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Scientists find gene differences in nonsmokers with lung cancer
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three genetic regions associated with increased lung cancer risk in Asian women who have never smoked have been identified by an international team of scientists. They said their findings provide further proof that the risk of lung cancer among people who never smoked, especially Asian women, may be associated with specific genetic characteristics that distinguish it from lung cancer in smokers. More



Group: Gene tests not shown helpful for eye diseases
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Ophthalmologists should steer clear of recommending genetic tests for complex diseases like age-related macular degeneration because the evidence for their utility just doesn't exist, researchers said. More

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St. Jude collaborative identifies gene responsible for rare disease
Memphis Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers associated with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project have identified an abnormal gene responsible for nearly one in three cases of a rare form of childhood leukemia, St. Jude announced. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


In breast cancer, targeted agents boost hormonal therapies
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Although hormonal therapy has been long established in the treatment of breast cancer, novel combinations with targeted agents show promise for improved outcomes and are likely to become part of a new paradigm for managing patients. More

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 Regenerative Medicine


Stem cells could be used to make biological pacemaker for heart patients
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Injections of heart muscle created from patients' own skin cells could save them from needing surgery to implant artificial pacemakers that regulate their heartbeat, following new research. More

Injectable sponge delivers drugs, cells, structure
HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bioengineers at Harvard have developed a gel-based sponge that can be molded to any shape, loaded with drugs or stem cells, compressed to a fraction of its size and delivered via injection. Once inside the body, it pops back to its original shape and gradually releases its cargo, before safely degrading. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


Organ on a chip? Scientists test drugs on tiny, artificial lung
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U.S. researchers have begun testing drugs using a microchip lined with living cells that replicates many of the features of a human lung, a technology that may one day help improve drug testing and reduce researchers' dependence on animal studies. More

SMART Arm helps stroke survivors recover faster
Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A nonrobotic device that helps stroke survivors regain upper limb movement is expected to be commercially available in Australia. The device enables stroke survivors with upper-limb weakness to drive their own rehabilitation through feedback on performance via an interactive computer program and incremental increases in load and reaching range. More

 Managed Healthcare News


Illinois selects 8 companies to coordinate care for 'dual eligibles'
The Associated Press via Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eight managed care companies have been selected to coordinate the healthcare of an estimated 136,000 high-cost Illinois patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. More

Some question administration's ability to set up state insurance exchanges
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With a growing number of state leaders saying they will leave it to the federal government to handle a crucial element of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, even supporters of the statute are wondering if the administration is up to the job. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


British medical journal slams Roche on Tamiflu
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A leading British medical journal is asking the drugmaker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu. More

Meningitis missteps spur US regulators to seek control
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An auditing company that in 2006 cleared the procedures of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy now tied to a U.S. meningitis outbreak had earlier defrauded U.S. regulators, according to testimony prepared for Congress. More

FAST FACTS
"Acute leukemia is a fast-growing type, according to the National Library of Medicine. Risk factors for childhood leukemia include having certain genes or a sibling with leukemia."


 

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