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September 1, 2015

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September 1, 2015

Researchers Testing Drug for Cancer, Bone Marrow Disorders

Aug. 19, 2015 — An international phase I, randomized clinical trial is underway that tests the drug guadecitabine (SGI-110) in Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). MDS are a group of ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — Fibrin, a protein that was thought to play a key role in fracture healing, is not required, a team of researchers has discovered. Instead, the breakdown of fibrin is essential for fracture repair. ... read more

Knee Replacement Is Effective Treatment for Degeneration Caused by Blount Disease

Aug. 10, 2015 — A first-of-its kind study found that knee replacements effectively treat degeneration caused by a bone deformity called Blount disease. Patients who underwent total joint replacements on one or both ... read more

Common Medications Could Delay Brain Injury Recovery

Aug. 9, 2015 — Drugs used to treat common complaints could delay the recovery of brain injury patients according to new ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — While most of us worry about the fat cells building up on the fleshy parts of our bodies, scientists are paying serious attention to another kind of fat cell deep inside our bones, in the marrow. Now ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — A custom flow perfusion bioreactor has been used by researchers to show the value of testing cancer samples in realistic environments. By placing cancer cells in a three-dimensional scaffold and ... read more

High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation Not Associated With Benefits for Postmenopausal Women

Aug. 3, 2015 — High-dose vitamin D supplementation in postmenopausal women was not associated with beneficial effects on bone mineral density, muscle function, muscle mass or falls, according to the results of a ... read more

New Therapy Delivers Long-Term Relief for Chronic Back, Leg Pain, Study Finds

July 28, 2015 — Patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy experienced significantly greater, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a ... read more

July 28, 2015 — New research is showing that less is more when it comes to the treatment of optic disc pits -- a rare eye condition. Many of the surgical techniques commonly used are unnecessary, a researcher now ... read more

Spines of Boys, Girls Differ at Birth

July 24, 2015 — Looking at measurements of the vertebrae -- the series of small bones that make up the spinal column -- in newborn children, investigators found that differences between the sexes are present at ... read more

Patient Satisfaction Is Good Indicator of Success After Spinal Surgery

July 24, 2015 — Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease--especially in terms of reduced pain and disability--are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness, reports a ... read more

Two Classes of Inexpensive Generic Drugs Can Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths, New Research Shows

July 23, 2015 — Two different classes of drugs, aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates, can each improve survival prospects for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, two recent studies indicate. Moreover, ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis -- a condition featuring curvature of the spine -- affects tens of millions of children worldwide, but does not have a known cause. Now, scientists have discovered a ... read more

Additional Radiation Reduces Breast-Cancer Recurrence for Some Patients

July 22, 2015 — A reduction in breast cancer recurrence has been observed by researchers when additional radiation is given to the lymph nodes as well as the standard treatment of whole-breast irradiation after ... read more

Former Professional Rugby Players Have Greater Cervical Spine Degeneration

July 21, 2015 — Clinical examinations and magnetic resonance imaging studies have determined whether retired professional rugby players experience more serious symptoms of cervical spine degeneration than people in ... read more

July 17, 2015 — A highly specialized procedure that lengthens bones can prevent the need for amputations in selected patients who have suffered severe fractures. And now a new study has found that an alternative ... read more

July 16, 2015 — Wichita State University's Li Yao is taking a special approach to the study of spinal cord injuries through research that uses an electrical signal to repair tissue ... read more

New Finding on the Formation of Fat Tissue in Humans

July 16, 2015 — Bone marrow contains stem cells that normally give rise to new red and white blood cells. A team of researchers from Sweden and France has now shown that bone marrow cells can also form ... read more

How GPR40, a Known Receptor for Dietary Fatty Acids, May Protect from Osteoarthritis?

July 15, 2015 — Dietary fatty acids may modulate inflammation and cartilage degradation to prevent or slow down Osteoarthritis (OA) through the orphan receptor GPR40. Involvement of GPR40 in OA protection was first ... read more

Therapeutic Target Identified for Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries

July 15, 2015 — A therapeutic target for the treatment of acute spinal cord injuries has been identified by researchers. According to this research, conducted on mice, the administration of a drug that prevents loss ... read more

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