Entries in Ann Arbor (2)


US Radiation Breast Cancer Treatment Registry May Be Incomplete

ABC News(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- A new report suggests that nearly  20 percent of breast cancer radiation patients are not getting their treatments posted in a federal database.

The Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database is overseen by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Cancer researchers rely on the database to compare racial and geographic trends in the disease.

Researchers looked at SEER data in Detroit and Los Angeles and compared it with treatment center reports. They found that 273 of 1,292 patients were not getting their treatments recorded.

The study was published in the journal Cancer on June 29.

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Study: PCBs May Affect In Vitro Fertilization

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- A new study suggests polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may affect in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to HealthDay.

Congress banned PCBs in 1979, although the toxic chemicals can still be found in the United States, particularly in seafood and dairy. Environmental Health Perspectives published a report by the University of Michigan School of Public Health in their Feb. 24 issue, which indicated that PCBs could be the cause of a significantly lower IVF birth rate.

765 women were involved in the study. Scientists analyzed blood samples for PCBs, and found that the 530 cases who lost their babies, either by implantation failure or miscarriage, tended to have higher a PCB content.

The analysts said the findings do not necessarily apply to all infertility problems.

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