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Blood Test to Target Prostate Cancer Treatment

A new 3-in-1 blood test could revolutionise the treatment of prostate cancer, say scientists, and help pave the way for personalised patient treatment. The key to the new treatment is the ability to test for cancer DNA in a person's bloodstream. This so-called 'liquid biopsy' has the advantage of being cheaper and less invasive than

June 27th, 2017|Categories: Cancer, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

$10 million DNA sequencing effort aims to shed light on lung diseases

Research is part of national project to understand genetic roots of heart, lung, blood, sleep disorders by Julia Evangelou Strait Washington University’s McDonnell Genome Institute has received $10 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to sequence the DNA of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, in an effort to identify the genetic

Link Between Asthma, Type 1 Diabetes Hangs on Which Comes First

HELSINKI — A link between the development of asthma and the development of type 1 diabetes appears to exist, but the direction of the association depends on which condition exists first, a new study suggests. "The association between asthma and type 1 diabetes is more complex than we previously thought," explained lead author Johanna Metsälä,

June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Diabetes|Tags: , |

Mild-to-Moderate Sleep Apnea Ups Risk for Hypertension, Diabetes

BOSTON — Mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with an increased risk for hypertension and diabetes, preliminary data from two studies suggest. "We found that even mild sleep apnea was strongly associated with increased risk of developing hypertension by 4 times compared to individuals without sleep apnea," principal investigator, Alexandros N. Vgontzas, MD, from

June 21st, 2017|Categories: Diabetes|Tags: , , |

Death Rate From Liver Cancer in US Now Double That in 1980s

Mortality rates from liver cancer in the United States have doubled since the mid-1980s, and they are increasing faster than for any other cancer, according to a new analysis by the American Cancer Society. The study was published online June 7 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. From 2009 to 2013, the average incidence

June 17th, 2017|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , |

Brain Patterns at 6 Months Predict Autism in High-Risk Infants

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of brain connectivity in 6-month-old infants at high risk for autism successfully identified 9 of 11 babies who went on to be diagnosed with the disorder at 24 months of age, according to findings published online today in Science Translational Medicine. Moreover, the imaging data correctly categorized all 48 of

June 15th, 2017|Categories: Autism|Tags: , , , , , |

Liquid Biopsies: Too Soon for Cancer Detection

While the idea of using a drop of blood to detect an occult cancer is still elusive, use of so-called liquid biopsies for cancer screening is at least a little closer to reality with the development of a new high-intensity genomic sequencing approach outlined here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Annual

June 15th, 2017|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , , , |