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IVF has little effect on health of the child

IVF has little effect on health of the child

  By Jordana Bell, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London; Jeffrey Craig, Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and Juan Castillo-Fernandez, PhD candidate, King’s College London The rate of IVF births has risen dramatically in recent years as fertility rates continue to fall worldwide. To date, over 5m babies have been born with the help of […]

April 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women with coverage for IVF more likely to have procedure again, give birth

Women with coverage for IVF more likely to have procedure again, give birth

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Women whose health insurance covered in-vitro fertilization were more likely to repeat the procedure if necessary, boosting their likelihood of having a baby, compared with women who had to pay out-of-pocket for the pricey reproductive procedure, a new study found. The study, published this week in JAMA, analyzed the probability that […]

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Prescription drug costs are on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them.

Prescription drug costs are on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them.

By Bruce Horovitz and Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Laura Ries was moved to action when she saw a TV commercial that portrayed a woman enjoying time with her grandchildren after taking Lyrica, a prescription medication for diabetic nerve pain. Ries’ elderly mother suffered from just that problem. “The ad showed someone who was enjoying […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON — For the first time, research shows that a pricey new medication called Repatha not only dramatically lowers LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol,” it also reduces patients’ risk of dying or being hospitalized. Repatha, a man-made antibody also known as evolocumab, cut the combined risk of heart attack, […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News An experimental treatment — which blinded three women after stem cells from abdominal fat were injected into their eyes — was advertised on a government-run clinical trial website but lacked proper safeguards, researchers reported Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that the procedures were […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

By Niall McCrae, Lecturer in Mental Health, King’s College London, London, UK For all we hear about an escalation in mental health problems in adolescence, there is no persuasive evidence that the internet is to blame. My colleagues and I recently conducted a systematic review of the evidence and found only a weak correlation between teenagers’ […]

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Organoids – the future of medical research

Organoids – the future of medical research

Perspective By Louise Thompson, PhD candidate in Molecular and Cellular Physiology University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. Most of the research behind new medical advances is carried out using either animal tissues or cancer cells. Both tools have their problems: results from animals and humans do not always match up and cancer cells grown for years in […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 reasons why an $89,000 drug has Congress fuming

5 reasons why an $89,000 drug has Congress fuming

By Sarah Jane Tribble and Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News The latest flashpoint in the ongoing debate over high drug prices is Emflaza, an $89,000-a-year drug that treats Duchenne muscular dystrophy. People who have been watching the drug price issue closely, however, can reasonably ask why there is so much heat at that price tag? […]

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cool Videos: Starring the wiring diagram of the human brain

Cool Videos: Starring the wiring diagram of the human brain

By Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health See how tractography is helping scientists get a better picture of the human brain. The human brain contains distinct geographic regions that communicate throughout the day to process information, such as remembering a neighbor’s name or deciding which road to take to work. Key to […]

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Stem cell transplant induces remission in multiple sclerosis

Stem cell transplant induces remission in multiple sclerosis

From the National Institutes of Health Immunosuppressive therapy followed by stem cell transplantation induced remission of a common form of multiple sclerosis over a 5-year follow-up period. Multiple sclerosis causes damage to the brain and nerve fibers. yodiyim/iStock/Thinkstock. MS is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. It results in […]

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