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May. 29, 2014

Researchers identify new genetic building blocks
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
A team of international researchers has identified nearly 85 percent of proteins in the human body. Proteins are the substances that provide structure, function and regulation of the body's tissues and organs. Human genes contain instructions that direct the production of proteins, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.More

Uncovering clues to the genetic cause of schizophrenia
Medical Xpress
The overall number and nature of mutations — rather than the presence of any single mutation — influences an individual's risk of developing schizophrenia, as well as its severity, according to a discovery by Columbia University Medical Center researchers published in the latest issue of Neuron. The findings could have important implications for the early detection and treatment of schizophrenia.More

Placenta genes 'underpin health differences between girl and boy babies'
Medical News Today
Why do male babies generally have poorer health outcomes than female babies? Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia investigate. They publish their findings in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction. Previous research has shown that boy babies grow faster in the womb, having a greater body length and weight than girl babies at birth.More

A diagnosis for personalized medicine
Personalized medicine, medical treatment tailored to specific patient populations based on their genetic or molecular biology profiles, has long been heralded as the next big thing in healthcare. It's been about 16 years since Genentech launched Herceptin, a drug for breast cancer patients with a specific genetic mutation. More

Stem cells in outer blood vessel wall appear to involve in brain reaction following stroke
Two years ago, a new type of stem cell was discovered in the brain that has the capacity to form new cells. The same research group at Lund University in Sweden has now revealed that these stem cells, which are located in the outer blood vessel wall, appear to be involved in the brain reaction following a stroke.More

Researchers find human menstrual blood-derived cells 'feed' embryonic stem cells
Researchers investigating the use of human menstrual blood-derived mesenchymal cells as culture 'feeder layers' found that MBMCs can replace animal-derived feeder systems in human embryonic stem cell culture systems and support their undifferentiated growth, while helping the cells proliferate and survive. More

Goodbye root canals? Researchers use lasers to regrow parts of teeth
Fox News
For the millions of Americans who suffer cavities each year, the ominous threat of a root canal may soon be a worry of the past. Now, researchers from Harvard University claim they have discovered a novel way of regrowing parts of people's teeth using an unlikely tool: Lasers.More

Why telemedicine is the future of healthcare
By Jessica Taylor
Telemedicine is the hottest trend in the healthcare industry, and it is becoming more and more important to healthcare providers and patients around the world. According to medical professionals present at this year's ATA 2014 conference, telemedicine is the future of the healthcare industry. The trend is already backed by many hospitals and major health insurers, and the U.S. government recently endorsed telemedicine through Medicare and Medicaid.More

Implantable computer chips could boost care, but concerns remain
Technology companies and academic researchers say advances in the development of ingestible and implantable computer chips could help patients track their health in real time, the Washington Post reports. Over the last few years, the size and cost of the chip technology has decreased significantly. More

Researchers identify new genetic building blocks
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
A team of international researchers has identified nearly 85 percent of proteins in the human body. More

Scientists find more genes tied to alcoholism risk
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
New research pinpoints 11 gene variations that appear to be linked to a higher risk of alcoholism. More

Genetic match? Why people tend to marry those with similar DNA
LiveScience via CBS News
Going on a first date? The chance that it leads to wedding bells may depend, in part, on how similar his or her DNA is to yours.More

VA investigators: Delayed care is everywhere
USA Today
Delaying medical care to veterans and manipulating records to hide those delays is "systemic throughout" the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, the VA's Office of Inspector General said in a preliminary report. "Our reviews at a growing number of VA medical facilities have thus far provided insight into the current extent of these inappropriate scheduling issues throughout the VA healthcare system and have confirmed that inappropriate scheduling practices are widespread, the report said.More

Large healthcare cost increases are built into Obamacare implementation
National healthcare spending increased to $2.8 trillion in 2012, representing expenditures of $8,915 for every person in the United States. Healthcare spending represents 17.2 percent of GDP, with the more significant effects of the Affordable Care Act as yet to be felt. More

FDA chief: Drugs can reach patients faster and cheaper,
A new program that lets drugmakers move more quickly through the approval process for breakthrough products may help lower the cost of life-saving treatments, the nation's chief drug regulator said today. The program, approved in 2012, can cut the time needed for approval by years, a gain for companies that may be reflected in pricing, said Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. More