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January 24, 2013
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  • Zevalin works as initial therapy for follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    Initial treatment with the radioimmunotherapy Zevalin, also called 90-yttrium ibritumomab tiuxetan, allowed 35% of 59 patients with follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma to have long-lasting responses, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Patients' overall response rate at six months was 86%, and 41% of patients showed complete response. "In our opinion, radioimmunotherapy is a particularly attractive therapy for older patients, patients with significant comorbidity, or patients who refuse chemotherapy," researchers said. Medscape (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Study: Hyperbaric treatment has potential to treat stroke patients
    Researchers exploring the potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in restoring neurological function in brain tissue of post-stroke patients found the method increased neuronal activity at two months post-treatment. Improvements include paralysis reversal, renewed language use and better sensation, according to the study published in PLoS ONE. Researchers used CT imaging to detect necrotic tissue and SPECT scans to measure metabolic activity in neurons surrounding damaged areas. Researchers are also exploring the method for traumatic brain injury. MedicalXpress.com/News release (1/23) , HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bo pharma to distribute Verisante's Aura system in more countries
    Canadian company Verisante has entered into an extended exclusive deal with Dutch firm bo pharma BV involving the distribution of Verisante's Aura optical system, used in detecting and diagnosing skin lesions, in a number of European countries. The Aura technology employs Raman spectroscopy to noninvasively assess skin lesions suspected as cancerous prior to biopsy. BioOptics World (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • VCs invested $907 million in mobile health last year
    After a strong first six months in 2012, venture capitalists' mobile health investments fell in the final two quarters of the year, according to Mobile Health Market News, which pegged total 2012 spending at $907.7 million with a 6% decline in the fourth quarter compared with the previous period. Health IT accounted for the greatest share of investments, followed by health care monitoring. Healthcare IT News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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