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Gene tied to obesity, depression, ADHD
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have identified a genetic mutation that is linked to mental illness and obesity. The researchers found that deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor is associated with anxiety, depression and obesity. BDNF is a nervous system growth factor that plays an important role in brain development. More

Drug showing promise with muscular dystrophy
The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Parents of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy now have even more reason for hope. The company that makes an experimental drug designed to treat about 13 percent of the approximately 12,000 U.S. boys with the disease has released results from a small study that shows significant benefit from the drug eteplirsen. Company executives have said success bodes well for similar drugs designed to treat boys with other genetic variations of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. More

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Genetic basis of uterine fibroids uncovered
Medwire News via The Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A mutation located near the fatty acid synthase gene is associated with an increased predisposition for uterine leiomyomata or fibroids, study findings suggest. "Our discovery foretells a path to personalized medicine for women who have a genetic basis for development of uterine fibroids," study author Cynthia Morton said in a statement. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

New animal models can revolutionize the study of cancer
Clinical Cancer Research via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some animal models developed by researchers at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Bellvitge and the Catalan Institute of Oncology have served to validate the effectiveness of a new drug against ovarian cancer resistant to cisplatin. The tumor models will be keys to the development of the so-called personalized medicine against various cancers. More

Self-tracking may become key element of personalized medicine
Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A steady stream of new apps and devices that can be synced to ever-more sophisticated mobile phones is flowing into consumers' hands and this technology is revolutionizing the practice of self-tracking, in which individuals measure and collect personal data to improve their heath. More

Pharmaceutical products that make a difference
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 Regenerative Medicine

Nobel laureate warns of rogue 'stem cell therapies'
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Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka warned patients about unproven "stem cell therapies" offered at clinics and hospitals in a growing number of countries, saying they were highly risky. More

Related: Nobel Prize awarded to scientists for stem cell discoveries (The Washington Post)

Japanese scientists: Mouse stem cells used to produce eggs
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Reaching a long-sought milestone, Japanese researchers have demonstrated in mice that eggs and sperm can be grown from stem cells and combined to produce healthy offspring, pointing to new treatments for infertility. If the achievement can be repeated in humans, the technique could make it easier for women in their 30s or 40s to become mothers. It could also help men and women whose reproductive organs have been damaged by cancer treatments or other causes. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

When implanted medical devices go wrong, who pays?
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Insurance companies, often stuck with the tab for health services when a medical device fails, are ready to share the pain. As the number of costly, high-profile recalls rises, along with pressure to cut their own spending, insurers are starting to pin more of the responsibility on manufacturers. More

Liquorice offers clue to cleaner medical implants
Science Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new coating utilizing nanotechnology will allow surgeons to sterilize medical devices that contain biological components. A nanotech material containing an extract from liquorice can be used to sterilize and protect medical devices and implants which include biological components, and protects these functional bio-components during the sterilization process. More

 Managed Healthcare News

Study: Health insurance costs to fall for businesses under 50 employees
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Once fully implemented, the 2010 healthcare law will increase employer-sponsored insurance coverage and reduce the cost small businesses pay for employee health coverage, according to an Urban Institute study. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

Attention disorder or not, pills to help in school
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. Anderson is one of the more outspoken proponents of an idea that is gaining interest among some physicians. They are prescribing stimulants to struggling students in schools starved of extra money — not to treat A.D.H.D., necessarily, but to boost their academic performance. More

Drug may help slow mental decline in people with mild Alzheimer's
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Combined results from two studies of an experimental Alzheimer's drug suggest it might modestly slow mental decline, especially in patients with mild disease. Taken separately, the studies on Eli Lilly's solanezumab missed their main goals of significantly slowing the mind-robbing disease or improving activities of daily living. But pooled results found 34 percent less mental decline in mild Alzheimer's patients compared to those on a fake treatment for 18 months. More

"There is no cure for muscular dystrophy, which refers to a group of more than 30 inherited diseases. All forms of MD grow worse as the person's muscles weaken, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke."

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