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Cooling Bodies of Brain-Dead Donors May Boost Kidney Function After Transplant
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Transplant surgeons may have found a simple way to improve the functioning of kidneys from brain-dead donors: Cool the donor's body by just a few degrees.
Experts said the advance, reported in the July 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, could free up more donor kidneys for the many people now on transplant waitlists.Read entire article...
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Angelina Jolie's Story Didn't Boost Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risks: Study
THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- When actress Angelina Jolie went public about her preventive double mastectomy, it did not lead to an increased understanding of the genetic risk of breast cancer, researchers say.
Although it raised awareness of breast cancer, exposure to Jolie's story may have resulted in greater confusion about the link between a family history of breast cancer and increased cancer risk, according to the study, published Dec. 19 in the journal Genetics in Medicine.
Earlier this year, Jolie revealed that she had both breasts removed after learning that she carried a mutation in a gene called BRCA1 that is linked to breast and ovarian cancers. Women with mutations in that gene and the BRCA2 gene have a five times higher risk of breast cancer and a 10 to 30 times higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than those without the mutations.
For the study, researchers surveyed more than 2,500 Americans. About 75 percent were aware of Jolie's story, the investigators found. But fewer than 10 percent of the respondents could correctly answer questions about the BRCA gene mutation that Jolie carries and the typical woman's risk of developing breast cancer.Read entire article...
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