Focused ultrasound destroys cancerous brain tissue non-invasively; MRI valuable in diagnosing prostate cancer in patients with history of negative biopsies;

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> Researchers from Zurich are using focused ultrasound to non-invasively destroy cancerous brain tissue through a patient's intact skull. The treatment was conducted at the Focused Ultrasound Center of University Children's Hospital. "The patient was awake and responsive during the treatment, and we were able to successfully target and destroy a part of the tumor located deep within the patient's brain," Javier Fandino, professor of neurosurgery at Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland, said. "We are very encouraged that we could utilize focused ultrasound to accomplish this with no side effects or complications." Announcement

> Magnetic resonance imaging could be valuable in diagnosing prostate cancer in patients with histories of negative biopsies and elevated PSA, according to a new study. Researchers found that MRI offers a potential alternative to transrectal ultrasound because of its high sensitivity. Abstract

> The U.S. market for oncology-related diagnostic ultrasound, minimally-invasive biopsy and tissue screening products will increase to $1.4 by 2017, up from $1.1 billion in 2012. Announcement

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> A recent cybersecurity drill found that healthcare organizations are more willing to share information and best practices, according to Kevin Charest, chief information security officer at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Article

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> The increased number of insured patients under the Affordable Care Act could result in an accompanying 5 percent rise in malpractice claims, according to a new RAND Corporation study. In turn, physicians could see their liability premiums go up as well. Article

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