QSUM Quips - July 2015
What Does Freedom Look Like to You?
Freedom is taking advantage of the all the great opportunities we have as citizens of the United States.  Remembering those that gave their lives for "Freedom".  It is not doing anything you want to do. It's about doing things for other people and the benefit of humanity.  I hope you will take the opportunity to think about what Freedom means to you this 4th of July.

Cindy & Hudson
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HOT TOPIC:  Breast Density

Check out the new Educational Breast Density Website!  
www.DenseBreast-info.orgNew Educational Website

What you need to know about Louisiana's new breast screening law. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday (July 1) signed into law a bill (HB 186) that gives patients more access to their mammogram and breast ultrasound records. The new law mandates narrative reports accompanying breast screenings be sent to patients in Louisiana, 

Delaware Enacts Breast Density Inform Law. Delaware becomes the 23rd state to enact such legislation. The law becomes effective 180 days after the Governor's signature. 

Women need to know more than just how dense their breast tissue is. University of Pittsburgh radiologist Wendie Berg is professionally and personally invested in helping women understand breast imaging. She is chief scientific adviser for a new website DenseBreast-info.org, a site developed as an educational tool for patients and healthcare professionals. 

For women with dense breasts, warnings can be unsettling.  "I honestly don't know what to think about the letter," said Hoadley, 45, who lives in Alameda, Calif. "What do I do with that information?"

High breast density can impact cancer screening methods. High breast density can impact cancer screening methods. Breast density isn't the only factor in developing breast cancer, nor is it a certain predictor of risk. 

MAMMOGRAPHY:
New method detects more breast cancer in screening. Tomosynthesis detects 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does, according to a major screening study. 

Missing breast screening exams raises mortality risk. Wisconsin researchers found that missing two exams doubles the risk of all-cause mortality, and risk rises with the number of missed exams. 

Screening reduces risk of breast cancer death by 40 percent. Researchers reported that women aged 50 to 69 who received screening were 40 percent less likely to succumb to the disease compared to women who were not screened. 

ULTRASOUND:
 Breast Cancer Screening (Mammography, MRI & Ultrasound) Market & Forecast - Worldwide. Worldwide Breast Cancer Screening Market was in double digit Billion US$ for 2013.  

MRI:
Study highlights 'important safety issue' with widely used MRI contrast agents. The study adds to concerns that repeated use of specific "linear"-type gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) lead to deposits of the heavy-metal element gadolinium in the brain. 

PET/PEM/RAD THERAPY/BSGI/MBI:
Therapy-resistant breast cancer mechanism revealed. Associate Professor Noriko Saitoh revealed that a cluster of defined, non-coding RNAs are mechanistically involved in endocrine therapy resistance in human breast cancer cells. 

Gauging precision of breast density measurement in spectral mammography. Dual energy material composition is twice as precise as other interpretation techniques when it comes to breast density assessment, according to results of a study published online May 29 in Academic Radiology. 

Short-Course Partial-Breast RT Gets High Marks. A week-long course of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) after lumpectomy led to low rates of breast cancer recurrence and a 10-year survival of 96%, investigators in a multi-institutional study reported. 

BIOPSY:
Biocept launches liquid biopsy test for breast and lung cancers; shares gap up at the open. Nano cap Biocept (BIOC +15.7%) jumps out of the gate in response to itsannouncement that it has launched its FGFR1 amplification testing service that is performed with a patient's blood sample. The presence of the biomarker is associated with non-small cell lung cancer and breast cancer.

NEW TECHNOLOGY:
New technique speeds nanoMRI imaging. NanoMRI is a scanning technique that produces nondestructive, high-resolution 3-D images of nanoscale objects, and it promises to become a powerful tool for researchers and companies exploring the shape and function of biological materials such as viruses and cells in much the same way as clinical MRI today enables investigation of whole tissues in the human body. 

Mini-breasts grown in petri dishes. About 70,000 Women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Germany alone. Despite significant progress in the treatment of common types of breast cancer, some aggressive subtypes are poorly understood and remain incurable. A new experimental model opens new avenues for mammary gland biology and basic breast cancer research. Researchers are now able to create three-dimensional organoid-structures that recapitulate normal breast development and function from single patient-derived cells. 

MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES:
Increasing Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality From 1979 to 2010 for US Black Women Aged 20 to 49 Years. In contrast to other cancers, ischemic heart disease, and stroke, the breast cancer mortality disparity has widened over the past 30 years, suggesting that unique aspects of disease biology, prevention, and treatment may explain persistent racial differences for young women. 

Cryopreservation Helps Breast Cancer Patients Conceive After Treatment. Breast cancer patients can achieve pregnancy rates comparable to those for women in the general population undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), thanks to embryo cryopreservation after ovarian stimulation with letrozole and follicle-stimulating hormone. 

New method detects early breast cancer via urine. Medical researchers have developed an approach for detecting breast cancer by means of urine samples. The method involves determining the concentration of molecules that regulate cell metabolism and that are often dysregulated in cancer cells.

Daily aspirin could block growth of breast, other cancers, lab study suggests. A new lab study found that a daily dose of aspirin was effective at blocking breast tumor growth. Previous studies have already shown a similar effect on colon, gastrointestinal, prostate, and other cancers. 

5 things not to say to your friend who's had a mastectomy. Three women had the support of their incredible friends and families, but all three have had their fair share of less than helpful comments. 

An Uber for Doctor Housecalls. New smartphone apps can deliver doctors to your doorstep. 

Removing more tissue during breast cancer surgery reduces by half the need for second procedure. Taking cavity shave margins cut the positive margin rate in half, without compromising cosmetic outcome or increasing complication rates. 

Breast cancer breakthrough after scientists find trigger that causes disease to spread to the lungs. Most of the 11,700 deaths from breast cancer each year occur after the disease spreads from the breast to other parts of the body. The lungs are one of the first places to be affected.Most of the 11,700 deaths from breast cancer each year occur after the disease spreads from the breast to other parts of the body. The lungs are one of the first places to be affected. 

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