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Cervical Cancer Biomarker

Posted by medliorator on September 12, 2008

A simple test for a protein called P16INK4A provided a biomarker showing cell changes that indicated a woman likely has pre-cancerous lesions

“The marker shows there was some sort of disruption by the HPV virus,” Ronco said. “Only a small minority of women who have an HPV infection actually develop cancer. The challenge is to find out who are at higher risk of developing cancer.”

The Italian team collected cervical cell samples from women who had already tested positive for the HPV virus… Then they tested for P16INK4A protein in more than 1,100 of these women and found that it helped identified 88 percent of those who had the cancer-causing lesions with far fewer false positives. The protein is more active in cervical-cancer cells.

The refined test also identified 50 percent more of the dangerous lesions than pap smears and required fewer women to be referred for colposcopy

New cervical cancer test beats pap smear [Reuters]

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Survey of Unprofessional Behavior

Posted by medliorator on September 12, 2008

This study assessed participation in and perceptions of unprofessional behaviors among entering medicine interns at the University of Chicago Medical Center and 2 independent residency programs affiliated with Northwestern University at the time of the survey

110 of 118 interns (93.2%) completed the survey… Making fun of patients to colleagues, falsifying medical records, and reporting patient information as normal when uncertain of the true results were perceived as most unprofessional (lowest Likert score) but were reported in 17%, 13%, and 10% of respondents, respectively

Participation in and Perceptions of Unprofessional Behaviors Among Incoming Internal Medicine Interns [JAMA]

Research has shown that those with poor ratings on professional behavior early in their careers are at greater risk of disciplinary action later on.

Ever wonder if your doctor is laughing at you? [CNN Health]

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