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Gene patents draw high court review in biotechnology test
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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider whether human genes can be patented, taking up an issue that has split the medical community and will shape the future of personalized healthcare and the biotechnology industry. More



Childhood cancer-linked mutations may point toward new targets
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The discovery of mutations in two related genes that are involved in neuroblastoma, the most aggressive form of childhood cancer, may identify a novel, defective pathway in these cancers and help uncover potential new therapeutic targets. Neuroblastoma tumors of the peripheral nervous system are the most common solid tumor that occurs in children, accounting for 7 percent of all childhood cancers, but 10 to 15 percent of all childhood cancer-related deaths. More

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Skin cancer could be genetic
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Unprotected exposure to the sun isn't the only risk factor for skin cancer. New research suggests your risk level may also depend on your genes and family history. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


Targeted therapy leads 2012 cancer advances
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Targeted therapies for metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer are among 2012's top advances in oncology, according to a report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The recently approved pertuzumab was lauded for slowing disease progression in advanced breast cancer when added to standard therapy, according to researchers. More

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Partners leading in genetics-based medicine, services
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With personalized medicine becoming a key focus for medical research and diagnosing conditions, Partners HealthCare System, the Boston region's largest hospital and physicians network, is positioning itself to become a national leader in the emerging field. More

 Regenerative Medicine


Roche, Pfizer, Sanofi plan $72.7 million stem-cell bank
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Drug companies and universities are spending $72.7 million to develop a bank of stem cells to use in testing potential treatments for hard-to- treat diseases. The effort, known as Stembancc and managed by the University of Oxford in England, will focus on generating 1,500 induced pluripotent stem cell lines, researchers said. More

Fast production method increases stem cell yield, safety
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A new method for generating stem cells from mature cells promises to boost stem cell production in the laboratory, helping to remove a barrier to regenerative medicine therapies that would replace damaged or unhealthy body tissues. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


Is a breath test for colon cancer possible?
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If colon cancer screening was as easy as taking a breath, more people might do it. Now, a small pilot study suggests such a test could be developed. More

Electronic health records breed digital discontent for some doctors
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Two years and $8.4 billion into the government's effort to get doctors to take their practices digital, some unintended consequences are starting to emerge. One is a lot of unhappy doctors. In a big survey by Medscape, 38 percent of the doctors polled said they were unhappy with their electronic medical records system. More

 Managed Healthcare News


UnitedHealth looks at doctors' pay for medical savings
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A new report from UnitedHealth Group Inc. takes aim at the way U.S. doctors get paid, saying the nation could save up to $1 trillion over the next decade in healthcare costs if it were possible to "unleash the potential of payment reform initiatives." More

Insurers join former adversaries to publicize health law
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Aetna Inc. and other insurers that initially fought President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul are reversing course and supporting the effort by funding a group planning to spend $100 million to help the uninsured get coverage under the law. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


Study: Extending tamoxifen saves lives, reduces breast cancer recurrences
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In a study that many breast cancer experts say may change practice, researchers have reported that extending the use of the drug tamoxifen to 10 years — rather than the currently recommended five years — could save lives by thwarting cancer's return. More

High-dose Zofran pulled from market
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The 32-mg dose of the anti-nausea drug ondansetron has been pulled from the market because of concerns about cardiac problems, the FDA announced. Ondansetron is approved for preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and, in lower doses, for postoperative nausea and vomiting. The 32-mg formulation is given as a single intravenous dose. More

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