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Screening Mammograms Don’t Prevent Breast Cancer Deaths, Study Finds

Los Angeles Times – Additional coverage on a study by researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel and Harvard, which found that mammogram screening tests aren’t working as hoped. Instead of preventing deaths by uncovering breast tumors at an early, more curable stage, screening mammograms have mainly found small tumors that would have been harmless if left alone.

Hidden Dangers of Smoking on Hookahs

The Post and Courier – Cites a recent Geisel School of Medicine study, which surveyed 1,050 young smokers, age 15-23, and found that within two years, 39 percent who had smoked a hookah had graduated to cigarettes. The study notes that the young and impressionable get hooked at a more than 30 percent rate.

Drug Derived From Scorpion Venom Will Target Brain Cancer in Kids

Seattle Times – Quotes David Roberts, professor of surgery and neurology, on news that Seattle Children’s Hospital will be testing a new dye derived from scorpion venom that lights up cancer cells so surgeons can see — and remove — deadly brain tumors. Roberts and other colleagues have also been testing a similar drug compound, 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), which targets glial tumors.

Immunotherapy: the Big New Hope for Cancer Treatment

The Guardian – This article mentions Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine in an article about the overall impact of a cancer immunotherapy clinical trial on melanoma patients, and that the two drugs used in the trial, ipilimumab and nivolumab, were created by the biotech firm called Medarex founded by immunologists from Geisel.