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In Global News: Specialized Regional Organ Recovery Teams, the Importance of Tumor Board Discussions, and Coffee and Lung Cancer

Friday, April 5, 2019

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care and General Interest

In this brief video, an oncologist shares some thoughts on the value of tumor board discussions and the importance of having them early in a patient’s care.


Drugs and Devices

The US Food and Drug Administration has given Investigational Device Exemption approval to the RejuvenAir System from CSA Medical, a bronchoscopic system that uses liquid nitrogen for targeted treatment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with chronic bronchitis.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Research presented at the recent Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation reports on the success of an approach to organ recovery and evaluation for transplant that is based on military-style Special Ops teams.

An association between coffee intake and lung cancer risk, as reported by researchers at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, is noted as interesting but not a finding that should distract from the contribution of smoking to lung cancer.

Biomedical engineering researchers from the University of Arkansas in the USA applied vector flow imaging to improve ultrasound assessment of the heart in two children, demonstrating the feasibility of the technology.

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