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May. 9, 2013

Gene test may help predict success of weight-loss surgery
HealthDay News
Weight loss after gastric bypass surgery varies widely, and scientists say they have identified a genetic variation that may help explain the discrepancy.More

Studies: Cancers share gene patterns
The New York Times
Scientists have discovered that the most dangerous cancer of the uterine lining closely resembles the worst ovarian and breast cancers, providing the most telling evidence yet that cancer will increasingly be seen as a disease defined primarily by its genetic fingerprint rather than just by the organ where it originated.More

World first genetically modified babies born
Daily Mail
The world's first genetically modified humans have been created. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics. So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three "parents."More

Breast cancer drug with companion diagnostic head for clinical trials
MedCity News
Personalized medicine is continuing to evolve to the point where we have drugmakers developing drugs that come with a companion diagnostic, developed with the help of a diagnostic partner. More

New personalized cystic fibrosis treatment starting trend in drug development
Health Canal
Disease-modifying treatments are becoming a reality for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, potentially transforming this life-threatening condition into a manageable one, according to new analysis by research and consulting firm GlobalData.More

Human brain cells developed in lab, grow in mice
Medical Xpress
A key type of human brain cell developed in the laboratory grows seamlessly when transplanted into the brains of mice, researchers have discovered, raising hope that these cells might one day be used to treat people with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and possibly even Alzheimer's disease, as well as and complications of spinal cord injury such as chronic pain and spasticity.More

Research may lead to effective new treatments for neurodegenerative disease
The Medical News
Researchers have used induced pluripotent stem cells to advance disease-in-a-dish modeling of a rare genetic disorder, Ataxia Telangiectasia. Their discovery shows the positive effects of drugs that may lead to effective new treatments for the neurodegenerative disease. iPSC are made from patient skin cells rather than from embryos and can become any type of cells, including brain cells, in the laboratory. More

Study: Implanted device may predict epilepsy seizures
HealthDay News
An implanted device that monitors brain activity may offer a way to predict seizures in people with uncontrolled epilepsy, a small pilot study suggests. The findings are based on only 15 patients, and the device worked far better in some than others. But experts said the results are promising, and should prompt further studies.More

4 strategies for managing hospitalists
HealthLeaders Media
Increasingly, hospitalists are gaining more responsibilities in areas such as monitoring patients day to day, ordering tests, performing surgeries, handling specialized care, or taking on leadership roles.A new therapeutic approach for lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, uses good old Tetris to train the eyes to work together.More

Breast cancer genetic testing gets covered by healthcare reform
Genetic testing for breast cancer will be covered under the Affordable Care Act, potentially saving women who need the test thousands of dollars. More

Toddler born without a windpipe get artificial trachea
ABC News
In a groundbreaking feat of science and surgery, a Korean toddler born without a windpipe received an artificial trachea made from her own stem cells.More

Medical director compensation increasingly tied to value, quality
HealthLeaders Media
As healthcare delivery moves toward value-based reimbursements, medical directors at physician practices are increasingly shouldering duties tied to monitoring quality metrics such as patient safety and satisfaction, a new survey from the Medical Group Management Association shows.More

4 strategies for managing hospitalists
HealthLeaders Media
Increasingly, hospitalists are gaining more responsibilities in areas such as monitoring patients day to day, ordering tests, performing surgeries, handling specialized care, or taking on leadership roles. Their specializations are many — from laborists who handle OB-GYN cases to surgicalists who specialize in trauma care and neurohospitalists who handle brain cases, as well as nocturnalists, who work strictly on the overnight shift.More

FDA: Pregnant women taking valproate for migraines risk child's IQ
CBS News
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning advising pregnant women not to take valproate sodium products. Studies have shown that the medication can cause decreased IQ scores in children whose mothers took the medication during their pregnancy, the FDA said.More

CDC: Many don't get proper testing for hepatitis C
Only half of people in the United States who have ever been infected with hepatitis C get proper testing for the liver-destroying disease, U.S. health officials said.More