Heart Sparing Radiotherapy for Left-Sided Breast Cancer

Mercy is leading the way with heart-sparing left breast radiotherapy using techniques to move the heart out of the radiation fields. The standard radiation may lead to an increased risk for cardiac disease. But with the deep-inspiration breath hold technique, patients breathe through a mouthpiece connected to an Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC) unit, which monitors lung volume. The operator closes a valve to produce a breath hold. A deep breath creates increased separation between the chest wall and heart by moving the breast outward and the heart and diaphragm downward. Radiation is delivered during these repeated breath holds.

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Heart Sparing Radiotherapy for Left-Sided Breast Cancer

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New Drug Delivery Method to the Brain is Tested in Locusts

Washington University engineers are exploring a new drug-delivery method to the brain using gold and locusts!

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SMART Cells: Stem Cells Edited to Fight Arthritis

Researchers rewire stem cells' genetic circuits to autonomously produce a biologic drug when the cells encounter inflammation from arthritis.

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Veterinary Motion Analysis Lab Hopes to Improve Orthopedic Treatments for Pets and People

Veterinary Motion Analysis Lab could lead to better orthopedic treatments and procedures for small animals and humans.

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Genius Games is a series of card and board games that teach players about atoms, ionic bonds and cell biology and structure.

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Date: April 18, 2015 Time: 10:00am