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Fluorescent Dye Helps Surgeons See Cancerous Lymph Nodes

October 16, 2017

To help identify cancerous lymph nodes, surgeons at Penn Medicine are leading a trial to see whether a fluorescent dye can be a better way to identify diseased tissue during surgery.

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Using Next-Gen Sequencing to Detect Asymptomatic Pancreatic Cancer

October 4, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have developed a genetic test that can help identify pancreatic cancer, even when a patient experiences no obvious symptoms of disease.

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25 Percent of Cancer Patients Use Cannabis to Manage Pain and Stress

September 25, 2017 - Nearly one quarter of cancer patients treated at the Seattle Cancer Center Alliance reported that they currently use cannabis to manage the physical and psychological symptoms of treatment, according to researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Researchers Identify Role of ApoE4 Gene as Possible Drug Target in Alzheimer’s Disease

September 21, 2017 - A team of neurology researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that in the presence of the ApoE4 protein, another protein known as tau forms tangles in the brain which contributes to neuronal damage characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

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95 Percent of Americans Take Preventive Measures to Avoid Cancer, According to Mayo Clinic Survey

September 14, 2017 - With some statistics predicting that one in two individuals will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, people are increasingly taking their health into their own hands in an attempt to reduce their risk.

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Expanded Prenatal Genetic Screening Could Help Identify Chromosomal Abnormalities

September 7, 2017 - Miscarriage and other abnormalities during pregnancy are often left unexplained, but a group of researchers now say that extending our prenatal screening efforts to include the sequences of all 24 human chromosomes could help to detect these issues.

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Cardiovascular Safety in Biopharmaceutical Product Development – From QT Prolongation and Beyond

Navigating Clinical Supply Challenges in Emerging Regions

Chemotherapy Resistance Linked to BRCA Gene in Breast and Ovarian Cancers

August 24, 2017 - The advent of personalized medicine has seen oncologists and other clinicians looking for ways to predict a patient’s response to treatment before it is administered.

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Improving Administration of Blood Thinner Drugs through an Online Course for Nurses

August 22, 2017 - Patients’ refusal of blood thinners can influence a nurse’s decision to administer the drugs, but an online educational program could help to address this issue.

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Patients with Parkinson’s Disease May Benefit from Telemedicine-Based Care

August 18, 2017 - A new study published in the journal, Neurology, suggests that taking a telemedicine approach to Parkinson’s care could be just as effective for patients as visits to their local doctor’s office.

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One Third of Cancer Patients Report Their Out-of-Pocket Treatment Costs are Higher Than Expected

August 18, 2017 - While insurance coverage can help make the cost of cancer treatment more manageable, a new study suggests that it may not do enough to offset the expense.

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Targeting Cellular Nitrogen Metabolism Could Offer a New Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

August 17, 2017 - An enzyme involved in regulating the amount of nitrogen in the cell could be a new drug target for pancreatic cancer, according to researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

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Activated Charcoal May Prevent Negative Effects of Antibiotics on Microbiome

August 16, 2017 - Researchers at a French biotech company, Da Volterra, believe that a modified version of activated charcoal could solve this problem by allowing antibiotics to kill pathogenic microbes while sparing those that are important to gut health.

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Cancer Blood Test Detects Mutations to Track Cancer Metastasis

August 15, 2017 - A new highly sensitive blood test – developed by researchers at Stanford University – uses single colour digital PRC to characterize genetic mutations in circulating cancer cells.

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Cholera Vaccines May Not Fully Protect Children against Deadly Diarrheal Disease

August 14, 2017 - While adults immunized against cholera may be well-protected, children who receive the same vaccines may be not be, according to a review conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Medication Adherence Startup Raises $1.6 Million in Funding

August 9, 2017 - Using predictive analytics and individualized patient engagement strategies, digital health startup Groove Health hopes to improve medication adherence.

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Study Finds Zika Virus is Unlikely to be Transmitted through Saliva

August 2, 2017 - The primary mode of transmission for the Zika virus is thought to be through the blood, however worries that the virus could be passed along through other bodily fluids prompted researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study saliva’s virus-harboring potential.

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Depression Combined with Heart Disease Leads to Increased Death Risk

August 1, 2017 - According to researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, patients with coronary heart disease who later develop depression could be twice as likely to die, compared to non-depressed patients.

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Health Law Researchers Highlight Consent Problems with Biobank Sample Collection

July 31, 2017 - While biobank activity has intensified over the last several decades, a recent essay published in PLOS Biology suggests that the ethical and legal issues surrounding patient consent for sample and health information collection has yet to be standardized.

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Doctors Should Stop Telling Patients to Complete their Course of Antibiotics, Infectious Disease Specialists Say

July 27, 2017 - While it’s been believed that early discontinuation of antibiotics could help drive antibiotic resistance among pathogens, a new paper published in the BMJ suggests that this idea is outdated.

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Study: Chemotherapy Before Surgery Improves Survival in Breast Cancer Patients

July 26, 2017 - An observational study conducted by Italian researchers has found that breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy before undergoing surgery to remove the tumor had a better rate of short- and long-term survival.

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Side Effect Risk Could Be Preventing Stroke Patients from Taking Statins

July 17, 2017 - Researchers in the UK have found that stroke survivors may not be taking their statin medicines as prescribed over concerns about potential side effects associated with the drugs.

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Biomarker Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Could Support Early Diagnosis

July 12, 2017 - Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania say they have developed a biomarker panel that could help clinicians detect and diagnose pancreatic cancer.

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Parkinson’s Patients Could Have Elevated Risk of Melanoma

July 7, 2017 - According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease could be at an increased risk of developing melanoma.

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Liquid Biopsies May Offer Valuable Information About Cancer Treatment Response

July 6, 2017 - Non-invasive liquid biopsies could help clinicians determine whether a cancer patient is adequately responding to treatment, and give indications as to why some therapies aren’t working, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

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Treating a Rare Complication of Heart Surgery Could Improve Patient Outcomes

June 30, 2017 - Protein-losing enteropathy (PLE) is a condition in which a patient suffers a dramatic loss of proteins into the intestine.

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First Human Colon Organoids Grown in Lab

June 26, 2017 - Using human pluripotent stem cells, researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed colon-like organoids that can be transplanted into mice.

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Breastfeeding Mothers May Have Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke Later in Life

June 23, 2017 - According to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, women who breastfed their babies could have a lower future risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

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Nanomaterial Promotes Bone Growth after Spinal Fusion Surgery

June 21, 2017 - Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a bioactive nanomaterial capable of effectively stimulating bone regeneration after spinal fusion surgery.

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What’s the Role of Vitamin A in the Development of Diabetes?

June 14, 2017 - A new study conducted by researchers at the Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden has identified a novel link between vitamin A and diabetes.

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Blood Biomarker for Huntington’s Disease Identified for First Time

June 8, 2017 - Researchers at University College London (UCL) have identified a blood biomarker which could predict the onset and progression of Huntington’s disease symptoms in patients.

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Four Biomarkers Can Help Identify Viral and Non-Viral Causes of Systemic Inflammation

June 7, 2017 - Four blood biomarkers could help doctors decide whether the source of a patient’s systemic inflammation is viral or non-viral in nature.

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Clinical Assay Detects Zika Virus in Semen

June 6, 2017 - A clinical assay has been shown to reliably detect the Zika virus in semen samples, according to researchers at the Fertility and Cryogenics Lab in Illinois.

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Italy Attempts to Control Infectious Disease Outbreaks by Implementing Mandatory Vaccinations

June 5, 2017 - In response to a recent outbreak of measles in Italy which has so far affected 1,500 people, the Italian government has made it illegal for parents to prevent their children from receiving 12 essential vaccines.

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Blood Biomarker Could Facilitate Brain Cancer Diagnosis Five Years Earlier

June 5, 2017 - Weakened interactions between immune proteins known as cytokines could be a biomarker for early diagnosis of brain cancer, according to researchers at Ohio State.

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Kidneys from Diabetic Donors May be Best Transplant Option for Some Patients

May 29, 2017 - According to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, certain patients awaiting a kidney transplant may benefit from being given an organ from a donor with diabetes.

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One Year of Medically Assisted Dying in Canada

May 25, 2017 - In June of 2016, the federal government of Canada passed legislation to legalize medically assisted dying.

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Bioengineered Heart Valve Regenerates Just Like Human Heart Tissue

May 23, 2017 - Over four million people each year suffer from cardiac valve disease, requiring them to undergo surgery to receive a replacement valve.

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Human Antibodies from Survivor Protect Against All Species of Ebola Virus

May 23, 2017 - A team of researchers have identified the first human antibodies capable of protecting against all three pathogenic strains of the Ebola virus.

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Study Finds Hospital-Acquired Anemia Linked with Poorer Patient Outcomes

May 19, 2017 - New research conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that one in three patients admitted to hospital develop anemia as a result.

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Large Cyber-Attack on UK Hospitals and NHS Disrupts Healthcare Service

May 16, 2017 - A large-scale cyber-attack has hit a number of National Health Service (NIH) run hospitals in the UK, disrupting service and prompting healthcare workers to postpone non-emergency procedures.

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Engineered Bone Tissue Could Improve Success of Bone Marrow Transplants

May 11, 2017 - This engineered tissue could act as an incubator for the transplanted cells, allowing them to grow and divide, and eliminated the need for radiation treatment to kill off the patient’s endogenous cells.

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Low-Dose Cannabis Could Protect Cognitive Function in Aging Brain

May 10, 2017 - A recent study conducted by researchers in Germany has found that mice treated with low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – one of the active ingredients found in cannabis – showed a reversal in age-related cognitive decline.

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Glaucoma Biomarker Could Predict Future Vision Loss

May 8, 2017 - Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have identified a biomarker which has the potential to help physicians monitor disease progression and assess the effectiveness of glaucoma medications.

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Saturated Fat Does Not Clog Arteries, According to Researchers

April 28, 2017 - The researchers cited a systematic review and meta-analysis of observation studies that found no link between saturated fat consumption, coronary heart disease, and death.

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Womb-Like Device Could Increase Survival of Premature Babies

April 27, 2017 - While much progress has been made in the way of caring for prematurely-born babies, these infants still face a greater risk of disability and death compared to those carried to full-term.

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New Medici App Has Big Implications for Future of Doctor-Patient Relationship

April 26, 2017 - A new healthcare messaging app, Medici, promises to connect patients with all of their doctors through a single platform.

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Postmenopausal Women with High Risk of Fracture May Benefit Most from Hormone Therapy

April 25, 2017 - According to a large study conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo (UB), women with a genetic risk of fractures could receive the most bone-building benefit from hormone therapy.

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GSK Malaria Vaccine to be Pilot Tested in Three African Countries

April 25, 2017 - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will become the first countries to test GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) malaria vaccine in 2018.

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Better Meal Planning for Diabetics Using a Predictive Blood Sugar App

April 21, 2017 - A new app could allow people with type 2 diabetes to make predictions about the impact of a meal on their blood sugar levels, before they even take a bite.

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Bacterial Biomarkers Could Make Diagnosing Colorectal Cancer Less Invasive

April 20, 2017 - Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health have identified specific strains of gut bacteria which have been associated with colorectal cancer.

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Study Uncovers Mechanism Behind Cognitive Impairment in Chemotherapy Patients

April 18, 2017 - While chemotherapy remains one of the most common types of cancer treatment, it can have a number of serious side effects, including cognitive impairments.

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Shire and PatientsLikeMe Collaborate on Rare Disease Study

April 13, 2017 - Biopharmaceutical company, Shire Pharmaceuticals and online patient support community, PatientsLikeMe, have announced that they plan to collaborate with the aim of developing a patient-centered health education platform.

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Gilead’s Hepatitis C Meds Receive FDA Approval for Treatment of Pediatric Patients

April 12, 2017 - The FDA has approved supplemental applications for Gilead’s Harvoni and Sovaldi – both treatments for chronic hepatitis C infection – for pediatric patients age 12 and over.

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Antiviral Drug Could Offer New Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis

April 11, 2017 - Now, research led by an international team from George Washington (GW) University, the University of Perugia and the University of Rome, have determined that a drug used to treat viral infections may be effective at slowing cystic fibrosis disease progression.

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23andMe DTC Genetic Health Risk Reports Approved by FDA

April 10, 2017 - The FDA has granted marketing approval to personal genetics company, 23andMe, for their direct-to-consumer (DTC) Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests.

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Viral Infection May Be Immune Trigger in Celiac Disease

April 10, 2017 - According to researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, infection with a common strain of viruses belonging to the reovirus family, could cause the immune system to trigger an inflammatory response against gluten.

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Could an Antibiotic be used to Treat the Symptoms of PTSD?

April 5, 2017 - According to research conducted at University College London and the University of Zurich, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections may be helpful in treating or preventing the negative thoughts associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Peanuts May Improve Arterial Health, Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

April 3, 2017 - According to researchers at The Pennsylvania State University, peanut consumption at mealtime could help reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases.

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FDA Approves New Drug for Parkinson’s Disease

March 23, 2017 - Newron Pharmaceuticals’ Xadago (safinamide) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an add-on medication for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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New Zika Virus Research Sheds Light on Tissues Infected with the Pathogen

March 13, 2017 - Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), have identified multiple tissue types infected by the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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Some Women with Breast Cancer May Benefit from Soy Compound

March 8, 2017 - Foods containing soy have long been considered off-limits to women being treated for breast cancer, due to their high content of estrogen-like compounds known as isoflavones.

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Preserving Fertility During Chemotherapy Using Available Cancer Drug

March 8, 2017 - Everolimus, a drug used to slow tumor growth, could prevent chemotherapy-induced infertility, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Research First: Mouse Embryo Grown From Stem Cells in Culture

March 7, 2017 - In a world first, researchers at the University of Cambridge have grown an artificial mouse embryo using a stem cell mix in cell culture.

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Drug Therapy versus Psychotherapy for Mental Health Disorders: Which is More Accepted by Patients?

March 7, 2017 - A review study recently published in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychotherapy, has found that patients are less likely to complete a treatment program for mental disorders if it involves taking psychotropic drugs.

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Metered-Dose Inhalers May Be Less Accurately Used Than Previously Thought

March 2, 2017 - Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have found that many metered-dose inhalers used in the maintenance of chronic lung diseases, may be dispensing just half of the active ingredient in each puff.

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Genomic Diagnostic Could Use Nasal Swab to Detect Lung Cancer

February 28, 2017 - A non-invasive nasal swab could improve lung cancer diagnosis, according to genomic diagnostics company, Veracyte.

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Lack of Research Reproducibility Calls Scientific Integrity Into Question

February 27, 2017 - The journal, Nature conducted a survey last year which found that over 70 percent of researchers have, at one time or another, been unable to reproduce another’s results by conducting the same experiments.

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CDC: Interim Results Suggest Flu Vaccine 48 Percent Effective This Season

February 23, 2017 - This year’s influenza vaccine has reduced the risk of contracting the virus by approximately 50 percent, according to an interim report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Cognitive Symptoms of MS Could be Reduced by Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

February 23, 2017 - According to researchers at NYU Langone's Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, cognitive abilities of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) could be improved by pairing training with an approach known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

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Using MRI to Detect Autism Biomarkers in Infants

February 16, 2017 - Using the brain imaging technique, the researchers showed 80 percent accuracy in predicting which children would be diagnosed with autism at 24 months.

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Vasectomy Alternative: Male Contraceptive Gel Proves Effective in Animal Models

February 13, 2017 - A company known as Revolution Contraceptives have developed a male non-hormonal contraceptive gel, named Vasalgel.

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Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Heart Attack Death

February 9, 2017 - February is American Heart Month, and according to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, leaving severe obstructive sleep apnea untreated raises an individual’s risk of suffering a fatal heart attack.

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Mobile App for Opioid Addiction to Support Patient Detoxification

February 8, 2017 - To help support patients undergoing opioid detoxification, researchers at Boston University School of Public Health are developing a multifunctional smartphone app.

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Abbott Receives FDA Authorization for Blood Test to Detect Zika Virus

February 6, 2017 - According to the company, this is the first commercial molecular test to be authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to detect Zika in whole blood samples.

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Online Database for Cancer Genomics to Help Clinicians

February 1, 2017 - As researchers continue to identify genetic mutations which may be implicated in the development of cancer, the need for a genomics database to organize all of this information is becoming more pressing.

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Multiple Infections During Infanthood Associated with Shorter DNA Telomeres in Adults

January 31, 2017 - Compared to adults who were healthier during infancy, those who experienced multiple infections have shorter DNA telomeres in adulthood.

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Ebola Blood Biomarker Could Help Healthcare Workers Predict Patient Outcomes

January 25, 2017 - A team of researchers at the University of Liverpool have identified a transcriptomic biomarker in the blood of patients infected with the Ebola virus, which may be a predictor of survival.

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Asthma Misdiagnosis Could Mean Many are Unnecessarily Medicated

January 24, 2017 - Though asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions around the world, a new study suggests it may be overdiagnosed.

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Small Study Finds Fecal Transplant May Benefit Patients with Autism

January 24, 2017 - Researchers at Ohio State University have found that fecal transplants reduced some of the symptoms associated with gastrointestinal distress, as well as behavioral traits associated with autism.

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Protein Protects Against Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

January 20, 2017 - Researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), have discovered that the CPEB4 protein is able to prevent the over-accumulation of fat in liver cells, known as hepatocytes.

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Heart CT Scans Support Personalized Medicine for Patients with Prehypertension

January 19, 2017 - Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that heart CT scans can help physicians determine whether patients who fall within a so-called “gray-zone” of blood pressure readings could benefit from medication.

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Brain-on-a-Chip Mimics Connectivity Between Neurons

January 17, 2017 - Researchers at Harvard University have developed an in vitro brain-on-a-chip capable of modeling the connectivity between different neurons found in distinct areas of the brain.

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Epigenetic Modification Implicated in Some Adult Cancers

January 17, 2017 - Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have identified an epigenetic modification which could contribute to 15 percent of all adult cases of throat cancer.

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New HPV-Triggered Subtype of Cervical Cancer Discovered

January 13, 2017 - Researchers at the University of South Carolina have identified a new subtype of cervical cancer that has a unique association with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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BRCA2-Associated Prostate Cancer Primed to be Aggressive Before Treatment

January 11, 2017 - A new study published in the journal, Nature Communications, has provided a potential explanation as to why men with an inheritable BRCA2 gene mutation tend to develop more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, which are difficult to treat.

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Novo Nordisk and Glooko Partner to Improve Diabetes Management

January 10, 2017 - Danish diabetes drugmaker, Novo Nordisk, has partnered with mHealth company, Glooko, to develop patient-centric apps for better diabetes management.

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Genomics Company Human Longevity Names New CEO

January 6, 2017 - Co-founder and CEO of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), J. Craig Venter, made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that he would be stepping down as head of the genomics company.

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Your Immune System is Written in Your Genes

January 6, 2017 - According to researchers at King’s College London, almost three quarters of a person’s immune traits are governed by their genetic information.

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Fluorescent Skin Dye Offers Temporary Option for Skin Cancer Management

January 4, 2017 - A team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a novel fluorescent ink to temporarily tag the skin cancer lesion.

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Localized Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy Best Practice for Glioblastoma

January 3, 2017 - John Hopkins University researchers have found that localized chemotherapy – as opposed to systemic treatment – could help preserve immune system function when immunotherapy will also be used to treat glioblastoma.

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First Oral Salmonella Vaccine Tested in Mice

December 22, 2016 - Now, researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, have developed an oral vaccine for salmonella poisoning.

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Female Physicians Associated with Better Patient Outcomes

December 21, 2016 - A cross-sectional study has found that elderly patients treated by female physicians faced lower mortality and reduced rates of readmission, compared to those seen by male doctors.

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Gene Mutation Associated With Intracranial Aneurysm Identified

December 14, 2016 - Researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, have identified a genetic mutation in the THSD1 gene which has been associated with intracranial aneurysm.

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Ibuprofen Use Associated with Reduced Risk of Death from Lung Cancer Among Smokers

December 13, 2016 - Ibuprofen is a commonly-used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief, however new research suggests that it may also be beneficial to current and former smokers.

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Early Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology Identified in Brain Tissue

December 12, 2016 - While the research could be valuable in the development of new Alzheimer’s therapies, it could also help pathologists with post-mortem diagnosis of the disease.

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Your Blood Transfusion Could Be Arriving By Drone

December 9, 2016 - As long as the biological material is packaged in a temperature-controlled container – like a cooler – the researchers say that drones could be used to quickly and safety deliver blood to remote hospitals, and even accident sites.

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Slow Aging Pathway Associated with Development of Brain Cancer

December 9, 2016 - A metabolic pathway associated with slower aging – known as the NAD+ pathway – has now been implicated in the development of brain cancer.

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Diagnosing Concussions Based on High-Resolution Brain Imaging and Machine Learning

December 8, 2016 - According to Canadian researchers, high-resolution brain scans could be paired with machine learning algorithms to improve the diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury.

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New Clinical Guidelines Recommend NAFLD Screening for Obese Children

December 7, 2016 - New clinical practice guidelines developed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), suggest that obese children between the ages of nine and 11 should be screened for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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New Link Found Between Parkinson’s Disease and Microbiome

December 5, 2016 - The research – which was published in the journal, Cell – could eventually lead to the development of targeted antibiotics, or replenishing probiotics, aimed at treating the movement disorder.

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Unnecessary Caesareans: How Healthcare Professionals are Advocating for Change

November 28, 2016 - As a result of the risks associated with giving birth by caesarean, health practitioners are working towards reducing this practice as much as possible.

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Atrial Fibrillation Raises Dementia Risk

November 24, 2016 - The researchers compared patients with atrial fibrillation with those who did not suffer from the condition, and found that the former patients were between two and three times more likely to develop dementia in their lives.

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What Is The Role Of The Spleen In Anxiety And Stress?

November 23, 2016 - The findings suggest that an excess of white blood cells in the spleen may be sending behavior-altering messages to brain for a long period of time after mice experience stress.

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Gluten-Free Diet Does Not Provide Benefit for All Children with Celiac Disease

November 21, 2016 - According to the study authors, symptoms and results from lab tests are not predictive of which patients will experience persistent celiac enteropathy.

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Opioid Overdose Antidote Enantiomer Could Prevent Pre-Term Birth

November 21, 2016 - The research – which was published in the Nature journal, Scientific Reports – provides a more in-depth understanding of the inflammatory response that can lead to premature labour.

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Social Media Network for Heart Failure Patients in Development by Novartis

November 18, 2016 - According to Novartis, it is “the first dedicated social network for people to share their stories, support and inspire each other.”

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnostic Receives FDA Approval

November 17, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Inova Diagnostics’ assay, QUANTA Lite Calprotectin Extended Range, to help physicians diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Statins Could Reduce Mortality in Some Patients with Arthritis

November 15, 2016 - While statins are commonly used as cholesterol lowering agents in those at risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests that they could also be beneficial to some patients with arthritis.

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New Screening Test Identifies Drugs Effective Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

November 15, 2016 - To help identify drugs which may be effective against bacterial infections which are impervious to traditional antibiotics, researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical Center, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), have developed a new drug-screening assay.

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Cataloguing Genetic Variants to Predict Disease

November 11, 2016 - The ability to study each fragment could allow researchers to determine which genetic variations are disease-causing, and which are harmless.

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Lab-Grown Lungs Survive Transplant into Mice

November 10, 2016 - Lab-grown lungs could help researchers develop more effective therapeutics to treat lung cancer, among other lung diseases, by providing an accurate model with which to screen drug candidates.

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Food Additive Could Contribute To Development of Colon Cancer

November 9, 2016 - A new study conducted by researchers at Georgia State University’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences, has found that these emulsifiers have a detrimental effect on bacteria found in the intestine, thereby promoting inflammation and potentially leading to the development of colon cancer.

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Antibody Could Protect Fetus against Damaging Effects of Zika Virus

November 9, 2016 - Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, have identified a naturally-occurring human antibody which could protect the developing fetus from birth defects caused by the Zika virus.

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New Lower-Cost Diagnostic Test for Cystic Fibrosis

November 4, 2016 - The diagnostic uses a fluorescent dye to allow clinicians to detect high levels of chloride, which could be indicative of cystic fibrosis.

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Researchers Identify Mechanism Behind Skin Fibrosis in Scleroderma

November 3, 2016 - As the mechanisms behind the disease are not fully understood, patients have no effective treatment options for the fibrosis responsible for tightening and hardening of the skin.

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Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Reduces Age-Related Health Decline in Mice

November 2, 2016 - These researchers found that NMN was able to reduce multiple signs of aging, including weight gain, diminished physical activity and loss of insulin sensitivity.

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Canadian Cancer Society to Incorporate Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

November 1, 2016 - In an effort to have a larger impact on cancer research and provide support for patients, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will merge into one organization.

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New Self-Sealing Needle Prevents Blood Loss in Those with Bleeding Disorders

October 28, 2016 - Researchers in Korea have developed a novel biodegradable polymer, which can be used to coat the needle and effectively seal an injection site.

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BioBeats Transitions from Stress App to Well-Being Platform

October 28, 2016 - UK-based digital health company, BioBeats, is making changes to their stress monitoring app to accommodate for other factors of well-being.

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Noninvasive Genetic Prenatal Testing Possible Using Rare Fetal Cells

October 26, 2016 - Rare fetal cells which can be isolated from a pregnant woman’s blood sample, could be used to develop noninvasive genetic prenatal tests.

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Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Could Delay Treatment In Favour Of Disease Monitoring

October 25, 2016 - A new report found that over half of the 32,518 Swedish men diagnosed with prostate cancer over a five-year period, chose to monitor their disease as opposed to opting for radiation therapy or surgery.

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Structure of Cannabinoid Receptor Elucidated In New Study

October 24, 2016 - While researchers have long known that one of the active component in cannabis – known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – acts on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, the mechanisms behind this interaction were previously unknown.

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Unvaccinated Adults Place $7 Billion Burden on US Healthcare System

October 17, 2016 - According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, in 2015 the US economy spent $8.95 billion treating vaccine-preventable diseases in adults.

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Cholesterol Deprivation Kills Brain Cancer Cells

October 17, 2016 - A new study has found that preventing brain cancer cells from importing cholesterol from surrounding healthy cells, induces tumor cell death and regression.

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Infection Risk With Exposure To Hospital Bed Previously Occupied By Antibiotic-Treated Patient

October 12, 2016 - Patients taking antibiotics face a greater risk of developing a Clostridium difficile infection, but a new study suggests that this might not be the only risk factor.

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Male Children Conceived Via IVF Could Experience Fertility Problems Later In Life

October 11, 2016 - Men conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) may have more fertility problems related to sperm quality and quantity, compared to naturally-conceived males.

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Human Life Expectancy Might Be Capped At 115 Years, Say Einstein Researchers

October 7, 2016 - Though the average human lifespan has steadily increased in the past century thanks to improved healthcare among other factors, new research suggests that the oldest people on record have already reached our maximum life expectancy.

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Blocking Free Radicals To Prevent Age-Related Disease

October 6, 2016 - Free radicals cause cellular damage, which has been implicated in many diseases associated with aging, however few truly effective treatments exist to prevent free radicals wreaking havoc on our bodies.

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All Pregnant Women In Thailand May Soon Get Zika Test

October 4, 2016 - According to Thailand’s health ministry, the country is considering implementing country-wide Zika virus testing for all pregnant women.

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Exome Sequencing Could Improve Success Of Kidney Transplants

September 30, 2016 - Researchers at Weil Cornell Medicine in New York have developed a novel DNA-based scoring system to predict matches between kidney donors and recipients, thereby potentially improving transplant success.

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First Three-Parent Baby Born As A Result Of New Fertility Technique

September 29, 2016 - Now five-months-old, the boy carries DNA from his mother, his father and a third egg donor.

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Bioengineered Blood Vessels Continue To Grow After Implantation

September 29, 2016 - Biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota have successfully implanted artificial blood vessels capable of further growth, in young lambs.

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Uber And Technology Startup Launch Hospital Transportation Pilot Program

September 28, 2016 - The pilot program will provide transportation to a select few hospitals in order to reduce the number of missed appointments for elderly, disabled and low-income patients.

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Drug Targeting Fat Synthesis In Cancer Cells Slows Tumor Growth

September 27, 2016 - All cells must synthesize their own fat molecules to support the construction of plasma membranes and other cellular structures, however cancer cells accelerate this process to maintain the rapid growth of tumors.

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African Sleeping Sickness Could Be Transmitted Through Skin

September 26, 2016 - A team of researchers from the University of Glasgow's Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology and the Institut Pasteur in Paris, have discovered that African Trypanosomiasis – more commonly known as African sleeping sickness – can also be transmitted through the skin.

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New Evidence Suggests Nicotine Could Be Neuroprotective

September 22, 2016 - Though the negative health effects of smoking nicotine products have been well established, new research conducted at Texas A&M suggests that on its own, nicotine could be a neuroprotective agent for the aging brain.

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Is Codeine Still The Best Choice For Pediatric Pain Management?

September 21, 2016 - The physician’s group is advising healthcare providers to stop prescribing codeine-based medication to children, and is looking to increase awareness of the risks of the drug in those under the age of 18.

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New Study Supports Transposon Theory Of Aging

September 20, 2016 - A recent study has contributed further evidence that transposons – DNA elements capable of moving around the genome – could play a role in deteriorating health associated with advanced age.

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New Technology Allows Earlier Detection of Eye Disease

September 14, 2016 - Big data analysis detects tiny changes to find early stages of retinal disease.

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Mechanism Behind Tumor Growth And Metastasis Revealed

September 9, 2016 - In the early stages of tumor formation, TGF-beta acts as an inhibitory compound by preventing cell division and inducing cell death.

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Could An Evolutionary Theory Explain Tissues’ Susceptibility to Cancer?

September 7, 2016 - Researchers suggest that natural selection may have played a role in the tissue types which are more susceptible to developing cancer.

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Eye Test Could Lead To Early Detection Of Parkinson’s Disease

August 31, 2016 - In addition to helping patients receive an early diagnosis, the technique could be used to monitor patient response to Parkinson’s treatment.

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Brain Mapping Method Allows Neuroscientists To Track Individual Neurons

August 30, 2016 - A new brain mapping method used in the mouse brain, will allow neuroscientists to study the brain at the resolution of single neurons.

Heart Association On New Nutrition Facts Label And Added Sugars

August 29, 2016 - High consumption of sugar during childhood has been associated with health problems, including an increased risk of obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Nanorobots Could Redefine Targeted Cancer Therapies

August 17, 2016 - These researchers have designed nanorobots capable of being injected into a patient’s bloodstream, and delivering a drug directly into cancerous cells.

Chemical Used In Plastic Manufacturing Could Be Harmful To Fertility

August 12, 2016 - A chemical used in the production of plastic products – called bisphenol S (BPS) – could be just as harmful to reproductive health as its chemically-related compound, bisphenol A (BPA).

Most Dormant HIV Particles Found To Be Highly Mutated And Harmless

August 10, 2016 - According to the study investigators, many of the latent HIV proviruses – or those whose genetic information has been incorporated into the DNA of the infected host – are heavily mutated and are unlikely to be harmful.

Oxford Researchers Aim To Improve Diagnosis of Pneumonia In Children

August 4, 2016 - To improve diagnosis of the potentially life-threatening illness, researchers at Oxford University are developing a less-expensive and easier diagnostic tool for clinicians.

Almost 800 Biomarkers Identified For Early Cancer Screening Program

August 3, 2016 - Researchers at the University of Sheffield have identified 788 blood biomarkers which could be used to identify cancer risk in the general population.

Biological Mechanisms Involved In Wheat Sensitivity Explained

August 2, 2016 - Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found a possible explanation for why some people experience gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming wheat, even in the absence of a wheat allergy or celiac disease.

Three-Pronged Therapy Patch Designed To Treat Colorectal Cancer

July 29, 2016 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a triple combination patch using chemotherapy, gene therapy and light-based therapy to destroy colorectal cancer tumors.

Could Red Meat Consumption Explain The Rise In Kidney Disease?

July 27, 2016 - Chronic kidney disease often leads to end-stage renal disease, which makes it necessary for patients to go on kidney dialysis while they wait for an organ transplant.

Less Intense Exercise Could Be More Effective Prevention For Pre-Diabetes

July 25, 2016 - According to researchers at Duke Health, taking brisk walks on a regular basis may be more effective at improving glucose control compare to vigorous jogging.

Neuroprotective Compound Could Offer New Treatment For Huntington’s Disease

July 18, 2016 - The results of the study – which were published in the journal, Cell Chemical Biology – found that the newly-discovered compound was able to prevent neurodegeneration in both cell culture and animal models of Huntington’s disease, using two distinct mechanisms.

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked To Autism and ADHD in Children

July 6, 2016 - Attention impairments associated with autism and ADHD were 30 percent more likely in five-year-old children born to mothers who took the drug in early pregnancy, compared to those who did not.

Gut Bacteria Consumes Neurochemical Linked To Depression

July 5, 2016 - This is the first time a bacterial species has been found which uses a neurotransmitter as an energy source.

Soluble Aspirin Could Be Groundbreaking Treatment For Glioblastoma

July 4, 2016 - Previous research has suggested that aspirin has anti-cancer properties, however currently-available liquid forms of the drug are not fully soluble.

FDA Asks For Safety And Effectiveness Of Active Ingredients In Hand Sanitizers

July 4, 2016 - Recent studies have suggested that systemic exposure for some antiseptics – where the ingredient can be detected in the blood or urine – is more common than previously thought.

Cannabinoids Trigger Cellular Removal Of Alzheimer’s Disease-Associated Protein Plaques

June 30, 2016 - The experiments conducted on neurons in cell culture highlight the role of inflammation in the neurodegenerative disease, and could help drugmakers develop novel treatments.

Microbiome May Play A Role In Breast Cancer Development

June 27, 2016 - While previous research identified bacterial species colonizing the breast tissue, the current study is the first to demonstrate a link between the microbiome of the breast ductal fluid and development of breast cancer..

Researchers Identify Mechanism Behind West Nile Virus-Associated Memory Loss

June 24, 2016 - The researchers identified sources of inflammation associated with the West Nile virus infection, which shorten the synapses responsible for transmitting messages between the neurons..

Microbes Impact Organ Transplant Success

June 23, 2016 - Some have hypothesized that the increased risk of organ transplant rejection can be explained by the fact that the skin, lungs and intestines all contain a unique microbiome composed of a number of different microorganisms.

How Strong Is The Evidence Supporting Vitamin D Supplementation?

June 20, 2016 - In reviewing the evidence for 10 commonly-held beliefs about vitamin D, Allan and his coauthors found little scientific evidence to support the widespread supplementation of the vitamin.

Link Between Autism And Epilepsy Offers Insight Into Both Conditions

June 17, 2016 - A recent study has further strengthened the connection by finding that individuals who have a relative with epilepsy may be at an increased risk of being autistic themselves..

First Single-Dose Cholera Vaccine Approved By FDA

June 15, 2016 - The vaccine is designed to protect against cholera infection and is the world’s first single-dose preventative treatment.

Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Offers New Treatment Option For HIV-Associated Lymphoma

June 15, 2016 - Despite advances in antiretroviral therapies and disease management, individuals with HIV face a significantly higher risk of developing cancer.

Patients With Migraines Found To Have Vitamin Deficiencies

June 14, 2016 - Physicians are now wondering whether supplementation might be a good treatment option for these young migraine sufferers.(ADHD).

Toxoplasmosis Infection Linked With Neurodegenerative Diseases

June 13, 2016 - According to the current study, toxoplasmosis may also be associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Gut Bacteria Consumes Neurochemical Linked To Depression

June 10, 2016 - In order to identify the optimal wavelength that is cytotoxic to pathogens, but safe for human tissue, the researchers studied several wavelengths of UV light.source.

Study Suggests Most Antidepressants Are Ineffective For Young Patients

June 10, 2016 - The researchers involved in the study even go so far as to say that the data quality for these drugs is so poor, that few conclusions on their safety and efficacy in young patients can be made.

Oxygenated Drink Could Improve Drug Delivery Making Cancer Treatment More Effective

June 9, 2016 - The drink could be administered in combination with traditional cancer treatments – including radiation and chemotherapy – to bolster the therapies’ chance of destroying the tumor..

Neurons300 photo Neurons300_zpscey8ofkb.jpg Diagnostic Device Rapidly Diagnoses Heart Attack

June 7, 2016 - The Minicare I-20 device takes just 10 minutes to detect protein changes in a drop of blood, which are indicative of a heart attack.

Healthcare Consortium To Match Patients To Clinical Trials Via Data Sharing

June 7, 2016 - The consortium is a culmination of various hospitals’ individual efforts to improve precision medicine treatment options for cancer patients.

Using Viral Therapy To Reverse Liver Disease

June 6, 2016 - The viral therapy works to reverse the continuous scarring of the liver, known as liver fibrosis, which eventually results in organ failure.

Melanocytes Found To Contain Olfactory Receptor

June 3, 2016 - The receptor – which is activated by the olfactory molecule beta-ionone – could be play a role in the development of skin cancer.

Zika Virus-Infected Mothers Face 13 Percent Risk Of Microcephaly

May 30, 2016 - A new study suggests that Zika virus infection in the first trimester of pregnancy, could result in a 13 percent risk of their child being born with the microcephaly birth defect.

First US Case Of Antibiotic Resistance To Last Resort Drug Signals Need For New Treatments

May 30, 2016 - According to a report issued on Thursday, the first patient to develop a bacterial infection that carries resistance to an antibiotic used to treat tough infections, has been identified in the US.

Chemotherapy For Pancreatic Cancer Strengthened By Vitamin A

May 26, 2016 - By combining chemotherapy and vitamin A, researchers have successfully reduced pancreatic cancer cell proliferation.

Fecal Transplant May Be Key Treatment Option For Patients With Ulcerative Colitis

May 26, 2016 - One in four patients with ulcerative colitis saw significant symptom improvement following a fecal microbiota transplantation, according to the results of a recent clinical trial.

CRISPR Technique Removes HIV Genes From Live Animal Models

May 25, 2016 - For the first time, researchers have used the CRISPR technique to successfully remove HIV genes from the genomes of animals infected with the retrovirus.

Alzheimer’s Diagnosis In Men Linked To Loss Of Y Chromosome

May 25, 2016 - A global research team has shown that men whose red blood cells are lacking a Y chromosome – a phenomenon known as loss of Y – may be more susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s.

Bacteria Survive Antibiotic Assault Due To DNA Repair Mechanisms

May 24, 2016 - Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have identified a key molecule which allows bacteria to repair serious DNA damage, thereby making them resistant to certain antibiotics.

High Potato Intake Linked To Increased Risk Of Hypertension

May 19, 2016 - According to a study published in The BMJ, men and women who consume higher amounts of potatoes – including baked, boiled, mashed, French fried potatoes – may be at an increased risk of developing hypertension.

US Government Launches Microbiome Research Initiative

May 16, 2016 - On Friday, the White House announced it would be funding a new public-private microbiome research fund, aimed at supporting the development of new therapies promoting healthy bacterial communities.

Transposon Implicated As Colon Cancer Trigger

May 13, 2016 - Transposons – genes that are able to extricate themselves from one part of the genome, and insert into another location – could play a role in colon cancer development.

‘Kidney-On-A-Chip’ Offers Insight Into Drug Metabolism

May 10, 2016 - In order to allow healthcare providers to quickly and reliably determine how a specific drug will be metabolized by the kidneys, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a kidney-on-a-chip device, designed to mimic the response of the organ in vitro.

Wolbachia Bacteria Could Help Prevent Spread Of Zika And Dengue

May 6, 2016 - A study conducted by Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and Eliminate Dengue, has confirmed that Wolbachia bacteria can reduce Zika virus transmission by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Medical Error Surpasses Respiratory Disease As Third Leading Cause Of Death In The US

May 5, 2016 - Using medical data collected over an eight-year period, patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins have calculated that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the US.

Breast Cancer Gene Discovery Could Make Personalized Medicine A Reality

May 4, 2016 - Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK, have identified a number of novel genetic mutations associated with breast cancer tumors.

Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Could Treat Obesity By Targeting Fat Cells

May 4, 2016 - Novel nanoparticles capable of delivering anti-obesity medication directly into fat tissue, have been developed by researchers MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Pathways Controlling Skin And Hair Colour Offer Target For Vitiligo Treatment

April 29, 2016 - According to a paper published by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center, two molecular signaling pathways are responsible for controlling skin and hair colour in both mice and humans.

MicroRNA Pathway Could Provide New Drug Targets For Leukemia

April 28, 2016 - The finding could help drug developers identify new targets for the aggressive blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Startup Looks To Improve Patient Charting Using Google Glass

April 27, 2016 - San Francisco-based startup Augmedix has raised $17 million to help physicians use Google Glass to create and review patient charts.

AstraZeneca Partners With Human Longevity To Sequence Two Million Genomes

April 25, 2016 - AstraZeneca is launching a project aimed at sequencing two million genomes, in an effort to harness the power of genomics data in directing drug development.

Upcoming NIH Meeting To Discuss Artificial Pancreas As Diabetes Device

April 26, 2016 - As artificial pancreas devices in development continue to move closer to hitting the market, talk of how the devices will be regulated is starting to gain momentum.

People With Autism Have Lower Cancer Risk Despite Gene Mutations

April 19, 2016 - Children aged 14 and under had a 94 percent lower risk of developing cancer, compared to non-autistic children in the same age group.

Generic Drug Could Reverse Vision Loss Due To Multiple Sclerosis

April 15, 2016 - In a mid-stage trial, patients taking the antihistamine showed improved eye-to-brain signaling, compared to those on the placebo.

Researchers Uncover Gene Involved In Type 1 Diabetes

April 14, 2016 - Dozens of genetic mutations have been implicated in type 1 diabetes, and research is ongoing to uncover each gene’s role in disease onset and progression.

Interventional Procedure Could Help Eliminate Phantom Limb Pain

April 13, 2016 - The physicians have applied a minimally-invasive technique known as cryoablation therapy, which uses extreme cold to effectively silence the nerve cells at the site of the amputation.

Zika Virus May Be Linked To Another Brain Disorder

April 12, 2016 - According to the results of a small hospital-based study in Brazil, the Zika virus could be tied to another brain disorder, in addition to the previously-identified links with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Nanoparticles Could Be Used To Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

April 12, 2016 - Researchers at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University in the US, and Southwest University in China, have designed a novel nanoparticle capable of blocking expression of a glycoprotein that promotes intestinal inflammation.

Fungicides Alter Expression Of Autism-Linked Genes

April 1, 2016 - When mouse-derived brain cells were exposed to certain fungicides, the cells displayed altered patterns of gene expression often seen in individuals with neurological conditions, including autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

New Mouse Model Of Acute Myeloid Leukemia To Boost Research Efforts

March 31, 2016 - Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a mouse model of the most fatal form of AML, which will be used to better understand the disease and aid discovery of new therapies.

Men More Likely To Develop Depression After Prolonged Periods Of Stress

March 30, 2016 - The researchers studied the effects of stressful events on depression risk over a 25 year period and found that men were 50 percent more likely to develop depression, compared to women.

Michael J. Fox Foundation Chooses 6 Centers To Host Fellowship in Movement Disorders

March 29, 2016 - The goal of the program is to provide training for neurologists so that they may be better equipped to  treat patients with movement disorders.

High Dietary Vitamin C Could Prevent Cataracts

March 28, 2016 - The finding is a result of the first twin study conducted to test the effects of both genetics and environmental factors on cataract progression with advancing age.

Breast Cancer Pill Illuminates Tumors, Leading To More Accurate Screening

March 22, 2016 - The pill contains a fluorescent dye that binds to cancer cells and fluoresces when exposed to near-infrared light.

Antibiotics Could Be Viable Treatment For Mild Appendicitis

March 22, 2016 - According to researchers at the University of Helsinki, patients with mild appendicitis who were treated with antibiotics do not have a higher risk of developing complications, within one year of starting treatment.

Stem Cells With Half The Normal Number Of Chromosomes To Revolutionize Medical Research

March 21, 2016 - The scientists have successfully generated human embryonic stem cells with just one copy of the 23 human chromosomes.

3-D Micro- Scaffold Technology Could Improve Human Neuron Transplantation

March 18, 2016 - Collaborative research between multiple departments at Rutgers University and Stanford University, has resulted in the development of a 3-D micro-scaffold capable of promoting stem cells to differentiate into nerve cells.

New Insight Into Why Kidney Transplant Rejections Happen

March 17, 2016 - Despite their previous designation as separate diseases, new research suggests that acute and chronic rejection are actually both part the same continuum.

Compound in Broccoli Could Increase Efficacy Of Anti-Cancer Drugs

March 16, 2016 - Researchers have now identified a compound in broccoli that actually improves the effectiveness of some anti- cancer agents

First-In-US Uterus Transplantation Fails Due To Post-Surgical Complications

March 14, 2016 - Hospital officials at the Cleveland Clinic reported that the first ever uterus transplant to take place in the US has failed, after the patient experienced sudden complications following surgery.

Gene May Accelerate Cancer Drug Metabolism, Leading To Poor Outcomes

March 11, 2016 - A new study published in the journal, Cancer Research, may have identified a genetic explanation for why some cancer patients have poorer outcomes after treatment.

Over 2 Million People Infected With Both HIV and Hepatitis C Globally

March 10, 2016 - On average, patients with HIV are six times more likely to become infected with hepatitis C, compared those who are HIV-negative, according to the results of the research.

‘Origami Tools’ May Make Surgical Stitches A Thing Of The Past

March 9, 2016 - The same techniques used to make tools smaller for use on space shuttles, are being applied to help develop more compact, robotic surgical instruments.

Exposure To Peanuts Builds Tolerance In Children, Potentially Preventing Allergy

March 8, 2016 - A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that feeding infants peanut products can prevent them from developing serious allergies to the food during childhood.

Regular Consumption Of High Glycemic Index Foods Could Increase Lung Cancer Risk

March 8, 2016 - According to a new study published in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, individuals whose diet consists of high glycemic index foods could have a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer, compared to those with a healthier diet.

Tumor Growth Linked To Cancer’s Manipulation Of Surrounding Cells

March 7, 2016 - New research suggests that cancer cells influence the cells around them to produce more of protein that promotes angiogenesis – or the formation of blood vessels – increasing the supply of blood to the tumor.

Low Vitamin D Levels Possible Biomarker For Aggressive Prostate Cancer

March 3, 2016 - Research at Northwestern Medicine has identified a possible biomarker for aggressive forms of prostate cancer: vitamin D levels at the time of surgery.

Preoperative Steroid Injection Could Increase Risk Of Infection

March 3, 2016 - According to two new studies, steroid injections administered months before total hip or knee replacement surgery, could increase a patient’s risk of infection.

FDA Requires Additional Trials For Catalyst Pharmaceuticals’ Rare Disease Drug

April 28, 2016 - Just two months after Catalyst Pharmaceuticals received a rarely-issued Refuse to File letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the biotech has faced more hurdles with the regulatory agency.

Obese Women Could Lower Breast Cancer Risk By Omega-3 Supplementation

March 1, 2016 - A new open-label, randomized clinical trial has found that the risk of developing breast cancer for obese women could be reduced by omega-3 fatty acids.

Restoring Sight: First In-Human Test Of Optogenetics

February 29, 2016 - Michigan-based startup RetroSense Therapeutics, plans to be the company to sponsor a clinical trial of optogenetics in human patients.

IBM Acquires Truven In $2.6 Billion Patient Data Deal

February 26, 2016 - In a move designed to bolster its Watson Health subsidiary, IBM has bought Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion.

Gene Mutation Linked To Seasonal Affective Disorder

February 24, 2016 - Now, researchers from the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine have identified a mutation in a human gene which may put a person at risk of developing seasonal affective disorder.

Coiled Proteins May Be Key To Targeted Cellular Drug Delivery

February 24, 2016 - Bacteria-derived coiled protein ribbons – known as R bodies – could be induced to penetrate the cell membrane of select cells, thereby initiating a targeted drug delivery system.

Novel Anti-Biofilm Compounds May Be Effective Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

February 17, 2016 - A new class of anti-biofilm compounds extracted from marine-based microorganisms may be effective at treating drug-resistant bacteria that are commonly identified in patients with hospital-acquired infections.

Is The Food You Eat Affecting Your Genes?

February 16, 2016 - According to a new study published in the journal, Nature Microbiology, while genetic factors influence our metabolism, the food we consume may be also be affecting our genes

A Future Of Less Invasive Medicine With “Digital Twins”

February 12, 2016 - French software company, Dassault Systèmes thinks that the future of medicine lies in the design of computer- based, personalized whole organ models – termed “digital twins” – which would allow physicians to make in silico predictions of how the real organ might behave in any given situation.

Prenatal Exposure To Acetaminophen Linked To Asthma Risk

February 11, 2016 - A new study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has confirmed a link between prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and an increased risk of developing asthma in early childhood.

Newly- Discovered Bacteria Found To Cause Lyme Disease

February 10, 2016 - A new species of bacteria – capable of causing Lyme disease – has been discovered by scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Autopsy Of Man With MERS Provides Insight Into Infection

February 9, 2016 - While Zika is currently the most talked about viral outbreak around the globe, another pathogen – known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) – has been gaining traction in some regions in the Middle East.

US National Academy Of Medicine Approves Creation Of Three-Parent Embryos

February 5, 2016 - The US National Academy of Medicine is encouraging the US Food and Drug Administration to approve a technique used to transfer DNA from normal human eggs, to those with disease-causing genetic mutations

Seafood, Mercury and Alzheimer’s: What’s The Connection?

February 4, 2016 - While seafood contains many important nutrients for brain function – including omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – some fish can be high in mercury, which is an element known to impair development of the brain.

Non-Coding ‘Junk’ DNA May Suppress Development Of Breast Cancer

February 3, 2016 - According to new research conducted at the University of Bath and the University of Cambridge in the UK, so-called ‘junk’ DNA could be responsible for preventing breast cancer

Gene Editing Approved For Research On Human Embryos In UK

February 2, 2016 - The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in the UK, has approved a research proposal to use gene editing in human embryos to further understand the genetic basis of inherited diseases.

Neurochemical Variants Could Be Safer Alternative To Morphine

February 1, 2016 - According to researchers at Tulane University and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, an analog of the neurochemical endomorphin could be just as effective as morphine at treating pain, without the addictive qualities of the drug.

Growth Factor May Have Neuroprotective Effects On Aging Brain

January 29, 2016 - Dr. Aron S. Buchman and his colleagues at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, have conducted research to find out what effect brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has on cognitive decline associated with advanced age.

Replacement Pancreatic Cells Could Be Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes

January 27, 2016 - Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston Children’s Hospital, have designed a novel material for encapsulation of pancreatic cells, which may allow the cells to be transplanted into patients with type 1 diabetes.

Politics Of Cancer Prevents Development Of A Cure, Says VP Joe Biden

January 18, 2016 - US Vice President Joe Biden announced his cancer moonshot program – an initiative backed by an infusion of funding into cancer research – following the death of his son to brain cancer last year.

Zika Virus Diagnosed In US Has Experts Calling For Vaccine

January 15, 2016 - An individual in Texas has been diagnosed with a Zika virus infection – a pathogen that has been linked to birth defects in newborns.

90 Percent Of Americans Consume An Excess Of Salt According To The CDC

January 11, 2016 - According to a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine in every ten Americans ingest more than what is recommended for daily sodium intake.

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