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Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Andrew has never had a clear diagnosis. He and his family are in a torturous state of suspense, hanging their hopes on every new exam and evaluation. Recently, they have sought help from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, a federally funded coalition of universities, clinicians, hospitals and researchers dedicated to solving the nation’s toughest medical mysteries.

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

By Elaine Korry Kaiser Health News An estimated $5.8 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has California’s top universities and medical institutions sounding the alarm. Trump’s spending plan — running into opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike — would cut about 20 percent of the roughly […]

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
NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

From the National Institutes of Health Hormone treatment improved bone strength and hemoglobin levels; may increase cardiovascular risk; had no effect on cognition. In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
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
Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

The privacy debate over research with your blood and tissue – Viewpoint Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Research Investigator, Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Michigan Many people don’t realize that their leftover tissue, blood or other samples – otherwise known as “biospecimens” – taken during a visit to the doctor or hospital might be stripped of identifying information […]

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers unlock mystery of how Zika spreads in human cells

Researchers unlock mystery of how Zika spreads in human cells

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Researchers have discovered a piece in the puzzle of how the Zika virus spreads in human cells and neutralizes the body’s defenses. A study by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine answered a fundamental question posed by biologists: What happens when the virus enters […]

October 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Healthcare’s dirty little secret: results from many clinical trials are unreliable

Healthcare’s dirty little secret: results from many clinical trials are unreliable

By Heidi Gardner, University of Aberdeen; Katie Gillies, University of Aberdeen, and Shaun Treweek, University of Aberdeen Originally published on The Conversation Clinical trials have been the gold standard of scientific testing ever since the Scottish naval surgeon Dr James Lind conducted the first while trying to conquer scurvy in 1747. They attract tens of billions of […]

October 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Clinical trial results must be published within 12 months, NIH says

Clinical trial results must be published within 12 months, NIH says

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPF7gGbCuWQ[/embedyt] In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and […]

September 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Scientists at the University of Southern California discovered a key weapon used by the Zika virus to ravage the brains of infected fetuses: proteins. In an article published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers identified two proteins in Zika potentially responsible for causing microcephaly. Microcephaly is […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More