Researchers Solve Decades-Old Medical Mysteries With The Help Of Genetics

The mystery began in 1976. Adolfo Pampena was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that caused a strange combination of symptoms and was associated with the occurrence of multiple tumours in his stomach and colon. His medical team was stumped and was unable to answer the most important questions for him and his family: […]
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Light Therapy For Early-Stage Laryngeal Cancer Is A Voice-Saver

Light, or photodynamic, therapy can help preserve the voice and vocal cord function for patients with early stage laryngeal (voice box) cancer, according to a study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. “Photodynamic therapy is an effective treatment for early laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas, offering patients a less invasive option with fewer side effects than […]
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Later Puberty Results In Lower Bone Mass And Increases Risk Of Fracture

A team of researchers led by Vicente Gilsanz, MD, PhD, director of Clinical Imaging at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, determined that the onset of puberty was the primary influence on adult bone mineral density, or bone strength. Length of puberty did not affect bone density. Reduced bone mineral density leads […]
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For Children In Braces Powerful 3-D X-Rays Should Be The Exception, Not The Rule

Some orthodontists may be exposing young patients to unnecessary radiation when they order 3-D X-ray imaging for simple orthodontic cases before considering traditional 2-D imaging, suggests a paper published by University of Michigan faculty. There is ongoing debate in the orthodontic community over if and when to use cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for orthodontic […]
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For Prostate Cancer Patients, Pre-Surgical Stress Management Boosts Immune Function, Lowers Mood Disturbance

Practicing stress management techniques before prostate cancer surgery may help activate the body’s immune response leading to quicker recovery, as well as aid in lowering mood disturbance, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study is published in the February/March edition of the journal Psychosomatic […]
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Scientists to commence new DNA vaccine trial for use in patients with leukemia

A new cancer treatment which strengthens a patient’s immune system and enables them to fight the disease more effectively is being trialled on patients for the first time in the UK. The treatment will use a new DNA vaccine, developed by scientists from the University of Southampton, which will treat a selected group of volunteers […]
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Nutritionist offers tips to keep on track with weight loss and health goals

At a time when many people are working to lose weight and get healthier, more than half of Texans admit to lying to family or doctors about their health and fitness habits such as nutrition and amount of exercise, according to the True Results Health Honesty Survey. Forty-six percent are not honest with family members […]
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Physicians suggest new target structure for deep brain stimulation

Nearly ten percent of all cases of depression are so severe that the patients do not respond to any established treatment method. Targeted stimulation of areas in the brain using a type of “brain pacemaker” has recently raised hopes: According to initial studies, half of patients with the most severe depression treated in this manner […]
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GATTEX Phase 3 pivotal study reaches primary efficacy endpoint of reducing PN in patients with SBS

NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics for rare gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, today announced that its Phase 3 pivotal study of GATTEX┬« (teduglutide) met the primary efficacy endpoint of reducing parenteral nutrition (PN) dependence in patients with adult short bowel syndrome (SBS). The 24-week randomized, double-blind study, known as STEPS, was […]
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Study Seeks Volunteers With Prostate Cancer To Measure Safety Of Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery

The North Shore-LIJ Health System Department of Radiation Medicine announced it is seeking patients with early-stage (confined to the organ) prostate cancer to participate in a Phase I Research study. Subjects must be newly diagnosed and considered lower risk, with a Gleason score of equal to or less than 7 and a PSA level below […]
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Veterinary Researcher Studies Neglected Tropical Diseases In Humans

Richard Martin, DVM, PhD, a biomedical sciences professor at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has devoted his 35-year career to studying nematode parasites. These parasites infect approximately one-quarter of the world population, producing debilitating symptoms that devastate the lives and economies of many of the world’s underdeveloped and impoverished areas. The parasites, such […]
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Scientists Unlock The ‘Gates’ On Sudden Cardiac Death

Australian researchers have come one step closer to understanding how the rhythm of the heartbeat is controlled and why many common drugs, including some antibiotics, antihistamines and anti-psychotics, can cause a potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythm. It is estimated around 40-50% of all drugs in development will block one of the main ‘channels’ that carries […]
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Association Between Hormone Therapy Begun At Menopause And Risk For Breast Cancer

Starting hormone therapy at around the time of menopause is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer compared to starting after a longer gap, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in he Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In this large, prospectively followed cohort of women, those who started hormone therapy five […]
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