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3 sisters face breast cancer together
TODAY via MSNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefThree California sisters have the same breast cancer gene mutation, which increases the risk of developing the disease. Their mother survived the disease when they were children, and it claimed the life of their maternal great-grandmother. Only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are genetic, and the fact that all three sisters developed the disease at the same time makes their story even more unusual. More

Adopted children's drug abuse risk affected by biological family via CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Adopted children are twice as likely to abuse drugs if their biological parents did too, suggesting genetics do indeed play a role in the development of substance abuse problems. However, trouble or substance abuse in the adoptive family is also a risk factor, according to a study of more than 18,000 adopted children in Sweden. More

Rare diseases: Genomics, plain and simple
Nature    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pennsylvania's Clinic for Special Children, it seems, has found a way to apply the basic tools of genomics to save lives, money and resources. At the clinic, two pediatricians, a molecular geneticist and staff nimbly stitch together elements of basic science and clinical practice necessary to move from a blood sample to DNA analysis, all the way to diagnosis and treatment — sometimes in a matter of days. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

Partnerships help drugmakers get closer to patients
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VideoBriefProteus Biomedical has developed chip-in-a-pill technology that transmits patient data directly to a smartphone. Chemical & Engineering News editor Rick Mullin says it's part of a larger trend, including the expansion of personalized medicine. More

Inhaled drug targets pain-wracked migraine patients
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Companies are pushing to develop better treatments for the 36 million Americans who get migraines. Regulators are set to announce if Map Pharmaceuticals' Levadex, an inhalant that can be taken at home, can be marketed. If so, it may be worth $1 billion a year by 2020. More

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 Regenerative Medicine

Baltimore synthetic trachea patient has died
WJZ (CBS Baltimore)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefBaltimore resident Christopher Lyles, 30, was only the second person in the world to have a transplant using his own stem cells. In November 2010, he became the first person from the United States to have a synthetic trachea, or windpipe transplant, using his own stem cells to grow and form collagen on the plastic. His own trachea was cancerous. More

Related: Cancer patient receives stell cell-made windpipe (CBS News)

Can you build a human body?
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Technology has always strived to match the incredible sophistication of the human body. Now electronics and high-tech materials are replacing whole limbs and organs in a merger of machine and man. A team of researchers will try out the first bionic eye implant in the U.K. hoping to help a blind patient see for the first time. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

Technology could change how traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed
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From car wrecks to combat injuries, traumatic brain injuries can cause serious damage and leave irreparable harm. Now scientists are testing a new MRI-based tool that lights up the breaks injuries leave deep in the brain's wiring, much like X-rays show broken bones. More

 Managed Healthcare News

Survey: American pay a lot more for healthcare
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Americans spend more than people in other countries on just about every medical procedure and doctor visit, according to a report from the International Federation of Health Plans. The group's survey of expenses for medical procedures, tests, scans and treatments in nine countries shows Americans pay more for physician time, scans, surgery and drugs than people in Spain, France, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Canada, India and Switzerland with one exception — cataract surgery costs more in Switzerland. More

Hospitals try new tack: Refer injured patients to attorneys
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Health systems in Maryland are referring patients to lawyers after a patient is injured. MedStar Health, LifeBridge Health and the University of Maryland Medical System — which collectively run about two dozen hospitals — have used the strategy. The idea is drawing praise and skepticism as a way to deal with potential medical liability. More

For fiscal health, California hospitals want fewer patients
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To survive the unprecedented challenges coming with federal healthcare reform, California hospitals are upending their financial model: They are trying to keep some patients out of their beds. Hospital executives must adapt rapidly to a new way of doing business that will link finances to maintaining patients' health and impose penalties for less efficient and lower-quality care. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

Slow, costly process stymies generic biotech drugs
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One of the pledges of the government's healthcare overhaul was to enable cheaper copies of expensive biotech drugs, but the savings may not be as deep or come as quickly as hoped. Healthcare companies and industry experts say questions over how the market will work and the specter of patent litigation mean robust competition for generic biotech drugs might wait until the end of the decade. More

FDA won't approve combination cholesterol drug
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Federal regulators have rejected Merck's new combination cholesterol drug, which includes a generic version of the mega-blockbuster Lipitor — at least for now. It's unclear how long the ruling might delay approval of the drug, as the Food and Drug Administration is requiring additional study data on the compound. More

"Migraines occur most often between the ages of 15 and 55, and up to 80 percent of patients have a genetic link to migraines, according to the National Headache Foundation."
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