Molecular insights into anti-tumor effects of diabetes drug

Researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular mechanism that works at the cell level to help protect the epithelial tissue that lines various body cavities and organs in the body. The discovery may help explain why the widely prescribed diabetes drug metformin appears to preserve the epithelial barrier’s ability to ward off infection, resist inflammation, […]
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What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare

Mobile technology is nearing ubiquity in America; a Pew Research report shows 64 percent of all adult Americans own a smartphone, and ownership rates among millennials reach above 80 percent. It’s clear that to stay relevant and access the next generation of patients, the healthcare industry must innovate its mobile efforts. But after a number […]
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Apple’s health tech takes early lead among top hospitals

Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) healthcare technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs. Fourteen of 23 top hospitals contacted by Reuters said they have rolled out a pilot program of Apple’s HealthKit service – which acts as a repository for patient-generated […]
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Response of W.H.O. to Swine Flu Is Criticized

A panel of independent experts has harshly reviewed the World Health Organization’s handling of the 2009 epidemic of H1N1 swine flu, though it found no evidence supporting the most outlandish accusation made against the agency: that it exaggerated the alarm to help vaccine companies get rich. The world is still unprepared to handle a severe […]
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Breastfeeding not always best for mums

Wellington: A new study has revealed that many new mothers are under so much pressure to breastfeed, they have been psychologically distressed by their experiences. The women, who all gave birth in Auckland in 2005, raised their concerns during interviews with clinical psychologist Leanne Taylor-Miller, according to Sunday Star Times. Eight of the 32 mothers […]
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BARDA Supports Next Steps For A New Antiviral Drug For Smallpox

A $24.8 million federal contract will support development a new antiviral drug to treat smallpox. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, will fund the contract with Chimerix, Inc., of Durham, N.C. The contract can be […]
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A glass of wine daily ‘helps ward off dementia’

London: Scientists have found that a daily cocktail or glass of wine could help delay dementia. Their research has shown that alcohol is an anti-inflammatory (inflammation promotes Alzheimer’s) and raises good HDL cholesterol, which helps ward off dementia. Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina found that older people who had […]
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Author provides tips to combat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder

Winter’s chill, dark days, devoid of sunshine can send the best of us spiraling into a bad case of the blues. But those dreary winter months – particularly, February – can debilitate people living with depression. This time of year is especially difficult for Eric G. Wilson, author of “The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir […]
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Research cuts could mean ongoing cancer deaths

OpEd In New Jersey Star Ledger, State’s Largest Paper. In a guest column for the New Jersey Star-Ledger, a former White House spokesman and Chief-of-Staff for the House Aging Committee and Health Subcommittee, Robert Weiner, a George Washington University breast cancer laboratory director and professor, Dr. Patricia Berg, and policy analyst, James Lewis assert that […]
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Canadian Cancer Society calls for legislation to ban cosmetic pesticides

With a new poll showing more than 70 per cent of British Columbians believe exposure to cosmetic pesticides increases their risk to cancer and threatens the environment, the Canadian Cancer Society wants all leadership candidates to pledge introduction of legislation banning cosmetic pesticides. “In addition to recognizing the health risks, more than 70 per cent […]
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Genzyme reports 3-year follow-up data from eliglustat tartrate Phase 2 trial for Gaucher disease

Genzyme Corporation (NASDAQ: GENZ) today announced three-year follow-up data from patients enrolled in the phase 2 clinical trial for its investigational oral therapy for Gaucher disease type 1 known as eliglustat tartrate. Sustained or further improvements were observed across all endpoints, including bone disease, at the three-year timepoint. The results were presented for the first […]
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Patients who undergo orthopedic surgeries at high-volume hospitals have better outcomes

Patients who undergo elective orthopedic surgeries at high-volume, regional hospitals have better surgical outcomes and experience fewer complications than those who undergo those surgeries at local hospitals, according to research being presented by Hospital for Special Surgery investigators at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). These “regionalizers”–patients who travel […]
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