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 Genomics

Sleep lessens the effect genes have on weight
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Sleeping more may help you fight a genetic predisposition to gain weight, a new study says. "The less sleep you get, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh. The more sleep you get, the less your genes determine how much you weigh," says lead author Nathaniel Watson, a neurologist and co-director of the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center in Seattle. More

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Family copes with 4 boys' autism as a team
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VideoBriefAll four sons of the Pennsylvania-based May family — ages 2 to 10 — have an autism-spectrum disorder. Though autism can run in families, researchers say, families such as the Mays are rare. Most parents with an autistic child won't go on to have another, says Sally Ozonoff, a professor at the University of California-Davis MIND Institute. Parents with one autistic child have about a 20 percent risk of having another child with the condition; couples with two or more autistic children have a 32 percent risk. More

Geneticist develops tool to identify genes important in disease
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Though the human genome has been sequenced, scientists are still trying to figure out how the accomplishment can help people, for example, how it can be used to treat disease. As University of Massachusetts Amherst geneticist Jacob Mayfield notes, "It was easy to think of the human genome as the big prize, but what we realize now is, it's just a foot in the door." More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


Obesity-linked diabetes in children resists treatment
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Obesity and the form of diabetes linked to it are taking an even worse toll on America's youths than medical experts had realized. As obesity rates in children have climbed, so has the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, and a new study adds another worry: the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat. More

Expert: Genetic discoveries may help children with ADHD
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Recent discoveries in epigenetics could soon make a clinical difference for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other conditions, according to an expert. The implications go beyond targeting treatment for an individual child in your practice based on a specific genetic mutation, one doctor said. Recent advances point to gene alterations that modify shared pathways, so the potential for wider application beyond these two conditions is a real possibility. More


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 Regenerative Medicine


Cord blood donation surges as hospitals launch collection programs
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A growing number of hospitals are hosting cord blood collection programs nationwide. The programs, which are free to parents, collect cord blood immediately after birth for listing on the National Be The Match Registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program network. Some 200 hospitals now supply 20 U.S. public cord blood banks that are part of the NMDP network. More

Study using stem cell therapy shows promise in fight against HIV
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University of California Davis researchers are a step closer to launching human clinical trials involving the use of an innovative stem cell therapy to fight the virus that causes AIDS. In a paper published in the Journal of Virology, the UC Davis HIV team demonstrated both the safety and efficacy of transplanting anti-HIV stem cells into mice that represent models of infected patients. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


Elder care enters the digital age
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The growing business of taking care of aging seniors at home is getting help from a powerful, but unlikely suspect: the mobile phone industry. With rising healthcare costs, the soaring baby boomer population and an increased emphasis on keeping people out of hospitals for conditions that can be monitored and treated at home, AT&T Mobility and other major wireless phone companies have found a sweet spot for new growth. More

St. Jude's wiring problem persists
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A heart-device problem that has plagued St. Jude Medical shows no signs of relenting, according to data in a company performance report. The rate of a key failure for the company's Riata-series "leads" increased 17 percent since the company's last performance report. Following that report, the company issued an advisory — regulators called it a recall — over concerns the electrical wires inside the lead have a tendency to wear through their silicone coating, becoming loose in blood vessels near the heart. More

 Managed Healthcare News


As America's waistline expands, costs soar
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U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking. Cars are burning nearly a billion gallons of gasoline more a year than if passengers weighed what they did in 1960. More

Suspended midwives show tension between home-birth industry, hospitals
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Midwives and doctors are longtime rivals in the politics governing where women should give birth: Home or hospital. But that tension, typically played out privately between pregnant women and their healthcare providers, was laid bare in the case of two Idaho midwives suspended by the state after three babies died during a 14-month period between 2010 and 2011. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


FDA approves fast-acting erectile dysfunction drug Stendra
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A new erectile dysfunction drug that reportedly works in less than 15 minutes has just received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA approved Vivus's Stendra to take as an "as-needed" pill for men before sexual activity. More

4 medical implants that escaped FDA scrutiny
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Medical devices sustain and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. But as the over $100 billion-a-year industry pushes thousands of devices to market every year, reports of faulty devices, repeat surgeries, and recalls have increased. The FDA and the industry maintain that a speedy approval process gives patients faster access to life-saving devices. More

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