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Gene therapy offers potential alternative to pacemakers

Gene therapy offers potential alternative to pacemakers

Researchers have developed a gene transplant procedure that can transform ordinary heart muscle cells into “biological pacemaker” cells that maintain heart rhythm. [More]
Reducing the risk of fractures in older women

Reducing the risk of fractures in older women

Reducing the risk of fractures in older women is the aim of a research study at Griffith University. [More]
Rigel initiates Phase 3 clinical program for fostamatinib in patients with ITP

Rigel initiates Phase 3 clinical program for fostamatinib in patients with ITP

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical program for its oral SYK inhibitor, fostamatinib, in patients with ITP (immune thrombocytopenic purpura). [More]
Urge incontinence therapy may relieve stress incontinence

Urge incontinence therapy may relieve stress incontinence

Anticholinergic medication appears to be effective as a treatment for stress and mixed urinary incontinence, results of a small clinical trial indicate. [More]
Study confirms Stretta therapy as safe, effective treatment for GERD

Study confirms Stretta therapy as safe, effective treatment for GERD

A newly published peer-reviewed paper concludes that Stretta therapy is a safe, effective and durable treatment for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy and find surgery an undesirable option. [More]
Paracetamol safety and osteoarthritis: an interview with Professor David Hunter, University of Sydney

Paracetamol safety and osteoarthritis: an interview with Professor David Hunter, University of Sydney

Firstly, paracetamol has been the first-line recommended treatment for osteoarthritis pain for very many years and, secondly, it is readily available over the counter and can be bought in relatively large quantities. [More]
Babies born to mothers who immigrated from other countries have lower rates of cerebral palsy

Babies born to mothers who immigrated from other countries have lower rates of cerebral palsy

Babies born to mothers who immigrated to Ontario from other countries have significantly lower rates of cerebral palsy than those of Canadian-born mothers, especially those from the Caribbean and East Asia, new research has found. [More]
Study pinpoints molecular cause of cachexia, hints at a potential treatment

Study pinpoints molecular cause of cachexia, hints at a potential treatment

New research raises the prospect of more effective treatments for cachexia, a profound wasting of fat and muscle occurring in about half of all cancer patients, raising their risk of death, according to scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. [More]
Women experiencing stressful events the day before eating high-fat meal can slow body's metabolism

Women experiencing stressful events the day before eating high-fat meal can slow body's metabolism

A new study in women suggests that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow the body's metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain. [More]
Study: People with mobility impairments under age 65 have higher rates of smoking

Study: People with mobility impairments under age 65 have higher rates of smoking

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that people with mobility impairments under age 65 have significantly higher rates of smoking than those without mobility impairments. [More]
Breg launches FreeRunner knee brace for runners suffering from patellofemoral pain syndrome

Breg launches FreeRunner knee brace for runners suffering from patellofemoral pain syndrome

Breg, Inc., a premier provider of sports medicine products and services, has launched the FreeRunner knee brace with new innovations to help people, particularly runners, who suffer from patella mal-tracking return to active lifestyles. [More]
New hope for patients with tuberous sclerosis complex

New hope for patients with tuberous sclerosis complex

Although it is rare, tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) can be a difficult and frightening diagnosis for parents and children. The genetic disorder causes nonmalignant tumors to form in many different organs, including the brain, eyes, kidneys and heart. [More]
Sleep problems in PD patients can worsen in later stages of disease

Sleep problems in PD patients can worsen in later stages of disease

Up to 70% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. [More]
Mode of delivery in subsequent pregnancies and recurrence of severe perineal tears

Mode of delivery in subsequent pregnancies and recurrence of severe perineal tears

There is an increased risk of severe perineal tearing during childbirth in women who had such a tear in a previous delivery, suggests a new study published today (9 July) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). [More]
Acute episodes of low back pain not linked to weather conditions

Acute episodes of low back pain not linked to weather conditions

Australian researchers reveal that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation. [More]
PTC Therapeutics initiates reimbursed expanded access program for Translarna

PTC Therapeutics initiates reimbursed expanded access program for Translarna

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the initiation of a reimbursed expanded access program (EAP). PTC's EAP program is intended to make Translarna (ataluren) available to patients before commercial availability in certain countries. [More]
New therapeutic targets release mechanisms in reactive astrocytes for treatment of Alzheimer's disease

New therapeutic targets release mechanisms in reactive astrocytes for treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common cause of dementia, is fatal and currently, there is no cure. In Alzheimer's disease, brain cells are damaged and destroyed, leading to devastating memory loss. [More]
FDA approves Protein Sciences' strain change amendment for Flublok influenza vaccine

FDA approves Protein Sciences' strain change amendment for Flublok influenza vaccine

Protein Sciences Corporation announced today that the FDA has approved the Company's strain change amendment for its seasonal influenza vaccine, Flublok. [More]
Excessive belly fat: A risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Excessive belly fat: A risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Obesity, especially excessive belly fat, is a risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). [More]
AutoGenomics, Genomas sign agreement to develop DNA-guided diagnostic systems

AutoGenomics, Genomas sign agreement to develop DNA-guided diagnostic systems

AutoGenomics, Inc, a leader in automated microarray technology for molecular diagnostics, and Genomas, a biomedical company enabling DNA-guided medicine for personal healthcare, announced today that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop genetic tests and DNA-guided diagnostic systems for optimal selection of statins and for improved delivery of statin therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. [More]