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DNA finding could mean new gene therapies
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U.S. scientists say they've identified a way to fix mutations in human DNA, a finding with implications for treating a host of diseases. Scientists at the UCLA stem cell center, and the departments of chemistry and biochemistry and pathology and laboratory medicine, said targeting corrective, or messenger RNAs may correct mutations in human mitochondrial DNA. More

Gene discovery gives clues to a childhood cancer
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A newly discovered genetic mutation — within the ATRX gene — is more common in teens and young adults than infants with a nerve tissue cancer called neuroblastoma. While this defect was found in many teens and young adults with neuroblastoma, none of the infants with the disease who were tested had this genetic defect. More

Spending on genetic tests to rise sharply by 2021
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Spending on genetic tests has reached $5 billion annually and could top $25 billion within a decade, according to an insurance industry study. The rise in spending is likely to intensify the debate over genetic testing as policymakers and employers struggle to contain spiraling healthcare costs. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

Moving target: Why a cancer 'cure' is so elusive
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VideoBriefEven today the prospect of a cure for most kinds cancer is elusive. Doctors have had some success using drugs like Herceptin, which tailor a patient's treatment to their specific genetic makeup. But the cancers that cannot be treated with these personalized approaches are so complex that any simple approach to treating them remains elusive, at least for now. More

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 Regenerative Medicine

Scientists transform gut cells into insulin factories
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A study by Columbia researchers suggests that cells in the patient's intestine could be coaxed into making insulin, circumventing the need for a stem cell transplant. Until now, stem cell transplants have been seen by many researchers as the ideal way to replace cells lost in type I diabetes and to free patients from insulin injections. More

Stem cells might help transplant patients
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A new study suggests patients receiving an organ that's less than a perfect match can be protected against rejection by a second transplant — this time of the organ donor's imperfectly matched stem cells. The study is being hailed as a potential game-changer in the field of transplantation that could offer hope to patients who await or have received donor kidneys and depend on a harsh regimen of daily anti-rejection pills. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

Chicago hospital doctors say iPads raise their efficiency
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When doctors-in-training at the University of Chicago were given iPad tablet computers to use on their rounds, they found using the device helped them be more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients. The study from the university program tracked 115 residents who received devices purchased by the hospital. More

Study: Metal-on-metal hip implants 'likely to fail'
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Metal-on-metal hip implants are more likely to fail than devices made from other materials and should be banned, U.K. researchers said after reviewing the world's largest database on hip replacements. More than 500,000 U.S. patients and 40,000 in the U.K. have metal-on-metal hips and are at higher risk of device failure, according to the analysis. More

US pushes healthcare providers to share records electronically
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Hospitals and doctors have received billions of dollars in government subsidies to upgrade electronic health records, but they have not done enough to make those records shareable, a federal health official said. The national coordinator for information technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, said the government is proposing medical providers have the capability for exchanging patient data by 2014. More

 Managed Healthcare News

New insurance marketplace rules give insurers clout
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Insurers and other industry representatives will get to fill as many as half the seats on the governing boards for state health insurance exchanges, under final rules for the marketplaces issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. At least one seat must be reserved for a consumer representative. More

Bill to require financial transparency for all New Jersey hospitals
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In an effort to standardize financial transparency for nonprofit and for-profit hospitals in New Jersey, the state's Senate's Health Committee approved a bill that would require for-profits to publicly disclose the same financial information that nonprofit entities must file with the Internal Revenue Services. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

Antipsychotic drugs grow more popular for non-mentally ill patients
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These days atypical antipsychotics are being prescribed by psychiatrists and primary-care doctors to treat a panoply of conditions for which they have not been approved, including anxiety, attention-deficit disorder, sleep difficulties, behavioral problems in toddlers and dementia. These new drugs account for more than 90 percent of the market and have eclipsed an older generation of antipsychotics. More

Pfizer ends Celebrex post-approval safety study
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Pfizer said it is ending a safety study of its pain drug Celebrex because of difficulty finding patients. The trial was designed to measure the effects of Celebrex on patients who were taking the drug to treat juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pfizer said it was having trouble enrolling patients in the trial, and the study was not likely to produce meaningful results. More

"The cause of juvenile arthritis is unknown. Symptoms can exhibit in children as early as 6 months old, according to the National Institutes of Health."
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