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Topic of the Month March: Blood

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects

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Graphic: Drug Side Effects [21/10/2014] New medications created by pharmaceutical companies have helped millions of Americans alleviate pain and suffering from their medical conditions. However, the drug creation process often misses many side effects that kill at least 100,000 patients a year. Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects - Read more

Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw

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Photo: Copper wires [17/10/2014] Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness.Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw - Read more

Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men

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Photo: Physician checks a woman's bloodpressure [17/10/2014] Women who are treated for high blood pressure are not given the same medication as men, nor do they hit the treatment targets as often, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg.Women with high blood pressure get different treatment to men - Read more

Personalized treatment for stress-related diabetes

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Photo: ECG, cigarettes, sugar and the word stress [16/10/2014] Researchers at Lund University in Sweden are testing a treatment for type 2 diabetes which targets the disease mechanism itself - and not just the symptoms. For the first time, knowledge about the individual patient's genetic risk profile is being used. The treatment completely restores the capacity to secrete insulin, which is impaired by the risk gene.Personalized treatment for stress-related diabetes - Read more

Calming down immune cells could hold key to melanoma treatment

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Photo: Melanoma [29/09/2014] Cancer Research UK scientists at The University of Manchester found that chemical signals produced by a type of immune cell, called macrophages, also act as a survival signal for melanoma cells.Calming down immune cells could hold key to melanoma treatment - Read more

Microfluidics: lab on a breathing chip

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Graphic: Iconic human nose and pollutants [23/09/2014] Human nasal epithelial cells, cultured on a microchip, react to air pollutants just like they would in the upper airway.Microfluidics: lab on a breathing chip - Read more

Battling superbugs

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Photo: Bacteria colony [22/09/2014] In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and staphylococcus, infect more than 2 million people nationwide, and kill at least 23,000. MIT engineers have now turned a powerful new weapon on these superbugs.Battling superbugs - Read more

Cancer: palliative care denied to many patients

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Photo: Physician holding an old patient's hand [22/09/2014] Many patients with advanced, incurable cancer do not receive any palliative care, reveals new research. The findings are astonishing as they come at the same time as 15 new oncology centres in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa are being awarded the prestigious title of 'ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.'Cancer: palliative care denied to many patients - Read more

A prescription for better stroke care

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Photo: Drug prescription form and stethoscope [03/09/2014] Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged – according to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).A prescription for better stroke care - Read more

Arthritis patients failing to take effective medication

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Graphic: Pain places in joints caused by arhtritis [29/08/2014] Large numbers of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are failing to take expensive medication as prescribed, according to a new multi-centre study led by researchers in Manchester.Arthritis patients failing to take effective medication - Read more

Vaccines: activatable depot to replace multiple injections

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[22/08/2014] Besides antibiotics, vaccines may be the most important development in medicine: they protect us from diseases by “introducing” our immune system to pathogens. This way, a small injection saves us from severe and potentially mortal courses of disease.Vaccines: activatable depot to replace multiple injections - Read more

England: Community pharmacies could help tackle poor health

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Photo: Woman and pharmacist [14/08/2014] Community pharmacies could play a vital role in tackling major public health concerns such as obesity and smoking because the vast majority of people in England live within easy walking distance, say researchers.England: Community pharmacies could help tackle poor health - Read more

Malaria: chloroquine inhibits tumor growth and metastases

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Photo: Pills and a clinical thermometer [12/08/2014] The anti-cancer effect of the antimalarial agent chloroquine when combined with conventional chemotherapy has been well documented in experimental animal models. To date, it was assumed that chloroquine increases the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapy by means of a direct effect on the cancer cells.Malaria: chloroquine inhibits tumor growth and metastases - Read more

Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies

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Graphic: A dust mite [24/07/2014] If you’re allergic to dust mites (and chances are you are), help may be on the way. Researchers at the University of Iowa have developed a vaccine that can combat dust-mite allergies by naturally switching the body’s immune response. Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies - Read more

World Hepatitis Day - 07/28/2014

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Graphic: Face of a young woman [21/07/2014] Look twice first and then act! This year’s World Hepatitis Day takes place under the motto “Think again.” World Hepatitis Day - 07/28/2014 - Read more

Antivirals underprescribed

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Graphic: Doctor who explains the use of medicine to her patient [18/07/2014] Patients likely to benefit the most from antiviral therapy for influenza were prescribed these drugs infrequently during the 2012-2013 influenza season, while antibiotics may have been overprescribed. The findings suggest more efforts are needed to educate clinicians about the appropriate use of antivirals and antibiotics in the outpatient setting.Antivirals underprescribed - Read more

Cases of superbug significantly rise in southeastern US

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Photo: Nurse and patient at intensive care unit [17/07/2014] Cases of the highly contagious, drug-resistant bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), have increased fivefold in community hospitals in the Southeastern United States, according to a new study.Cases of superbug significantly rise in southeastern US - Read more

Malaria: New details about an old pathogen

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Graphic: Mosquito stings and transfers malaria [10/07/2014] A previously unknown type of gene regulation involving the malaria pathogen has been discovered by an international team of researchers. Scientists from the University of Würzburg were among the party. It remains to be seen whether the discovery will lead to the development of new drugs. Malaria: New details about an old pathogen - Read more

Researchers call for patients who receive home nutritional care to have emergency plans

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Photo: Two men lock a window with wood [30/06/2014] On the heels of the 2014 hurricane season, researchers are calling for home parenteral and enteral nutrition (HPEN) consumers and their homecare providers to have a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan (EPP) to ensure that special needs are met during the time of a disaster. Researchers call for patients who receive home nutritional care to have emergency plans - Read more

Chemical strategy hints at better drugs

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Photo: Man taking drops from a drug bottle [27/06/2014] By swapping replacement parts into the backbone of a synthetic hormone, UW–Madison graduate student Ross Cheloha and his mentor, Sam Gellman, have built a version of a parathyroid hormone that resists degradation in laboratory mice.Chemical strategy hints at better drugs - Read more

Right rehabilitation lets paralyzed rats grip again

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Photo: Grasping sequence of rats in comparison [17/06/2014] After a large stroke, motor skills barely improve, even with rehabilitation. An experiment conducted on rats demonstrates that a course of therapy combining the stimulation of nerve fiber growth with drugs and motor training can be successful.Right rehabilitation lets paralyzed rats grip again - Read more

Fighting cancer with dietary changes

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Photo: Woman eating a salad [30/05/2014] Calorie restriction, a kind of dieting in which food intake is decreased by a certain percentage, has been touted as way to help people live longer. New research suggests that there may be other benefits, including improving outcomes for breast cancer in women. Fighting cancer with dietary changes - Read more

Combined approach to map atherosclerotic arteries

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Photo: Micro tomography of arteries [28/05/2014] A new method allows calcified and constricted blood vessels to be visualized with micrometer precision, and can be used to design containers for targeted drug delivery.Combined approach to map atherosclerotic arteries - Read more

Identifying counterfeit medicines on the internet

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Photo: White pills on top of green dollar bills [28/05/2014] Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed an improved chemical analysis method that is more efficient and faster in detecting counterfeit medicines, which have skyrocketed in recent years.Identifying counterfeit medicines on the internet - Read more

Pulsed electrical fields destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria infecting burn injuries

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Photo: Brown Mouse [22/05/2014] Application of a technology currently used to disinfect food products may help to get around one of the most challenging problems in medicine today, the proliferation of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs. Pulsed electrical fields destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria infecting burn injuries - Read more

Protein sharpens salmonella needle for attack

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Photo: Picture of tissue infected by salmonella [21/05/2014] A tiny nanoscale syringe is Salmonella’s weapon. Using this, the pathogen injects its molecular agents into the host cells and manipulates them to its own advantage.Protein sharpens salmonella needle for attack - Read more

Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds

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Photo: Doctor treats a wound on an arm [20/05/2014] In addition to its known capacity to promote bleeding events, aspirin also inhibits wound healing. New research now describes how aspirin acts on key skin cells called keratinocytes, delaying skin repair at wound sites. A better understanding of this process offers hope for the development of drugs to encourage wounds to heal.Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds - Read more

Researchers find new molecule to treat asthma

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Photo: Young woman using asthma spray [16/05/2014] Study identifies a novel molecule that prevents the symptoms associated with allergen-induced asthma.Researchers find new molecule to treat asthma - Read more

Heart Disease: Aspirin or No Aspirin?

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Photo: Aspirin pills [15/05/2014] A study involving the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation shows that a simple test to measure plaque in the arteries of the heart may help doctors better determine who will and will not benefit from use of aspirin therapy to prevent heart disease.Heart Disease: Aspirin or No Aspirin? - Read more

Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases

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Photo: Marijuana plants [13/05/2014] A review by the American Academy of Neurology on the use of medical marijuana in brain diseases finds certain forms of medical marijuana can help treat some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), but do not appear to be helpful in treating drug-induced (levodopa) movements in Parkinson’s disease.Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases - Read more

Hypertension: Implantable Cuff with Electrodes

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Photo: Implantable cuff, cent coin [12/05/2014] Freiburg researchers develop new method for lowering high blood pressure without side effects.Hypertension: Implantable Cuff with Electrodes - Read more

Laboratory: Bone marrow-on-a-chip Unveiled

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Photo: Enigneered bone marrow [08/05/2014] The latest organ-on-a-chip from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering reproduces the structure, functions and cellular make-up of bone marrow, a complex tissue that until now could only be studied intact in living animals.Laboratory: Bone marrow-on-a-chip Unveiled - Read more

Immune Cells: Low Cholesterol Slows HIV Progression

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Photo: Aids Sign [05/05/2014] Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified why some HIV-infected people experience much slower disease progression, even without medication, and it has to do with cholesterol levels in specific immune cells.Immune Cells: Low Cholesterol Slows HIV Progression - Read more

Evolution: Development of HIV in North America

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Photo: US flag and stethoscope [29/04/2014] A study tracing the evolution of HIV in North America involving researchers at Simon Fraser University has found evidence that the virus is slowly adapting over time to its human hosts. However, this change is so gradual that it is unlikely to have an impact on vaccine design.Evolution: Development of HIV in North America - Read more

World Malaria Day - 04/25/2014

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Photo: World Malaria Day logo [22/04/2014] About 219 million people around the world suffer from malaria; nearly one million of them die from it annually. Almost 90 percent of the victims are children under 5 years of age. For this reason, each year at April 25th the progress in the fight against malaria is highlighted.World Malaria Day - 04/25/2014 - Read more

Research: Pharmocogenomics’ Promise to Developing Countries Unfulfilled

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Photo: Malaria risk areas [15/04/2014] From 1997 to 2010, despite promises made by the international scientific community, pharmacogenomic research produced few studies focusing on rare, orphan and tropical diseases prevalent in developing countries. Catherine Olivier, bioethics research at the University of Montreal’s School of Public Health, recently published these findings.Research: Pharmocogenomics’ Promise to Developing Countries Unfulfilled - Read more

Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants

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Photo: Madagascar periwinkle [14/04/2014] European scientists have made ground-breaking discoveries for improving the efficiency of the production of pharmaceuticals through plant biotechnology. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the chemical synthesis of rare and complex pharmaceutical compounds currently isolated from plants.Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants - Read more

New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy

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Photo: Aidssign [11/04/2014] Experts from science and industry are working on new methods of microscopy and advancing microscopy technology to improve our ability to study and understand the molecular processes of HIV infection. New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy - Read more

New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure

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Photo: Pills [10/04/2014] In the UK paracetamol toxicity is the most common cause of ALF and has a high mortality rate. It is estimated that 150 to 200 deaths and 15 to 20 LTs occur as a result of poisoning each year in England and Wales. New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure - Read more

HIV: Dealing with Lifelong Treatment in Africa

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Photo: HIV in Africa [31/03/2014] Since 2004, the number of patients on antiretroviral drugs increased 24-fold in Sub-Saharan Africa to 6.9 million. HIV has become a chronic disease which demands lifelong strict adherence to treatment.HIV: Dealing with Lifelong Treatment in Africa - Read more

World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014

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Photo: World Tuberculosis Day [20/03/2014] „Find. Treat. Cure.“ – This sounds simple, but describes the possible solution for a global healthcare burden: tuberculosis. It is intended to defeat the disease until 2050. This is especially difficult in South-East Asia and Africa, because the healthcare systems there “miss” a lot of the patients. The campaign “Find. Treat. Cure.” aims to raise awareness for them.World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014 - Read more

Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases

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Photo: Clock in the chest [19/03/2014] The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defense pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases - Read more

Acetic Acid: Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria

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Photo: Vinegar pouring over a spoon [27/02/2014] The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an international team of researchers from Venezuela, France, and the US.Acetic Acid: Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria - Read more

High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together

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Photo: Doctor and patient [17/02/2014] Clinicians and patients should use shared decision-making to select individualized treatments based on the new guidelines to prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a Mayo Clinic physician.High Cholesterol: Deciding about Options to Statins Together - Read more

UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use

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Photo: Insuline rise [17/02/2014] The use of insulin to treat type 2 diabetes has trebled in the UK over the last 20 years, a new study has revealed.UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use - Read more

Genome Sequence: Scientists Invent Advanced Approach to Identify New Drug Candidates

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Photo: Chemical structure [11/02/2014] In research that could ultimately lead to many new medicines, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a potentially general approach to design drugs from genome sequence. As a proof of principle, they identified a highly potent compound that causes cancer cells to attack themselves and die.Genome Sequence: Scientists Invent Advanced Approach to Identify New Drug Candidates - Read more

Infrared Microscopy: "We don’t know why certain pharmaceuticals bind especially well while others bind barely at all"

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[10/02/2014] Prof. Joachim Heberle from the Free University of Berlin wants to make the smallest protein structures visible under the microscope. He wants to accomplish this with an infrared microscope, originating in the field of physics. He told MEDICA.de which technology is behind all this and what he also wants to examine with it in the future.Infrared Microscopy: "We don’t know why certain pharmaceuticals bind especially well while others bind barely at all" - Read more

Infections: New Strategy to Combat Bacteria

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Photo: Bacteria [07/02/2014] Alvin Lo and Han Remaut (VIB/Vrije Universiteit Brussel) have identified a chemical substance with the potential of acting as a new drug to treat bacterial infections, particularly urinary tract infections.Infections: New Strategy to Combat Bacteria - Read more

Bowel: Drugs Cut Need for Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

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Photo: Bowel pain [03/02/2014] The requirement of bowel surgery is dramatically reduced by up to 60% in patients who develop Crohn's disease if they receive prolonged treatment with drugs called thiopurines, says a new study.Bowel: Drugs Cut Need for Surgery for Crohn’s Disease - Read more

Drugs: Geranium Extracts Inhibit HIV-1

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Photo: Pelargonium Sidoides [03/02/2014] Extracts of the geranium plant Pelargonium sidoides inactivate human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and prevent the virus from invading human cells. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München report that these extracts represent a potential new class of anti-HIV-1 agents for the treatment of AIDS.Drugs: Geranium Extracts Inhibit HIV-1 - Read more

Brain Doping: New Interdisciplinary Research Group

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Photo: Network [31/01/2014] The transfer of knowledge on pharmacological neuroenhancement has become the focus of a new interdisciplinary research group at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Brain Doping: New Interdisciplinary Research Group - Read more

Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities

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Photo: Graphic of woman with lost breast [30/01/2014] Contrary to existing understanding, long-term follow-up of patients with two types of breast tissue abnormalities suggests that both types of abnormalities have the same potential to progress to breast cancer, according to a new study. Findings from this study could improve clinical management of patients with breast tissue abnormalities.Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities - Read more

Baldness: Converting Adult Human Cells to Hair-follicle-generating Stem Cells

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Photo: Hair shafts [29/01/2014] If the content of many a situation comedy, not to mention late-night TV advertisements, is to be believed, there's an epidemic of balding men, and an intense desire to fix their follicular deficiencies. Baldness: Converting Adult Human Cells to Hair-follicle-generating Stem Cells - Read more

Cancer: Cracks in the Cellular Transport System Can Be Key to a New Generation of Therapies

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Photo: Microtubules [29/01/2014] Researchers from Warwick Medical School have discovered a critical point of failure in the microscopic transport system that operates inside every cell in the human body.Cancer: Cracks in the Cellular Transport System Can Be Key to a New Generation of Therapies - Read more

Microscopy: Faster Testing of New Pharmaceuticals

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Photo: The new microscope [23/01/2014] To improve medical treatment, researchers test new drug ingredients on biological cells. By combining two microscopy techniques, the time required for testing can be reduced by 50 to 80 percent. And far fewer measurements are needed.Microscopy: Faster Testing of New Pharmaceuticals - Read more

“Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected”

[15/01/2014] In Western civilization, equality of women and men has been a topic for many years and is already being successfully implemented in many areas, even if many obstacles still need to be overcome – the introduction of quotas for women in boardrooms, just to mention one of them. “Gender-specific adjustments in clinical diagnostics and therapy can be expected” - Read more

MRI: Contrast Agent Linked with Brain Abnormalities

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Photo: Brain scans [10/01/2014] For the first time, researchers have confirmed an association between a common magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent and abnormalities on brain MRI, according to a new study.MRI: Contrast Agent Linked with Brain Abnormalities - Read more

Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels"

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[08/01/2014] Heart diseases can be triggered by special viruses that affect the cardiac muscle. Preventive drugs could definitely be developed – if the virus does not mutate. Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels" - Read more

Cancer: Costs Important for Treatment Adherence

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Photo: Dollar in pocket [08/01/2014] The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient's share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely.Cancer: Costs Important for Treatment Adherence - Read more

Unexpected Discovery: Alzheimer Substance May be the Nanomaterial of Tomorrow

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Photo: Hand with phial [17/12/2013] Amyloid protein causes diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But amyloid also carries unique characteristics that may lead to the development of new composite materials for the nano processors and data storage of tomorrow, and even make objects invisible.Unexpected Discovery: Alzheimer Substance May be the Nanomaterial of Tomorrow - Read more

Sleeping Sickness: Silencing Signals Sent by Parasite Could Aid Fight

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Photo: Image of parasite [16/12/2013] A new discovery by scientists could help combat the spread of sleeping sickness.Sleeping Sickness: Silencing Signals Sent by Parasite Could Aid Fight - Read more

Models: New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance

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Photo: Petri dishes [13/12/2013] Using quantitative models of bacterial growth, a team of UC San Diego biophysicists has discovered the bizarre way by which antibiotic resistance allows bacteria to multiply in the presence of antibiotics, a growing health problem in hospitals and nursing homes.Models: New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance - Read more

Glaucoma: New Drug-dispensing Contact Lens

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Photo: Contact lense [11/12/2013] Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology, Boston Children's Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are one step closer to an eye drop-free reality with the development of a drug-eluting contact lens.Glaucoma: New Drug-dispensing Contact Lens - Read more

Antibiotics: Resistant Typhoid Likely to Spread

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Photo: Water samples [11/12/2013] Restricting the use of antibiotics is unlikely to stop the spread of drug resistance in typhoid fever, according to a study funded by the Wellcome Trust.Antibiotics: Resistant Typhoid Likely to Spread - Read more

Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk

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Photo: Woman with pills [10/12/2013] Insulin sensitizers reduce risk of cancer: A Cleveland Clinic-led study shows that a specific type of diabetes drug can decrease the risk of cancer in female patients with type 2 diabetes by up to 32 percent.Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk - Read more

Cancer: Large Differences in Survival between European Countries

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Photo: People [10/12/2013] Cancer survival still varies widely between European countries despite major improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment during the first decade of the 21st century, according to the latest EUROCARE-5 reports covering over 50% of the adult and 77% of the childhood population of Europe. Cancer: Large Differences in Survival between European Countries - Read more

New Online Platform: The Oracle of the T Cell

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Photo:Virtual T-Cell [06/12/2013] A new online platform predicts how the human immune system reacts to foreign substances.New Online Platform: The Oracle of the T Cell - Read more

Cancer: Researchers Find Shape-shifting Stops Migrating Cells

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Photo: Fried Egg [05/12/2013] Like a car with a front and back end, a steering mechanism and an engine to push it forward, cancer cells propel themselves through normal tissues and organs to spread cancer throughout the body. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have managed to turn these cells into shapes like a round fried egg and an exaggerated starfish that sticks out in many directions — both of which cannot now move.Cancer: Researchers Find Shape-shifting Stops Migrating Cells - Read more

South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment

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Photo: Map of africa and pills [04/12/2013] Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the treatment of HIV infection has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa since 2004 and is projected to save an additional 15.1 million years of life by 2030, according to a new study. South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment - Read more

HIV: New Aggressive Strain Leads to Faster AIDS Development

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Photo: AIDS [29/11/2013] A recently discovered HIV strain leads to significantly faster development of AIDS than currently prevalent forms, according to new research from Lund University in Sweden.HIV: New Aggressive Strain Leads to Faster AIDS Development - Read more

Cancer: A Step towards Personalized Chronotherapy

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Photo: Clock [28/11/2013] An international study conducted on mice and coordinated by researchers from Inserm, CNRS and Universit Paris-Sud has paved the way towards personalized chronotherapy treatments.Cancer: A Step towards Personalized Chronotherapy - Read more

Public Health: Treatment Target Found for Waterborne Pathogen

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Photo: Tab water [27/11/2013] In the developing world, Cryptosporidium parvum has long been the scourge of freshwater. A decade ago, it announced its presence in the United States, infecting over 400,000 people – the largest waterborne-disease outbreak in the country’s history.Public Health: Treatment Target Found for Waterborne Pathogen - Read more

HIV: Computer Models Predict Patients’ Response to Drug

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Photo: Analysis [26/11/2013] New computer models predict how patients whose HIV therapy is failing will respond to any new combination of drugs, without the need for an HIV genotype.HIV: Computer Models Predict Patients’ Response to Drug - Read more

Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations

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Photo: Cinnamon [26/11/2013] New methods for the laboratory-scale synthesis of coumarin-based drugs were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland.Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations - Read more

Children: Researchers Identify Main Genes Responsible for Asthma Attacks

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Photo: Child with asthma [18/11/2013] An international team has identified the genes that put some children at particularly high risk of serious asthma attacks, including one not previously suspected of being implicated in the disease. In the long term, these new findings are expected to help improve treatment options for the disease, which represents a high cost for families and society alike.Children: Researchers Identify Main Genes Responsible for Asthma Attacks - Read more

Sore Throat: New Test Cuts Antibiotic Use by Nearly a Third

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Photo: Sore throat [12/11/2013] A new 'clinical score' test for patients with sore throats could reduce the amount of antibiotics prescribed and result in patients feeling better more quickly.Sore Throat: New Test Cuts Antibiotic Use by Nearly a Third - Read more

Public Health: Better Tests Needed to Improve Patient Care

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Photo: Petri dishes [08/11/2013] Despite advances in diagnostic technology, there is an urgent need for tests that are easy to use, identify the bug causing an infection and provide results faster than current tests, according to a report from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Public Health: Better Tests Needed to Improve Patient Care - Read more

Genetic Pathway: Conduit to Pediatric Tumor Treatment

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Photo: Child with no hair smiling [07/11/2013] Investigators at Johns Hopkins have found a known genetic pathway to be active in many difficult-to-treat pediatric brain tumors called low-grade gliomas, potentially offering a new target for the treatment of these cancers.Genetic Pathway: Conduit to Pediatric Tumor Treatment - Read more

African Sleeping Sickness: New Treatment Comes Closer

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Photo: Graphic [06/11/2013] Researchers at Umeå University have identified drugs targeting infections of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei and are thereby well on the way to find a cure against African sleeping sickness.African Sleeping Sickness: New Treatment Comes Closer - Read more

HPV Vaccine: One Dose May Be Enough to Prevent Cervical Cancer

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Photo: Syringe [04/11/2013] Women vaccinated with one dose of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine had antibodies against the viruses that remained stable in their blood for four years, suggesting that a single dose of vaccine may be sufficient to generate long-term immune responses and protection against new HPV infections, and ultimately cervical cancer, according to a new study.HPV Vaccine: One Dose May Be Enough to Prevent Cervical Cancer - Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Timely Treatment Reduces Disability 2 Years Out

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Photo: Joints [31/10/2013] Delaying treatment for rheumatoid arthritis could greatly increase the likelihood that patients will suffer joint damage and experience disability two years out, according to a new study from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.Rheumatoid Arthritis: Timely Treatment Reduces Disability 2 Years Out - Read more

Brain: 11 New Alzheimer's Genes Discovered

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Photo: DNA [28/10/2013] University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers played a key role in the largest international Alzheimer's disease genetics collaboration to date, which identified 11 new regions of the genome that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's disease.Brain: 11 New Alzheimer's Genes Discovered - Read more

Cancer: Nano Capsules Kill Tumor Cells

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Photo: Nano capsules [28/10/2013] Chemotherapy is often preferred for fighting cancer, but its side effects can be considerable. A new technique may reduce these in future: nanoparticle-encapsulated substances could kill off tumor cells selectively. This will be easier on patients.Cancer: Nano Capsules Kill Tumor Cells - Read more

Flu Shot: Halve Risk Of Heart Attack or Stroke

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Photo: Vaccine [23/10/2013] The flu vaccine may not only ward off serious complications from influenza, it may also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by more than 50 per cent among those who have had a heart attack, according to new research led by Dr. Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital and clinician-scientist at the University of Toronto. Flu Shot: Halve Risk Of Heart Attack or Stroke - Read more

New Drug: Reducing Negative Memory

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Photo: Pill [22/10/2013] Through analysis of the human genome, Basle scientists have identified molecules and compounds that are related to human memory.New Drug: Reducing Negative Memory - Read more

Pertussis: Teen Vaccinations

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Photo: Child with doctor [21/10/2013] Widespread vaccination of adolescents for pertussis was associated with lower rates of infant hospitalizations for the respiratory infection than would have been expected had teens not been inoculated according to new research.Pertussis: Teen Vaccinations - Read more

Mobile Devices: Preventing Adverse Drug Events

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Photo: Smartphone [18/10/2013] Nearly nine out of 10 nursing home physicians said that using their mobile devices to look up prescription drug information prevented at least one adverse drug event in the previous month, according to a current study.Mobile Devices: Preventing Adverse Drug Events - Read more

Resistances: “Fishing a New Pond" for Antibiotics

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Photo: Bacteria [16/10/2013] Researchers at McMaster University are addressing the crisis in drug resistance with a novel approach to find new antibiotics: They research chemical compounds that block the ability of bacteria to make vitamins and amino acids.Resistances: “Fishing a New Pond" for Antibiotics - Read more

Liver: New Regulator of Drug Detoxification Discovered

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Photo: Liver damage [14/10/2013] A CNIO group led by researcher Erwin Wagner discovered that the Fra-1 protein is causally involved in liver fibrosis and protects the liver from drug-induced liver damage.Liver: New Regulator of Drug Detoxification Discovered - Read more

Quality of Life: Bone Care for the Postmenopausal Woman

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Photo: Woman talking to a doctor [10/10/2013] According to a report published by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), women may expect to live longer but their quality of life will be jeopardized if action to protect their bone health is not taken. Quality of Life: Bone Care for the Postmenopausal Woman - Read more

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Resistant to Drug Treatment

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Photo: Collage of medical topics [09/10/2013] Cancer researchers of the Max Delbrück Center Berlin-Buch, have identified a molecular mechanism of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) that causes the disease to progress and become resistant to drug treatment. In a study, Doctor Marina and Professor Achim Leutz report that these two processes in CML are directly associated with each other due to crosstalk between two cellular signaling pathways. Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Resistant to Drug Treatment - Read more

Molecules: Promise for New Anti-flu Medicines

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Photo: Chemical compound [04/10/2013] A new way to attack flu viruses is taking shape in laboratories at Rutgers University, where scientists have identified chemical agents that block the virus's ability to replicate itself in cell culture.Molecules: Promise for New Anti-flu Medicines - Read more

Opioids: No Evidence Of Improved Pain Treatment

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Photo: Pain Treatment [18/09/2013] A new study led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that during a decade when prescription opioid use has skyrocketed, the identification and treatment of pain has failed to improve, and the use of non-opioid analgesics has plateaued, or even declined. Opioids: No Evidence Of Improved Pain Treatment - Read more

Antibiotics: Biologists Develop New Discovery Method

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Photo: Antibiotics [17/09/2013] Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a revolutionary new method for identifying and characterizing antibiotics, an advance that could lead to the discovery of new antibiotics to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria. Antibiotics: Biologists Develop New Discovery Method - Read more

Diabetes: Cancer Drug Could Help Treatment

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Photo: Syringe [16/09/2013] A pair of studies by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has identified a molecular pathway involved in the development of diabetes. Furthermore, they have found that a drug already approved for use in humans can regulate the pathway. Diabetes: Cancer Drug Could Help Treatment - Read more

Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough

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Photo: Research [13/09/2013] Study of funding awarded to antimicrobial resistance research projects in the UK calls for political leadership and sustained and targeted spending.Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough - Read more

Immun Defense: Novel Mechanism Discovered In First Line

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Photo: Medicine [12/09/2013] A discovery by Scientists from A*STAR’s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) opens doors to developing new therapies to eradicate tumour cells and combat infections.Immun Defense: Novel Mechanism Discovered In First Line - Read more

Antibiotics: New Strategy Could Reduce Inappropriate Use

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Photo: Antibiotics [10/09/2013] Researchers have developed a new strategy for prescribing antibiotics that could reduce patient harm and help combat the rise in antibiotic resistance.Antibiotics: New Strategy Could Reduce Inappropriate Use - Read more

Drug Delivery: Patch Treatment Sees New Breakthrough

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Photo: Patch [10/09/2013] An assistant professor with the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering has developed a flexible microneedle patch that allows drugs to be delivered directly and fully through the skin.Drug Delivery: Patch Treatment Sees New Breakthrough - Read more

Drugs: Lower-cost Drug Substitutions Could Save a Lot

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Photo: Pills and dollars [23/08/2013] A new study points to a simple solution that could result in hundreds of dollars in savings per patient when it comes to medication costs: Instead of brand-name drugs, substitute less expensive counterparts that have a similar therapeutic effect.Drugs: Lower-cost Drug Substitutions Could Save a Lot - Read more

Drug Delivery: Less Therapeutic Eye Injections

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Photo: Eye injection [22/08/2013] Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have teamed up with clinicians to create a new drug-delivery strategy for a type of central vision loss caused by blood vessel growth at the back of the eye, where such growth should not occur.Drug Delivery: Less Therapeutic Eye Injections - Read more

Transplants: Unemployment Restricts Access to Kidneys

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Photo: Waiting [21/08/2013] People in end-stage kidney failure in need of a new kidney are much less likely to be placed on a waiting list or to actually receive a new kidney once on the list if they are unemployed or work part time.Transplants: Unemployment Restricts Access to Kidneys - Read more

Heart Attacks: Drug Dosing for Older Patients Should Differ

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Photo: Pills [20/08/2013] Older heart patients present unique challenges for determining the optimal dosages of medications. A new study from researchers at Duke Medicine offers some clarity about the use of drugs that are used to treat patients with heart attacks.Heart Attacks: Drug Dosing for Older Patients Should Differ - Read more

Treatments: Testimonials May Cause Poor Consumer Choices

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Photo: Testimonial [19/08/2013] Medical testimonials present powerful personal stories and useful information, but they can also be dangerous to your health if distracting, irrelevant information leads to inappropriate treatment decisions.Treatments: Testimonials May Cause Poor Consumer Choices - Read more

Cancer: Improved Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

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Photo: Tumor cell [16/08/2013] Cancer cells often develop defense mechanisms to survive chemotherapy. A group of researchers from the Institutes of Pharmacology and Pathology in Bern present new solutions for preventing the development of such resistances.Cancer: Improved Effectiveness of Chemotherapy - Read more

Antibiotics: Risk of Severe Blood Sugar Swings

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Photo: Blood sugar [15/08/2013] Diabetic patients taking oral fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, were found to have a higher risk of severe blood sugar-related problems than diabetic patients taking other kinds of antibiotics.Antibiotics: Risk of Severe Blood Sugar Swings - Read more

Biomedicine: Protein Profile of Tumor Cells Decoded

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Photo: Protein signatures [09/08/2013] Since proteins are responsible for converting somatic cells into tumor cells, scientists have now decoded the proteome of 59 tumor cell lines – and have found new ways to explain why cancer drugs do not have the same effect on all patients.Biomedicine: Protein Profile of Tumor Cells Decoded - Read more

Drugs: More Opioid Dependence Treatment Needed

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Photo: Drugs [08/08/2013] A new report from Simon Fraser University researcher Bohdan Nosyk calls for the expansion of heroin and opioid medical treatment to stem the increase of overdose deaths.Drugs: More Opioid Dependence Treatment Needed - Read more

HIV: Platelets Protect Cells

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Photo: Cell and virus [25/07/2013] Scientists of the German Primate Center (DPZ) have shown that platelet activation inhibits the host cell entry of HIV.HIV: Platelets Protect Cells - Read more

Heart Failure: New Treatment Makes Heart "Softer"

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Photo: Heart and lung [24/07/2013] The cardiologist Diana Bonderman from the Department of Internal Medicine II at the Medical University of Vienna has demonstrated the effectiveness of a substance that and makes the heart "softer".Heart Failure: New Treatment Makes Heart "Softer" - Read more

Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax

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Photo: Sea bottom [22/07/2013] This finding is the latest evidence that the oceans offer a vast resource for novel therapeutics: a chemical compound from an ocean microbe could be used to treat anthrax, among others.Drug: Marine Compound Shows Potency against Anthrax - Read more

World Hepatitis Day - 07/28/2013

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Photo: Three Monkeys [22/07/2013] „Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil” – this is a Buddhist maxim that is symbolized by the widely known image of the Three Wise Monkeys. While it means being good in Asia, it expresses the ignorance towards bad things in the western world.World Hepatitis Day - 07/28/2013 - Read more

Pain: New Compound Promising as Opioid Alternative

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Photo: Formula [17/07/2013] A drug targeting a protein complex containing two different types of opioid receptors may be an effective alternative to morphine and other opioid pain medications.Pain: New Compound Promising as Opioid Alternative - Read more

Influenza: Some H7N9 Strains Resistant to Antivirals

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Photo: Viruses [17/07/2013] Some strains of the avian H7N9 influenza that emerged in China this year have developed resistance to the only antiviral drugs available to treat the infection.Influenza: Some H7N9 Strains Resistant to Antivirals - Read more

Infectious Disease: New Class of Antimalarial Compunds

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Photo: Mosquito [11/07/2013] In a current work researchers at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM), in Lisbon, Portugal, report about the discovery of a new class of highly potent antimalarial compounds.Infectious Disease: New Class of Antimalarial Compunds - Read more

Cells: Technological Breakthrough for Better Drugs

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Photo: Path of drugs [08/07/2013] Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed the first method for directly measuring the extent to which drugs reach their targets in the cell. The method could make a significant contribution to the development of new, improved drug substances.Cells: Technological Breakthrough for Better Drugs - Read more

Dietary Supplements: Improving Doctor-patient Communication

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Photo: Supplements [04/07/2013] Dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals or herbs carry risks, including potentially adverse interactions with prescription drugs, and some people may even use them in place of conventional medications. Primary care physicians should communicate pros and cons to patients.Dietary Supplements: Improving Doctor-patient Communication - Read more

Infections: The Body Aids and Abets Cancer Spread

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Photo: Cancer cells [04/07/2013] A current study, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), reveal that white blood cells play a role in activating cancer cells and facilitating their spread to secondary tumors.Infections: The Body Aids and Abets Cancer Spread - Read more

Antibiotics: Way of Delivery Could Mitigate Resistance

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Photo: Medication [28/06/2013] New research suggests that the rapid rise of antibiotic resistance correlates with oral ingestion of antibiotics, raising the possibility that other routes of administration could reduce the spread of resistance.Antibiotics: Way of Delivery Could Mitigate Resistance - Read more

Liver: Drug-induced Injury Is on the Rise

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Photo: Drugs [27/06/2013] More people are being affected by drug-induced liver injury (DILI) than ever before, according to a new study.Liver: Drug-induced Injury Is on the Rise - Read more

Compound: Marine Molecule Has Antibiotic Properties

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Photo: Baringolin [21/06/2013] A new compound isolated from a marine microorganism shows promising antibiotic acitivity at a very low concentration. Compound: Marine Molecule Has Antibiotic Properties - Read more

Bacteria: New Way to Improve Antibiotic Production

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Photo: Bacteria [20/06/2013] Making bacteria make more antibiotics more quickly: An antibiotic has been found to stimulate its own production. The findings could make it easier to scale up antibiotic production for commercialization.Bacteria: New Way to Improve Antibiotic Production - Read more

Cancer: Preventing Eggs' Death from Chemotherapy

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Photo: Egg [20/06/2013] Scientists discover cause of immature eggs' death from cancer drug and how to prevent it.Cancer: Preventing Eggs' Death from Chemotherapy - Read more

Neurology: Testing Method for Spinal Cord Injuries

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Photo: Laboratory [17/06/2013] A medical test previously developed to measure a toxin found in tobacco smokers has been adapted to measure the same toxin in people suffering from spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, offering a potential tool to reduce symptoms.Neurology: Testing Method for Spinal Cord Injuries - Read more

Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety

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Photo: Tablet [13/06/2013] Researchers at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) in Elche have designed an application for mobile devices that helps elderly people with multiple illnesses improve medication management.Medication: Virtual "Pillbox" Increases Safety - Read more

Cancer: Tracking Drug Action in the Pancreas

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Photo: Cancer [12/06/2013] UK and Australian scientists have been able to show ways in which we can markedly improve drug targeting of solid tumors, using tiny 'biosensors' along with new advanced imaging techniques.Cancer: Tracking Drug Action in the Pancreas - Read more

Nerves: A Path to Lower-risk Painkillers

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Photo: Pills [11/06/2013] New findings provide vital step towards exploring pain medications that may lower risks of prescription drug abuse and side effects of painkillers.Nerves: A Path to Lower-risk Painkillers - Read more

Infections: Malaria's Deadly Grip Revealed

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Photo: Blood [07/06/2013] Researchers have identified how malaria parasites growing inside red blood cells stick to the sides of blood vessels in severe cases of malaria. The discovery may advance the development of vaccines or drugs to combat severe malaria by stopping the parasites attaching to blood vessels.Infections: Malaria's Deadly Grip Revealed - Read more

New Technique: Protein Drugs From Bacteria

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Photo: Bacteria [06/06/2013] A cheaper, more efficient technique for developing complex protein drugs from bacteria has been developed at the University of Sheffield.New Technique: Protein Drugs From Bacteria - Read more

Nanoparticles: Changing From Sphere to Net

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Photo: Nanonet [29/05/2013] Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have designed tiny spherical particles to float easily through the bloodstream after injection, then assemble into a durable scaffold within diseased tissue. An enzyme produced by a specific type of tumor can trigger the transformation.Nanoparticles: Changing From Sphere to Net - Read more

Cancer Research: New Molecule as a Tumour Killer

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Photo: Cells [22/05/2013] Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Lund University, Sweden, have bioengineered a novel molecule which has been proven to successfully kill tumour cells.Cancer Research: New Molecule as a Tumour Killer - Read more

Diarrhea: Results in Developing Oral Vaccin

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Photo: Child with diarrhea [22/05/2013] The University of Gothenburg Vaccine Research Institute (GUVAX) announces successful results in a placebo controlled phase I study of an oral, inactivated Escherichia coli diarrhea vaccine.Diarrhea: Results in Developing Oral Vaccin - Read more

Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost

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Photo: Doctor and drug company concultant [21/05/2013] A new report suggests that improved health care and significant reductions in drug costs might be attained by breaking up the age-old relationship between physicians and drug company representatives who promote the newest, more costly and often unnecessary prescription drugs.Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost - Read more

Influenza: Potential Novel Treatment Found

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Photo: Virus [03/05/2013] An experimental drug has shown promise in treating influenza, preventing lung injury and death from the virus in preclinical studies, according to University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers. The scientists found that a drug called Eritoran can protect mice from death after they have been infected with a lethal dose of influenza virus.Influenza: Potential Novel Treatment Found - Read more

Chemistry: Scientists Map Drug-like Compounds

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Photo: Molecules [23/04/2013] Drug developers may have a new tool to search for more effective medications and new materials. It is a computer algorithm that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, carbon-containing molecules that chemists could feasibly create in a lab.Chemistry: Scientists Map Drug-like Compounds - Read more

Leukemia: New Drug Combination Therapy Developed

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Photo: Blood clots [19/04/2013] A new, pre-clinical study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggests that a novel drug combination could lead to profound leukemia cell death by disrupting the function of two major pro-survival proteins.Leukemia: New Drug Combination Therapy Developed - Read more

World Malaria Day - 04/25/2013

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Photo: World Malaria Day logo 2013 [19/04/2013] About 219 million people around the world suffer from malaria; nearly one million of them die from it annually. Almost 90 percent of the victims are children under 5 years of age. For this reason, each year at April 25th the progress in the fight against malaria is highlighted.World Malaria Day - 04/25/2013 - Read more

Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug

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Photo: Genes [01/02/2013] Using genome-wide analysis, investigators at the University of Montreal have potentially eliminated a lifetime drug prescription that two children with a previously unknown type of adrenal insufficiency had been receiving for 14 years. Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug - Read more

Nano Medicine: Controlled and Targeted Release of Drugs

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Photo: Nanocontainer [25/01/2013] Researchers have discovered a method that allows for the controlled release of an active agent on the basis of a magnetic nanovehicle. The research, conducted as part of the National Research Programme "Smart Materials", opens up new possibilities for the development of targeted treatments, which are more efficient and trigger fewer side effects.Nano Medicine: Controlled and Targeted Release of Drugs - Read more

Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough

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Photo: Measuring blood pressure [23/01/2013] A research study of more than 600 black patients with uncontrolled hypertension found that less than half were prescribed a diuretic drug with proven benefit that costs just pennies a day, report researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College.Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough - Read more

HIV: Treatment Strategy Could Save 1 Billion Dollars

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Photo: HIV [16/01/2013] Replacing the combination of brand-name, antiretroviral drugs currently recommended for control of HIV infection with soon-to-be-available generic medications could be saved 1 billion Dollars a year but may diminish the effectiveness of HIV treatment.HIV: Treatment Strategy Could Save 1 Billion Dollars - Read more

Good Communication: The Key to Medication Adherence

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Photo: Patient and doctor [10/01/2013] Study shows patients who give their doctors high marks in communication more likely to fill prescriptions. The work suggests preparing doctors to be better communicators may help improve medication adherence and ultimately health outcomes.Good Communication: The Key to Medication Adherence - Read more

Genomics: Costs of Bringing Research Into Care

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Photo: Genomics [09/01/2013] Genomic research is widely expected to transform medicine, but progress has been slower than expected. Critics argue that the genomics "promise" has been broken – and that money might be better spent elsewhere.Genomics: Costs of Bringing Research Into Care - Read more

The Pain Puzzle: How Morphine Increases Pain

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Photo: Morphine [07/01/2013] For individuals with agonizing pain, it is a cruel blow when the gold-standard medication actually causes more pain. Adults and children whose pain gets worse when treated with morphine may be closer to a solution, based on a research.The Pain Puzzle: How Morphine Increases Pain - Read more

Cancer Patients: Relapse Through Drug Shortage

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Photo: Drugs in the USA [02/01/2013] A national drug shortage has been linked to a higher rate of relapse among children, teenagers and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma enrolled in a national clinical trial, according to research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Cancer Patients: Relapse Through Drug Shortage - Read more

Biology: Complex Proteins Made in Algae

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Photo: Algae [13/12/2012] Biologists have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer. This achievement opens the door for making proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made from mammalian cells.Biology: Complex Proteins Made in Algae - Read more

New Drug: Risk from Bone Marrow Transplant Halved

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Photo: Immune cells [11/12/2012] A new class of drugs reduced the risk of patients contracting a serious and often deadly side effect of lifesaving bone marrow transplant treatments, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.New Drug: Risk from Bone Marrow Transplant Halved - Read more

Cancer: Drag-and-drop DNA

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Photo: Pharmaceutical molecules [07/12/2012] Using a simple "drag-and-drop" computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, researchers have developed a new approach for drug development that could drastically reduce the time required to create and test medications.Cancer: Drag-and-drop DNA - Read more

Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive

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Photo: Diver [31/10/2012] A tiny needle in subcutaneous fat keeps track of glucose levels. The data are transmitted wirelessly to a monitor or directly to an insulin pump. An alarm then goes off if glucose levels are too high or low. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy have evaluated a method that can make it less risky for diabetics to scuba dive.Tiny Needle: Chance for Diabetics to Scuba Dive - Read more

Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely"

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Photo: Money and stethoscope [24/10/2012] Cutting the expenses associated with "low-value" medical tests and treatments – such as unnecessary imaging tests and antibiotics for viral infections that won't benefit from them – will require a multi-pronged plan targeting insurance companies, patients, and physicians, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania.Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely" - Read more

Young People: Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse

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Photo: Drugs [17/10/2012] A new study by the University of Colorado Denver reveals that today's adolescents are abusing prescription pain medications like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations.Young People: Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse - Read more

Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern

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Photo: Pills [15/10/2012] As a result of concerns about antibiotic resistance, doctors in the United States are increasingly prescribing newer, more costly and more powerful antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections, one of the most common illnesses in women.Infections: Antibiotic Resistance Is a Growing Concern - Read more

Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk

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Photo: Canada [11/10/2012] Drugs streamed into Health Canada's accelerated review process are more likely to be withdrawn from the market or earn a serious safety warning than those that undergo the standard review, according to a study of York University.Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk - Read more

Medicines: Should Aspirin Be Used to Prevent Cancer?

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Photo: Aspirin [02/10/2012] Aspirin, the everyday drug taken by countless people around the world to ward off pain and reduce their risk of developing heart disease, may have a new trick up its sleeve – preventing cancer.Medicines: Should Aspirin Be Used to Prevent Cancer? - Read more

Medicines: Making Headway on Beta-blockers and Sleep

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Photo: Drugs [28/09/2012] Over 20 million people in the United States take beta-blockers. Many of these same people also have trouble sleeping. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that melatonin supplementation significantly improved sleep in hypertensive patients taking beta-blockers.Medicines: Making Headway on Beta-blockers and Sleep - Read more

Appendicitis: Antibiotics Could Replace Surgery

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Photo: Intestine [27/09/2012] Although the standard approach to acute appendicitis is to remove the appendix, a study at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals that treatment with antibiotics can be just as effective in many cases.Appendicitis: Antibiotics Could Replace Surgery - Read more

Nanoparticles: Boosting Efficacy of Drugs

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Photo: Researcher [20/09/2012] Nanoparticles have shown great promise in the targeted delivery of drugs to cells, but researchers at the University of Georgia have refined the drug delivery process further by using nanoparticles to deliver drugs to a specific organelle within cells.Nanoparticles: Boosting Efficacy of Drugs - Read more

Diagnosis: Biopsies May Overlook Esophagus Disease

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Photo: Microscope images of tissue [10/09/2012] University of Utah engineers mapped white blood cells called eonsinophils and showed an existing diagnostic method may overlook an elusive digestive disorder that causes swelling in the esophagus and painful swallowing.Diagnosis: Biopsies May Overlook Esophagus Disease - Read more

Arthritis: Biologic Therapies Not Associated with Cancer Risk

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Photo: Drugs [05/09/2012] Biologic therapies developed in the last decade for rheumatoid arthritis are not associated with an increased risk of cancer when compared with traditional treatments for the condition, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.Arthritis: Biologic Therapies Not Associated with Cancer Risk - Read more

Pain Relief: Blocking Addiction of Heroin and Morphine

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Photo: Brain [16/08/2012] In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief.Pain Relief: Blocking Addiction of Heroin and Morphine - Read more

Cancer Therapies: New Method May Allow Personalized Clinical Trial

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Photo: Woman on chemotherapy [14/08/2012] An approach, developed by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, shows that erlotinib – a targeted therapy that acts on a growth factor receptor mutated in some lung, brain and other cancers – does not simply kill tumor cells as was previously assumed.Cancer Therapies: New Method May Allow Personalized Clinical Trial - Read more

Stroke: Experimental Drug May Extend Therapeutic Window

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Photo: Experiment [19/07/2012] A team led by a physician-scientist at the University of Southern California (USC) has created an experimental drug that reduces brain damage and improves motor skills among stroke-afflicted rodents when given with federally approved clot-busting therapy.Stroke: Experimental Drug May Extend Therapeutic Window - Read more

Web-based Tools: Cancer Drugs with Gene Targets

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Photo: Cell plate with cell lines [17/07/2012] A new study of NIH/National Cancer Institute details how a suite of web-based tools provides the research community with greatly improved capacity to compare data derived from large collections of genomic information against thousands of drugs.Web-based Tools: Cancer Drugs with Gene Targets - Read more

Better Medicines: Metal-peptide Complexes

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Photo: Metal-peptide Complex [11/07/2012] Researchers at the RUB and from Berkeley have used metal complexes to modify peptide hormones. They report for the first time on the three-dimensional structure of the resulting metal-peptide compounds. Better Medicines: Metal-peptide Complexes - Read more

Switzerland: Recommendations of Federal Office of Public Health Reinforced

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Photo: Bonestructure [06/07/2012] Several clinical trials have looked at whether the number of hip fractures and the horrendous costs associated with them can be reduced by administering prophylactic vitamin D. The results have been inconsistent. Researchers working with Heike Bischoff-Ferrari from the Centre on Ageing and Mobility at Zurich University have now produced a new overview of the data. Switzerland: Recommendations of Federal Office of Public Health Reinforced - Read more

Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path

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[02/07/2012] While many physicians immediately think of biomarkers, genetic fingerprinting and new possibilities for cancer treatments when they hear the key words personalized medicine, most patients view the issue differently. They rightly assume that means they receive a treatment that places them in the center – and not just their genes. Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path - Read more

Women: Treating Vitamin D Deficiency May Improve Depression

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Photo: Vitamin D [28/06/2012] Women with moderate to severe depression had substantial improvement in their symptoms of depression after they received treatment for their vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds.Women: Treating Vitamin D Deficiency May Improve Depression - Read more

Inflammation: Novel Drugs Offer New Route to Controlling

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[16/05/2012] Pursuing a relatively untapped route for regulating the immune system, an international team of researchers has designed and conducted initial tests on molecules that have the potential to treat diseases involving inflammation, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and sepsis.Inflammation: Novel Drugs Offer New Route to Controlling - Read more

Pancreatic Cancer: Early Biomarker Identified

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[15/05/2012] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Centre have identified a new biomarker and therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer, an often-fatal disease for which there is currently no reliable method for early detection or therapeutic intervention.Pancreatic Cancer: Early Biomarker Identified - Read more

Drug Effects: Large-scale Simulation of Human Blood

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Photo: Virtual blood [07/05/2012] A team of biomedical engineers and haematologists at the University of Pennsylvania has made large-scale, patient-specific simulations of blood function under the flow conditions found in blood vessels, using robots to run hundreds of tests on human platelets responding to combinations of activating agents that cause clotting.Drug Effects: Large-scale Simulation of Human Blood - Read more

Brain: New Understanding of Alzheimer's Trigger

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[07/05/2012] A highly toxic beta-amyloid – a protein that exists in the brains of Alzheimer's disease victims – has been found to greatly increase the toxicity of other more common and less toxic beta-amyloids, serving as a possible "trigger" for the advent and development of Alzheimer's, researchers at the University of Virginia have discovered.Brain: New Understanding of Alzheimer's Trigger - Read more

Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations

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Photo: Stethoscope lying on dollar notes [04/05/2012] The United States spends more on health care than 12 other industrialised countries yet does not provide "notably superior" care, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund. Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations - Read more

Parkinson’s Disease: Strong Support for Once-Marginalised Theory

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Photo: Cell membrane [30/04/2012] University of California, San Diego (UCSD) scientists have used powerful computational tools and laboratory tests to discover new support for a once-marginalised theory about the underlying cause of Parkinson’s disease.Parkinson’s Disease: Strong Support for Once-Marginalised Theory - Read more

Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary"

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[23/04/2012] In order to design safety standards and traceability of medical devices more professionally in the future, international committees are currently working on a new identification system that could apply worldwide in the future. In doing so, products could be identified during their entire life cycle.Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary" - Read more

Effective Drug Treatments: Kidney Stone Mystery Solved

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Photo: CT of kidney [20/04/2012] New research by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence to explain why some people are more prone to develop the condition than others. Their discovery opens the door to finding effective drug treatments and a test that could assess a person's risk of kidney stones.Effective Drug Treatments: Kidney Stone Mystery Solved - Read more

Breast Cancer: New Type of Mutation Found

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[16/04/2012] Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new class of molecular mutation in various forms of breast cancer, a finding that may shed new light on development and growth of different types of breast tumours. Called fusion transcripts, the mutated forms of RNA may also provide a way to identify tumour subtypes and offer new strategies to treat them, investigators say. Breast Cancer: New Type of Mutation Found - Read more

Children: ADHD Is Over-diagnosed

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[04/04/2012] What experts and the public have already long suspected is now supported by representative data collected by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany, and University of Basel: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is over-diagnosed.Children: ADHD Is Over-diagnosed - Read more

Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“

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[02/04/2012] In the event of a premature delivery, the lung of a newborn child is often not able to assume its function. One reason for this: it lacks a tenside called surfactant (surface active agent), that makes sure that the lungs don’t stick together during the breathing process. MEDICA.de spoke to Professor Peter Bartmann, Director of Neonatology at University Hospital Bonn, on how preemies can be helped.Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“ - Read more

Biomedicine: Culprit Behind Unchecked Angiogenesis Identified

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Photo: Growing blood vessels in the retina of a mouse [30/03/2012] Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine were able to demonstrate that defective Notch signalling enables strong and deregulated vessel growth even when VEGF or VEGFR2 are inhibited. In this case, a different VEGF family receptor, VEGFR3, is strongly up regulated, promoting angiogenesis.Biomedicine: Culprit Behind Unchecked Angiogenesis Identified - Read more

Psychology: Does the Brain 'Remember' Antidepressants?

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Photo: Brain [28/03/2012] While the relationship between prior treatment and the brain's response to subsequent treatment is unknown, a new study by University of California – Los Angeles researchers suggests that how the brain responds to antidepressant medication may be influenced by its remembering of past antidepressant exposure.Psychology: Does the Brain 'Remember' Antidepressants? - Read more

Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health

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Photo: Mammography screening [26/03/2012] Results from a phase III clinical trial evaluating a new treatment for breast cancer in post-menopausal women show that the combination of two cancer drugs, everolimus and exemestane, significantly improves bone strength and reduces the chances of cancer spreading, metastasising, in the bone.Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health - Read more

Hypertension: Pain Relievers Could be Spiking Your Blood Pressure

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[22/03/2012] According to Professor Ehud Grossman of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Centre, many common over-the-counter and prescription medications are underlying causes of hypertension, which is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack, and aneurisms. Hypertension: Pain Relievers Could be Spiking Your Blood Pressure - Read more

Chemo: Discovery Could Reduce Side Effects

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[14/03/2012] A team of researchers at Duke University has determined the structure of a key molecule that can carry chemotherapy and anti-viral drugs into cells, which could help to create more effective drugs with fewer effects to healthy tissue.Chemo: Discovery Could Reduce Side Effects - Read more

AML: Antidepressant Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment

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[13/03/2012] A retinoid called all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) is used to treat a rare sub-type of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML); however, this drug has not been effective for the more common types. Doctor Arthur Zelent and colleagues at the ICR have been working to unlock the potential of retinoids to treat other patients with AML. They show that the key could be an antidepressant called tranylcypromine (TCP).AML: Antidepressant Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment - Read more

HIV-Infected Patients: Diabetes Drug Halts Atherosclerosis Progression

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[09/03/2012] Treatment with the common diabetes drug metformin appears to prevent progression of coronary atherosclerosis in patients infected with HIV, according to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers.HIV-Infected Patients: Diabetes Drug Halts Atherosclerosis Progression - Read more

Cells: Influence of Nanoparticles on Nutrient Absorption

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Photo: Nanoparticles [09/03/2012] Nanoparticles are everywhere. From cosmetics and clothes, to soda and snacks. But as versatile as they are, nanoparticles also have a downside, say researchers at Binghamton University and Cornell University. These tiny particles, even in low doses, could have a big impact on our long-term health.Cells: Influence of Nanoparticles on Nutrient Absorption - Read more

Heart Patients: Statins Linked with Lower Depression Risk

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Photo: Heart and stethoscope [28/02/2012] Patients with heart disease who took cholesterol-lowering statins were significantly less likely to develop depression than those who did not, in a study by Doctor Mary Whooley of the San Francisco VA Medical Centre and the University of California, San Francisco.Heart Patients: Statins Linked with Lower Depression Risk - Read more

Liver Transplantation: Math Can Save Tylenol Overdose Patients

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Photo: Math blackboard [27/02/2012] University of Utah mathematicians developed a set of calculus equations to make it easier for doctors to save Tylenol overdose patients by quickly estimating how much painkiller they took, when they consumed it and whether they will require a liver transplant to survive.Liver Transplantation: Math Can Save Tylenol Overdose Patients - Read more

From Nanosensors to Cytotoxicity Test: ”We can reduce the number of animal experiments“

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[22/02/2012] Animal experiments are a part of everyday life in medical research, yet they have been the subject of criticism for decades. Even though scientists all over the world are searching for alternative methods, the complexity of physical processes in the human body however makes this very difficult.From Nanosensors to Cytotoxicity Test: ”We can reduce the number of animal experiments“ - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: Vulnerable to Anti-Angiogenic Drugs

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[16/02/2012] Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a subtype of ovarian cancer able to build its own blood vessels, suggesting that such tumours might be especially susceptible to "anti-angiogenic" drugs that block blood vessel formation.Ovarian Cancer: Vulnerable to Anti-Angiogenic Drugs - Read more

Leukaemia: Drug Kills Cancerous T-Cells While Sparing Normal Immunity

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[26/01/2012] Leukemic cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (L-CTCL) is a leukaemia arising from T-cells, a type of white blood cell. This cancer can involve the skin and other organs, and patients often die within three years. Researchers of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) report a new study that low-dose Campath not only treats patients with L-CTCL but does so without increasing their risk of infections.Leukaemia: Drug Kills Cancerous T-Cells While Sparing Normal Immunity - Read more

Cholesterol: Entry Point for Hepatitis C Infection Identified

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Photo: Liver [25/01/2012] A molecule embedded in the membrane of human liver cells that aids in cholesterol absorption also allows the entry of hepatitis C virus, the first step in hepatitis C infection, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.Cholesterol: Entry Point for Hepatitis C Infection Identified - Read more

Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome"

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[23/01/2012] Debilitating fatigue has probably encountered everybody once in a lifetime. In this mood one tries to find innocuous reasons for this mental state: the weather, the season or a sleepless night. However, chronic fatigue, the fatigue syndrome, is a pathological condition that one should take quite seriously. Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome" - Read more

Dimethylsphingosine: New Understanding of Chronic Pain

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Photo: Man with pain [23/01/2012] Millions of people worldwide suffer from a type of chronic pain called neuropathic pain, which is triggered by nerve damage. Precisely how this pain persists has been a mystery, and current treatments are largely ineffective. But a team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, using a new approach known as metabolomics, has now discovered a major clue: dimethylsphingosine (DMS).Dimethylsphingosine: New Understanding of Chronic Pain - Read more

Drug-Cost: Anti-Malaria Drug Synthesised with Oxygen and Light

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Photo: François Lévesque of MPG [19/01/2012] It will be possible to provide medication for the 225 million malaria patients in developing countries at an affordable price. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have developed a very simple process for the synthesis of artemisinin, the active ingredient that pharmaceutical companies could only obtain from plants up to now.Drug-Cost: Anti-Malaria Drug Synthesised with Oxygen and Light - Read more

T Cells Therapy: How Immune Cells Destroy Cancer Cells

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[17/01/2012] Doctor Kathleen Anders and Professor Thomas Blankenstein of the Max Delbrück Centre (MDC) Berlin-Buch and researchers of the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope Cancer Centre in Duarte, California, USA showed that drug-based cancer treatment and adoptive T cell therapy are both highly effective against large tumours.T Cells Therapy: How Immune Cells Destroy Cancer Cells - Read more

Drug Safety: Novel Way to Prevent Drug-Induced Liver Injury

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Photo: Mouse livers under microscopy [17/01/2012] Rutgers University and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have developed a novel strategy to protect the liver from drug-induced injury and improve associated drug safety.Drug Safety: Novel Way to Prevent Drug-Induced Liver Injury - Read more

Metabolism: New Gene that Regulates Body Weight

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[05/01/2012] Abraham Kovoor of the University of Rhode Island's College of Pharmacy was studying a brain protein, called RGS9 2, that he had previously related to the involuntary, random and repetitive body movements that are side effects of drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia.Metabolism: New Gene that Regulates Body Weight - Read more

Drug Research: Fewer Animal Experiments Thanks to Nanosensors

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[04/01/2012] Experiments on animals have been the subject of criticism for decades. The number of tests involving laboratory animals has in fact gone up. Now, researchers of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich, Germany have found an alternative approach: they hope sensor nanoparticles will reduce the need for animal testing.Drug Research: Fewer Animal Experiments Thanks to Nanosensors - Read more

Cells: Hepatitis C Virus Hijacks Liver MicroRNA

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[03/01/2012] Scientists at the University of North Carolina, working with colleagues from the University of Colorado, have shown for the first time how a small RNA molecule that regulates gene expression in human liver cells has been hijacked by the hepatitis C virus to ensure its own survival – helping medical scientists understand why a new antiviral drug appears to be effective against the virus.Cells: Hepatitis C Virus Hijacks Liver MicroRNA - Read more

TB Treatment: Research Suggests New Way to Ensure Effectiveness

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[29/12/2011] A UT Southwestern Medical Center study using a sophisticated "glass mouse" research model has found that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is more likely caused in patients by speedy drug metabolism rather than inconsistent doses, as is widely believed.TB Treatment: Research Suggests New Way to Ensure Effectiveness - Read more

Scientists Fixate on Ric-8: Understanding Drug Receptor Targets

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[28/12/2011] Half the drugs used today target a single class of proteins – and now scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have identified an important molecular player critical to the proper workings of those proteins critical to our health.Scientists Fixate on Ric-8: Understanding Drug Receptor Targets - Read more

Pain Receptors: Ion Channel Makes African Naked Mole-Rat Insensitive to Acid-Induced Pain

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Photo: African Naked Mole-Rat [22/12/2011] Researchers of the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) Berlin-Buch have found out why the African naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber), one of the world’s most unusual mammals, feels no pain when exposed to acid. Pain Receptors: Ion Channel Makes African Naked Mole-Rat Insensitive to Acid-Induced Pain - Read more

Statins: Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Accelerates Depletion of Plaque in Arteries

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Photo: Blood clots; linked to [15/12/2011] In a new study, NYU Langone Medical Centre researchers have discovered how cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins promote the breakdown of plaque in the arteries. The findings support a large clinical study that recently showed patients taking high-doses of the cholesterol-lowering medications not only reduced their cholesterol levels but also reduced the amount of plaque in their arteries.Statins: Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Accelerates Depletion of Plaque in Arteries - Read more

Infectious Disease: Unconventional Approach to Control HIV Epidemics

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Photo: HIV virus; linked to [08/12/2011] Because PrEP is based on the same drugs used to treat HIV-infected individuals, the big public health fear is that the dual use of these drugs will lead to skyrocketing levels of drug resistance. But in a new study, researchers of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) say the exact opposite is likely to happen.Infectious Disease: Unconventional Approach to Control HIV Epidemics - Read more

Neuroendocrine Tumours: Everolimus Prolongs Progression-Free Survival

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Photo: Tumour cells; linked to [01/12/2011] Combination treatment with everolimus, an inhibitor of the mammalian target rapamycin (mTOR), and octreotide has shown to improve progression-free survival for patients with advanced neuroendocrine tumours and a history of carcinoid syndrome, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre.Neuroendocrine Tumours: Everolimus Prolongs Progression-Free Survival - Read more

Abdominal Pain: Use of Opioid Painkillers Has More than Doubled

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[01/12/2011] Across United States outpatient clinics between 1997 and 2008, opioid prescriptions for chronic abdominal pain more than doubled, according to a new study of the American Gastroenterological Association.Abdominal Pain: Use of Opioid Painkillers Has More than Doubled - Read more

Implants: Cobblestones Fool Innate Immunity

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[30/11/2011] Coating the surface of an implant such as a new hip or pacemaker with nanosized metallic particles reduces the risk of rejection, and researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, can now explain why: they fool the innate immune system.Implants: Cobblestones Fool Innate Immunity - Read more

Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer

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Photo: Drugs; linked to [29/11/2011] An inexpensive drug that treats Type-2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a study by a Michigan State University researcher.Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer - Read more

Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks

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Photo: Patient with heart attack in emergency room; linked to [24/11/2011] A substance in medicines for cancer and epilepsy could also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who have been using it to stimulate the body’s own defence system against blood clots.Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks - Read more

Cells: New Class of Drugs for the Reversible Inhibition of Proteasomes

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Photo: Hydroxyurea derivative blocks the proteasome; linked to [23/11/2011] As the “recycling plant” of the cell, the proteasome regulates vitally important functions. Cancer cells, in particular, are very sensitive because they need the proteasome for their uncontrolled growth. Biochemists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have now identified the lead structure of a new class of drugs that attacks the proteasome in an unusual way.Cells: New Class of Drugs for the Reversible Inhibition of Proteasomes - Read more

Epilepsy: Ultrathin Flexible Brain Implant Offers Unique Look at Seizures

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Photo: Brain Implant [18/11/2011] Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a flexible brain implant that could one day be used to treat epileptic seizures. In animal studies, the researchers used the device – a type of electrode array that conforms to the brain's surface – to take an unprecedented look at the brain activity underlying seizures. Epilepsy: Ultrathin Flexible Brain Implant Offers Unique Look at Seizures - Read more

Parkinson's: Parkinsonian Worms May Hold the Key to Identifying Drugs

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Photo: Nematodes in a laboratory; linked to [17/11/2011] Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a simple test, using dopamine-deficient worms, for identifying drugs that may help people with Parkinson's disease. The worms are able to evaluate as many as 1,000 potential drugs a year. The researchers have received federal funding that could increase that to one million drug tests a year.Parkinson's: Parkinsonian Worms May Hold the Key to Identifying Drugs - Read more

Bypass Surgery: Cangrelor Provides Effective Maintenance of Platelet Inhibition

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Photo: Heart; linked to [16/11/2011] Data from the BRIDGE clinical trial demonstrate that intravenous use of the drug cangrelor was effective at maintaining platelet inhibition in patients on thienopyridines who required bypass surgery. Trial results were presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium.Bypass Surgery: Cangrelor Provides Effective Maintenance of Platelet Inhibition - Read more

Psychology: Depression and Chronic Stress Accelerates Aging

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[15/11/2011] People with recurrent depressions or those exposed to chronic stress exhibits shorter telomeres in white blood cells. This is shown by a research team at Umeå University (Sweden) in a coming issue of Biological Psychiatry.Psychology: Depression and Chronic Stress Accelerates Aging - Read more

Pharmacology: Nano-Technology Makes Medicine Greener

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[07/11/2011] Researchers at the University of Copenhagen are behind the development of a new method that will make it possible to develop drugs faster and greener. This will lead to cheaper medicine for consumers.Pharmacology: Nano-Technology Makes Medicine Greener - Read more

Inherited Kidney Disease: Strides Toward Drug Therapy

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[31/10/2011] Scientists at University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered that patients with an inherited kidney disease may be helped by a drug that is currently available for other uses.Inherited Kidney Disease: Strides Toward Drug Therapy - Read more

Cardiology: New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia

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Photo: Medical book and stethoscope; linked to [28/10/2011] University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular pathway that is critical to understanding cardiac arrhythmia and other heart muscle problems. Understanding the basic science of heart and muscle function could open the door to new treatments.Cardiology: New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia - Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects

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Photo: Woman takes drugs; linked to [27/10/2011] You wouldn’t break your car while stepping on the gas - or wash down a sleeping pill with espresso. Yet many people taking common Alzheimer’s disease medications - cholinesterase inhibitors - are given medications with anticholinergic properties, which oppose their effects. Group Health Research Institute scientists investigated how often that happens.Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects - Read more

Breast Cancer: Probability of Metastasis

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[25/10/2011] Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered a new way to model human breast cancer that could lead to new tools for predicting which breast cancers will spread and new ways to test drugs that may stop its spread.Breast Cancer: Probability of Metastasis - Read more

COPD Therapy: Why Is Steroid Treatment Ineffective for COPD?

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Photo: Lung; linked to [20/10/2011] A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found why corticosteroids do not work well for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and how additional treatment with sulforaphane - an ingredient of broccoli and other vegetables - can improve the effectiveness of corticosteroids.COPD Therapy: Why Is Steroid Treatment Ineffective for COPD? - Read more

New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue

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[19/10/2011] When a new drug is developed, the manufacturer must be able to show that it reaches its intended goal in the body’s tissue, and only that goal. Such studies could be made easier with a new method now established at Lund University in Sweden.New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue - Read more

Drug Delivery: Gene Therapy Without a Needle

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Photo: Doctor with a needle; linked to [19/10/2011] For the first time, researchers of Ohio State University have found a way to inject a precise dose of a gene therapy agent directly into a single living cell without a needle. The technique uses electricity to “shoot” bits of therapeutic bio molecules through a tiny channel and into a cell in a fraction of a second.Drug Delivery: Gene Therapy Without a Needle - Read more

Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs

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[06/10/2011] The use of long-distance video and data hook-ups to link remote community hospitals with stroke neurologists in large centres provides the same level of care as having everyone in the same room, according to a new study of Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.Stroke: Innovative Technology Improves Care and Reduces Costs - Read more

Soldiers: A Shot of Cortisone Stops Traumatic Stress

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[05/10/2011] As soldiers return home from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, America must cope with the toll that war takes on mental health. But the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is becoming increasingly expensive, and promises to escalate as yet another generation of veterans tries to heal its psychological wounds.Soldiers: A Shot of Cortisone Stops Traumatic Stress - Read more

Toxicology: Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change

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Photo: Mushrooms; linked to [29/09/2011] A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 per cent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.Toxicology: Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change - Read more

Children: Prescribed Stimulant Use for ADHD Continues to Rise Steadily

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Photo: Boy with ADHD; linked to [28/09/2011] The prescribed use of stimulant medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rose slowly but steadily from 1996 to 2008, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).Children: Prescribed Stimulant Use for ADHD Continues to Rise Steadily - Read more

Breakthrough: New Combination Treatment for Prostate Cancer

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[22/09/2011] Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have pioneered a new combination treatment for prostate cancer. The treatment, which has been successful in phase one of trials, will now be tested for efficacy in a second phase.Breakthrough: New Combination Treatment for Prostate Cancer - Read more

Antibiotics: Common Treatments Can Lead to Resistance

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[21/09/2011] Overexposure to antibiotics has long been a concern in the medical community – most specifically the development of antibiotic resistant infections as a result of repeated use. According to a study, ophthalmologic antibiotics promote antimicrobial resistance too, prompting a call from Vanderbilt Eye Institute physicians to be more judicial in the administration of certain classes of antibiotics.Antibiotics: Common Treatments Can Lead to Resistance - Read more

Cells: Separating a Cancer Prevention Drug from Heart Disease Risk

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[15/09/2011] Several clinical studies have shown that taking the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib can reduce the risk of developing polyps that lead to colon cancers, at the cost of increasing the risk of heart disease. Researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have identified a way that celecoxib pushes cancer cells into suicide, separately from its known effects.Cells: Separating a Cancer Prevention Drug from Heart Disease Risk - Read more

Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia

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[09/09/2011] Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study. Researchers examined the role of aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and concluded that it should not be overlooked as an important therapy against dementia.Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia - Read more

Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives

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[08/09/2011] A major new international study involving researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital has revealed that aspirin, statins, beta blockers and ACE inhibitors are prescribed far too infrequently.Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives - Read more

Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise

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[07/09/2011] The ZRG Global Life Science Hiring Index posted a surprising jump in Q2 hiring, logging a 17.6 percent increase from Q1. The Index now stands at 90.9, a 34 percent increase from average 2010 hiring levels.Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise - Read more

Global Study in 17 Countries: Huge Gaps in Use of Simple, Cheap and Proven Drugs

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[01/09/2011] A global study in 17 countries led by McMaster University researchers has found too few patients are using drugs proven to give significant benefits in warding off a heart attack or stroke.Global Study in 17 Countries: Huge Gaps in Use of Simple, Cheap and Proven Drugs - Read more

Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections

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[01/09/2011] Time and again it sweeps through the media and we hear of serious diseases, like for instance MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which attack patients in hospitals. Needless to say these diseases happen, but they have long ago come to the forefront of hygiene experts, who fight with a vengeance to prevent essentially “man-made” infections in clinics and hospital facilities.Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections - Read more

Research: New Way to Target Shape-shifting Proteins

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Photo: Stripes of light [01/09/2011] A molecule which can stop the formation of long protein strands, known as amyloid fibrils, that cause joint pain in kidney dialysis patients has been identified by researchers at the University of Leeds. Research: New Way to Target Shape-shifting Proteins - Read more

Therapies: Why HIV Infection Rates Are On the Rise

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[26/08/2011] A new study in Israel reveals that the number of new HIV cases diagnosed each year in the last decade saw a startling increase of almost 500 percent compared to the previous decade, and similar trends have been reported in a number of other developed nations, including the U.S. Therapies: Why HIV Infection Rates Are On the Rise - Read more

Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“

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[08/08/2011] Patients, who suffer from hypertension despite undergoing drug therapy, according to a study that was conducted with the participation of the Department of Nephrology and the Institute for Radiology at the University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany, may benefit from renal nerve ablation, a catheter-based denervation of renal nerves. Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“ - Read more

Study in Africa: HIV Medications Prevent HIV Infection

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Photo: AIDS Ribbon [14/07/2011] An international study led by the University of Washington's International Clinical Research Center has demonstrated that individuals at high risk for HIV infection who took a daily tablet containing an HIV medication experienced significantly fewer HIV infections than those who received a placebo pill. Study in Africa: HIV Medications Prevent HIV Infection - Read more

Frankincense: A Wise Man’s Treatment for Arthritis

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[24/06/2011] The answer to treating painful arthritis could lie in an age old herbal remedy - frankincense, according to Cardiff University scientists.Frankincense: A Wise Man’s Treatment for Arthritis - Read more

Brain: New Target for Developing Effective Anti-depressants

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[13/04/2011] For the first time in a human model, scientists have discovered how anti-depressants make new brain cells. This means that researchers can now develop better and more efficient drugs to combat depression.Brain: New Target for Developing Effective Anti-depressants - Read more

Research: Maybe New and Improved Vaccines

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Photo: Hand with syringe [15/03/2011] Alum is an adjuvant (immune booster) used in many common vaccines, and researchers from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine have now discovered how it works. The new findings will help the medical community produce more effective vaccines and may open the doors for creating new vaccines for diseases such as HIV or tuberculosis. Research: Maybe New and Improved Vaccines - Read more

New Drug Combination: Breast Cancer Resistance to Herceptin

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Photo: Breast in MRI Scan [14/03/2011] Breast cancer tumours take numerous paths to resist the targeted drug Herceptin, but a single roadblock at a crucial crossroads may restore a tumour’s vulnerability to treatment, scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report.New Drug Combination: Breast Cancer Resistance to Herceptin - Read more

Complication by Medication Reactions: Tanning Bed Exposure Can Be Deadly

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Tanning Bed Exposure Can Be Deadly [03/03/2011] Tanning bed exposure can produce more than some tanners may bargain for, especially when they self-diagnose and use the radiation to treat skin eruptions, according to research conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Dermatology. Complication by Medication Reactions: Tanning Bed Exposure Can Be Deadly - Read more

Cancer: Breakthrough to Prevent Heart Failure and Increase Survival Rates

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[10/02/2011] A breakthrough by scientists at Queen's University Belfast could help reduce heart failure in cancer patients around the world, and ultimately increase survival rates.Cancer: Breakthrough to Prevent Heart Failure and Increase Survival Rates - Read more

New Techniques: Stapling Peptides Could Spur Development of Cancer Drugs

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[09/02/2011] Researchers at the University at Buffalo have devised two new ways of "stapling" peptide helices to prevent these medically important molecules from losing their shape and degrading in the presence of enzymes. New Techniques: Stapling Peptides Could Spur Development of Cancer Drugs - Read more

New Approach: Malaria Medication May Help Against Frontotemporal Dementia

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Malaria Medication May Help Against Frontotemporal Dementia [03/02/2011] Scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich have found a promising approach for a possible treatment of so-called frontotemporal dementia, an Alzheimer-like form of dementia.New Approach: Malaria Medication May Help Against Frontotemporal Dementia - Read more

Sjögren’s Syndrome: “It Is Not Very Well Known”

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“It Is Not Very Well Known” [01/02/2011] A dry mouth, the feeling of sand in the eyes, fatigue - almost everyone has had one of these symptoms before. But even if all symptoms occur together, almost no one thinks of the possibility that a disease with the awkward name Sjögren's Syndrome could be behind it. Sjögren’s Syndrome: “It Is Not Very Well Known” - Read more

Cell Binding: Hope to Those with Skin and Heart Problems

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Hope to Those with Skin and Heart Problems [21/01/2011] A University of Manchester scientist has revealed the mechanism that binds skin cells tightly together, which he believes will lead to new treatments for painful and debilitating skin diseases and also lethal heart defects.Cell Binding: Hope to Those with Skin and Heart Problems - Read more

Study: Possible New Treatment for Severe 2009 H1N1 Infection

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[20/01/2011] Convalescent plasma therapy—using plasma from patients who have recovered from an infection to treat those with the same infection—has been used to treat multiple diseases. However, the efficacy of this treatment in patients with severe 2009 H1N1 influenza is unknown. A new study suggests that convalescent plasma may reduce the death rate in patients severely ill with this type of influenza. Study: Possible New Treatment for Severe 2009 H1N1 Infection - Read more

HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health

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[18/01/2011] Women, nonwhites, and people in the southern United States who were newly infected with HIV and followed for an average of four years experienced greater HIV/AIDS-related morbidity compared to men and people of other races living in other regions of the country. HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health - Read more

The History of Anesthesia: “At first there is the experimental research“

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“At first there is the experimental research“ [03/01/2011] For centuries many different types of remedies to soothe the suffering and pain of people have been known. Nonetheless, the search for pain free, reversible anesthesia took a while. Not until the 19th century was the first progressive anesthesia possible and paved the way for modern surgery.The History of Anesthesia: “At first there is the experimental research“ - Read more

Laboratory: Stem Cells Turned into Complex, Functioning Intestinal Tissue

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Stem Cells Turned into Complex, Functioning Intestinal Tissue [13/12/2010] For the first time, scientists have created functioning human intestinal tissue in the laboratory from pluripotent stem cells.Laboratory: Stem Cells Turned into Complex, Functioning Intestinal Tissue - Read more

Influenza Virus Strains: Increasing Drug Resistance and Ability to Spread

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Increasing Drug Resistance and Ability to Spread [08/12/2010] Two new studies raise public health concerns about increasing antiviral resistance among certain influenza viruses, their ability to spread, and a lack of alternative antiviral treatment options. Influenza Virus Strains: Increasing Drug Resistance and Ability to Spread - Read more

Allergies: Parasitic worms in the service of science

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Parasitic worms in the service of science [01/12/2010] The hygiene-conscious European typically cringes at the mention of intestinal parasites. After all, at best these icky little creatures might show up in anecdotes from (great-) grandparents, when they talk about the war. Yet this is quite possibly a hasty conviction, since scientists assume that parasites hold the key to effective allergy treatments. Allergies: Parasitic worms in the service of science - Read more

Study: High Rate of Restless Legs Syndrome in Adults with Fibromyalgia

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[19/10/2010] A new study found that adults with fibromyalgia had a much higher prevalence and risk of restless legs syndrome than healthy controls. The study suggests that treating RLS may improve sleep and quality of life in people with fibromyalgia.Study: High Rate of Restless Legs Syndrome in Adults with Fibromyalgia - Read more

Subsequent Heart Attacks: Low Beta Blocker Dose Can Put Heart Patients at Risk

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Low Beta Blocker Dose Can Put Heart Patients at Risk [19/10/2010] Beta blockers have been proven to increase patients' survival prospects following a heart attack by decreasing the cardiac workload and oxygen demand on the heart. In a new study a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist found the majority of patients are frequently not receiving a large enough dose of these drugs, which can put their recovery into peril.Subsequent Heart Attacks: Low Beta Blocker Dose Can Put Heart Patients at Risk - Read more

Research: No Difference in Drugs for Macular Degeneration

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[01/10/2010] Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have conducted a study that failed to show a difference in efficacy between bevacizumab and ranibizumab for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Research: No Difference in Drugs for Macular Degeneration - Read more

Curry: Cooking ingredient Could Provide Recipe For Fight Against Cancer

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[30/09/2010] Scientists at the University of Leicester are pioneering the use of a common curry cooking ingredient to target cancer cells.Curry: Cooking ingredient Could Provide Recipe For Fight Against Cancer - Read more

Study: Increasing Number of Celiac Cases, Particularly In The Elderly

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[28/09/2010] Working to solve the puzzle of when people develop celiac disease has led researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Celiac Research to some surprising findings. Study: Increasing Number of Celiac Cases, Particularly In The Elderly - Read more

High Death And Disability Rates: Fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe

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Fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe [27/09/2010] Preliminary findings from an upcoming report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) show alarming projections and reveal the poor state of post-fracture care in the Russian Federation and many other countries in the region. High Death And Disability Rates: Fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe - Read more

Antibiotic: Safe for Stroke Patients

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Safe for Stroke Patients [14/09/2010] An antibiotic appears to be a safe treatment for stroke and a good companion therapy for tPA, the clot buster that is currently the only FDA-approved drug therapy, researchers report.Antibiotic: Safe for Stroke Patients - Read more

Rapid Test: “Strep Can Be Found All Over the World“

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[08/09/2010] They cannot be seen with the naked eye and yet we are surrounded by them every day: Germs like strep can make us sick – urinary tract infections, tonsillitis or meningitis – and without antibiotics you can often not tackle them. Scientists have tried for many years to find effective vaccines against these germs. Rapid Test: “Strep Can Be Found All Over the World“ - Read more

Brain Scans: Weather Affects Multiple Sclerosis Activity

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[01/09/2010] A study conducted by Scientists at the Brigham and Women's Hospital shows that the severity of multiple sclerosis may change with the change of seasons.Brain Scans: Weather Affects Multiple Sclerosis Activity - Read more

Aids: HIV Virus Hides in the Brain

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HIV Virus Hides in the Brain [24/08/2010] Studies of the spinal fluid of patients given anti-HIV drugs have resulted in new findings suggesting that the brain can act as a hiding place for the HIV virus. Aids: HIV Virus Hides in the Brain - Read more

National Study: Weight-Loss Surgery Frees Most Obese Diabetics of Insulin

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[23/08/2010] Results of a large national study show that nearly three-quarters of obese patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo weight-loss surgery are able to stop insulin and other antidiabetes drugs within six months. National Study: Weight-Loss Surgery Frees Most Obese Diabetics of Insulin - Read more

Mutations: Computer Program Predicts MRSA's Next Move

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[29/07/2010] Researchers at Duke University Medical Center are using computers to identify how one strain of dangerous bacteria might mutate in the same way a champion chess player tries to anticipate an opponent's strategies.Mutations: Computer Program Predicts MRSA's Next Move - Read more

Flushing: Preventing Heart Problems While Keeping a Cool Head

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Preventing Heart Problems While Keeping a Cool Head [29/07/2010] Cholesterol influences our health. Conventional treatment attempts to reduce the level of "bad" cholestero. The opposite approach, increasing the concentration of "good" cholesterol using nicotinic acid, has proven unpopular among patients. Flushing: Preventing Heart Problems While Keeping a Cool Head - Read more

Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“

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[22/07/2010] It’s the “I” rather than the “we” that’s most important in personalised medicine. After all, new methods should offer an individually targeted treatment for patients. Many developments however are still in their infancy. Several players are cavorting in the subject, but what is the central theme here and where are knowledge and new research results being exchanged?Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“ - Read more

Brain: Sirtuin1 May Boost Memory

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Sirtuin1 May Boost Memory [12/07/2010] The same molecular mechanism that increases life span through calorie restriction may help boost memory and brainpower, researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report.Brain: Sirtuin1 May Boost Memory - Read more

Intoxicating Fragrance: Jasmine as Valium Substitute

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Foto: Jasmine flower [09/07/2010] Researchers discover unexpected effect of scents. The effect is comparable to potent psychotropic drugs. Instead of a sleeping pill or a mood enhancer, a nose full of jasmine from Gardenia jasminoides could also help.Intoxicating Fragrance: Jasmine as Valium Substitute - Read more

Intensively Lowering Glucose: Possible Benefits Must Be Weighed Against Risks

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[30/06/2010] In an analysis from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial, results show that the benefits of intensive therapy need to be balanced against the increase in total and cardiovascular disease-related death, increased weight gain, and high risk for severe low blood sugar. Intensively Lowering Glucose: Possible Benefits Must Be Weighed Against Risks - Read more

Lower Cancer Recurrence: Statins Associated

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[28/06/2010] Men who use statins to lower their cholesterol are 30 percent less likely to see their prostate cancer come back after surgery compared to men who do not use the drugs, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. Researchers also found that higher doses of the drugs were associated with lower risk of recurrence. Lower Cancer Recurrence: Statins Associated - Read more

Medicines: Insight Into Cells Could Lead to New Approach

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[23/06/2010] A surprising discovery about the complex make-up of our cells could lead to the development of new types of medicines, a study suggests.Medicines: Insight Into Cells Could Lead to New Approach - Read more

Cancer: Studying Cells in 3-D

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Photo: Cancer Cell [23/06/2010] Showing movies in 3-D has produced a box-office bonanza in recent months. Could viewing cell behaviour in three dimensions lead to important advances in cancer research? Cancer: Studying Cells in 3-D - Read more

Diabetes Management: The Importance of Insulin Delivery Devices

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[10/06/2010] The growing use of insulin delivery devices such as pens and pumps may help individuals with diabetes optimize blood glucose control and minimize their risk for chronic health problems associated with diabetes.Diabetes Management: The Importance of Insulin Delivery Devices - Read more

Patients: Cancer does not stand a chance – the promise of Immunotherapy

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Cancer does not stand a chance – the promise of Immunotherapy [01/06/2010] Reduced to its essence, cancer can be described this way: Several body cells degenerate and begin an uncontrolled growth inside the body. If this was a virus, our immune system would kick into high gear to fight the threat. Patients: Cancer does not stand a chance – the promise of Immunotherapy - Read more

Therapy: Drug test offers hope for Hepatitis C patients

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[20/05/2010] People with hepatitis C (an infectious disease affecting the liver) are being offered hope by a new screening system that helps target drugs to individual patients.Therapy: Drug test offers hope for Hepatitis C patients - Read more

Pain: Traits Associated with Drug Disorders

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Traits Associated with Drug Disorders [19/05/2010] Researchers have identified clinical characteristics associated with prescription drug use disorder (PDUD) in primary care patients with chronic pain.Pain: Traits Associated with Drug Disorders - Read more

Diet: High-Fat a No-No For Asthma Patients

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High-Fat a No-No For Asthma Patients [17/05/2010] People with asthma may be well-advised to avoid high-fat meals: individuals with asthma who consumed a high-fat meal showed increased airway inflammation just hours after the binge, according to a new study.Diet: High-Fat a No-No For Asthma Patients - Read more

Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“

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“A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ [01/05/2010] Individual, goal oriented and without any side effects – this is how more and more patients should be treated in the future. Treatments according to the key-lock principle already partially exist today. MEDICA.de talked to Ivar Roots from the Charité Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology about cancer, genes and an unusual present. Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ - Read more

Breast Cancer: Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis

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Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis [08/04/2010] Researchers found out that treatment with beta-blockers can help reduce the spread of cancer in patients with breast tumours.Breast Cancer: Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis - Read more

Therapy for Alcohol Addiction: "A Better Quota Than Rehabilitation for Back Pain"

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[01/04/2010] It’s a physician’s dream: Individualized therapy. Every patient receives the drug that works best for him. At least as far as treatment for alcohol addiction is concerned, researchers have come closer to customized medicine. MEDICA.de spoke to Karl Mann, President of the German Society for Addiction Research and Addiction Treatment about two types of alcoholics and the chances of getting healthy. Therapy for Alcohol Addiction: "A Better Quota Than Rehabilitation for Back Pain" - Read more

Brain Doping: Potential Realized, Danger Not Averted

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Potential Realized, Danger Not Averted [01/04/2010] Higher, faster, farther. It’s not just athletes who occasionally give their performance a little kick, but also students and professionals. They want to improve their concentration with pills, which are actually intended for sick people - and possibly become addicted.Brain Doping: Potential Realized, Danger Not Averted - Read more

Chronic Diseases: Good Guidance Impacts Effectiveness of Treatment

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Good Guidance Impacts Effectiveness of Treatment [23/03/2010] Researchers have come to the conclusion that the percentage of successfully treated patients with chronic conditions could increase with optimum guidance.Chronic Diseases: Good Guidance Impacts Effectiveness of Treatment - Read more

Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated

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Big Brother Is Integrated [01/03/2010] In former times, folded cartons were sufficient: pills were packed in boxes and given to the patient. This has not complied with modern standards for a long time. Medicine packaging is advancing and Smart Labels are all the rage: they are able to assure product quality as well as to protect against drug fakers. Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated - Read more

Nano Technique: Insight into Failing Heart Cells

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Insight into Failing Heart Cells [26/02/2010] Researchers have been able to see how heart failure affects the surface of an individual heart muscle cell in minute detail, using a new nanoscale scanning technique.Nano Technique: Insight into Failing Heart Cells - Read more

IT: Regulating Anaesthesia via Computer

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Regulating Anaesthesia via Computer [23/02/2010] Researchers have developed a technique for automatically controlling anaesthesia during surgical operations. The new system detects the hypnotic state of the patient at all times and supplies the appropriate dose of anaesthetic.IT: Regulating Anaesthesia via Computer - Read more

Digestion: More Americans Make Use of Prescription Drugs

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[12/02/2010] More people are buying prescription drugs to treat digestive conditions, as the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports. Digestion: More Americans Make Use of Prescription Drugs - Read more

Arthritis: Special Gloves Help Understand Arthritis

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[10/02/2010] A pair of arthritis simulation gloves, which reproduce the reduction in functional capacity experienced by persons with arthritis, helps better understand how arthritis affects a person's ability to grasp, pinch, turn, lift and twist objects.Arthritis: Special Gloves Help Understand Arthritis - Read more

HIV/Aids: Tracing Mutations that Lead to Drug Resistance

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Tracing Mutations that Lead to Drug Resistance [09/02/2010] Chemists and statisticians have developed a new way to trace mutations in HIV that lead to drug resistance.HIV/Aids: Tracing Mutations that Lead to Drug Resistance - Read more

IQWIG: "It Is Essential That a New Leader Is Really Neutral"

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[01/02/2010] It was briefly mentioned in the coalition agreement, now it is out in the open: the Institute for Quality and Economy in the Health System (IQWIG) is losing its infamous leader Peter Sawicki. MEDICA.de talked with health economist Juergen Wasem about the relevance of this decision for the future of the IQWIG and the successor of this position. IQWIG: "It Is Essential That a New Leader Is Really Neutral" - Read more

Parkinson's: How Medications Affect Learning and Attention

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[22/01/2010] A new brain-based computational model is helping to understand how Parkinson's disease and dopamine medications – used to treat motor symptoms caused by the disease – can affect learning and attention.Parkinson's: How Medications Affect Learning and Attention - Read more

Heart Attack: Activating Enzyme Instead of Blocking Protein

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Activating Enzyme Instead of Blocking Protein [14/01/2010] Researchers have determined how a "chemical chaperone" does its job in the body, which could lead to a new class of drugs to help reduce the muscle damage caused by heart attacks.Heart Attack: Activating Enzyme Instead of Blocking Protein - Read more

Diabetes: Insulin Analogues Hardly Tested

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Insulin Analogues Hardly Tested [23/12/2009] Trials provide no proof of additional benefit of rapid-acting insulin analogues for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.Diabetes: Insulin Analogues Hardly Tested - Read more

Costly Cancer Treatments: No Easy Access in U.S. or U.K.

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[18/12/2009] Cancer patients in both the United States and the United Kingdom face challenges in gaining access to expensive treatments, according to new research. Costly Cancer Treatments: No Easy Access in U.S. or U.K. - Read more

Drugs: Interface to Save Lives

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[17/12/2009] A drug information interface system has been shown to help in dealing with visual and motor impairments, which can make sorting, holding and indentifying pills a challenge as we age. Drugs: Interface to Save Lives - Read more

Drugs: Nanoprobes Hit Targets in Tumours

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Nanoprobes Hit Targets in Tumours [17/12/2009] Tiny nanoprobes have shown to be effective in delivering cancer drugs more directly to tumour cells and research has shown that the nanoprobes are getting the drugs to right cellular compartments. Drugs: Nanoprobes Hit Targets in Tumours - Read more

Placebo: In Hopeful Anticipation

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In Hopeful Anticipation [01/12/2009] At Christman, wishes come true. The children are convinced: one only has to believe strong enough. The power of imagination is indeed strong – it can even cure diseases and ease pain. Thanks to the placebo effect that – if taken seriously – requires changes in the health care system. Placebo: In Hopeful Anticipation - Read more

Pregnancy: Early Delivery from Using Psychiatric Medication

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Early Delivery from Using Psychiatric Medication [30/10/2009] The odds triple for premature child delivery pregnant women with a history of depression who used psychiatric medication, according to a new study. Pregnancy: Early Delivery from Using Psychiatric Medication - Read more

Pregnancy: Blocking Folic Acid Doubles Risk of Malformations

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Blocking Folic Acid Doubles Risk of Malformations [19/10/2009] A new study warns that taking medications that reduce or block the actions of folic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy increase the risk that the growing baby will develop abnormalities. Pregnancy: Blocking Folic Acid Doubles Risk of Malformations - Read more

Artificial Coma: „A State Between Almost Awake and Deep Sleep“

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„A State Between Almost Awake and Deep Sleep“ [01/09/2009] Very often, when a famous person falls very ill, it is this term that circulates in the media: Ariel Sharon or Felipe Massa, for example, have both been put into an artificial coma trying to save their lives. However, many people do not really know what this kind of coma is - including scientists. Artificial Coma: „A State Between Almost Awake and Deep Sleep“ - Read more

Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights”

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[21/08/2009] The highly controversial health fund was established on January first. Seven months later experts believe that the fund will show a deficit of about four billion euros by the end of the year. Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights” - Read more

Eyes: Drug-Dispensing Contact Lenses Developed

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Drug-Dispensing Contact Lenses Developed [14/08/2009] Researchers have developed special contact lenses that can gradually dispense a constant amount of medication to the eye, at adjustable rates. Eyes: Drug-Dispensing Contact Lenses Developed - Read more

Brain: Method Predicts which Tumors Will Respond to Drug

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Method Predicts which Tumors Will Respond to Drug [12/08/2009] Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have uncovered a new way to scan brain tumors and predict which ones will be shrunk by the drug Avastin - before the patient ever starts treatment. Brain: Method Predicts which Tumors Will Respond to Drug - Read more

Canada: Increase in Cardiovascular Medication Costs

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[24/07/2009] The number of prescriptions in Canada for cardiovascular medications has been increasing over the past decade, with a 200 percent increase in costs, a new study found. Canada: Increase in Cardiovascular Medication Costs - Read more

Nanotechnology: New Fluorescent Silicon Particles Discovered

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New Fluorescent Silicon Particles Discovered [24/07/2009] Researchers have developed a new synthesis method, which has led them to the discovery of fluorescent silicon nanoparticles and may ultimately help track the uptake of drugs by the body's cells. Nanotechnology: New Fluorescent Silicon Particles Discovered - Read more

Gender in Medicine: The Slight Difference (Part 1)

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[15/07/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de In everyday life people keep being concerned with the apparently big difference between men and women. However, only slowly sex and gender start being of great importance in medicine bringing advantages for all patients – male or female.Gender in Medicine: The Slight Difference (Part 1) - Read more

ADHD: Pills instead of a Beating

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[01/07/2009] If a child continuously disrupts classes, always fidgets and annoys everybody, the diagnosis ADHD will be obvious in the eyes of many doctors. The reason of the disease is still unknown. Although it is also unclear how Ritalin works, a lot of little patients are medicated with this drug. ADHD: Pills instead of a Beating - Read more

ADHD: What Stirs Up The Kid?

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What Stirs Up The Kid? [01/07/2009] If a child continuously disrupts class, always fidgets and annoys everybody, the diagnosis ADHD will be obvious in the eyes of many doctors. The reason of the disease is still unknown. Although it is also unclear how Ritalin works, a lot of little patients are medicated with this drug. ADHD: What Stirs Up The Kid? - Read more

Vaccination: The Controversial Prick (Part 1)

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[15/05/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de The opinions regarding vaccinations are very different: They cover a wide spectrum reaching from people totally opposing vaccines to those advocating it in any situation. However, who is right? A guideline could be true to the motto: As much as necessary, as little as possible.Vaccination: The Controversial Prick (Part 1) - Read more

Drugs: Warnings Skipped By Consumers

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[02/04/2009] Medicine packages barrage consumers with information. Marketing claims and brand names still overshadow critical fine print on non-prescription medications, researchers found.Drugs: Warnings Skipped By Consumers - Read more

Pain Killers: Across The Rumour Mill

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Across The Rumour Mill [01/04/2009] There are many myths surrounding pain killers. For instance „One Aspirin daily is healthy“ or „Morphia is addictive“ are two rumours that persist – both in the physicians and the patients mind.Pain Killers: Across The Rumour Mill - Read more

Transplantation: Licorice May Block Effectiveness of Drug

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Licorice May Block Effectiveness of Drug [26/03/2009] Chemists in Taiwan are reporting that an ingredient in licorice appears to block the absorption of cyclosporine, a drug used by transplant patients to prevent organ rejection. Transplantation: Licorice May Block Effectiveness of Drug - Read more

Preventing Thrombosis: Pills Instead of Injection

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[01/03/2009] Heparin injections to prevent thrombosis have proven after surgery. But the syringe gets competition – from pills. Preventing Thrombosis: Pills Instead of Injection - Read more

Drugs: “Packaging for Seniors Will Be a High Priority Topic for the Future”

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[24/02/2009] By the year 2030 more than one third of the German population will be 60 years old or older. The demand for drugs increases with age but packaging is often unsuitable for use by the elderly. Drugs: “Packaging for Seniors Will Be a High Priority Topic for the Future” - Read more

Unpublished Study Results: „More Americans Died Than In The Vietnam War“

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[09/02/2009] Even though negative study results are as important as positive ones for researchers and physicians, they are published much less frequently. It is the patients who bear the partly serious consequences.Unpublished Study Results: „More Americans Died Than In The Vietnam War“ - Read more

Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform

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[01/01/2009] Long before the introduction on 1 January 2009, a great many critical voices occurred in regard of the German health fund which is the principal item of the health care reform that came into effect in 2007. The consequences the reform has for insured people and which areas of the whole reform package is already valid – an overview. Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform - Read more

Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“

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[01/01/2009] Everybody being insured through compulsory health insurance in Germany now pay the same fee regardless which services are being offered or which ones the clients make use of. This is supposed to be a kind of public solidarity – claims the Federal Ministry of Health. Critics are not so sure about this. Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“ - Read more

Biotechnology: Molecules, Technique and Therapies (Part 1)

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[15/11/2008] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de Detergents, plants resistant to bugs, drugs - chemistry, physics, biology – in the country, at sea or in the air. Biotechnology is everywhere since it is one of the most interdisciplinary branches of research – and helps medicine to combat diseases formerly known as not being treatable.Biotechnology: Molecules, Technique and Therapies (Part 1) - Read more

Cell Therapy: Playing a Trick on the Immune System

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[01/10/2008] After receiving a new organ patients have to take drugs for the rest of their lives in order to prevent rejection of the foreign tissue. A new procedure developed by researchers from Kiel, Germany, reduces the intake of immunosuppressants and sometimes even makes the drugs almost unnecessary. Cell Therapy: Playing a Trick on the Immune System - Read more

CT: Drug Can Prevent Kidney Damage

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Drug Can Prevent Kidney Damage [20/02/2008] As more and more Americans undergo CT scans and other medical imaging scans involving intense X-rays, a new study suggests that many of them should take a pre-scan drug that could protect their kidneys from damage. CT: Drug Can Prevent Kidney Damage - Read more

DIMDI: More Full-Text Databases for Literature Searches

( Exhibitor name: DIMDI - Deutsches Institut für Med. Dokumentation und Information )

[22/09/2005] Two new literature databases with online full-texts now broaden the database offer of the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information: What’s more, the full-texts of an additional 60...DIMDI: More Full-Text Databases for Literature Searches - Read more

Invitation to the 6th Health Technology Assessment Symposium

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[22/09/2005] The 6thGerman HTA symposium is focussing on the subject of "Biomedical Sciences and Health Technology Assessment“. Experts and users from all over the world are presenting and discussing their...Invitation to the 6th Health Technology Assessment Symposium - Read more

World's first electronic antibiotic at MEDICA

( Exhibitor name: WalesTrade International Welsh Assembly Government )

[19/11/2004] The world's first electronic antibiotic, which treats bacterial, fungal and viral infections on skin and teeth - including the ‘superbug' MRSA - goes on...World's first electronic antibiotic at MEDICA - Read more

 
 

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