Low doses of radiation may improve quality of life for those with severe Alzheimer’s

Individuals living with severe Alzheimer’s disease showed remarkable improvements in behavior and cognition within days of receiving an innovative new treatment that delivered low doses of radiation, a recent Baycrest-Sunnybrook pilot study found. “The primary goal of a therapy for Alzheimer’s disease should be to improve the patient’s quality of life. We want to optimize their well-being and restore communication […]

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Researchers uncover evidence that UV radiation from sunlight reduces COVID-19 transmission

Scientists, policymakers and healthcare workers are eager to discern to what extent COVID-19 may be seasonal. Understanding this aspect of the disease could guide our response to the pandemic. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have found evidence that the spread of COVID-19 is sensitive to UV exposure. While this suggests that COVID-19 may vary with the seasons, there are other […]

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American Society for Radiation Oncology, Oct. 24-28

The annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology was held virtually this year from Oct. 24 to 28 and attracted participants from around the world, including physicians, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, biologists, physicists, and other cancer researchers. The conference featured educational courses focusing on radiation, surgical, and medical oncology. In one study, Ashesh Jani, M.D., of the Winship […]

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New research suggests proton radiation can benefit pts with challenging liver tumors

Two new studies support and inform the use of proton radiation therapy to treat patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a common but often fatal type of liver cancer for which there are limited treatment options. One study (Sanford et al.) suggests that proton radiation, compared to traditional photon radiation, can extend overall survival with reduced toxicity. A second study (Hsieh […]

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Hypofractionated Radiation OK for Localized Prostate CA

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 — A new clinical guideline for early-stage prostate cancer supports the use of shortened courses of radiation therapy, according to an article published in Practical Radiation Oncology. Scott C. Morgan, M.D., from the University of Ottawa in Canada, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to develop recommendations regarding moderately hypofractionated (240-340 cGy per fraction) and […]

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