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 Genomics

Genetic testing and disease: Would you want to know?
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VideoBrief"Know thyself" has taken on a scientific meaning for a growing number of people who want a crystal ball to look into their DNA. Though lifestyle and environment are big pieces of the puzzle, consider this: Genetic tests could become part of standard care for everyone and revolutionize the way medicine is practiced, proponents say. More

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Will we ever correct diseases before birth?
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Every year, millions of people are born with debilitating genetic disorders, a result of inheriting just one faulty gene from their parents. They may have been dealt a dud genetic hand, but they do not have to stick with it. With the power of modern genetics, scientists are developing ways of editing these genetic errors and reversing the course of many hard-to-treat diseases. More

In treating autism, the earlier the better for behavioral therapy
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As director of the Seaver Autism Center at New York's Mount Sinai, Dr. Joseph Buxbaum specializes in the neurobiology of psychiatric illnesses like autism. Autism spectrum disorders result from genetic mutations that change the connections in the brain. "The main risk factor is genetics, so autism tends to run in families," says Buxbaum. "The younger siblings of children with autism have a 15 to 20 percent risk of developing the disorder." More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


Swallowing therapy aids head-and-neck cancer patients
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Among patients undergoing chemoradiation therapy for head and neck cancer, performing targeted swallowing exercises following CRT is associated with short-term improvement in swallowing function, according to a study. However, researchers found no significant differences in swallowing function between the intervention group and controls at nine or 12 months following treatment. More

Treating epileptic seizures in children by the clock
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Tobias Loddenkemper, a pediatric neurologist, works with some of the hardest epilepsy cases—the children whose seizures have been little helped by medication or surgery. Nearly a third of epilepsy patients don't get sufficient relief from conventional drug treatments. But where advanced techniques don't help, Dr. Loddenkemper hopes a simple solution might: timing patients' medication to better coincide with their seizures. More


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 Regenerative Medicine


Brain stem cell raises possibility of repairing disease, injury
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Swedish scientists have discovered a new stem cell in the adult brain that can form new brain cells. The discovery at Lund University raises the possibility that the new cells could be used to find ways of repairing damage to the brain from disease or injury. More

Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve, store genetic information
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Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life's grand variety: DNA and RNA. But even though DNA and RNA play these roles exclusively, they're not the only molecules that can. Vitor Pinheiro from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology has developed six alternative polymers called XNAs that can also store genetic information and evolve through natural selection. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


Migraine or stroke? Diagnostic test could provide answer
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Researchers from the University of Cincinnati are behind a startup that's developing a medical device to help emergency doctors diagnose a severe type of headache that could be a warning sign for stroke. Xanthostat Diagnostics' device would analyze cerebral spinal fluid to determine if patients are suffering from sentinel subarachnoid hemorrhage, a painful headache that can signal a stroke. More

Boston Children's Hospital introduces mobile app
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Boston Children's Hospital announced the launch of its new mobile app, Boston Children's Hospital MyWay™, providing patients and families with a one-stop mobile information hub for navigating the Boston Children's Hospital patient experience. Benefits to app users include access to information on over 1,000 physicians, more than 200 clinical programs and six Boston Children's clinical sites. More

 Managed Healthcare News


A nugget of good Medicare news
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Medicare trustees' report had the potential to be ugly. Yet despite deteriorating conditions, the Medicare trustees stuck with the fiscal predictions they made last year: The Medicare trust fund will be able to cover its bills through 2024. Once you dig into the numbers, the most plausible explanation is a pretty encouraging one: Our healthcare system is getting better at delivering the same medicine more efficiently. More

Study: Fewer employers offering health benefits
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fewer employers are offering healthcare coverage and fewer employees are taking it, a new study reports. The survey, conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, found a steady drop in the number of private-sector employers that offer health benefits to their workers. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


FDA focusing on tracking drugs after approval
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The Food and Drug Administration said it now spends as much effort and resources on surveilling a drug after it is approved as it does in the pre-approval process. The FDA was responding to critics who say the agency is toothless when it comes to tracking the safety of drugs already on the market, when industry funds that supported pre-approval reviews tend to dry up. More

FDA, USDA: Mad cow no threat to US food
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The first new case of mad cow disease in the United States since 2006 has been discovered in California, but health officials say the animal was never a threat to the nation's food supply. Officials say the infected cow was discovered at a transfer station at baker commodities in Hanford, Calif. More

FAST FACTS
"The spread of mad cow disease — or bovine spongiform encephalopathy — is not easily understood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In humans, the disease can cause muscle spasms and lack of muscle control."
 
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