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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

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

Two New, Very Large Classes of RNAs Found to Be Linked to Cancer Biomark

May 26, 2015 — Two new classes of RNAs have been identified that are closely associated with a protein known to be a prognostic biomarker for breast cancer and could play a role in progression of prostate ... read more

New UK Research 'Challenges the Assumption That Arthritis Patients Take Their Medication Regularly'

May 26, 2015 — 40% of UK arthritis patients scored low on an adherence questionnaire at least once during their time in a recent study, indicating that they might not be taking their expensive biological therapies ... read more

A New Use for Statins: Asthma

May 26, 2015 — Statins inhaled as a spray can treat symptoms of asthma, researchers report. The findings support that statins should be explored as a new class of inhaler therapy for asthma. According to the ... read more

Appropriate Duration of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Still Unclear

May 25, 2015 — A systematic review of published evidence does little to clarify the appropriate duration of dual antiplatelet therapy following drug eluting stent placement. The evidence suggests that longer ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Reporting on their study with lab-grown human cells, researchers say that blocking a second blood vessel growth protein, along with one that is already well-known, could offer a new way to treat and ... read more

Nano-Capsules Designed for Diagnosing Malignant Tumors

May 25, 2015 — Researchers have developed adaptable nano-capsules that can help in the diagnosis of glioblastoma cells -- a highly invasive form of brain ... read more

'Pain Sensing' Gene Discovery Could Help in Development of New Methods of Pain Relief

May 25, 2015 — A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery could have implications for the development of new ... read more

May 25, 2015 — For two decades cancer researchers have looked unsuccessfully for ways to develop compounds to restore the function of mutant p53 proteins. Now a team of researchers has discovered that eliminating ... read more

New Research Leads to FDA Approval of First Drug to Treat Radiation Sickness

May 22, 2015 — New research has led to FDA approval of the use of a drug to treat the effects of radiation exposure following a nuclear incident. The drug, Neupogen, is the first ever approved for the treatment of ... read more

Low Stent Thrombosis Rates With Primary PCI, Regardless of Antithrombotic Choice

May 21, 2015 — Stent thrombosis following urgent angioplasty for acute heart attack occurred in less than 1 percent of patients in a large, 'real-world' registry, regardless of whether the antithrombotic ... read more

Anti-Stroke Drug Effective Treatment for Middle-Ear Infections, Researchers Say

May 21, 2015 — An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according ... read more

Best and Safest Blood Pressure Treatments in Kidney, Diabetes Patients Compiled

May 22, 2015 — The first definitive summary of the best and safest blood pressure lowering treatments for kidney disease and diabetes patients has been compiled by clinicians. Diabetes and high blood pressure are ... read more

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