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Professor discovers gene that predicts time of death
The Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It appears the Grim Reaper has a schedule to keep. A team of scientists led by a University of Toronto neurology professor says it has discovered a gene mutation that determines the time of day a person is most likely to die. More

New genetic test provides precise, yet hazy results
The Journal News via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new test, chromosomal microarray technology, is providing doctors and prospective parents with more information than ever before about the genetic makeup of a baby still in the womb. But what that knowledge actually means is not always clear, causing confusion and anxiety for parents and physicians. More

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Babies with skull defect share 'snip' genes
UC Davis via Futurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two areas of the human genome appear to be associated with the most common form of a condition that causes the bony plates in a baby’s skull to close too soon. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

Imaging to take greater role in patient diagnostics, health reform
Government HealthIT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imaging is on the cusp of taking a greater role in health IT and development of new payment and care delivery models with new applications and its use as a diagnostic tool earlier in the patient care process. More

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 Regenerative Medicine

Study: A person's DNA isn't always identical
Voice of America    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Prevailing wisdom holds that every cell in the body contains identical DNA. But Yale researchers say they examined skin stem cells and found a number of genetic variations in a variety of skin tissue. More

Stem cell clinical trials to tackle diabetes
HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NUI Galway has been awarded a major new project designed to address complications associated with diabetes. The research project will examine the ability of stem cells to safely control glucose levels and alleviate the damage caused by six different diabetic complications. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

Breast cancer detection device inches closer to premarket approval
MedCity News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dune Medical Devices announced that the company has received a letter from the Food and Drug Administration indicating that it is close to receiving a premarket approval from the agency. More

Expert: Medical device tax could crimp long-term care supplies
McKnight's Long-Term Care News Assisted Living    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A medical device excise tax scheduled to hit Jan. 1, is causing uncertainty among manufacturers and providers, a healthcare expert said. The 2.3 percent tax will be on sales of FDA-approved devices that are used by a physician or in a physician's office. It's intended to generate $20 billion over the next several years, which is expected to offset some healthcare reform costs. More

 Managed Healthcare News

Growing hospice costs focus of Medicare audits
San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Once the domain of volunteers and churches, hospice is now a multibillion-dollar nationwide industry, with growth rates over the last decade that would please even the most ambitious financial manager. Medicare payments to hospice programs have ballooned from $3 billion in 2000 to $13 billion in 2010, turning what was formerly a minor expense into a target of government auditors desperate to rein in soaring medical costs. More

Study: Uninsured die at higher rates after brain surgery
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your chances of surviving brain surgery might be affected by whether you have health insurance. According to the findings of a new study, uninsured patients died at a higher rate after receiving brain surgery to remove cancerous tumors than those with private insurance. Uninsured patients had a death rate of 2.6 percent, compared to 1.3 percent among the privately insured, a statistically significant difference. More

Medicare cuts give health providers jitters
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The $716 billion in Medicare "cuts" that got so much attention in the presidential election have already begun sinking their teeth into healthcare providers. And there are widespread jitters that any further cuts as part of a year-end deal to stave off sequestration or strike a "grand bargain" for a long-term fiscal deal would deeply gouge some providers, if not put them out of business. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

Testosterone, Viagra not a winning ED combination
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Using a testosterone gel in addition to Viagra doesn't make the little blue pill work any better, according to a new study. The report's lead researcher said testosterone is typically prescribed to men who have both low testosterone levels and symptoms such as little interest in sex or low bone and muscle mass. More

FDA panel backs hepatitis B vaccine efficacy, not safety
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Food and Drug Administration panel voted unanimously to recommend the effectiveness of Dynavax Inc.'s hepatitis B vaccine Heplisav, but raised concerns about its safety, asking for more data from studies on a wider population. More

"Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, according to the American Diabetes Association."


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