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New statistics mine human genome for improved cancer therapies
Arizona Daily Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traditional cancer diagnosis relies on procedures such as tumor biopsy, imaging and other tests. Although effective to indicate cancer stages, these assays can fail to reveal the cancer's genetic subtypes that would help physicians make personalized treatment decisions. More



Prenatal test for spotting genetic issues less invasive, but it's pricey
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New medical technologies often challenge a healthcare industry grappling with pressures to control costs. It's not yet clear whether new prenatal tests will cut costs and miscarriages by reducing invasive prenatal diagnostic procedures such as amniocentesis or inflate costs because they're used by women who probably would never have opted for amnio because of miscarriage fears. More

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Gene linked to respiratory distress in babies
HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Washington University researchers have identified a gene associated with respiratory distress syndrome in babies. The study is the first to identify a single gene that is associated with a significant number of cases of respiratory distress syndrome in babies born at or near full term. RDS is the most common respiratory problem in newborns and the most common lung-related cause of death and disease among U.S. infants less than a year old. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


Programs preview mainstreaming of personalized medicine
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As health information technology adoption inches closer to a saturation point, it is expected to help accelerate the use of what is known as personalized medicine. Some large healthcare organizations recently launched large, multimillion-dollar personalized medicine initiatives that will allow physicians and researchers to combine patient data — including genomic, claims and financial data as well as clinical data collected by physicians — with other sources of data and to apply intensive analytics to develop treatment plans tailored to each patient. More

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Genetics-based personalized medicine gets big data boost
FierceHealthIT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the help of big data that shows the effectiveness of various treatment regimens on different kinds of patients, personalized medicine can better match patients with complex diseases to the best therapies, eliminating the trial-and-error process that often has resulted in ineffective treatments, particularly in the use of pharmaceuticals. The power to conduct that level of analysis now rests with many healthcare systems. More

 Regenerative Medicine


From degeneration to regeneration: Advances in skeletal muscle engineering
Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Skeletal Muscle reports of a new therapeutic technique to repair and rebuild muscle for sufferers of degenerative muscle disorders. The therapy brings together two existing techniques for muscle repair — cell transplantation and tissue engineering — specifically, mesoangioblast stem cells delivered via a hydrogel cell-carrier matrix. More

Want a healthy brain? Scientists say, go for a run
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Physical exercise is just as important as cognitive exercise when it comes to maintaining a healthy brain, according to a new University of Queensland study. A study conducted by scientists in the Bartlett laboratory at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute found the mechanism by which exercise increases the number of stem cells that are actively generating new nerve cells in the brain and reverses the decline normally observed as animals age. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


Devices claimed to prevent SIDS tied to deaths
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A large proportion of infant deaths associated with infant sleep positioners occurred in children who were incorrectly placed on their sides to sleep, government researchers found. More

 Managed Healthcare News


3 features of effective care coordination agreements
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There has been little research on care coordination agreements, or dyads between a primary care physician and a specialty practice, hospital or other healthcare provider. But a new study published in the American Journal of Managed Care describes some features of useful CCAs. More

Report: States can get more than $9 every $1 they spend to expand Medicaid
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
States will receive more than $9 in federal money for every $1 they spend to cover low-income residents under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to a nonpartisan analysis. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


FDA may tap experts on energy drinks
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration said that it was likely to seek advice from outside experts to help determine whether energy drinks posed particular risks to teenagers or people with underlying health problems. More

Whooping cough immunity may wane after vaccination
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During a recent whooping cough outbreak in California, children who hadn't been vaccinated against the disease were nine times more likely to get it than those who had received the entire five-shot series, researchers found. More

FAST FACTS
"Parents can help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in their children by not smoking during pregnancy and placing infants on their backs when they sleep, according to the American SIDS Institute."


 

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