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Genetic Analysis Reveals the U.S. is Truly a Melting Pot

The United States is often described as a cultural melting pot. The degree to which that's true socially can be debated – and, at least as regards to race, it has been debated lots lately. But another way to look at that question could be to exam...

Healthcare Trends Institute Announces Winners of HealthDifference Awards

After much debate, our judges have selected the winners of the first annual HealthDifference Awards, and today, we are sharing with you the leaders in healthcare and employee benefits for the year 2014.  See the winners below, and learn how you can win the 2015 awards. What is the HealthDifference™ Award? The annual HealthDifference™ Awards program, […]The post Healthcare Trends Instit...

FDA Approves Myriad's PARP Inhibitor for Ovarian Cancer

Myriad Genetics, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for BRACAnalysis CDx to be used as the only companion diagnostic in conjunction with AstraZeneca’s drug Lynparza (olaparib). Lynparza is the first poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor for patients with germline mutations in BRCA1/2 advanced ovarian cancer who have had three or m...

After Lung Transplant, Antiviral Drug Resistance More Likely in Cystic Fibrosis

A drug called ganciclovir is given to lung transplant patients to protect against a life-threatening virus that is common after transplantation. Ganciclovir reduces mortality due to the virus from 34 percent to between 3 percent to 6 percent.

The right remedy for your pharmaceutical and healthcare logistics needs

For many pharmaceutical and healthcare product manufacturers, the business of logistics can be a mine field filled with its own set of challenges. After all, when it comes to healthcare products, logistics goes beyond just storing and shipping the product. It can include everything from temperature control management, keeping the product secure in terms of [&hellip The post The right remedy f...

Putting the Breaks on Cancer

A study led by the University of Dundee, in collaboration with the University of Bath, has uncovered an important role played by a tumor suppressor gene, helping scientists to better understand how it combats the effects of mutations which drive cancer development. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) USA, shows how an enzyme called Dual-speci

Canadian biotech: Back to business

The following article first appeared on the Bloom Burton & Co. Cross-Border Biotech Blog at, and is republished with permission. “Canada is a world leader in science, technology and innovation, and is recognized as one of the most innovative and competitive economies in the world.” A quotation from the Government of Canada web site [&hellip The post Canadian...

Combo Drug Therapy Doubles Positive Effect for Women with Breast Cancer

In a groundbreaking study that offers new hope for women with advanced breast cancer, researchers from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have published final clinical trial results that showed the amount of time women with advanced breast cancer were on treatment without their cancer worsening was effectively doubled when they took the experimental drug palbociclib. An investigational ...

Market for Testing On Tissues, Cells Reaches $7.5B

Driven by new technologies and the need to discover biomarkers, the tissue and cell-based diagnostic market grew to an estimated 7.4 billion in revenues in 2013 for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) and other reagents used by clinical laboratories, according to  Kalorama Information. The once field is increasingly automated and many new technologies are now being applied in this field, including mass spe...

Meet The Newest Surgeon General

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New research rankings put Oxford, Cambridge, and King's College London as top three in UK

Oxford is the UK’s top university for academic research relating to clinical medicine, an analysis of new rankings has shown.An analysis of the latest rankings from the Research Excellence Framework1...

Programme for genetic diagnosis of rare diseases proves feasible for routine clinical practice

A nationwide programme to genetically diagnose rare diseases is feasible for use in routine NHS patient care, results from the first 1000 families analysed have shown.1Use of genomic sequencing to...

Syphilis rate rises in the US

Syphilis rates rose sharply in the United States last year, but rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea both fell, a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown. Sexually...

US cancels plan to study 100 000 children from "womb" to age 21

The US National Institutes of Health has cancelled its ambitious National Children’s Study, which aimed to follow 100 000 children from the “womb” to age 21 to assess the effects of environmental,...

News and press releases: EMA Management Board: highlights of December 2014 meeting

The Board adopts EMA work programme 2015-2016

Initial management of Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders seen in the United States and United Kingdom. The disease is characterised by two processes—cellular degeneration and the...

Reflexology for Babies?

In the fascinating, if not rational, world of so-called complementary and alternative medicine, the age of the patient rarely seems to matter. This stands in stark contrast to the practice of science-based medicine. Sure, there is some physiological overlap across the spectrum of age, but caring for children often requires a vastly-different approach and there […]

Hospital-Acquired Condition Penalties By State

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals with high rates of infections or other medical complications. About 1,400 hospitals, including all in Maryland, are excluded from the program and Medicare did not assess their rates of patient harm.

UN Chief Visits Ebola-Ravaged West African Nations

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Unable to Prove Claims, “Acid Bath” Stem Cell Researcher Tenders Resignation

A young scientist from Harvard University and the Riken Institute, who claimed to make extraordinary stem cells from ordinary cells with acid, has failed to repeat her work.Read more about Unable to Prove Claims, “Acid Bath” Stem Cell Researcher Tenders Resignation

721 Hospitals Penalized For Patient Safety

Medicare is penalizing 721 hospitals with high rates of potentially avoidable mistakes that can harm patients, known as "hospital-acquired conditions." Penalized hospitals will have their Medicare payments reduced by 1 percent over the fiscal year that runs from October 2014 through September 2015. To determine penalties, Medicare evaluated three types of HACs. One is central-line associated blood...

Company Pioneers High Performance Anti-Pruritus Nanopatch

Comprehensive Drug Enterprises (CDE), which specializes in the research and development of advanced drugs and medical devices, and is an incubatee graduate of Hong Kong Science Park's Incubation Programme (Incu-Bio), announced it has successfully developed and registered the world's first ever high-performance anti-pruritus nanopatch -- MJ Antipruritic Hydrogel. Seriously burned patients often suf...

Low Cost Temperatures Control for Labs

Huber has replaced the MPC circulators with improved models. The units have a redesigned front and are equipped with an RS232 interface as a standard feature. The improved temperature indication of the MPC models provides a continuous resolution of 0.1 °C over the entire temperature range.  Read more about Low Cost Temperatures Control for Labs

NHS regulator delays inspections as it struggles to fill posts in tougher regime

The main regulator of the NHS has admitted that it faces a challenge in finding enough “high calibre” inspectors to become part of its new, more thorough inspection regime, despite receiving extra...

Coronal proton density weighted magnetic resonance image of a 9 year old child's left ankle and foot

Identify the structures labelled A, B, C, D, E, and F in this coronal proton density weighted magnetic resonance image of a 9 year old child’s left foot.bmj;349/dec18_11/g7702/FIG1F1fig1AnswersA:...

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