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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

New Tool to Study an Important Anti-Cancer, Immunosuppressive Target

May 28, 2015 — The chemical rapamycin is used clinically as an immunosuppressant and as an anti-cancer agent that works by inactivating a protein named TOR (Target Of Rapamycin). This protein is essential for the ... read more

Health Factors Influence Ex-Prisoners' Chances of Returning to Jail

May 28, 2015 — Ex-prisoners with a history of risky drug use, mental illness or poverty are more likely to end up back behind bars. Those who are obese, are chronically ill or have attempted suicide are more likely ... read more

Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/r in Hepatitis C: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

May 28, 2015 — The new drug combination showed an advantage in three of a total of 16 patient groups, particularly regarding virologic response. The extent of added benefit remains unclear, ... read more

US Healthcare: Medication Data Provides Insights Into Who Is Covered by ACA

May 27, 2015 — As the US Supreme Court considers the legality of tax subsidies to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an investigation provides an unprecedented look at prescription data ... read more

Study Could Explain Why Ovarian Cancer Treatments Fail

May 27, 2015 — Ovarian cancer cells can lock into survival mode and avoid being destroyed by chemotherapy, an international study reports. The research used whole genome sequencing to analyse tumor DNA samples from ... read more

May 27, 2015 — For decades, scientists have known that ET-743, a compound extracted from a marine invertebrate called a mangrove tunicate, can kill cancer cells. The drug has been approved for use in patients in ... read more

New Online Tool to Predict Genetic Resistance to Tuberculosis Drugs

May 27, 2015 — A new TB-Profiler tool analyses and interprets genome sequence data to predict resistance to 11 drugs used for the treatment of TB. This rapid tool means that sequence data can now be used without ... read more

State Regulations for Indoor Tanning Could Lead to a National Regulatory Framework

May 27, 2015 — A national regulatory framework designed to prevent and limit indoor tanning is needed to alleviate the cancer burden and reduce the billions in financial costs from preventable skin cancer, say two ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Every year, an estimated half-million Americans undergo surgery to have a stent prop open a coronary artery narrowed by plaque. But sometimes the mesh tubes get clogged. Scientists have now developed ... read more

Common Cancer Drug Increases Collagen in Melanoma

May 27, 2015 — Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and investigators are uncertain how its presence affects the behavior of melanoma cells. The goal of their study was to understand how the ... read more

Are Antidepressants More Effective Than Usually Assumed?

May 27, 2015 — Many have recently questioned the efficacy of the most common antidepressant medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The conclusion that these drugs are ineffective is however ... read more

Cocaine Addiction, Craving and Relapse

May 26, 2015 — One of the major challenges of cocaine addiction is the high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal and abstinence. But new research reveals that changes in our DNA during drug withdrawal may ... read more

Study Links Better 'Good Cholesterol' Function With Lower Risk of Later Heart Disease

May 26, 2015 — HDL, the 'good cholesterol' helps remove fat from artery walls, reversing the process that leads to heart disease. Yet recent drug trials and genetic studies suggest that pushing HDL levels ... read more

Psychedelic Drugs Should Be Legally Reclassified as They May Benefit Patients, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — Legal restrictions imposed on medical use of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin (the compound found in 'magic' mushrooms), are making trials almost impossible and authorities ... read more

Drug Treatment to Prevent Hip Fracture Is Neither Viable nor Cost Effective, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — The current focus on drugs to prevent hip fractures is neither viable as a public health strategy nor cost effective, argue an international team of ... read more

Investigational Immunotherapy Treatment Shows Durable Response in Patients With Metastatic Melanoma

May 26, 2015 — Advanced-stage melanoma patients have significant improvement in durable response rate when treated with a genetically-modified form of a herpes virus, whose native form causes the common cold sore, ... read more

Study Suggests Using Excess Stress to Kill Therapy Resistant Breast Cancer

May 26, 2015 — Maxing out the inherently stressed nature of treatment-resistant breast cancer cells thwarts their adaptive ability to evolve genetic workarounds to treatment, according to a study. Looking at tumor ... read more

May 26, 2015 — We live in fear of 'superbugs': infectious bacteria that don't respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. Now, researchers have ... read more

Nanotechnology Identifies Brain Tumor Types Through MRI 'Virtual Biopsy' in Animal Studies

May 26, 2015 — A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through 'virtual biopsies' and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results ... read more

New Findings About Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain Reveal Novel Therapeutic Strategies

May 26, 2015 — A critical role for a class of cells present in the brain and spinal cord, called microglia, has been discovered for those in pain. Researchers have found microglia to neuron signaling to be crucial ... read more

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