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Scientists Call for Freeze on Genome-Editing Method

March 20, 2015 | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Designer babies? It’s far from a whimsy, and now a new technology that would make it possible to alter human DNA at the germline (meaning changing traits that can be inherited) has scientists calling for caution and a freeze. 

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Epidural Stimulation Shows Promise for Spinal Cord Injuries

March 23, 2015 3:49 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Bioscience Technology caught up with Susan Harkema Ph.D., professor and rehabilitation research director of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, to discuss her research and new funding awarded by Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation for epidural stimulation.

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Brain Injuries - Not Worth the Risk for One NFL Player

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

It’s not all in your head. Brain injuries from sports are a steady unease for athletes.

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Tumors Dedifferentiated by Chemo May Spawn New Paradigm

March 19, 2015 11:16 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A Harvard University and Waterloo University team has found that a common breast cancer chemotherapy (chemo) can create stem-like cancer cells out of more differentiated tumor cells.

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Spread of Infectious Diseases Could be Linked to Changing Climate

March 19, 2015 10:13 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one zoologist thinks so.

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Apple's ResearchKit Must Outlast Novelty Value to Aid Medical Insight

March 17, 2015 10:03 am | by Niharika Midha, MSc, GlobalData Medical Device Analyst | Comments

Apple's ResearchKit needs to make an impact beyond the initial launch period.

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Is HRT for Menopause Staging a Comeback?

March 16, 2015 2:08 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Many recent meta-studies find hormone replacement therapy lengthens life after all. This may be leading to a comeback for the once hugely popular menopause treatment.

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Does Amyloid Kill in Alzheimer’s, Heal in MS?

March 13, 2015 10:30 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Two groups have recently made strides with amyloid beta (aβ), the supposed main villain in Alzheimer’s disease. But while one group is tackling Alzheimer’s by reducing aβ, the other is tackling multiple sclerosis (MS) by using aβ.

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Breakthrough Therapies Target Cancers in 2015

March 10, 2015 9:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Getting a new drug to market is difficult, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a number of ways to help the process along for promising drugs that have potential against serious diseases.  One of these options is designation as a breakthrough therapy. This year a number of these therapies are targeted at fighting cancer.

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Apple Unveils New Medical Software Called ResearchKit

March 9, 2015 1:37 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Apple showcased new health programs called Research Kit during a press conference today.                            

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Apple's New Watch Lets You Share Your Heartbeat With Friends

March 9, 2015 1:13 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Apple held a press conference today to reveal more details regarding the company's smart watch including the device's fitness tracking capabilities.

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Michael J. Fox Foundation Announces New Funding for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Research

March 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Michael J. Fox Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association fund $2 million for research projects studying overlap in neurodegenerative diseases.                    

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Mobile Health Tools on the Rise

March 3, 2015 3:56 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Three startups are taking advantage of new technology to help patients get treatment for various diseases all over the world.                     

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A U.S. Cloning Pioneer’s Startling New Partnerships

March 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

In a move that stunned the stem cell field, the first researcher to create cloned human cells—and to derive embryonic stem (ES) cells from them—has teamed with a man who once made a fraudulent claim to do the same.

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Newly-Found T Memory Stem Cells May Be Key to Gene Therapy

February 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Genetically engineered T memory stem cells (Tscm) can last more than 12 years in patients’ bodies, and can continually generate appropriate T cell armies for them, says an innovative study looking at two historic clinical trials.     

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Telemedicine Set to Bloom in 2015

February 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Steve Boccone, Greybox Communications | Comments

New technologies will help the field of telemedicine drastically grow this year.                              

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