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Tiny Positioning Differences for Radiotherapy Can Impact Survival

Tiny differences in a patient's position during radiotherapy for lung or oesophageal cancer can impact how likely they are to survive, according to a study presented at the ESTRO 37 conference in Barcelona.

The study found that differences of just a few millimetres can shift radiation targeted to the tumour fractionally closer to the heart, where it can cause unintentional damage and reduce survival chances.

This finding suggests that survival could be improved by tightening up treatment guidelines to ensure patients are positioned more accurately.

New Study Sheds Light on Body's Response to Killer Fungus

A new research, from the University of Aberdeen, shed light on the human immune system's response to a deadly fungus called Aspergillus fumigatus. 

The findings, reported in the journal Naturecould help in the fight against the fungal infection that kills around 200,000 people every year and causes lung and allergic diseases in millions of others.