Genetic link found between brain, skin and bone cancer
American researchers have identified a genetic link between three different types of tissue cancer.
They have found 20 percent of all skin, bone and brain cancers share a defective version of a gene known as STAG2.
It is now hoped the new findings will be used to develop new treatments for all three strains of the disease.
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The researchers, from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, conducted the study initially to find a mutated gene in common forms of brain cancer.
They are now going to conduct further studies to see if the gene is present in other forms of cancer.
“In the cancers we studied, mutations in STAG2 appear to be a first step in the transformation of a normal cell into a cancer cell," said Todd Waldman from the university.
“We are now looking at whether STAG2 might be mutated in breast, colon, lung, and other common human cancers.”
Meanwhile, David Soloman, a student involved in the study, added: “We are now attempting to identify a drug that specifically kills cancer cells with STAG2 mutations.”
“Such a drug would be of clinical benefit to the many patients whose tumors have inactivation of STAG2.”
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”