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New Hope for Beating Deadly Hereditary Stomach and Breast Cancers

March 20, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers.

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 | Articles | Comments

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

Is HRT for Menopause Staging a Comeback?

March 16, 2015 2:08 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | 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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Study: Tetanus Shot May Aid Treatment of Deadly Brain Cancer

March 12, 2015 10:09 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Can a tetanus shot help treat brain cancer? A small study hints that it might.

Genetic Test Maker 23andMe Launches Drug R&D Effort

March 12, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines.                                                                      

Skin Tumors Develop Specific Mutations to Resist Drug

March 11, 2015 10:26 am | by Krista Conger, Stanford School of Medicine | News | Comments

Basal cell carcinomas develop mutations in a protein on the Hedgehog pathway to evade a common drug therapy. Targeting another portion of the pathway may be an effective alternative treatment.                                                            

Specialty Drugs Drive Prescription Spending Jump

March 11, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prescription drugs spending jumped 13 percent last year, the biggest annual increase since 2003, according to the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager.                 

Stanford Showcases New App for Studying Heart Health

March 10, 2015 4:07 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Apple teamed up with a handful of universities to create these medical research applications.                            

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Childhood Leukemia Study Reveals Disease Subtypes, New Treatment Option

March 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Pete Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

One of every eight patients might benefit from highly successful lymphoma drugs.                              

Breakthrough Therapies Target Cancers in 2015

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

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.                            

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.                       

Team Shows How Rare Antibody Targets Ebola and Marburg Viruses

March 2, 2015 10:37 am | by TSRI | News | Comments

Future treatments could bind to vulnerable site in viruses causing a variety of diseases.                            

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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.                       

Researchers Redefine Role of Brain's 'Hunger Circuit'

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Pete Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

Unexpected findings have implications for anti-obesity therapies.                                

Telemedicine Set to Bloom in 2015

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

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

Previously Unknown Effect of Vitamin A Identified

February 24, 2015 12:42 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a previously unknown effect of vitamin A in human embryonic development.                           

FDA Grants 23andMe to Market First Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test

February 20, 2015 4:33 pm | by 23andMe | News | Comments

23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced that it has been granted authority by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the first direct-to-consumer genetic test under a regulatory classification for novel devices.

New Nanogel for Drug Delivery

February 19, 2015 11:31 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into specific shapes and designed to release their payload over a specified time period. However, current versions aren’t always practical because must be implanted surgically.

Iron May be a Factor in Dementia

February 17, 2015 4:09 pm | by Leigh Dayton, UTS | News | Comments

There is no way to spot Alzheimer's early, no effective treatment and no known cure.                             

Health Groups Say AIDS No. 1 Killer of Adolescents in Africa

February 17, 2015 3:47 pm | by Tom Odula, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global health organizations said Tuesday that AIDS is now the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa, and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally.              

Ebola Victims Infectious for a Week After Death, Nonhuman Primate Study Finds

February 13, 2015 4:32 pm | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief, ALN Magazine | News | Comments

The Ebola virus remains viable for at least seven days after death in non-human primates. A new study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggests that Ebola transmission from deceased individuals may be possible for an extended period of time after death, underscoring the importance of using safe practices for handling corpses.  

Aggressive Form of HIV Uncovered in Cuba

February 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by University of Leuven | News | Comments

Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners increases the risk of contracting multiple strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Once inside a host, these strains can recombine into a new variant of the virus.       

Screening Tool Could Speed Ovarian Cancer Drug Development

February 10, 2015 4:56 pm | by University of Chicago | News | Comments

University of Chicago Medicine researchers have built a model system that uses multiple cell types from patients to rapidly test compounds that could block the early steps in ovarian cancer metastasis. Their three-dimensional cell-culture system, adapted for high-throughput screening, has enabled them to identify small molecules that can inhibit adhesion and invasion, preventing ovarian cancers from spreading to nearby tissues.

Persevering Past Roadblocks to Build Promising Ebola Vaccine

February 10, 2015 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola has claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa over the past year, although new infections have dropped dramatically in recent months.                    

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