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ClinicalTrials.gov Shows NIH Funding On the Decline, Industry Funding On the Upswing

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The number of registered NIH-funded trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov decreased between 2006 through 2014; however, the number of industry-funded trials increased substantially.

Gene therapy safely increased saliva flow after head and neck cancer

A small study showed the safety of using gene therapy in the salivary gland to repair damage caused by radiation for head and neck cancer.

Watchful waiting offers more quality years than prostatectomy

Compared with prostatectomy, surveillance will likely reduce prostate cancer-specific survival only slightly and greatly enhance quality of life.

Optical mammography identifies and monitors breast cancer

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A new optical imaging technology could give doctors new ways to both identify breast cancer and to monitor the responses of individual patients to initial treatments of the disease. Tufts Medical Center in Boston is now undertaking a five-year clinical study of the procedure through a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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