Medicine

Drug Is First to Treat Cancer Based on Genetics, Not Location

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Rewriting Life A change in how cancer is treated means more people will benefit from… Emily Mullin MIT Technology Review In a first for precision medicine, a cancer drug has won regulatory approval based on the genetic characteristic of tumors, rather than their… On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved Keytruda, an immunotherapy, for patients who have genetic glitches in so-called “mismatch… Drug Is First… Read More »

A Patient With Diabetes No Longer Needs Insulin After Receiving A Bioengineered “Pancreas”

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A year after receiving a new type of islet cell transplant to treat her severe diabetes, a patient continues to do well and no longer needs insulin injections to manage her disease. Kristin Houser Futurism Even the most exciting breakthrough medical treatment can be rendered obsolete by a particularly insurmountable obstacle: time. A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY If a treatment only works temporarily, it has… A Patient With… Read More »

UCI doctor’s plan to stop superbugs is widely used. At her own hospital, it didn’t work

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By the end of December, a lethal bacterium had swept through UC Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit, sickening seven infants. Melody Petersen Los Angeles Times Dr. Susan Huang, the hospital’s infection control expert, had a plan. The strategy — which she had promoted so successfully that most U.S. hospitals now use it — included bathing all infants in the ICU with a powerful disinfectant, and swabbing inside their noses with an… UCI doctor’s plan… Read More »

Anti-Vaxxers Brought Their War to Minnesota—Then Came Measles

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MINNEAPOLIS — ON the first Saturday this May, residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood socialized in the shadows of their towering public housing complexes. wired Chattering men sat for haircuts while head-scarved women shopped the stalls lining the blue-bricked Riverside Mall. At nearby Currie… Anti-Vaxxers Brought… Read More »

Aspirin May Prevent Cancer from Spreading, New Research Shows

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In addition to relieving headaches and preventing heart attacks, the drug seems to keep malignant cells from… Viviane Callier | Scientific American May 2017 Issue Scientific American If ever there was a wonder drug, aspirin might be it. Originally derived from the leaves of the willow tree, this mainstay of the family medicine cabinet has been… Indeed, the drug is so popular that annual consumption worldwide totals about 120 billion… Aspirin May Prevent… Read More »

Organ Donation: A Modern Act of Heroism

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“Live a Legacy of Life. Be an Organ Donor” Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Marios Prikis University of Vermont Whether, it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others. When it comes to donating an organ however, many consider this form of selflessness as… Organ Donation: A… Read More »

Did I make the right decision? You asked Google – here’s the answer

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Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Anouchka Grose The Guardian Our writers answer some of the commonest queries This has to… Did I make the… Read More »

A Clinical Trial Just ‘Reversed’ Type 2 Diabetes in 40% of Participants

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Type 2 diabetes, a disease wherein the body is incapable of producing sufficient levels of insulin or doesn’t respond to insulin correctly, can be a lifelong… Written by: Author: June Javelosa Editor: Christianna Reedy  Futurism   It leads to the build up of blood sugars and in the cell’s inability to receive the energy it needs to function… It’s also more likely to afflict people over the age of 40, those who… A Clinical Trial… Read More »

The assisted suicide project – a never ending story

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In June last year the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament released its report in the matter of the ‘Inquiry into End of Life Choices’. Paul Russell On Line Opinion Recommendation 49 of that report called upon the Victorian Parliament to legislate assisted suicide for people, “suffering from a serious and incurable condition which is causing enduring and unbearable suffering” and that… The assisted suicide… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

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In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

Gum disease link to Alzheimer’s, research suggests

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Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, early stage research has… Dominic Howell BBC The small study, published in PLOS ONE, looked at 59 people who were all deemed to have mild to moderate… It is thought the body’s response to gum inflammation may be hastening the… Gum disease link… Read More »

Is there a test children can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson says?

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During an exchange with journalist Barrie Cassidy on Insiders, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested there are tests available to see if children will have an adverse reaction to vaccinations. Kristine Macartney, Julie Leask and Nicholas Wood ABC It’s not clear what kind of test Hanson was referring to. (The Conversation contacted her office to ask, but didn’t hear back before deadline.) The Conversation asked… Is there a… Read More »

Federal Ban Is Barring Access To Medical Marijuana For Veterans

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Medical marijuana laws are expanding in states across the U.S., but veterans are still struggling to access programs due to the continued… Steve Birr The Daily Caller A growing chorus of veteran groups are petitioning the government to ease restrictions on federal marijuana… The continued classification of marijuana as a… Federal Ban Is… Read More »

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

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The Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. Andrew McGee The Conversation That follows the South Australian Parliament’s decision to knock back a voluntary euthanasia bill late last year, and the issue has also cropped up in the run-up to the March 11 Western Australian election. With the issue… In places where… Read More »

Doctors vs. Industry 4.0: who will win?

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Change happens all the time, but we tend to realize its full scale only once it concerns our personal lives. Alexander Brezina European Sting In the so called “4th Industrial Revolution”, meaning the ever increasing automatization of complex processes. Hence ,a lot of people might lose their jobs, be it taxi drivers to self-driving cars or waiters to sophisticated robots. As medical students… Doctors vs. Industry… Read More »

A Diabetes Drug Has Shut Down Cancer’s Primary Way of Making Energy

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A WELCOMED SIDE EFFECT While the typical side effects noted along with medications include upset stomach, headache, and difficulty operating heavy machinery, one medication used to treat diabetes has shown a… Author: Dom Galeon Editor: Kristin Houser Futurism Researchers have observed that diabetic patients whose diabetes was being treated with the… A Diabetes Drug… Read More »