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HOT TUMORS: THE TURBO ENGINE THAT IMMUNOTHERAPY NEEDED

Immunotherapy is a hot topic of conversation when it comes to cancer treatment. Pediatric oncologist Dr. Elias Sayour and his team have found a way to make a hot tumor, their way to make immunotherapy, an alternative to chemotherapy, more effective.

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DISCOVERY OF DUAL-DEGRADING COMPOUND COULD PAVE WAY FOR MORE EFFECTIVE CANCER DRUGS

University of Florida researchers have developed a new compound that simultaneously attacks two key proteins critical for a cancer cell’s survival, a discovery that could aid in the development of more effective leukemia, lung and colon cancer drugs.

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MEDITATION BRINGS ROBUST IMMUNE SYSTEM ACTIVATION, UF HEALTH RESEARCHERS FIND

Eight days of intense meditation causes robust activation of the immune system, University of Florida researchers and their colleagues have found. 

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AT UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL, TISSUE-BANKING SYSTEMS SPURS INCREASED COLLABORATION

Blood and tissue banking have been common practice for decades. Biomedical giants are able to store large quantities of tissue for prolonged periods but the methods of tissue collection are rarely standardized and require a lot of resources. At UF Health, Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine, is working with his research team to change that.

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UF PSMA STUDY EXAMINES HIGHLY PERSONALIZED APPROACH FOR MANAGING ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER

In collaboration with Novartis, the UF Health Radiation Oncology and Genitourinary Oncology teams will begin screening eligible patients for the PSMAfore trial, which examines a new highly targeted, systemic radiopharmaceutical therapy for men with castrate-resistant prostate cancer.

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EVEN AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL, ANCESTRY MATTERS

Diseases impact different populations with varying prevalence, which is reflected in health disparities that are seen for illnesses like lupus, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. To create effective medical treatments, researchers need representative population samples. Even though disease impacts everybody, medical research samples are often not representative of diverse populations.

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UF TEAM AWARDED GRANT TO STUDY HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES FOR PATIENTS OF COLOR WITH METASTATIC BREAST CANCER

A UF team led by Associate Professor Julie Bradley, M.D., has been awarded $147,573 by Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, to study inequities in the delivery of care and outcomes for patients of color with metastatic breast cancer.

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