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DNA hacking is now street legal
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The world's first mass-market gene therapy has been legalized in Europe. Glybera, which treats a painful disorder that leads to pancreatitis, will be available in hospitals beginning in 2013. More

Addiction history in smokers' DNA may show cancer risk
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Smokers leave a chemical "footprint" of their addiction history on the surface of their DNA, and this may serve as a measure of their risk for developing cancer, say researchers from the U.K. and Italy who presented their findings at a conference in Liverpool, U.K. More

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Researchers solve the mystery of child's illness
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The mystery is over. Doctors now know what's ailing Adam Foye. For Adam's entire life, doctors have been trying to figure out why his muscles are so weak that he can't carry his sixth-grade schoolbooks or walk down a grocery aisle without getting exhausted. And now the Pine Brook, N.J., boy and his family have their answer. Researchers who sequenced his genome have zeroed in on what they believe is the culprit: changes in a gene called titin. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

Oral cancer HPV test may improve outcomes, facilitate targeted therapy
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A new test designed to classify tonsil and throat cancers into one of two groups should help deliver the right treatment to the right patients, according to new research. The RNAscope test can be carried out in hospitals and looks for the presence of the Human papillomavirus in oropharyngeal cancers. Doctors will be able to use the results to classify these cancers as HPV positive or negative and offer treatment accordingly. More

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Scientists encourage genetic data sharing
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Researchers say that whole genome analysis has the potential to significantly improve medical care if utilized correctly, but say that interpreting variants of unknown significance can prove challenging. More

 Regenerative Medicine

Study: Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts
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Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients' own cells for helping restore heart tissue. More

Stem cell therapy reversed chemo-linked infertility
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It might be possible one day to restore male fertility after cancer chemotherapy, new research with monkeys suggests. Some cancer drugs are designed to destroy rapidly dividing cells, but can't tell the difference between cancer cells and other rapidly dividing cells in the body, including sperm-producing stem cells. As a result, these cells can be wiped out and leave the patient infertile. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

Amputee scales 103 floors with mind-controlled 'bionic leg'
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Seattle resident Zac Vawter scaled Chicago's Willis Tower stairway thanks to what the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago calls the "world's first neural-controlled bionic leg." In other words, when Vawter thinks about going somewhere, it sends a signal to his prosthetic right leg that spurs it to move. This kind of technology has been implemented before in arms and fingers, but never before in a leg. More

Heart devices often approved without comparisons
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Many new heart devices, such as valves and stents, are approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration without good studies showing that they offer any benefits beyond existing treatments, according to a new study. More

 Managed Healthcare News

Are ACOs doomed to fail?
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Accountable care organizations are widely touted as one of the most effective cost-containing measures of the 2010 federal health law. Yet they have a great deal in common with the integrated delivery networks of the 1990s, leaving some wondering whether the bold experiment might come to the same disappointing end. More

Illinois moves ahead on health insurance exchange
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Illinois officials are reviewing five bids to build the state's health insurance exchange — a required component of the federal health care overhaul that Gov. Pat Quinn intends to implement regardless of who wins the presidency. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

FDA warns of 'light therapy' claims for meningitis treatment
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A Tennessee company made false claims that its "light therapy" has benefits for fungal meningitis, the FDA said. The Avalon Effect, of Franklin, Tenn., has been illegally marketing the Quantum Series Personal Wellness Pack — which its website says emits "noninvasive, stress-reducing light" — with claims to cure disease, the agency said. More

FDA: Novo's insulin medicine has heart safety risks
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Novo Nordisk's once-a-day insulin medicine Tresiba carries a higher heart risk than other diabetes treatments, U.S. regulators said. Food and Drug Administration staff questioned whether more safety studies should be conducted on the product, also known as degludec, according to a report posted today ahead of a meeting of agency advisers. More

"This is the fifth year in a row in which there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral cancers. In 2007, there was an 11 percent increase over the previous year, according to The Oral Cancer Foundation."


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