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Researchers Identify Genetic Clues Associated with Cigarette Addiction

September 1, 2015 10:30 am | by Virginia Commonwealth University | News | Comments

Pinpointing these genetic variants could eventually assist in identifying the biological mechanism behind nicotine addiction. Read more...

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California Doctor Faces Murder Trial in 3 Drug Deaths

September 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even after several patients died of overdoses, a California doctor charged in their deaths kept passing out prescriptions for powerful painkillers in appointments that lasted as little as three minutes. Read more...

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First Human Trial Shows Immunotherapy Agent Benefits Patients with Drug Resistant MM

September 1, 2015 10:28 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

The drug proved generally safe in patients even at the highest doses tested in the study. Read more...

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Fighting PTSD

September 1, 2015 10:28 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

About 8 million Americans suffer from nightmares and flashbacks to a traumatic event. Read more...

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PDX Models Lead the Way for Personalized Medicine

September 1, 2015 9:06 am | by Jean Pierre Wery, president of Crown Bioscience | Articles | Comments

Rethinking the way clinical cancer research is conducted. Read more...

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Chemo Drug Works by Tricking Cells into Thinking They're Infected

September 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

The new research overturns the previous view that these drugs switch off some of the genes responsible for cell growth. Read more...

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Experts to Investigate New Ebola Case in North Sierra Leone

September 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Carley Petesch and Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Read more...

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New Approach to Tackling Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure Shows Significant Results

September 1, 2015 7:45 am | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

Blood pressure was significantly reduced among patients after just six months on the novel treatment strategy, and the results were sustained. Read more...

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Study: Tiny, Wireless Pacemaker Could be Surgery-Free Option

September 1, 2015 7:30 am | by Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study said. Read more...

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Researchers Develop Drug to Treat Scarring, Autoimmune Diseases

September 1, 2015 7:15 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

An anti-scarring drug invented by UBC researchers will soon complete testing to determine its safety in humans as a topically administered drug. Read more...

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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Writer, Dies at 82

September 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sacks cataloged both disease and diversity of human beings over decades – and he again entered the public eye as he wrote about his own encounter with terminal cancer. Read more...

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Judge Upholds Tennessee Lethal Injection Method

August 31, 2015 11:10 am | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Read more...

Researchers Thwart Cancer Cells by Triggering 'Virus Alert'

August 31, 2015 11:00 am | by Van Andel Institute | News | Comments

An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells' ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system. Read more...

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Breast Cancer Risk Score Impacts Chemotherapy Use

August 31, 2015 10:35 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

A genetic test that helps predict whether some women’s breast cancer will recur might influence how chemotherapy is used. Read more...

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Contact Lens Makers Take Fight Over Price Law to Court

August 31, 2015 10:20 am | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry. Read more...

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