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Study found: Common Cancer drug causes Hear loss

Scientists have found a new way for hearing loss which is caused by cisplatin, a powerful drug used to treat many forms of cancer. Using a highly sensitive technique to measure and map cisplatin in mouse and human inner ear tissues. Researchers found that forms of cisplatin build up in the inner ear. They also found a region in the inner ear that could be targeted for efforts to prevent hearing loss from cisplatin. The study is published in Nature Communications.

Diagnosis of Two Cancer Types Using IR Spectroscopy

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports revealed that two types of cancer (lymphoma and melanoma) could be detected with a simple blood test using infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The findings suggested that IR spectroscopy could detect biochemical changes induced by non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (a solid tumorous condition of the immune system), and subcutaneous melanoma, (the deadly form of skin cancer), and has diagnostic potential as a screening technique for these cancers.

Elderly Patients Think Twice before Cancer Screening

Breast cancer testing in the nation's oldest patients is highly unlikely to detect lethal disease, hugely expensive and more likely to harm than help since any follow-up testing and treatment is often invasive. Nearly 1 in 5 women with severe cognitive impairment including older patients are still get regular mammograms, according to the American Journal of Public Health even though they're not recommended for people with a limited life expectancy and 55% of older men with a high risk of death over the next decade still get PSA tests for prostate cancer, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Child Life Programs Associated with Improved Quality and Outcomes in Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that child life services are an important component of pediatric hospital-based care. Hospitalization is often a very stressful experience for children and presents a challenge above and beyond providing medical care at children's hospitals, which generally serve patients from infancy to age 18 whose conditions range from minor to life-threatening and whose stays run from overnight to weeks or even months. And that challenge becomes more difficult during the holiday season.