You may think it's par for the course for a stroke victim to be sad and irritable in learning to cope with stroke damage but turns out, there may be another reason for the negative mood that along with the damage to speech and movement, a stroke may leave its mark on emotions as well. A study of nearly 150 stroke patients finds those who had damage in the front part of their brain were more likely to have problems with anger, depression, and emotional outbursts. According to that report in Neurology, there may be a true physical cause for post stroke depression rather than just a negative attitude from someone who wants to be sour. The study was conducted at Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
Researchers have uncovered a red flag in the earliest stage of Breast Cancer a signal that tells doctors the patient has a form of Breast Cancer that spreads quickly and needs aggressive therapy. The marker is a tiny protein called Rho-C. Researchers at the University of Michigan Cancer Center say high levels of Rho-C show up in small tumors less than a centimeter in diameter. A study of more than 180 breast tissue samples finds testing for the protein is an effective way to spot these aggressive cancers. Unfortunately, a test to detect the protein is still more than a year way from clinical trials, but researchers are hopeful that someday this may lead to a blood test that could spot agressive early stage cancers before they spread.
Researchers say the same protein linked to this aggressive form of Breast Cancer, called Inflammatory Breast Cancer, also plays a role in liver, pancreas, and skin. Physicians from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center conducted the study and presented their findings at the meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.