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Cancer-Detecting Dogs Sniff Out Samples

August 19, 2015 5:23 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

UC Davis researchers are harnessing the power of dogs’ innate sense of smell to detect cancer, especially at early stages of the disease. The team are training two puppies, each about 4 months old —Alfie, a Labradoodle and Charlie, a German Shepherd — who are undergoing a rigorous 12-month training program to develop their abilities to detect the scent of cancer in samples of saliva, breath and urine. Read more...


Berg Partners with University of Miami to Tackle Heart Disease

August 19, 2015 10:48 am | News | Comments

Berg, a Boston-based biopharmaceutical company, and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine are entering into a new collaboration, this time to battle cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. Read more...


Diabetes Drug Metformin's Primary Effect is in the Gut, Not the Bloodstream

August 19, 2015 10:43 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

New study in Diabetes Care suggests new delayed-release metformin could help 40 percent of type 2 diabetes patients that currently can't take metformin. Read more...


Drug Helps Patients With Diabetes Lose Weight

August 19, 2015 10:38 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Among overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes, daily injection of the diabetes drug liraglutide with a modified insulin pen device, in addition to diet and exercise, resulted in greater weight loss over 56 weeks compared with placebo, according to a study in the August 18 issue of JAMA. Read more...

Researchers Find Mutations that Contribute to Rare Blood Cancer

August 19, 2015 10:24 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Mutations in immune cells prevented their natural death in roughly half of the cell samples from patients with the incurable cancer, and suggest drug targets for the disease. Read more..


Jimmy Carter to Discuss Cancer Diagnosis on Thursday

August 19, 2015 10:15 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis, making his first comments since revealing he has the disease last week. Read more...


Tools Created by University Spinout Could Help Prevent Disease

August 19, 2015 8:39 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

The project aims to fill a gap in the knowledge of zebrafish. Read more...


Saudi Authorities Close Emergency Ward after Spike in MERS Virus Cases

August 19, 2015 8:31 am | by Abdullah Al-Shihri, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi authorities closed an emergency ward in one of the kingdom's largest hospitals after at least 46 people, including hospital staff, contracted the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome. Read more...


ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Gains Orphan Designation for Rare Cancer Drug

August 19, 2015 8:05 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

There is no known cure for this disease.


Daily Coffee Drinking May Improve Colon Cancer Patient Survival

August 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

The study included nearly 1,000 patients who filled out dietary pattern questionnaires early in the study, during chemotherapy and again about a year later. Read more...


MRI Scanners Steer Tumor-Busting Viruses to Specific Target Sites in the Body

August 19, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

This targeted approach is extremely beneficial for patients as it dramatically increases the efficiency of treatment and drug doses could potentially be reduced – helping to alleviate side effects. Read more...


Hot Chili May Unlock New Obesity Treatment

August 19, 2015 7:30 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a high-fat diet may impair important receptors located in the stomach that signal fullness. Read more...


FDA Approves Addyi (Flibanserin) for Low Libido in Women

August 18, 2015 9:21 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The FDA announced its decision Tuesday to approve flibanserin, the first prescription drug designed to boost a woman’s libido. Read more...


Boehringer Ingelheim's COPD Drug Gets Positive Data

August 18, 2015 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced the publication of new data from the Phase 3b Otemto 1&2 trials, which show Stiolto Respimat provided clinically meaningful improvements in SGRQ total score, compared to placebo, in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Read more...


Vitamin D Supplements Have Limited Benefit for Obese Teens

August 18, 2015 12:04 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The Mayo Clinic has been conducting a number of studies analyzing childhood obesity. Read more...



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