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 Genomics

When genetic engineering came of age
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 30th anniversary recently came of an event that kicked off an important new era in drug therapies — the approval by the FDA of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria. The saga is remarkable in several ways, not least of which is that although both the drugmakers and regulators were exploring unknown territory, the development of the drug and its regulatory review progressed smoothly and rapidly. More



Study: Gene may be tied to both smoking and ADHD
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Smoking and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder share a common genetic risk factor, and childhood ADHD may increase the likelihood of smoking later in life, a new study suggests. People with ADHD are more likely to start smoking early and to smoke twice as much as those without ADHD, the researchers noted. More

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DNA experiment yields great promise and high ethical risks
Religion News Service via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Future generations could be stripped of mutations like hereditary blindness or maternal diabetes, after a breakthrough study at Oregon Health & Science University. But the new technique is also one short step from genetic design of future generations, said Marcy Darnovksy of the California-based Center for Genetics and Society. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


Proton therapy treatment preserves quality of life for men with prostate cancer
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Two studies led by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found that proton therapy preserves the quality of life, specifically urinary and bowel function, in men treated with this targeted radiation modality for prostate cancer. More

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Study identifies genetic variations as predictors of prostate cancer-related fatigue
The Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida have found that men with prostate cancer who receive androgen deprivation therapy may predictably suffer from fatigue if they have single nucleotide polymorphisms in three pro-inflammatory genes. The discovery highlights the importance of personalized medicine, in which therapies are tailored to a patient's genetic profile. More

 Regenerative Medicine


Pediatricians OK embryonic stem cell research
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Citing its potential for use in pediatric diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics has thrown its support behind human embryonic stem cell research. The research has possible implications for certain childhood diseases, including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, bone marrow failure syndromes, leukemia, congenital heart disease, neonatal lung disease and type 1 diabetes, researchers said. More

Targeting stem cells helps in brain cancer
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Glioblastoma patients who underwent high-dose radiation to the purported spawning grounds of cancer stem cells in the brain appear to achieve longer survival, researchers said. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


New bandages peel off without tugging on sensitive skin
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Researchers from MIT and Harvard Medical School took on the challenge of creating a gentler bandage. Their first step was realizing that the adhesive can be left on the skin as long as the bandage itself is removed. To implement the separation of the bandage from the adhesive they introduced an intermediate layer of silicone that peels off the adhesive. More

Medical implants receive little oversight in US and Europe
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A joint investigation released by the Daily Telegraph and the British Medical Journal showed poor oversight by European Union agencies responsible for certifying the safety of new medical implants. More

 Managed Healthcare News


Cialis receives EU approval for new use
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The European Union has approved Eli Lilly and Co.'s erectile dysfunction drug Cialis to treat symptoms tied to an enlarged prostate. Lilly said the commission approved a 5-milligram, once-daily dose to treat the signs and symptoms of the condition also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. More

Insurance industry dislikes healthcare law, but sees repeal unnerving
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although the health insurance industry hates parts of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, major outfits such as UnitedHealth Group and BlueCross Blue Shield also stand to rake in billions of dollars from new customers who'll get health insurance under the law. The companies already have invested tens of millions to carry it out. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


FDA warns to keep nasal sprays, eye drops away from children
Medical Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over the counter nasal sprays or eye drops must be kept out of children's reach as these can cause some serious damage to a child's health, the Food and Drug Administration warned. More

FDA approves topical suspension for body plaque psoriasis
Healio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The FDA has approved a 0.005 percent calcipotriene and 0.064 percent betamethasone dipropionate topical suspension for the treatment of body plaque psoriasis, according to a news release. More

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