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Watch Yourself: Device Data May Improve Parkinson's Research, Monitoring

August 15, 2014 | Comments

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and Intel Corporation announced a collaboration aimed at improving research and treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Read more...                  

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Afamelanotide Holds Promise as Vitiligo Treatment

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

A treatment regimen is safe and effective for restoring skin pigmentation in vitiligo patients, according to a new study. Read more...                                 

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Chagas Disease Drug Candidate Hits Phase 2

August 13, 2014 2:27 pm | Comments

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative announced the launch of a Phase 2 drug trial to test fexinidazole, a drug shelved in the 1980s and "rediscovered" by DNDi nearly a decade ago, for Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) patients. Read more...

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Clinical Trial Evaluates Safety of Stem Cell Transplantation in Spine

August 12, 2014 2:41 pm | Comments

Researchers have launched a clinical trial to investigate the safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with chronic spinal cord injuries. This Phase 1 clinical trial is recruiting eight patients for the five-year study. Read more...

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Breath Reveals Hidden Image in Anti-Counterfeit Labels

August 7, 2014 1:00 pm | Comments

Counterfeit drugs, which at best contain wrong doses and at worst are toxic, are thought to kill more than 700,000 people per year. To fight back against counterfeiting, researchers have developed a way to make labels that change when you breathe on them, revealing a hidden image. Read more...

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Gold Nanoparticles Penetrate Cells, Show Promise for Drug Delivery

July 21, 2014 3:09 pm | Comments

A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells. Read more...                          

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Protein Injection Halts Diabetes in Mice

July 17, 2014 1:36 pm | Comments

In mice with diet-induced diabetes—the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans—a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery could lead to a new generation of diabetes drugs. Read more...

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The Promise of Personalized Medicine: An Apples-to-Apples Approach

May 16, 2014 11:04 am | Comments

In our sixth video, Andrew Wiecek wraps up the discussion by taking a look at one of the therapeutic areas that could be significantly improved by personalized medicine: cancer. The approach is similar to comparing apples to apples, he says. Watch more...

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Measles Vaccine Promising Against Multiple Myeloma

May 15, 2014 10:27 am | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated that virotherapy— destroying cancer with a virus that infects and kills cancer cells but spares normal tissues— can be effective against the deadly cancer multiple myeloma. Read more...          

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The Power of Personalized Medicine: It’s in the Stars

May 1, 2014 1:51 pm | Comments

In today's video, Rob Fee returns to discuss the power of genetic testing and preemptive medicine. But how do you learn if you carry risky genes, and most importantly, what do you do with that information? Read more...        

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A Cinderella Story: Stem Cells in Personalized Medicine

April 17, 2014 11:00 am | Comments

In part four of our video series, Andrew Wiecek is back to discuss the role that induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells play in personalized medicine. How do they help? Well, iPS cells are kind of like Cinderella's glass slipper. Watch more...

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Nanoparticles Cause Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct

April 4, 2014 10:42 am | Comments

Using magnetically controlled nanoparticles to force tumor cells to "self-destruct: sounds like science fiction, but could be a future part of cancer treatment, according to new research. Read more...               

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New Drug Prevents Tumor Growth by Inhibiting Key Enzyme

April 4, 2014 10:19 am | Comments

A ground-breaking has shown that fast-growing cancer cells are sensitive towards imbalances in the metabolism of nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA. This vulnerability can be exploited for a radically novel antitumor therapeutic approach. Read more...

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How Personalized Medicine Works: Bioinformaticians to the Rescue

April 3, 2014 10:23 am | Comments

In our third video, Rob Fee is back to discuss how informatics can help to overcome one of the biggest challenges in personalized medicine: organizing and examining the mountains of data that are generated during the gene sequencing process. Rob's advice? Find a bioinformatician...fast!

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How Personalized Medicine Works: Bananas and Biomarkers

March 20, 2014 11:13 am | Comments

In today's video, Andrew Wiecek discusses how personalized medicine works by highlighting the importance of biomarkers (and bananas) and showing that they play a key role in identifying genetic variations associated with disease.       

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The Benefits of Personalized Medicine: What Is It?

March 6, 2014 3:14 pm | Comments

Personalized medicine is a term you hear a lot in life science and drug industry discussions. Follow along as Rob Fee, Editor-in-Chief of Bioscience Technology, introduces the first video in a six-part series from both Drug Discovery & Development and Bioscience Technology that will explain what personalized medicine is, how it works and the potential of this concept.

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