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Study Aims To Predict Treatment Response In Epilepsy Patients

With the aid of $2.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Vanderbilt researchers are on a quest to develop early biomarkers of treatment outcomes f...
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Researchers Find Eight New Unique Gene Mutations In Patients With Hereditable Heart Muscle Disease

In a new study from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, researchers have identified eight new gene mutations that may cause or contribute to idiopa...
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NUS Researchers Create Water-Resistant Electronic Skin With Self-Healing Abilities

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have taken inspiration from underwater invertebrates like jellyfish to create an electronic skin with simi...
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Experimental Blood Test Accurately Spots Fibromyalgia

For the first time, researchers have evidence that fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples – work they hope will pave the way for a simple, fast diagnosis. In ...
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Sweat Holds Most Promise For Noninvasive Testing

Making a revolutionary biosensor takes blood, sweat and tears. And saliva, naturally. University of Cincinnati professor Jason Heikenfeld examined the potential of these and ...
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Can Ovarian Cancer Be Diagnosed Earlier?

Fewer than half of ovarian cancer patients survive until five years after diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, this is because only about one-fifth of ovarian ...
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Inactive Ingredients In Pills And Capsules May Cause Allergic, Adverse Reactions

A new study led by a team of investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found that the vast majority of the most frequently ...
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Engineering Treatments For The Opioid Epidemic

The U.S. is reeling from a public health crisis driven by the misuse of prescription and illicit opioids with nearly 12 million people abusing the drugs annually. The Midwest ...
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SPIT Lab Leading The Effort To Analyze Hair, Expand Research On Puberty

Puberty is something we all go through and yet there is limited science to explain what is happening inside our bodies during this transition, and how it affects our physical ...
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Hey Doc, How’s My Immune System Doing?

If those ubiquitous TV infomercials are to be believed, a person’s age can be determined solely by outward signs, like wrinkled skin, gray hair, and yellow teeth. But accord...
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Blood Diseases Cured With Bone Marrow Transplant

Doubling the low amount of total body radiation delivered to patients undergoing bone marrow transplants with donor cells that are only “half-matched” increased the rate of en...
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Beyond The Movie "Five Feet Apart," A Real-Life Journey With Cystic Fibrosis

In more ways than one, Emily Schaller is a rock star. The vivacious, 37-year-old Detroit native played drums in a local band when she was younger. She remains larger than li...
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New Method To Assess Platelet Health Could Help ER Doctors

New method to assess platelet health could help ER doctors Emergency room doctors often have only a few minutes to determine which patients are in need of a blood transfusion...
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New Weapon Against Breast Cancer

Two University of Delaware researchers have developed a new approach to attack cancer, using two light-activated treatments that appear to be more effective together than when...
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Using 3D Models To Reduce Side Effects Of Radiotherapy

The debilitating side effects of radiotherapy could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a breakthrough by University of South Australia (UniSA) and Harvard University resear...
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New Contributor To Age-Related Hearing Loss Identified

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a new potential contributor to age-related hearing loss, a finding that could eventually help doct...
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Sepsis A Leading Cause Of Death In US Hospitals But Many Deaths May Not Be Preventable

Sepsis is a major contributor to disability, death and health care costs in the United States and worldwide. A growing recognition of the high burden of sepsis as well as medi...
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Skin Patch For Children With Peanut Allergy Shows Benefit In Phase 3 Trial

After one year of wearing a peanut patch as immunotherapy for their peanut allergy, 35% of participating children (aged 4 to 11 years) were able to tolerate a significantly hi...
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Hospital Cleaning Trial Cuts Infections

A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-b...
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Could An Eye Doctor Diagnose Alzheimer’s Before You Have Symptoms?

A quick eye exam might one day allow eye doctors to check up on both your eyeglasses prescription and your brain health. A study of more than 200 people at the Duke Eye Cente...
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Number And Timing Of Pregnancies Influence Breast Cancer Rsk For Women With BRCA1 Or BRCA2 Mutation

Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in Paris confirm the lower risk of breast ...
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Zinc Could Help As Non-Antibiotic Treatment For UTIs

New details about the role of zinc in our immune system could help the development of new non-antibiotic treatment strategies for bacterial diseases, such as urinary tract inf...
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Vitamin D May Protect Against Pollution-Associated Asthma Symptoms In Obese Children

A new study finds vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution. The study out of John Hopkins Univers...
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Colorectal Cancer: What You Need To Know To Reduce Your Risk

Despite declines in the rates of cancer diagnoses and deaths, colorectal cancer remains prevalent in the United States, with more than 140,000 new cases in Americans each year...
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Queen’s Researchers Make Breakthrough Discovery In Chronic Lung Disease

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered a novel experimental treatment for chronic lung diseases that could improve the lives for people with Cystic Fibrosis...
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