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Johns Hopkins Medicine Researchers Identify Health Conditions Likely To Be Misdiagnosed

For a patient, a diagnostic error can mean the difference between life and death. While estimates vary, likely more than 100,000 Americans die or are permanently disabled each...
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Adding Immunotherapy After Initial Treatment Can Benefit Metastatic Lung Cancer Patients

Treating metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab after they’ve completed locally ablative therapy – meaning all known ...
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Gene Replacement Surgery Restoring Vision For Children And Adults Born With Retinal Degeneration

More than a year after becoming one of the first medical institutions nationally to complete a revolutionary gene replacement surgery to restore vision in patients with retina...
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For Malnourished Children, New Therapeutic Food Boosts Gut Microbes, Healthy Development

A new type of therapeutic food, specifically designed to repair the gut microbiomes of malnourished children, is superior to standard therapy in an initial clinical trial cond...
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Possible Link Between Sugary Drinks And Cancer

A study published by The BMJ today reports a possible association between higher consumption of sugary drinks and and an increased risk of cancer. While cautious interpretati...
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Epic Research Endeavor Reveals Cause Of Deadly Digestive Disease In Children

Nearly 10 years ago, a group of Israeli clinical researchers emailed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) geneticist Len Pennacchio to ask for his team’s help ...
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A Third Of Children Up To Age 3 Exposed To Zika In-Utero Have Neurological Problems

New UCLA-led research suggests that 32% of children up to the age of 3 years who were exposed to the Zika virus during the mother’s pregnancy had below-average neurological de...
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New Antibiotics Effective Without Triggering Resistance, Mouse Study Shows

Not only are they effective against Gram-positive and negative multi-resistant bacteria, they also appear not to trigger resistance when used to treat infection in mice. Such ...
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Growth Failure In Preterm Infants Tied To Altered Gut Bacteria

Extremely premature infants who fail to grow as expected have delayed development of their microbiome, or communities of bacteria and other micro-organisms living in the gut, ...
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Addicted To Ran, Ovarian Cancer Cells Stop Moving When Deprived

Did you know that 90% of cancer patients die from distant metastasis? The latter occurs when cancer cells have the ability to move within the patient’s body and invade its hea...
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Eggshells Can Help Grow, Heal Bones

Eggshells can enhance the growth of new, strong bones needed in medical procedures, a team of UMass Lowell researchers has discovered. The technique developed by UMass Lowell...
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Indications Why Older People Are More Susceptible To Alzheimer's Disease

The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease increases with age. Susanne Wegmann of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Berlin and colleagues have uncover...
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Opening Science For Patients

Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) six years ago at the age of 29, Ben Stecher has learned a lot about not just PD, but medical science in general. One thing ...
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How Electricity Stimulates Healing

Scientists have known for decades that electrical stimulation promotes healing of chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers and bedsores, but how it happens has been a mystery—u...
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Milk And Dairy Products Can Help Prevent Chronic Disease

An adequate consumption of milk and dairy products at different life stages can help prevent various chronic diseases. For example, there is a positive link between the modera...
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Scientists Find Simple Urine Test Could Offer A Non-Invasive Approach For Diagnosis Of IBS

Scientists at McMaster University have identified new biomarkers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in urine, which could lead to better treatments and reduce the need for cos...
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Breaking Bad: Tiny Change Has Big Effects, Reverses Prediabetes In Mice

A small chemical change — shifting the position of two hydrogen atoms — makes the difference between mice that are healthy and mice with insulin resistance and fatty liver, ma...
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After Concussion, Biomarkers In The Blood May Help Predict Recovery Time

A study of high school and college football players suggests that biomarkers in the blood may have potential use in identifying which players are more likely to need a longer ...
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Preventing Hereditary Deafness

Scientists at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital have used a novel gene-editing approach to salvage the hearing of mice with genetic hearing loss and succee...
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Childhood Respiratory Disorders May Be Diagnosed With A Smartphone

Automated cough analysis technology incorporated in a smartphone app could help to diagnose childhood respiratory disorders, according to a study published in the open access ...
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The Neuroscience Of Autism: New Clues To The Condition's Beginnings

UNC School of Medicine scientists unveiled how a particular gene helps organize the scaffolding of brain cells called radial progenitors necessary for the orderly formation of...
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Study Probes How To Tell Elderly Patients Not To Bother With Cancer Screening

Over the past decades, the idea that all adults should get regularly screened for cancer — with mammograms, colonoscopies and prostate specific antigen blood tests — has been ...
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Noninvasive Test Improves Detection Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Toronto have identified a new biomarker found in urine that can help detect aggressive prostate cancer, potentially savin...
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Mutation Discovery Leads To Precise Treatment For Child With Severe Lymphatic Disorder

Faced with a preteen boy in pain and struggling to breathe from a severe, deteriorating rare condition, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia identified the respo...
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Researchers Identify New Way To Make Cancer Self-Destruct

For years, researchers have been trying to target a gene called MYC that is known to drive tumor growth in multiple cancer types when it is mutated or over-expressed, but hitt...
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