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Combination of diabetes and hypertension drugs can effectively treat cancer

Combination of diabetes and hypertension drugs can effectively treat cancer

A combination of a diabetes medication and an antihypertensive drug can effectively combat cancer cells. [More]
Ionis announces FDA approval of first SMA drug in the U.S for pediatric and adult patients

Ionis announces FDA approval of first SMA drug in the U.S for pediatric and adult patients

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved SPINRAZATM (nusinersen) under Priority Review for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients. [More]
FDA approves first drug to treat children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy

FDA approves first drug to treat children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Spinraza (nusinersen), the first drug approved to treat children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare and often fatal genetic disease affecting muscle strength and movement. [More]
New TSRI study shows how Piezo2 protein plays critical role in sensing lung expansion

New TSRI study shows how Piezo2 protein plays critical role in sensing lung expansion

The new study might help shed light on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in human babies, which is thought to be associated with dysfunctional airway sensory neurons. [More]
Shortened antimicrobial treatment inferior to standard regimen for middle ear infections, study finds

Shortened antimicrobial treatment inferior to standard regimen for middle ear infections, study finds

A five-day antimicrobial treatment regimen for middle ear infections in young children is inferior to the standard 10-day regimen, according to newly published research in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Scientists pinpoint specific molecular events that may cause allergic reactions to air pollution

Scientists pinpoint specific molecular events that may cause allergic reactions to air pollution

Scientists at the Immunology Frontier Research Center at Osaka University, Japan have pinpointed a specific molecular events that could explain allergic reactions to air pollution. [More]
Researchers engineer promising live-attenuated RSV vaccine candidate

Researchers engineer promising live-attenuated RSV vaccine candidate

Crafting a vaccine against RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) has been a minefield for 50 years, but scientists believe they have found the right balance. [More]
Birth of infant with major congenital anomaly linked to increased risk of death in mother

Birth of infant with major congenital anomaly linked to increased risk of death in mother

In Denmark, having a child with a major congenital anomaly was associated with a small but statistically significant increased risk of death in the mother compared with women without an affected child, according to a study appearing in the December 20 issue of JAMA. [More]
Texas A&M professor shares tips to protect infants from RSV

Texas A&M professor shares tips to protect infants from RSV

Coughing, sneezing and a runny nose: You might think it is yet another cold, but if your baby is under 2 years old, it could very well be respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). [More]
Advertisers and crib manufacturers fail to adhere to safe sleep recommendations for infants

Advertisers and crib manufacturers fail to adhere to safe sleep recommendations for infants

A new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that national magazine advertisements and manufacturers of infant cribs continue to depict unsafe sleep environments, despite longtime guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics to protect against SIDS and other sleep-related deaths. [More]
Chronic shortness of breath could be warning signal for potential heart or lung disease

Chronic shortness of breath could be warning signal for potential heart or lung disease

Shortness of breath is an often overlooked symptom of what may be heart failure or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). New research shows that with early intervention, patients can avoid suffering and the need for hospitalization decreases. [More]
Novel computer tool predicts impact of short-course treatment regimen against MDR-TB

Novel computer tool predicts impact of short-course treatment regimen against MDR-TB

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a computer simulation that helps predict under which circumstances a new short-course treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis could substantially reduce the global incidence and spread of the disease. [More]
UK to officially authorise clinical use of ground-breaking ‘three-person baby IVF’

UK to officially authorise clinical use of ground-breaking ‘three-person baby IVF’

The United Kingdom will likely this week become the first country to officially authorise clinical use of ground-breaking mitochondrial donation IVF to enable healthy babies to be born to women carrying deadly mitochondrial disease, which starves major organs of energy. [More]
IPF diagnosis: how do patients feel about the discussion with their physician?

IPF diagnosis: how do patients feel about the discussion with their physician?

IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) is a difficult disease to diagnose. Many patients will experience many visits to the doctor and some may even be told they have a different respiratory condition before they finally get the correct diagnosis that... [More]
Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

Combatting Antibiotic Resistance, the role of POC Diagnostics

During the winter months, patients frequently present with respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing and fever that could be caused by one of several bacterial and viral infections including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or bacterial pneumonia. [More]
IBM and Rice University create prototype of Watson-enabled robot for assisting elderly people

IBM and Rice University create prototype of Watson-enabled robot for assisting elderly people

IBM Research today announced the creation of the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA) done in collaboration with Rice University. IBM MERA is a first of a kind Watson-enabled application designed to help assist the elderly and their caregivers. [More]
Researchers create 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice from MERS and rabies

Researchers create 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice from MERS and rabies

In a new study, researchers have modified a rabies virus, so that it has a protein from the MERS virus; this altered virus works as a 2-for-1 vaccine that protects mice against both Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and rabies. [More]
New moms increasingly using expressed breast milk, UBC study reveals

New moms increasingly using expressed breast milk, UBC study reveals

New moms are increasingly using expressed breast milk (either pumped or expressed by hand) instead of directly breastfeeding their babies, according to a UBC study. [More]
Study detects biomarkers from secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in children

Study detects biomarkers from secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in children

Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. Not only do youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke in the process, but the psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies as well. [More]
Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH

Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine are expanding their ongoing evaluation of a novel cell-based therapeutic candidate into the area of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). [More]
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