Month: January 2017

 

Delays in availability of new treatments and incomprehensible price rises disadvantage cancer patients

Cancer patients are living longer and in many cases the disease is becoming chronic rather than acute. Access to drugs that help extend life and improve quality of life, and fair prices for those drugs are therefore essential for more and more people.

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UTHealth study finds that 78% of employees at Houston hospitals are obese or overweight

Seventy-eight percent of employees at Houston hospitals are overweight or obese, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.

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Johns Hopkins scientists reveal extra centrosomes can promote tumor formation in mice

When a cell is dividing, two identical structures, called centrosomes, move to opposite sides of the cell to help separate its chromosomes into the new cells.

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Hypoxia in primary tumors influences dormant DTCs that evade cancer therapy, study shows

In a first of its kind study, Mount Sinai researchers have discovered the conditions by which specific signals in primary tumors of head and neck and breast cancers, pre-program cancer cells to become dormant and evade chemotherapy after spreading.

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Study finds wide disparities between self-reported eye symptoms and electronic medical record

Compare a patient’s self-reported eye symptoms to their electronic medical record, and clear discrepancies can be seen.

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GUMC researchers describe lab technique to fill gaps in clinical care and research

Researchers who developed and tested a revolutionary laboratory technique that allows for the endless growth of normal and diseased cells in a laboratory are publicly sharing how the technique works.

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Brain response patterns to rewards may be influenced by gene variants affecting pain sensitivity

Patterns of brain responses to rewards are a significant predictor of pain symptoms—a link that is already present by adolescence—and may be influenced by gene variants affecting pain sensitivity, reports a study in PAIN, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Survey: Health care, unemployment, immigration, and education are top priorities for Americans

Health care, unemployment, immigration, and education top a lengthy and varied list of the American public’s policy priorities for 2017, according to a new national survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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New study examines link between scope-of-practice regulations and retail-based clinic growth

Just as primary care provider shortages are becoming acute, retail-based clinics in pharmacies and grocery stores are set to fill the gap in accessible patient care. Yet in some states, access to this convenient care is constrained due to restrictive scope-of-practice laws.

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Single-molecule compounds may become basis for new antioxidant therapies

Treated particles of graphene derived from carbon nanotubes have demonstrated remarkable potential as life-saving antioxidants, but as small as they are, something even smaller had to be created to figure out why they work so well.

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