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ACS awards $1.4 million for project seeking to help patients make better decisions about tumor genetic testing

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, navigating the pathways of existing treatments can be complicated. But recently developed genetic tests for tumors have added a new layer of complexity to the cancer recovery process. Tumor genetic testing, also known as tumor genomic profiling or TGP, can help doctors find a targeted approach to treating cancerous tumors, but the testing also reveals a wealth of information about an individual’s genetic code, including what other cancers he or she is susceptible to.

Posted:  November 28, 2018

Pro-white bias could be more prevalent in non-medical healthcare staff, study finds

Appointments with a medical provider typically entail more than just interaction with the doctor. There are check-ins with reception, a pre-screening with a nurse, and then a follow-up with the office’s front desk after speaking with the doctor. While researchers have studied how physicians’ racial biases affect the experience of minority patients, little attention has been paid to how healthcare staff’s biases might affect patients.

Posted:  November 27, 2018

Through Diamond Research Scholarship, public health student returns to India to study perceptions on menstrual hygiene

By Alexis Rogers, KLN '19

When conducting a study in any community, it’s important for researchers to understand and respect that community’s history, language, religious customs, hierarchies and autonomy. When conducting research internationally, the need for this understanding becomes even more crucial as the cultural differences expand.

Posted:  November 20, 2018

As part of $2 million NIH grant, Collins to explore whether monetary incentives can encourage breastfeeding

Research shows that breastfeeding through the first six months of a child’s life can have key health benefits for infants, such as reduced risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, as well as for mothers, such as a lesser likelihood of high blood pressure and breast cancer.

Posted:  November 19, 2018

On the News: Defining gender identity

The concerns of transgender Americans have become increasingly visible and recognized in recent years. Notable milestones include the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published in 2013, which removed an entry for a disorder that classified transgender individuals as having a psychiatric illness. With regard to medical care, language was added to the Affordable Care Act in 2015 to protect transgender individuals from discrimination in healthcare settings. And in 2016, the Pentagon announced plans to lift the ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Posted:  November 8, 2018

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