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Bypassing stem cells, scientist make neurons directly from human skin
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Researchers have come up with a recipe for making functional neurons directly from human skin cells, including those taken from patients with Alzheimer's disease. The new method may offer a critical short cut for generating neurons for replacement therapies of the future. Already, the converted neurons are beginning to yield insights into what goes wrong in the Alzheimer's brain and how diseased neurons might respond to treatment. More

Report: Exercise benefits cancer survivors
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If exercise were a cancer drug, it would be a blockbuster, appears to be the conclusion of a new review on the benefits of physical activity to people surviving and living beyond cancer. In a report released, the leading charity Macmillan Cancer Support firmly sweeps aside the tradition that cancer patients should "rest up" and "take it easy." It urges doctors and nurses to prescribe physical activity to patients "at all stages of cancer from initial diagnosis through to the later stages." However, despite the emergence of this evidence, many health professionals are failing to tell their cancer patients about the benefits of exercise. More

Study: Counseling may help women at risk for breast cancer gene
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Although women whose mothers had breast cancer may worry about developing cancer themselves, many do not fully understand when and why they should be screened or their options to reduce their risk for the disease, a new study suggests. "Young, high-risk women have little knowledge about the probabilities and options for managing the cancers for which their risks are remarkably increased. Further, many report intense anxiety related to their potential cancer development," principal investigator Andrea Farkas Patenaude said in an institute news release. More

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Compare hospitals on heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia
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Check out interactive USA Today graphic where you'll find death and readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia for more than 4,000 hospitals. The data are compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and cover a three-year period from mid-2007 to 2010. The agency also supplied the information to the hospitals and posted the data on its Hospital Compare website. More

Staffing crucial to HIV testing in the emergency department
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Of the more than 1 million HIV-positive patients in the United States, approximately 21 percent are undiagnosed, as more than 50,000 new infections occur annually. The emergency department is recognized as an important point of access to HIV testing for many patients. More

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Inappropriate use of blood cell booster widespread
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Costly drugs that boost red blood cells are being routinely misused in cancer patients, raising concerns about side effects and wasted resources, researchers say. A quarter of the time, they found patients got the so-called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents for no more than a week, which is too short to do much good. More

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US Food and Drug Administration approves molecular test for hepatitis C
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Abbott announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its RealTime polymerase chain reaction test for measuring the viral load of hepatitis C, the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States. The Abbott RealTime HCV assay is intended for use as an aid in the management of HCV-infected patients undergoing antiviral therapy. More

A new suspect in the obesity epidemic: Our brains
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According to a study, nine states had an obesity rate of at least 30 percent — compared with zero states some 10 years earlier. "I call it the hungry brain syndrome," says Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, an expert in the neurobiology of nutrition. More

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Study: Urine test for prostate cancer may be better than blood test
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Prostate cancer screening may become significantly better with the use of a urine test, according to a new study. Prostate cancer screening is currently based on a blood test to detect PSA — prostate-specific antigen. But that test often produces false positives and leads to unnecessary biopsies. More
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