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New Study Supporting The Pivotal Role Of Tumor Grade In Chemotherapy Prescription At The 32nd Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Ipsogen SA (Alternext: ALIPS) today announced that a new study confirming the pivotal role of tumor grade in chemotherapy prescription has been presented at the 32nd Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), December 9-13, 2009. The study was conducted at Institut Paoli Calmettes (IPC) Cancer Centre, Marseille, France. Using the centre database and a classification tree method, it retrospectively examined the tumor and patient characteristics driving prescription of adjuvant chemotherapy for 5854 early stage node negative (M-/N-), invasive breast cancer (IBC) patients treated between 1999 and 2005. The study results indicate that tumor grade is the most contributive factor for adjuvant chemotherapy in N-/M- IBC, together with tumor size.

Routine Screening For Postnatal Depression Not Cost Effective, UK

Routine screening for postnatal depression in primary care - as recommended in recent guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) - do not appear to represent value for money for the NHS, concludes a study published on bmj.com. The results suggest that both the NICE guidance and widespread current practice should be reviewed. More than one in 10 women suffer from postnatal depression six weeks after giving birth, yet fewer than half of cases are detected in routine clinical practice. Formal identification methods, such as postnatal or general depression questionnaires, have been advocated but have attracted substantial controversy.

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The Importance Of Attractiveness Depends On Where You Live

Do good-looking people really benefit from their looks, and in what ways? A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Kansas found that yes; attractive people do tend to have more social relationships and therefore an increased sense of psychological well-being. This seems like common sense, and might be why we spend billions of dollars each year trying to become more attractive. However, the study, published in this month's issue of Personal Relationships, also determines that the importance of attractiveness is not universal; rather, it is determined by where we live. The importance of attractiveness in everyday life is not fixed, or simply a matter of human nature.

New Mammogram Guidelines Make 'Good Arguments,' Opinion Piece Says

"A federal advisory panel recently set off a controversy by recommending that most women without special risk factors delay breast cancer screening until they turn 50, not 40, and that mammograms take place only every other year, " Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago writes in a New York Times opinion piece. He adds that although the guidelines "have been called a rash misjudgment and an example of ostrich-like thinking, " this "criticism is unfair ... to the scientists who prepared the report." According to Thaler, the report "makes some good arguments, and a discussion of the underlying numbers and a bit of probability theory may help explain how the scientists reached their conclusions -- and help us evaluate the policy implications.

Also In Global Health News: Sexual Violence In DRC; Anti-Gay Legislation; Counterfeit Drugs In Kenya

U.S. To Give $7M To Help Women Who Have Suffered Sexual Violence In DRC The U.S. will finance a $7 million program to aid women in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who have been the targets of sexual violence, the U.S. embassy said on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports. The money will provide "support for clinics, hospitals and community centres for women and children, " according to an embassy statement. "The project, baptised Espoir (Hope), was jointly launched by the Congolese government and the U.S. embassy and is financed by the development agency USAID" (12/22). U.S. Lawmakers Call For Ugandan President To Oppose Anti-Gay Legislation Five House Republicans - Reps.

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MRI Breast Cancer Screening Refused By Women With Elevated Risk

In a new study published in the January issue of Radiology, 42 percent of women eligible for breast cancer screening with MRI declined to undergo the procedure. "Given that MRI is promoted as a very sensitive test to identify early breast cancer, we were surprised that barely half of women at increased risk for breast cancer would undergo MRI even when offered at no cost, " said Wendie A. Berg, M.D., Ph.D., breast imaging specialist at American Radiology Services, Johns Hopkins - Green Spring Station in Lutherville, Md. "This suggests the need for alternative methods, such as ultrasound, to help screen women at increased risk for breast cancer.

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