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The FDA has recently approved Skyla, a new hormone-releasing system that is placed in the uterus for the prevention of pregnancy. Click here to view the Press Release in PDF Format!

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GENOMICS

Study defines link between rare liver disease, IBD
Yahoo News
A major genetic study has defined the nature of the relationship between a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis and inflammatory bowel disease. The effort is the largest to study PSC to date.
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Radical gene therapy gives hope to young cancer patients
ABC
VideoBriefAustralian doctors are using radical gene therapy to help treat a rare and aggressive childhood brain cancer, offering hope to young sufferers and their families.
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Does your DNA say much about your health?
The Washington Post
What does your DNA really reveal about your health? The notion that mail-order genetic tests can help you calculate your risk of disease is based on studies that compare SNPs in people with a particular condition to the SNPs of those without the disease.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Personalized medicine and nonsmall cell lung cancer
MedPage Today
Dr. Edward Kim of Levine Cancer Institute at Carolinas HealthCare System said: "When we say personalizing medicine, it's not really specific to any one treatment or any one field. It means what can we do to really look at the individual person? And what is unique about their cancer or their disease, and what is the best way to approach treating that person or their disease. When we talk about therapy, the therapy highlights more of the drug. And I think the terms personalizing medicine or personalizing therapy are better, because now we're focusing it on the patient and not necessarily the therapy."
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Human stem cells restore memory, learning in mice
Voice of America
Scientists have successfully transplanted human stem cells into brain-damaged mice and helped them recover their memory and learning skills. The study was carried out by Dr. Su-Chun Zhang, a professor of neuroscience and neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Study: Nearly two-thirds of children receiving stem cell transplants return to hospital within 6 months
The Medical News
Nearly two-thirds of children receiving stem cell transplants returned to the hospital within six months for treatment of unexplained fevers, infections or other problems, according to a study performed at Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center in Boston. Children who received donor cells were twice as likely to be readmitted as children who received their own stem cells.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


Tetris therapy against amblyopia
Medgadget
A new therapeutic approach for lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, uses good old Tetris to train the eyes to work together. This innovative approach to a common eye disorder is a result of research done by Dr. Robert Hess from McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada. And yes, you have read correctly: they use a video game to treat an eye disorder.
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Tetris therapy against amblyopia
Medgadget
A new therapeutic approach for lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, uses good old Tetris to train the eyes to work together.

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

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Doctors may soon be able to print bodies to study
Fast.Co.Exist
While it may be a while before we're 3-D printing live organs for human transplant, researchers at Notre Dame are pioneering a medical use for the emerging technology that's ready to be put into action today: using 3-D printers to create educational models of skeletons and soft tissue systems.

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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Ruling redefines state take of medical liability awards
American Medical News
A high court ruling restricting how much state Medicaid programs can seize from certain medical liability awards could lead to faster settlements between patients and physician defendants, legal observers said.
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The dual-eligible dilemma
Modern Healthcare
Policymakers are hoping moving Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible seniors and the disabled into managed-care plans will save taxpayers a lot of money through better coordination of care. But as a few state demonstration programs get off the ground, critics are beginning to question just how cost-effective the strategy will be.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


FDA device surveillance to tap phone app
The Wall Street Journal
The Food and Drug Administration is creating a largely automated surveillance system to monitor safety of high-risk medical devices and has authorized a smartphone app for doctors to simplify reporting deaths and injuries to the agency.
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Studies: Experimental drug for hepatitis C promising
HealthDay News
A new treatment for difficult-to-treat hepatitis C has higher cure rates, takes less time and causes fewer side effects than the current therapy, new research finds.
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FAST FACTS
"An estimated more than 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will occur in the United States in 2013, according to the National Cancer Institute."


 

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