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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The World's Largest 3D Printed Object for 777X Airplane at Boeing

The 777X wing trim and drill tool is now the world’s “largest solid 3-D printed item,” certified by Guinness World Records

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Video Game Technology Helping Physical Therapy Patients & Athletes at Mizzou Lab

Mizzou researchers are using the depth camera associated with video game systems to help physical therapy patients and athletes.

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New Software for Drug Companies to Make Drugs Cheaper, Faster and Better

New software will provide pharmaceutical companies the ability to develop drugs cheaper, faster and better by improving calculations of drug-target binding.

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Scopio Finds Images on Social Media, Letting Users Get Paid for Their Photos

A company with roots in St.Louis is finding ways to sift through social media to find marketable photos. From there, they put brands and photographers together.

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New Method of Protection Against Pneumococcal Pneumonia

VaxNewMo has engineered E. coli to manufacture pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

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