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Genetic test that predicts recurrence of breast cancer may impact use of chemotherapy

Genetic test that predicts recurrence of breast cancer may impact use of chemotherapy

A genetic test that helps predict whether some women's breast cancer will recur might influence how chemotherapy is used, according to a study from Duke Medicine. [More]
Moffitt researchers discover high BRCA mutation frequency in young black women with breast cancer

Moffitt researchers discover high BRCA mutation frequency in young black women with breast cancer

Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes are more likely to develop breast cancer or ovarian cancer, especially at a younger age. Approximately 5 percent of women with breast cancer in the United States have mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 based on estimates in non-Hispanic white women. [More]
BD Life Sciences completes acquisition of Cellular Research

BD Life Sciences completes acquisition of Cellular Research

BD Life Sciences, a segment of leading global medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), today announced it has completed the acquisition of Cellular Research, Inc. [More]
Variation in genetic mechanism increases fat storage and drives obesity

Variation in genetic mechanism increases fat storage and drives obesity

A specific gene region has long been suspected of contributing to obesity in humans but the precise mechanisms behind this were previously unclear. Now, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Medical School and other partners have been able to show that a single genetic alteration in this region reduces thermogenesis (fat burning), instead increasing lipid storage. [More]
Stanford University launches new professional education course

Stanford University launches new professional education course

Imagine a world where health care is personalized, diseases are treated or even prevented before they become debilitating, and doctor's visits include regular reviews of individual genetic profiles. These are just some of the possibilities at the intersection of healthcare and genomics. [More]
PSMA PET imaging more precise than MR imaging for detection of high-grade prostate cancer lesions

PSMA PET imaging more precise than MR imaging for detection of high-grade prostate cancer lesions

A molecular imaging biomarker is able to detect fast-growing primary prostate cancer and distinguish it from benign prostate lesions, addressing an unmet clinical need. The new research, published in the July 2015 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, is significant for patients with suspected prostate cancer that has not been confirmed by standard biopsy. [More]
Survey identifies key factors linked to pediatric safety events in out-of-hospital emergent care situations

Survey identifies key factors linked to pediatric safety events in out-of-hospital emergent care situations

A national survey of more than 750 emergency medical services providers conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University identified airway management skills, personal anxiety and limited pediatric care proficiency among key factors that may contribute to pediatric safety events for children in out-of-hospital emergent care situations. [More]
RPCI researchers create outreach effort to improve public's participation in biomedical research

RPCI researchers create outreach effort to improve public's participation in biomedical research

Roswell Park Cancer Institute researchers, together with input from African-American community leaders in Buffalo, have created an outreach effort that provides racial/ethnic minority and medically underserved communities with educational programs regarding the public's participation in biomedical research. The program is the basis of a recent study published by a team of local collaborators. [More]
Dr. Samadi's Prostate Cancer Center now offers Oncotype DX genetic test

Dr. Samadi's Prostate Cancer Center now offers Oncotype DX genetic test

Revolutionary genetic test, Oncotype DX from Genomic Health, is now offered at Dr. Samadi's Prostate Cancer Center in New York City. [More]
Genomic Health announces Medicare coverage for Oncotype DX prostate cancer test

Genomic Health announces Medicare coverage for Oncotype DX prostate cancer test

Genomic Health, Inc. today announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) that assesses molecular diagnostic technologies, has issued its final local coverage determination (LCD) approving coverage of the Oncotype DX prostate cancer test for qualified Medicare patients throughout the United States. [More]
New ISCO-SCCA collaboration to elevate standard of monthly virtual personalized tumor board

New ISCO-SCCA collaboration to elevate standard of monthly virtual personalized tumor board

The Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology held its annual Board of Directors retreat in Sun Valley, ID on July 24-26, 2015. The focus for the retreat was how to discuss strategies to improve the care of cancer patients in Idaho. During the meeting, ISCO board announced a partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to collaborate with ISCO's monthly virtual personalized tumor board. [More]
Statisticians create new technique that helps doctors to optimize dose of cancer treatments

Statisticians create new technique that helps doctors to optimize dose of cancer treatments

A new technique developed by statisticians that is helping doctors optimize the dose of a new cancer treatment patients receive in phase I/ II clinical trials was presented today by Juhee Lee, assistant professor of applied mathematics and statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, during a session at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2015) in Seattle. [More]
Roche establishes strategic alliance with Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Roche establishes strategic alliance with Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Roche announced today the establishment of a strategic alliance with Diagnostic Laboratory Services of Aiea, Hawaii, that designates the company as a Roche Molecular Center of Excellence (MCOE) for the next five years. [More]
Leading public health scholars argue that increasing national focus on precision medicine misguided

Leading public health scholars argue that increasing national focus on precision medicine misguided

The increasing national focus on personalized or 'precision' medicine is misguided, distracting from broader investments to reduce health inequities and address the social factors that affect population health, two leading public health scholars argue in the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]

Ironshore partners with Restore Health to participate in HLD-200 clinical trial to treat ADHD

Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc. has signed an agreement with Restore Health, a company specializing in personalized medicine, to participate in the fulfillment of a double-blind clinical trial, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of HLD-200, a new drug in development to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). [More]

Illinois Health and Science acquires IBA Molecular North America

IBA Molecular, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals, announced today the completion of the previously announced sale of its US operations, IBA Molecular North America, Inc., to Illinois Health and Science (IHS), a non-profit healthcare system based in Decatur, Illinois. [More]
Discovery paves way for new therapeutic approaches to treat fatal leukemia in children

Discovery paves way for new therapeutic approaches to treat fatal leukemia in children

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common type of cancer in children. It can occur in various forms, differing not only by specific changes in the genetic material of the leukemia cells but also by their response to therapies. [More]
Moffitt researchers analyze participation rate of patients in pharmacogenomic trials

Moffitt researchers analyze participation rate of patients in pharmacogenomic trials

Cancer therapy has evolved from a "one-size-fits-all" type of treatment plan to a personalized approach based on a patient's type of cancer, the protein and genetic markers found in their tumors and their response to therapy. Important aspects of the personalized approach are pharmacogenomic studies that analyze associations between genetic variations and patient drug responses. [More]
Lidocaine benefits breast cancer survivors who experience pain during intercourse

Lidocaine benefits breast cancer survivors who experience pain during intercourse

Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University report that breast cancer survivors who experience pain during sexual intercourse, a common side effect of breast cancer treatment, may achieve comfort when liquid lidocaine is applied strategically to prevent pain. [More]
Girls are born with weaker spines compared to boys, study finds

Girls are born with weaker spines compared to boys, study finds

Looking at measurements of the vertebrae - the series of small bones that make up the spinal column - in newborn children, investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles found that differences between the sexes are present at birth. Results of the study, now online in advance of publication in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, suggest that this difference is evolutionary, allowing the female spine to adapt to the fetal load during pregnancy. [More]
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