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Fetal genetic testing: A troubling technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists have been making rapid progress in identifying which of your genetic traits may be associated with the risk of getting a wide variety of diseases. That's a good thing. They have also been making rapid progress in getting access to genetic material during pregnancy, according to a new report. That means expectant parents may be able to accurately tell what sex the baby will be as early as seven weeks into a pregnancy. That's troubling. More

HIV in America: Studies zero in on trouble spots
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U.S. health experts are turning to sophisticated computer mapping technology and electronic medical records to identify pockets of Americans most at risk of HIV infection. In one study, researchers saw big improvements in rates of HIV testing when they added reminders to patients' electronic health records about the need for routine testing. More

Why stress causes DNA damage
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For years, researchers have published papers that associate chronic stress with chromosomal damage. Now researchers have discovered a mechanism that helps to explain the stress response in terms of DNA damage. More

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Celiac disease on the rise in the US
HealthDay via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Complaints of celiac disease are on the rise in the United States, with more and more people growing ill from exposure to products containing gluten. Nearly five times as many people have celiac disease than during the 1950s, according to a recent study. Another report found that the rate of celiac disease has doubled every 15 years since 1974 and is now believed to affect one in every 133 U.S. residents. More

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Breakthrough could lead to effective treatment for Lou Gehrig's disease
Chicago Tribune via Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers say they have found a common cause behind amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, that could lead to an effective treatment. Dr. Teepu Siddique, a neuroscientist, said the key was the discovery of an underlying disease process for all types of ALS. More

Mammogram rates declined after women gave up hormone therapy
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
American women who gave up hormone therapy after a study linked the menopause treatment to breast cancer and heart disease also cut back on mammograms, perhaps as a result of fewer doctor visits, researchers said. Mammography rates fell in 2005 for the first time since at least 1987, stumping public health officials who recommend routine use to detect small, easier-to-treat tumors. More

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Researchers show gains in finding reusable drugs
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a bit of high-tech recycling, researchers have developed an innovative way to identify already-approved drugs that may work against diseases they weren't designed to combat. The scientists have also demonstrated how a couple of such repurposed drugs may have benefits in treating two conditions, inflammatory bowel disease and lung cancer. More

Stem cells, the new insurance
SA Time via Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When a new baby is on the way, parents start planning and dreaming about their child's future. Everything from nursery to university is discussed and planned. But one aspect of a child's future that you can't plan for is their health, with the worst scenario being a fatal illness ... until now. More

HE4 - New Biomarker for Ovarian Cancer

Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc. introduces a HE4 EIA assay for the quantitative determination of HE4 in human serum. It is intended for use as an aid in monitoring recurrence or progressive disease in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. MORE

Imaging probe allows noninvasive detection of dangerous heart-valve infection
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A novel imaging probe, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital, investigators may make it possible to diagnose accurately a dangerous infection of the heart valves. In their Nature Medicine report, the team from the MGH Center for Systems Biology describes how the presence of Staphylococcus aureus-associated endocarditis in a mouse model was revealed by PET imaging with a radiolabeled version of a protein involved in a process that usually conceals infecting bacteria from the immune system. More
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CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

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