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Today's Top Medical Stories for Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New technology is making it easier to spot breast cancer early. And doctors believe they may be close to a cure for HIV.
Researchers say a cancer treatment may also help HIV patients.
In a new study from New York's Albert Einstein College Of Medicine -- radio-immunotherapy successfully destroyed HIV infected cells in the blood samples of 15 patients. The treatment delivers tiny amounts of radiation to infected cells and kills them.
Current treatments only stop the replication of the virus.
Doctors say they are planning larger trials to confirm the findings.
(presented at the Radiological Society of North America Meeting - Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.)


Canadian researchers say men and women with heart disease have a similar prognosis.
It was thought women with plaque buildup in their arteries were at a higher risk of heart attack.
But a statistical analysis found the risk is similar for both men and women.
(presented at the Radiological Society of North America Meeting - St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia)


And researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say 3D mammography is better than traditional 2D digital technology.
A study of 26,000 women found 3D spotted 22 percent more breast cancers and led to fewer call backs for follow up tests.
Doctors say the new technology is especially good at seeing into dense tissue.
(presented at the Radiological Society of North America Meeting - University of Pennsylvania)


(Ko Im, FOR CBS News)
 


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