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Lifelines: Call for Editorial Board Members

Lifelines is a journal for literature and art in medicine started by Sai Li MED ’06 and first published in the fall of 2004.  Lifelines has featured work by Guggenheim Fellows, winners of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, physicians, medical students, faculty, and undergraduates, as well as from new authors and artists. We are currently seeking members to join our editorial board. We will have two separate boards for artwork and written work. 

Researchers Investigate Molecule, VISTA, Which Keeps the Immune System Quiet Against Cancer

Researchers Investigate Molecule, VISTA, Which Keeps the Immune System Quiet Against Cancer

Researchers led by Dartmouth’s and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center are studying a valuable target in regulating the immune response in cancer and autoimmunity. VISTA is a tempering molecule that hinders T cells in the immune system from activating against self-antigens such as cancer cells. Their new publication describes how VISTA controls T-cell responses.

New Mechanism May Safely Prevent and Reverse Obesity

New Mechanism May Safely Prevent and Reverse Obesity

Researchers at Dartmouth’s and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center have discovered that a receptor found in almost all cells plays a big role in the body’s metabolism. By blocking the receptor with use of a drug, mice on a high-fat diet did not become any fatter than mice on a low-fat control diet, and obese mice dropped in weight with use of the same drug. No ill side effects were observed in either study.

Scientists Capture for First Time, Light Flashes from Human Eye During Radiotherapy

Scientists Capture for First Time, Light Flashes from Human Eye During Radiotherapy

People have long reported seeing flashes of light during brain radiotherapy. Until now, no one has been able to capture evidence of this sensation in humans, and only theory, models, and speculation exist to explain it. Scientists at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, for the first time, have not only caught real-time observation of this phenomenon, but explain how the light is produced in the eye when radiation passes through it. 

Photo: National Cancer Institute (https://www.cancer.gov).

Scientists Learn What Women Know—and Don’t Know—About Breast Density and Cancer Risk

A new study by scientists at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice conducted focus groups with women in three different states to learn what they did and did not know about breast density, in general and their own. The study found that women had varying knowledge. What they all had in common was a strong desire to learn more.