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Data Mining DNA For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Genes

August 20, 2015 12:39 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been passed down in many families for generations – causing reproductive and metabolic health problems for millions of women around the world. Yet, its cause remains unknown despite more than 80 years of research since the disorder was first described in 1935. Read more...

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A Metabolic Master Switch Underlying Human Obesity

August 20, 2015 12:35 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers find pathway that controls metabolism by prompting fat cells to store or burn fat. Read more...

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Cancer Researchers Publish Landmark "Basket Study"

August 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center | News | Comments

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) have announced results from the first published basket study, a new form of clinical trial design that explores responses to drugs based on the specific mutations in patients' tumors rather than where their cancer originated. Read more...

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Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found at California Hospital

August 20, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country. Read more...

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Global Multiple Myeloma Treatment Market Value to Approach $9B by 2021

August 20, 2015 9:08 am | by Yasser Mushtaq, Senior Analyst, GBI Research | News | Comments

Multiple myeloma’s rarity and designation as an orphan disease limits the available treatment population. Read more...

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Valeant to Spend About $1B on Maker of Women's Libido Drug

August 20, 2015 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal announced Thursday comes a day after U.S. regulators approved the pill. Read more...

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Early Detection, Chemotherapy Important in Bowel Cancer

August 20, 2015 8:53 am | by University of Auckland | News | Comments

New Zealand's largest study of patients with bowel cancer has highlighted that early detection and increasing the use of chemotherapy could improve outcomes. Read more...

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Weight Loss Treatment 'Breakthrough' for Type 2 Diabetes

August 20, 2015 8:48 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A study showing how a newly approved obesity treatment can help shed the pounds in people with Type 2 diabetes represents a breakthrough in weight loss management. Read more...

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Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against MERs Induces Immunity in Animal Study

August 20, 2015 8:45 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

MERS is caused by an emerging human coronavirus, which is distinct from the SARS coronavirus. Read more...

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Sierra Leone Awaits Countdown to Ebola-Free Declaration

August 20, 2015 8:40 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone also has marked its first week of no new cases nationwide since the outbreak began nearly 15 months ago, the World Health Organization announced. Read more...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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..

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