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Cirrhosis Deaths Drop 41 Percent from 2002 to 2012

April 22, 2015 10:43 am | by UNC | News | Comments

A new study has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.

DNA Abnormalities Found in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

April 22, 2015 10:18 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Routine genetic screening of children with CKD could lead to earlier, more precise diagnoses....

Researchers Test Blood-Based Biopsy for Finding Cancer

April 21, 2015 12:29 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This method is delivering some promising results in early trials.

Immunotherapy is Not a Curiosity Anymore

April 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the main sessions at this year’s Experimental Biology Conference in Boston was the Tang...

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Fitness Trackers Could Support MS Treatments: Study

April 16, 2015 3:13 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The team of investigators will present their findings this week at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting.

Wearable Device Slows Deadly Brain Tumors

April 15, 2015 9:14 am | by University of Virginia | News | Comments

A wearable device that emits low-level electrical fields can slow the progression of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and extend patients’ lifespans.

IBM Opens Up New Health Data Venture

April 15, 2015 9:01 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic will be partners on this program.

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Challenging the Rate of Digital Health Care

April 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Shortcomings in the fast-evolving digital health care arena are becoming obvious, so Harvard University is challenging those notions with technology.

Ocular Therapeutix Eye-Pain Implant Fails Crucial Clinical Study

April 9, 2015 8:39 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Investors did not seem pleased by these results.

Analyst: India to Lead Asia-Pacific Non-Vascular Stents Market Growth by 2021

April 7, 2015 2:59 pm | by Priya Radhakrishnan, Director of Medical Devices, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The Asia-Pacific non-vascular stents market, consisting of urinary tract, pancreatic and biliary, enteral, and airway stents, will expand in value from $148.1 million in 2013 to $223.8 million by 2021.

Using Sound Waves to Detect Rare Cancer Cells

April 7, 2015 9:08 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Acoustic device can rapidly isolate circulating tumor cells from patient blood samples.

Getting Enough Sleep? App Helps Identify Common Sleep Disorders in Patients

April 1, 2015 10:44 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Each year, more than 60 million Americans fail to get enough sleep at night due to a chronic sleep disorder. Yet few of these patients will be diagnosed and receive the care they need, even if they’re already seeing other doctors, such as a primary care physician.

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Blood-Based Biomarkers could Enable Accurate TB tests for Diagnosis

March 30, 2015 4:57 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers in patients with active tuberculosis (ATB) that could lead to new blood-based diagnostics and tools for monitoring treatment response and cure.

Blueprint Medicine Files for $100M IPO

March 24, 2015 5:02 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The biotech firm is making a big bet on precision medicine.

Smarter by the Minute, Sort of

March 19, 2015 3:49 pm | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

New research is changing long-held ideas of how our minds age, painting a richer picture of different cognitive skills peaking across a lifetime, with at least one — vocabulary — peaking at a time when many are considering retirement.

Blood-based Genetic Biomarkers Identify Young Boys with Autism

March 10, 2015 9:51 am | by Scott LaFee, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Proof-of-principle method suggests much earlier diagnoses could be done with clinic test.                            

Apple Unveils New Medical Software Called ResearchKit

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

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

Researchers Map "Genomic Landscape" of Childhood Adrenocortical Tumors for First Time

March 9, 2015 10:15 am | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | News | Comments

In an advance that could lead to better identification of malignant pediatric adrenocortical tumors, and ultimately to better treatment, researchers have mapped the “genomic landscape” of these rare childhood tumors. Their genomic mapping has revealed unprecedented details, not only of the aberrant genetic and chromosomal changes that drive the cancer, but the sequence of those changes that trigger it.

'Stem Cell' Test Could Identify Most Aggressive Breast Cancers

March 5, 2015 10:03 am | by The Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Testing breast cancer cells for how closely they resemble stem cells could identify women with the most aggressive disease, a new study suggests.                   

Mouse Study Finds Extra Oxygen May Spur Tumor-Fighting Cells

March 4, 2015 4:35 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A provocative study in mice suggests something as simple as breathing in extra oxygen might give immune cells a boost in attacking cancer.                    

Scientists Find Direct Link Between Insulin Resistance in the Brain and Behavioral Disorders

March 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Joslin Diabetes Center | News | Comments

Study in mice identifies mechanism that lowers levels of dopamine and heightens behavior suggesting anxiety and depression.                       

Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Heart's Effect on the Brain

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

The prevailing medical wisdom that Alzheimer's Disease has its origins in the brain has a radical and disputed rival with shocking implications for medicine's relentless efforts to forestall disease, ageing and death, according to a new review of the evidence.

Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

March 2, 2015 10:18 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

New formula gauges 10-year risk of dying.                                    

New Molecule Could Slow Progression of Parkinson's

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by University of Bath | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a molecule that, if developed into a drug, could slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease.                       

Skin Test May Shed New Light on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Diseases

February 25, 2015 9:32 am | by American Adcademy of Neurology | News | Comments

The study showed that skin biopsies can be used to detect elevated levels of abnormal proteins found in the two diseases.                       

Obesity Genes Identified by Worldwide Research Team

February 24, 2015 9:43 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

A massive worldwide analysis of genetic data from almost 340,000 people around the world has brought understanding of the genetic basis of obesity a step closer.                

WHO Approves 1st Quick Test for Ebola

February 20, 2015 4:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said Friday it has approved a quick test for Ebola that will dramatically cut the time it takes to determine - with reasonable accuracy - whether someone is infected with the deadly virus.                  

Auditory Pain Pathway May Protect Against Hearing Loss

February 19, 2015 11:37 am | by Marla Paul, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Our hearing has a secret bodyguard: a newly discovered connection from the cochlea to the brain that warns of intense incoming noise that causes tissue damage and hearing loss.              

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