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New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

A growing number of women are being asked if they want to have a three-dimensional (3-D) mammography in addiction to the standard to the two-dimensional (2-D) screening. What’s not yet clear is whether this newer, more expensive technology is better at catching cancers that are likely to kill.

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) , leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the virus, significant problems remain. Why? The virus has a high mutation rate, which makes it possible for the virus to quickly develop resistance to antiretroviral therapies.

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is gene therapy? How does it work?

What is gene therapy? How does it work?

In gene therapy, scientists can do one of several things to treat a disease: They can replace a gene that causes a medical problem with one that doesn’t, add genes to help the body to fight or treat disease, or turn off genes that are causing problems.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

An estimated 15% of couples worldwide are infertile. But measuring infertility across populations is not easy, especially when some social groups are under the radar of survey data sources.

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to talk to your doctor about information you find online

How to talk to your doctor about information you find online

Not everyone is keen on patients getting medical information from the internet. Some heath professionals have doubts about the quality and usefulness of the information available. There are also suggestions that “cyberchrondria” may be fuelling a surge in unnecessary tests and appointments.

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

The vaccine’s formulation has remained mostly unchanged since its 2010 federal approval, but its price continues creeping up, increasing by about 5 or 6 percent most years. In just eight years, its cost has climbed by more than 50 percent.

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
FDA warns about stem cell therapies

FDA warns about stem cell therapies

Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. Some unscrupulous providers offer stem cell products that are both unapproved and unproven. So beware of potentially dangerous procedures—and confirm what’s really being offered before you consider any treatment

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More