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Indoor Tanning May Be an Addiction Abetted by Both Genetic and Psychiatric Factors

WASHINGTON — A combination of elevated symptoms of depression along with modifications in a gene responsible for dopamine activity, important to the brain’s pleasure and reward system, appear to influence an addiction to indoor tanning in young, white non-Hispanic women. That finding comes from a new study, reported by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and published online June 11 in Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Excess exposure to ultraviolet radiation can lead to melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Most UV exposure is from the sun, but exposure from indoor tanning is common in certain people and accounts for 10…

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100th Patient Treated with Proton Therapy at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Physicians and hospital staff are celebrating the first 100 patients treated at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Proton Therapy Center, the first and only center of its kind in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Proton therapy is the latest cancer-fighting technology designed to shrink some previously untreatable tumors. The proton therapy system used by radiation oncologists at MedStar Georgetown is the most advanced cancer treatment technology currently available. Using pencil beam scanning (PBS) and HYPERSCAN™ technology, physicians can precisely target tumors anywhere in the body with minimal exposure to healthy tissues. This is especially beneficial for younger…

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National Cancer Institute Renews Prestigious Designation of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

For Decades MedStar Georgetown Cancer Patients Have Benefitted from Access to the Nation’s Leading Experts and Research

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Philanthropic Leaders Advance the New Medical/Surgical Pavilion with Commitment to Neurosciences

Washington, D.C.– Thanks to an inspiring multimillion-dollar philanthropic investment from the Bernstein Family, which includes Wilma and Stuart Bernstein, Richard Bernstein, Tracy and Adam Bernstein, and Lisa and Josh Bernstein and the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, as well as Nancy and Marc Duber, who is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Bernstein Companies real estate firm, the Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will be home to the Bernstein Family Patient Care Floor for Neuroscience Excellence. Currently under construction, the facility’s design puts patient care and comfort at the forefront while promoting the very latest…

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