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 Genomics

Experts worry DNA testing without involving doctor could mislead
The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the curious, spit and a few hundred dollars are all it takes to become an "early adopter" of genetic testing. As of March, the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore had tallied 20 companies that offer tests without physician involvement. Another seven sell genetic information, but a doctor is involved. More



Epigenetics key in determining sexuality
United Press International    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Epigenetics — how gene expression is regulated by temporary switches called epi-marks — appears to be critical in determining sexuality, U.S. researchers say. More

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Getting DNA scanned costs less than an iPhone
Wired    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The price of unlocking the secrets of your DNA has dropped to stocking-stuffer range as Google-backed 23andMe said that a major new investment was allowing them to offer their personal gene scans for $99. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine


Expert: Center's personalized medicine 'will do people ...a lot of good'
The Patriot-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Analyzing a person's genetic makeup can produce a road map of disease the person is likely to encounter and possible paths for avoiding or defeating it. The future of medicine might well involve everyone allowing their genetic secrets to be stored, analyzed and instantly available to doctors and researchers. More

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Personalized medicine inches closer to role in IBD
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Physicians consider multiple factors when deciding how to manage illness in a patient with inflammatory bowel disease. What is the patient's response to prednisone or immunomodulators? Is the patient suffering from frequent flare-ups? Are they developing life-threatening complications? More

 Regenerative Medicine


Treating autism, could stem cells help?
HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Often seen as an alternative to embryonic stem cells, iPS — or induced pluripotent stem cells — are adult stem cells reprogrammed to an embryonic-like state. IPS cells are increasingly of interest to scientists studying brain disorders such as autism, since accessing brain tissue is so difficult. More

Cells harvested from human urine used to make stem cells
Wired    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Biologists in China have published a study detailing how they transformed common cells found in human urine into neural stem cells that can be used to create neurons and glial brain cells. The find holds huge potential for the rapid testing and development of new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies


Heart devices hamper children's quality of life
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pediatric patients who require implanted cardiac devices have lower quality of life compared with most of their peers, researchers found. Children and teens with permanent pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators rated their quality of life lower than did healthy controls and patients with mild forms of congenital heart disease, with a greater impact associated with ICDs, researchers said. More

 Managed Healthcare News


Insurers face jumbled market with health exchange rules
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
UnitedHealth Group, the biggest U.S. health insurer, will face a fragmented regulatory landscape in 2014 under the first state insurance marketplaces approved as part of the healthcare overhaul. More

Experiment aims to save on care for poorest, sickest patients
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
California is hosting an experiment, wherein a large group of disabled Medicaid enrollees have been moved out of traditional fee-for-service health coverage into a managed care plan. Officials hope to learn if the transition provides this vulnerable population, which has complex medical needs, better medical care while saving the government money. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology


FDA OKs prostate cancer drug for pre-chemo use
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. health regulators have expanded the approval of Johnson & Johnson's drug Zytiga for advanced prostate cancer to allow its use prior to treatment with chemotherapy. More

Durata says skin infection drug meets late-stage trial goal
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Durata Therapeutics said its experimental skin antibiotic met the goal of a late-stage trial, and it expects to seek marketing approval for the intravenous drug in 2013. More

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