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July 27, 2015

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July 27, 2015

Experimental Drug Treatment for Rett Syndrome Suggests Disorder Is Reversible, Mouse Study Shows

July 27, 2015 — A strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome has been developed by scientists, a devastating autism spectrum disorder. In their report, the researchers demonstrate that treatment with ... read more

July 27, 2015 — The lymph system provides a slow flow of fluid from tissues into the blood. It returns fluid and proteins that leak from blood vessels, provides passage for immune cells from the tissues to the ... read more

One in Four Patients With Defibrillators Experiences Boost in Heart Function Over Time

July 27, 2015 — A study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators — devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms — shows that within a few years of ... read more

Gene Therapy May Improve Survival of Patients With Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

July 27, 2015 — Use of gene therapy to deliver a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive organs may improve the survival of patients with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy, ... read more

In CRISPR Advance, Scientists Successfully Edit Human T Cells

July 27, 2015 — Scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9. Because these immune-system cells play important roles in a wide range ... read more

Some Stroke Treatments Proven to Reduce Health Care Costs

July 27, 2015 — Use of mechanical thrombectomy on qualifying stroke patients could result in major savings to the healthcare economy in the United Kingdom and other western countries with a similar healthcare ... read more

Researchers Identify Model to Predict Successful Wound Healing

July 27, 2015 — Battlefield surgeons and civilian physicians could have a powerful new tool to help patients recover from traumatic injuries, including life-threatening wounds from explosions. Researchers have ... read more

Improved Survival of HIV Patients Facilitates Heart Disease Research

July 27, 2015 — The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Researchers have created a polymer gel that could allow for the development of long-acting devices that reside in the stomach, including orally delivered capsules that can release drugs over a number ... read more

Device Innovation Is Driving Improvement in Stroke Treatment Outcomes

July 27, 2015 — Two new studies reinforce the value and progress of Intra-Arterial treatment with conclusions that the innovative new devices that facilitate this approach are reducing treatment times, improving ... read more

Insight on Causes of Child Obesity, Tactics to End It

July 27, 2015 — Encouraging more social interaction for children rather than just limiting TV time and enforcing strong nutritional policies in schools are two of the ways to decrease child obesity rates, according ... read more

Future Medicinal Chemistry Shines the Spotlight on Schistosomiasis

July 27, 2015 — Leading experts explore current and potential new treatment options for the deadly neglected tropical disease schistosomiasis. Schistosomiasis is the world's most deadly neglected tropical ... read more

Weight Loss for a Healthy Liver

July 27, 2015 — Weight loss through both lifestyle modification and bariatric surgery can significantly reduce features of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a disease characterized by fat in the liver, according to two ... read more

'Major Player' in Skin Cancer Genes Identified

July 27, 2015 — A subgroup of genetic mutations that are present in a significant number of melanoma skin cancer cases has been defined by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Their findings shed light on an ... read more

Admission Rates Increasing for Newborns of All Weights in NICUs

July 27, 2015 — Admission rates are increasing for newborns of all weights at neonatal intensive care units in the United States, raising questions about possible overuse of this highly specialized and expensive ... read more

Some Adverse Drug Events Not Reported by Manufacturers to FDA by 15-Day Mark

July 27, 2015 — About 10 percent of serious and unexpected adverse events are not reported by drug manufacturers to the US Food and Drug Administration under the 15-day timeframe set out in federal regulations, ... read more

July 27, 2015 — If you haven't heard of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, thank geography, NGOs, and government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization ... read more

July 27, 2015 — A protein that plays a vital role in healthy egg-sperm union has been identified in mice. The protein RGS2 can delay an egg's development into an embryo in order to allow time for sperm to ... read more

Home Births Lead to Higher Infant Mortality, at Least for Mothers Living in Poorer Areas, Experts Say

July 27, 2015 — Home births lead to higher infant mortality than hospital births, at least for mothers living in poorer areas. This is the conclusion of a new study that examines 356,412 low-risk Dutch women who ... read more

Rapid Ebola Test Could Play Key Role in Efforts to End Lingering Outbreak

July 27, 2015 — New research has expanded on the studies that led to a fingerprick Ebola test becoming the first and only rapid diagnostic for this disease to receive approval from the World Health Organization ... read more

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