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PENTAX Medical Awarded for New Product Developments

PENTAX Medical is pleased to announce that the innovation within its new product developments has been recognized by two key awards. The first being the prestigious German Innovation Award 2018 for its ground-breaking DEC duodenoscope with a unique disposable design to improve standards of patient hygiene.

The second being for PENTAX Medical’s prototype Red Density System, supporting the endoscopic assessment of ulcerative colitis, which has been awarded the ESGE Innovation of the Year Award.

Men Would Have Have Less Favorable Attitudes Toward Palliative Care

According to a study, researchers hypothesized that men and those with lower levels of educational attainment would have less favorable attitudes toward palliative care. Men with advanced cancer are 30% less likely than women to consider palliative care.

Fighting Cancer

Researchers believe the findings reflect social norms about gender roles as well as widespread messages in the media and society about "fighting" cancer. Often men see themselves as the family protector. When struck with a serious illness they usually want to be cast as a "fighter" or a "warrior," and may view palliative care as giving up.

The analysis accounted for other factors such as aggressiveness of cancer, age, race, and financial status, but gender was the only factor that significantly influenced preference for palliative care. The study was published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Crime Scenes: Bloodstains Used To Determine Victim's Age

From the spatter analysis made famous in the TV show Dexter to the frequent DNA profiling of CSI and the real cases covered in the FBI Files, blood tests are ubiquitous in forensic science. Now, researchers report that a new blood test, which could be performed at a crime scene, could help determine the age of a suspect or victim within just an hour.

A Complete Atlas of Lung Tumor Cells Created

Researchers studied thousands of healthy and cancerous lung cells to create the first comprehensive atlas of lung tumor cells. Their results reveal that tumors are much more complex than previously appreciated, distinguishing 52 different types of cells. This new information can be used to identify new research lines for treatment. The results of the study will be published in the leading journal Nature Medicine.