the cancer of corruption."

Parents arrested over son's cancer treatment

An image from video posted by the King family of Britain shows father Brett King with his son Ashya in Malaga, Spain, Aug. 30, 2014.British family brought 5-year-old Ashya to Spain for new brain tumor treatment, and ended up in jail

Novartis Japan admits concealing drug side effects

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis headquarter building is pictured on January 28, 2009 in BaselThe Japanese unit of Swiss pharma giant Novartis has admitted it did not report more than 2,500 cases of serious side effects in patients using its leukaemia and other cancer drugs, reportedly including some fatalities. The revelations, which marked the latest in a string of scandals at the company's Japanese subsidiary, come after local authorities slapped the firm on the wrist, saying it had to clean up its operations. On Friday, Novartis issued a statement saying it had failed to report to regulators at least 2,579 cases where patients had suffered serious potential side effects from its drugs. Japanese media said the number of cases involved could rise as Novartis probes 6,000 other cases.

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