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Stanford Scientists Develop Cell Receptor to Grab and Remove Cancer-Causing Molecules

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Alex

The Gas6 molecule is a key cancer-causing element in the progression of pancreatic and ovarian cancer. When medical care leaves this molecule alone, it allows these cancers to grow and develop into later-stage disease. Scientists believe stopping these cancer-causing molecules is a key to halting … Read More »

Certain Neurologic Drugs Raise the Risk of Hip Fractures in Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Alex

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland are warning that use of benzodiazepine and similar drugs can increase the risk of hip fracture in Alzheimer’s patients by 43 percent. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, included 70,718 Finnish residents … Read More »

New Research Sheds Light on How We Might Be Able to Better Cell Regeneration

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Alex

Regenerative medicine is still a ways away, but researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have made a breakthrough in refining cell regeneration. Researchers have known about cell reprogramming for years, ever since Shinya Yamanaka discovered the process. However, until recently, cell reprogramming … Read More »

Mutations in Genes of Leukemia Patients Might Suggest Treatment Success with Use of a Milder Chemotherapy

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Alex

Contrary to popular belief, some more lethal forms of leukemia might benefit from milder chemotherapy if the patient has a specific genetic profile. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine recently published a study on a potential new acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment in … Read More »

Sunitinib Cancer Drug Might Boost Muscle Strength in Patients with Muscular Dystrophy

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Alex

The medical community is focusing more on drug repurposing as a means of developing new treatments and potential cures without the extensive task of developing an entirely new medication. Sunitinib is the latest drug under the review of researchers hoping it can be a benefit … Read More »

Study Finds Potential Link Between Macular Degeneration and Alzheimer’s

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Alex

Looking at the retinas of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could help doctors better understand Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study by researchers at Southampton University. The study, published in Experimental Eye Research, looked at cell cultures and mouse models with AMD to analyze … Read More »

VA Among Leaders in the Nation for Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Alex

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently received recognition from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR) for high achievements in cancer screening. The VA is now a part of the NCCR’s Hall of Fame for reaching an 82 percent screening rate for colorectal cancer, higher … Read More »

Use of Reflux and Ulcer Medications Linked to Kidney Chronic Disease, Stones

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Alex

Earlier this month, researchers at ASN Kidney Week in Chicago revealed the results from two recent studies on previously unidentified links between the use of reflux and ulcer medications and adverse conditions, such as chronic kidney disease. While both studies looked into the effects of … Read More »

Study Reveals Potential Ischemic Stroke Risk Increases with Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Posted on November 17, 2016 by Alex

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a type of drugs that help treat heartburn. Millions of people take these drugs on a regular basis, and many are available over the counter. However, a study by Danish researchers suggests these drugs might have a hidden danger by … Read More »

VA’s New Strategic Partnerships Will Bring More Resources to Veterans

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Alex

In celebration of Veterans Day last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced several new strategic partnerships. These partnerships include various entities, from non-profit organizations to healthcare providers that are pledging to assist veterans and their families in unique ways. Some of these strategic … Read More »