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Seeking clues to heart risk in patient's family tree
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Doctors often gloss over a key question for assessing a person's risk for coronary heart disease, according to a new study: What is the patient's family history of cardiovascular illness? The study suggests some doctors may not be capturing the full extent of many patients' chances of developing heart disease. More

The 'DNA robots' that hunt cancer cells
The Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a concept that sounds eerily similar to science fiction, researchers from Harvard University have created tiny nano-sized "DNA robots" that can be instructed to hunt and destroy cancer cells. Scientists created the bio-machines to carry out duties normally reserved for immune-system-boosting white blood cells, and the mini-robots could lead to treatments for other autoimmune diseases. More

Hepatitis C deaths up, baby boomers most at risk
The Associated Press via ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefDeaths from liver-destroying hepatitis C are on the rise, and new data shows baby boomers especially should take heed — they are most at risk. Federal health officials are considering whether anyone born between 1945 and 1965 should get a one-time blood test to check if their livers harbor the ticking time bomb. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

Applications enable personalized cancer treatment
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Oracle's Health and Research Informatics system has helped Florida's Moffitt Cancer Center identify patients suitable for clinical trials much faster than in the past. Moffitt officials say Oracle's healthcare data model and high-level analytics give Moffitt the ability to create personalized approaches to treating cancer. More

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More guns needed in chemotherapy artillery
The Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While targeted therapy has been a buzzword and goal of cancer treatment predicated on the need to match tumor genetics with effective treatment, said oncologist Dr. Samuel Apari-cio, it may be time to take a page from HIV treatment. Suitable drug cocktails would be commonly prescribed to cancer patients, on a prolonged basis, to hit multiple molecular pathways and prevent disease spread and relapse. More

 Regenerative Medicine

Stem cell bank launches groundbreaking clinical trials
San Bruno Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
San Bruno, Calif.-based Cord Blood Registry is taking part in the first Federal Drug Administration-regulated trials to study how a child's own stem cells could help treat conditions like traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and cerebral palsy. For the trials, three research institutions are working with the company, which stores umbilical cord blood stem cells and has been headquartered in the city since 1995. More

Organs from less-than-ideal donors saving patients' lives
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation's critical shortage of donor organs is triggering a change in the use of organs once considered less than perfect. For a half-century, most organ donations have come from young or middle-age people who died in auto and other accidents. These organs have been considered the best because they are usually in good condition and undamaged. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

Wanted: Specially designed tools for pediatric surgery
WBUR (Boston NPR)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefOne tool doesn't fit all when it comes to surgery. Pediatric surgeons know this all too well when it's time to operate on a baby. Some infants are born prematurely. Others have congenital defects — some part of their internal anatomy that just didn't develop the way it was supposed to. More

Would you read your genome on a smartphone?
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An informatics startup based in La Jolla, Calif., is hoping to make its bread and butter by developing applications for browsing personal genomic information on mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. The company hopes to develop what it describes as wireless genomic healthcare applications that would provide consumers with the tools to view and explore their genomic data. More

 Managed Healthcare News

Feds jump-start health insurance co-ops with loans
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Seven organizations will receive a total of $639 million in federal low-interest loans to launch new, consumer-governed health insurance plans in eight states, the federal government announced. The new plans are scheduled to open for business in 2014. More

Lack of primary, preventative care sends thousands to hospitals
California Watch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Better access to primary healthcare and prevention programs could have kept thousands of California adults out of hospitals, according to a new analysis. According to data, there were more than 335,000 adult hospitalizations in California that could have been avoided if the patient had seen a doctor sooner. More

Health insurance a big headache for small firms
The Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The rising cost of health insurance has been at the top of the worst-problems list for small-business owners for more than a decade. On a random list of 75 problems, the cost of health insurance has always ranked among the worst. And, it will probably continue to hold top billing with the new healthcare law, regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on its constitutionality. More

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New suppliers to ease 2 cancer drug shortages
The Associated Press via Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal regulators said they've approved new suppliers for two crucial cancer drugs, easing critical shortages that have left patients and parents frightened about missing life-saving treatments. The news brings hope for some patients, but not for thousands of others, given there are currently 283 drugs in short supply or totally unavailable. More

Weighing alternative remedies
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some health professionals are noticing an uptick in patients who take supplements. Fifty-three percent of U.S. adults reported using at least one dietary supplement in 2003-06, up from 42 percent between 1988 and 1994, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

"Each day, about 79 people receive organ transplants, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A person may save up to eight lives through donation."
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