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 Genomics

Researchers discover gene defect linked to deafness
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers who have identified a genetic mutation that causes deafness say that the findings could one day lead to the development of new treatments for those at risk for a certain type of hearing loss. More



Study: HIV appears responsible for new virulent salmonella strains
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Salmonella, which we typically contract from tainted food and experience as unpleasant but not extraordinarily threatening, poses a much greater risk to people with HIV. Researchers sequenced the DNA of Salmonella typhimurium from populations with iNTS in Africa, and compared this information to global populations. Researchers concluded the iNTS epidemic is caused by a strain of salmonella that has been undergoing genetic changes that coincide with the HIV epidemic. More

Now Hiring! Disability Examination Providers

The VA Locum Tenens Program seeks physicians and psychologists to perform disability examinations for general medicine and mental health conditions. Physicians will provide compensation and pension examinations for Veterans who file for disability claims. This position requires extensive travel around the country. Compensation package includes salary and full travel. Send your CV to locumtenens@va.gov or contact us at 1-866-664-1030.


The evolutionary advantage of depression
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More people die from suicide than from murder and war combined, throughout the world, every year. In the United States, suicide recently surpassed automobile accidents as the leading cause of violence-related death, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. The majority of individuals who commit suicide suffer from depression or another mood disorder. Increasingly, researchers are identifying how genes contribute to depression. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


Billionaire teams with insurer on personalized medicine
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Los Angeles billionaire and healthcare entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong reached an agreement with insurer Blue Shield of California aimed at accelerating medical breakthroughs to doctors and patients to improve care and reduce costs. Soon-Shiong, a former UCLA surgeon and drug-company executive, announced the deal between his NantHealth company and Blue Shield. They will partner with St. John's Health Center to create a "continuous learning center" to work on spreading personalized medicine and best practices to more healthcare providers. More



Personalized therapy wins for resistant tumor
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Use of a newly developed cell-culture technique pinpointed a mutation responsible for a treatment-resistant, virus-induced tumor and led to rapid identification of effective chemotherapy for a patient with a 20-year history of respiratory papillomatosis, investigators reported. More

Researchers study breast cancers after pregnancy
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers say they are making progress in understanding what drives breast cancer tumors in young moms. While breast cancer is not common in women so young, almost one-third of the 25,000 cases diagnosed in women under age 45 fall into the category of postpartum breast cancer, also called pregnancy-associated breast cancer, says Pepper Schedin, a professor at the University of Colorado in Denver. More


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 Regenerative Medicine


Gene research in the cloud could help cure diseases in the lab
GigaOM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Understanding the nature of human stem cells and being able to identify and compare their characteristics is crucial for medical research. That's why Morgridge Institute, a nonprofit biomedical researcher based in Madison, Wisc., used Cycle Computing's software atop Amazon Web Services infrastructure to process and index human stem cells to build an extensive knowledge base. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


Experimental gadgets do job, then dissolve in body
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists reported that they succeeded in creating tiny medical devices sealed in silk cocoons that did the work they were designed for, then dissolved in the bodies of lab mice. It's an early step in a technology that may hold promise not only for medicine but also for disposal of electronic waste. More

Report: Venture capital for medical technology harder to find
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Venture capitalists, long the lifeblood of medical technology firms, are growing cautious on the sector after seeing their returns squeezed in a time of growing cost pressures for healthcare, a report by Ernst & Young said. More

 Managed Healthcare News


States moving ahead on defining 'essential' health insurance benefits
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
California and Washington state will require coverage of acupuncture. Arkansas wants prevention counseling for women at high risk of breast cancer but not coverage of expensive infertility treatment. These are some of the decisions states have made as they determine what minimum insurance benefits millions of their residents will be entitled to in 2014 under the federal health law. More

Drug coupons: A good deal for the patient, but not the insurer
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the past few years, drug coupons and discount cards have become nearly ubiquitous for prescription drugs. Drugmakers say the coupons help Americans get the medicine they need. But the insurance industry is concerned that they drive patients toward more expensive brand-name drugs, leaving insurers to cover the full cost, which then gets passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


No serious health concerns linked with Gardasil HPV vaccine
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Merck's HPV vaccine, Gardasil, was found to be safe in a large safety study required by the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine did cause fainting on the day of the shot and skin infections two weeks later in some women — known short-term side effects of the vaccine. It was not associated with serious health effects. More

Medical devices vulnerable to hacking need oversight
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wireless medical devices are potentially vulnerable to being remotely controlled by hackers and should be tracked more closely, according to a Government Accountability Office report. The investigation into electronic medical-device safety was initiated after computer-security researchers found dangerous vulnerabilities in insulin pumps. Diabetics rely on the pumps, which are worn next to the skin, to dispense insulin, a life-saving hormone. More

FDA panel says yes to implanted eye device
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An FDA panel voted unanimously to recommend approval of the first retinal prosthesis device intended to help nearly blind patients regain a small part of their vision. The 19-0 vote to recommend approval of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis device came after study results showed previously blind patients had functional vision with the device. But members of the FDA's Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee did express some concern about the device's safety. More

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