ASH 2010 Conference Coverage

ACA: Eight million people signed up for health insurance

The White House announced that over 8 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance during the first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act; 35% of registrants are younger than 35 years old.

Aspirin linked to improved survival after colon cancer diagnosis

Taking low doses of aspirin, which inhibits platelet function, after a colon cancer diagnosis appears to be associated with better survival if the tumor cells express HLA class I antigen.

Y-90 radioembolization: A new treatment for hepatic metastases from breast cancer

Yttrium-90 radioembolization is a minimally invasive treatment that may slow disease progression in breast cancer that has metastasized to the liver.

Cancer 'vaccine' for advanced disease shows early progress

Early progress has been made in developing a treatment that might one day help the immune system defend itself against cancer, but research is still in preliminary stages.

Clinician-patient relationship tied to health care outcomes

Meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials shows small but significant effect from the patient-clinician relationship.

More sensitive testing may better define prognosis and treatment for leukemia

Nearly half of patients with the most common form of adult leukemia may have a distinct pattern of genetic abnormalities that could better define their prognosis and treatment.

Doxorubicin-ifosfamide combo improves progression-free survival in soft-tissue sarcoma

A new European study does not support administration of intensified doxorubicin and ifosfamide for palliation of advanced soft tissue sarcoma.

Patients see sharp increase in price of specialty drugs

Many Americans paying less for prescription drugs, but some are having to deal with sharp rises in cost of specialty meds.

Nurses' choices

The author prided herself on her professional nursing skills. But a trip to the other side of the nurse-patient relationship changed how she provides care.

New gene implicated in progression and recurrence of triple-negative breast cancer

A gene not previously associated with breast cancer appears to play a pivotal role in the growth and progression of triple-negative breast cancer.

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