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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Free Online Cancer Encyclopedia for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer


 

 by F Guzzardi

OSLO, Norway, June 13, 2013/ http://www.Oncolex.org is a non-profit, online cancer resource, providing updated and detailed information on cancer care for health care providers worldwide. As a web-site in continual progress, sourced directly from acclaimed medical specialists, Oncolex keeps track of novel procedures and technology transforming the field of cancer diagnostics and treatment. Diagnosis, treatment procedures and follow-up care for each cancer type is thoroughly explained by use of text, illustrations, animations, photos and video footage. Norwegians have used Oncolex since 2006, and this unique resource is now available in English.
Oliver Bogler, Professor Neurosurgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center states: "MD Anderson is thrilled to be collaborating with our partners at Oslo University Hospital on editing the content in Oncolex. We are proud to be a part of this leading contribution to the new generation of cancer resources, and excited about the possibilities it offers for educating cancer professionals around the world."

Oncolex contains theoretical and practical information for treatment of the various forms of cancer, including descriptions of procedures within diagnostics, prognostics, surgery, drugs and radiation therapies. All types of cancer are covered, explaining ways of diagnosing cancer, as well as determining the stage and possible spreading of the cancerous growth. Details such as surgical instruments used and cell level histological analyses are also described.
Oncolex presents its visitors with a complete tutorial to understand the intricacies of cancer care. Videos from operation theatres provide unique tutorials for surgeons treating cancer patients as well as medical students in training.
Customizable search options are available, so users may filter out information such as surgical procedures or radiation therapy.

Few hospitals and medical centers have cancer specialists on site. Oncolex acts as an accessible resource for health care providers in need of specialized information when treating and informing their cancer patients.
Many cancer patients or their loved ones seek information online. Unfortunately the internet provides both valid and invalid information. Oncolex is constantly revised and reviewed, ensuring up-to-date information.

More than 100 cancer specialists from the Norwegian Radium Hospital at Oslo University Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have contributed to the content of Oncolex. They are acclaimed and acknowledged clinicians with many years' experience in cancer treatment, surgery, patient follow-up and medical research.
http://www.oncolex.org
http://www3.mdanderson.org/streams/FullVideoPlayer.cfm?%78ml=cfg%2FOncolex
Contact:
Editor-in-chief
Havard Danielsen
h.e.danielsen@medisin.uio.no( mailto:h.e.danielsen@medisin.uio.no )
Tel +47-2293-5617
SOURCE Oslo Universitetssykehus


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