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New VA Partnership Provides Enhanced Security for Veterans’ Personal Information

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently collaborated with the veteran-run ID.me online security service to enhance the protection of and access to each veteran’s personal information. The Vets.gov site will use the ID.me technology to provide veterans with a single account to access online … Read More »

Prostate Cancer Foundation Becomes VA Partner to Further Clinical Research

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) latest strategic partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) aims to improve cancer care and research for both veterans and civilians. The PCF will contribute $50 million in funding to back a “precision oncology initiative” to expand  cancer care … Read More »

Groundbreaking Method of Editing DNA Could Treat Incurable Diseases, Prolong Lifespan

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A recent breakthrough in medical technology is the ability to alter and repair DNA. The current method, CRISPR, cannot alter the DNA in eye, brain, heart, and liver cells. The difference has to do with the cells’ ability to divide. CRISPR works best with cells … Read More »

Scientists Now Believe Huntington’s Disease Affects the Brain and Muscles

Posted on December 9, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Up until recently, doctors considered Huntington’s disease a progressive, hereditary disease that progressively kills nerve cells in the brain. However, new research from Wright State University and California State Polytechnic University has doctors exploring the disease’s effects on muscles. Before the study, doctors equated the … Read More »

Anti-Inflammatory Drug Helps Reduce Brain Damage and Promote Brain Cell Regeneration in Stroke Patients

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Because a stroke results from a lack of blood to the brain, brain cells often suffer severe damage or even die. Treating a stroke is not always possible, and intervention must happen quickly to minimize damage. Researchers at the University of Manchester recently looked at … Read More »

Targeted Immunotherapy Cures Autoimmune Enteritis Caused by Genetic Mutation

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel in Switzerland recently developed a cure for a patient with a rare genetic mutation that causes autoimmune enteritis. The researchers found that a mutation in the CTLA-4 protein caused this patient to suffer from the … Read More »

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

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Disability Help Group

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 Disability Help Group

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 Disability Help Group

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 Disability Help Group

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 »