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Genetic clues may lead to better grasp of birth defects
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A team of researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at the University of Southern California has for the first time determined the role of two important molecular signaling pathways that help control the number and position of repeated units of cells that pattern the head and face. More

Genomic data in patients' hands
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Strides in biotechnology and genomics have enabled individuals to gain access to increasingly more accurate and detailed information about their genomes at decreasing costs. While learning about individual genetic risks and susceptibilities has become more affordable, interpreting the data and establishing the optimal management strategies are opening challenges for both consumers and professionals, and many of these promise to become more pronounced as we approach the $100 genome landmark. More

Newly identified genes may hold the cure to nearsightedness
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New genes have been shown responsible for myopia, as reported in a report in Nature Genetics. Scientists believe that knowing which genes cause near sightedness may help in developing future treatments. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

High-content drug screening key for treatment of rare diseases
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Personalized medicine — tailoring diagnostics and treatment according to individual genetics — is a rapidly growing field. Using advanced screening technologies, the dream of offering customized care to each patient is slowly becoming a reality, offering hope to sufferers of rare diseases, who are often left without medical support. But because each disease impacts only a handful of people worldwide, there is no commercial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to fund drug research and development. More

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Long-term effects of molecularly targeted therapies in child cancer patients
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A University of Colorado Cancer Center review published in the journal Lancet Oncology describes possible long-term side-effects of new, targeted therapies in pediatric cancer patients: what we don't know may hurt us. Already we know that molecularly targeted therapies may stunt the growth of pediatric patients, delay puberty or speed the onset of diabetes. And researchers are just now starting to ask about additional, sometimes unforeseen side-effects, potentially including more subtle issues such as neurocognitive, balance and motor defects. More

 Regenerative Medicine

Brain cells created from human skin cells offer potential MS treatment
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Myelin is a fatty tissue that covers the fibers between nerve cells — it's not unlike the insulation on electrical wiring. When that tissue is compromised, the cells have difficulty communicating, and neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis can be the result. If the myelin of MS sufferers could be regrown, then it's possible that the disease could be cured. Recently, a team of scientists successfully regenerated myelin in mice, using human skin cells that were reprogrammed into brain cells. More

Research improving breast cancer treatment by targeting tumor initiating cells
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A Kansas State University professor's research on breast cancer stem cells may help improve survival rates by preventing cancer recurrence and metastasis — the major causes of death among breast cancer patients. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

FDA warns of major risk with St. Jude heart device
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The Food and Drug Administration said that a tool recalled by St. Jude Medical used to insert heart implants could potentially cause serious injury or death if used in patients. The company's Amplatzer TorqVue delivery system is used to mend a type of heart defect that causes holes in the upper chambers of the heart. St. Jude recalled all batches and models of the device recently after a small number of incidents where the delivery system's wire fractured during surgery. More

Federal officials release new EHR format for pediatric care
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS recently released a new electronic health record format for pediatric care. The new format aims to help EHR vendors develop modules that are tailored to children's health needs. Officials said the new format was warranted because current EHR systems are not appropriately set up to capture or process children's health data, resulting in lower EHR adoption rates among pediatric physicians. More

 Managed Healthcare News

$2 billion Medicaid program helps mostly illegal immigrants
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During the debate over the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul, Democrats promised that illegal immigrants wouldn't be among the 27 million people who'd gain coverage. President Barack Obama repeated that pledge last month when he outlined his immigration plan. But while federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid, a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor has long paid about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants. More

Many hospitals unprepared for cost questions
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Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won't be able to tell you, at least not right away — if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

Report: FDA not getting key info on risky drugs
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The Food and Drug Administration is not receiving key information from drugmakers about whether some of the riskiest prescription drugs on the market are being used safely by doctors and patients, according a new report by government inspectors. More

New FDA 'breakthrough' status speeds OK
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Drugmakers may win approval from U.S. regulators for "breakthrough" therapies after a single round of studies, rather than three, in an effort to speed them to patients, a Food and Drug Administration official said. The agency assigned three promising experimental medicines the new status to try to reduce the time needed to get them to market against life-threatening diseases, the director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said. More

"Nearsightedness is very common and affects nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population, according to the American Optometric Association."


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