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Scientists restore sense of smell to mice born with genetic abnormality
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There may be hope for people who are unable to smell. Using gene therapy, scientists have successfully restored the sense of smell in mice that had a genetic mutation that took away their olfactory senses. More

Gut bacteria linked to obesity-related health problems
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The answer to why some obese people develop diabetes and other health problems may be found not in just a love for junk food, but in the bacteria that thrive deep in the human gut. The study is one in a growing field of research looking at how the bacteria, fungi and viruses that live on every inch of the body — known collectively as microbiome — play a role in human sickness. Researching microbes has become easier with sequencing of the microbial DNA, much like the sequencing of the human genome, enabling scientists to study the organisms by their genetic signature. More

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Can gene therapy cure fatal disease in children?
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That low bone density causes osteoporosis and a risk of fracture is common knowledge. But an excessively high bone density is also harmful. The most serious form of excessively high bone density is a rare, hereditary disease which can lead to the patient's death by the age of only 5. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden are now trying to develop gene therapy against the disease. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

Genetic testing to deliver personalized medicine to cardiac patients
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Genetic tests will be part of the regular care protocols for some cardiology patients at both the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Stanford University Medical Center. Among other factors, it is faster time-to-answer and the lower cost of certain genetic technologies that make it feasible to use genetic tests in this care setting. More


Your patient's blood doesn't tell you that they will get tired walking the dog. Or that they've had heartburn for the past 2 weeks. But it can tell you whether or not obstructive CAD is what's causing their symptoms. You may not need to go deeper than the blood to know what's happening. MORE

Roche looks to personalized medicine for growth
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Roche Holding, the world's biggest maker of cancer drugs, said it would build on its drive into personalized medicine to hold onto its long-term growth momentum and said it would keep up spending on research and development. More

Pharmaceutical products that make a difference
Forest has well-established franchises in the therapeutic areas of the central nervous and cardiovascular systems and are always exploring new product opportunities. MORE
Our activities touch many lives
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven, integrated biopharmaceutical company. We discover, develop, manufacture and market prescription medicines for cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and infection. MORE

 Regenerative Medicine

Stem cell breakthrough helped 2 paralyzed people feel again
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New hope was raised recently for people left paralyzed by injury, after doctors said they had succeeded in using stem cells to restore feeling in two patients. In a world first, doctors at Zurich University said two out of three men who had agreed to take part in an early trial, had regained some sensation below the level of their injuries. More

Scientists discover 'missing link' between stem cells, immune system
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UCLA researchers have discovered a type of cell that is the "missing link" between bone marrow stem cells and all the cells of the human immune system, a finding that will lead to a greater understanding of how a healthy immune system is produced and how disease can lead to poor immune function. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

Radio waves power tiny heart implant
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A tiny, wireless heart device could dramatically alter the scale of medical implants. Stanford University engineers demonstrated the feasibility of the cardiac device that gets its power not from batteries but from radio waves transmitted from a small power unit on the surface of the body. More

Is your doctor out of the office? Try an E-visit
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You discover a weird rash on the weekend, which prompts the inevitable question. Should you go to the emergency room to get it checked, or wait for the doctor to squeeze you in on Monday? HealthPartners, an integrated health delivery system in Minneapolis, has a better idea: E-visits. Nurse practitioners stand by 24/7 to review the questionnaires as well as uploaded photos of any skin lesions or other visible symptoms, give advice, and, if necessary, send a prescription to a pharmacy. More

 Managed Healthcare News

HHS says health plans can't discriminate against transgender people
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In a recent letter hailed by advocates in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Department of Health and Human Services clarified that provisions in the Affordable Care Act prohibiting sex discrimination in health insurance apply to transgender people. More

Medicare reimbursement incentive less than effective
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Record-keeping for a patient complication used by Medicare to determine how much hospitals get reimbursed is not comprehensive or accurate, undermining the policy's value, a new study suggests. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

FDA approves Pfizer leukemia drug
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Health regulators have approved a Pfizer pill for a rare type of leukemia, another step in the company's effort to expand its oncology business. The medicine, called Bosulif, treats chronic myelogenous leukemia, a blood and bone marrow disease that usually affects older adults. More

Firm to revise injection pen directions
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NPS Pharmaceuticals said it will modify the instructions for the injection pen used to deliver its treatment for adult hypoparathyroidism, pushing back the filing of its application with the Food and Drug Administration. More

"An estimated 47,150 new cases of leukemia have been diagnosed in the United States in 2012, according to the National Cancer Institute."

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