US Supreme Court rules businesses cannot patent human genes. The decision was hailed as a victory by doctors and scientists who argued that the patent prevented them conducting medical research in the US. The Telegraph. 06/13/2013.
Study Links Exposure to Bug and Weed Killers to Higher Risk for Parkinson's. Who doesn't want a pristine lawn free of annoying weeds and bugs? But some of those pest-fighting strategies may come with a price — to your health. Time Healthland, 05/28/2013.
5 Discoveries That Will Change The Future of Organ Transplants. There are 75,660 active patients waiting for a transplant in the U.S., according to the the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Some will never make it to the top of the list. Time Healthland, 06/06/2013. (Also see Lung Transplants)
Avatar Therapy May Silence Schizophrenia Sufferers' Demons. For years therapists have used computer simulations to create a safe, virtual space where people can confront their real-world phobias. Now the treatment is being adapted for schizophrenia patients to help them talk back to the frightening voices inside their heads. Time Healthland, 06/05/2013.
Smokers Die Ten Years Sooner Than Non-Smokers. We all know that smoking is bad for our health. But how bad is bad? The answer is very bad, life changing, in fact. Medical News Today, 05/30/2013.
Engineered Virus Will Improve Gene Therapy For Blinding Eye Diseases. Researchers have developed a method for inserting genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases. Medical News Today, 06/16/2013. (Also see Eye Involvement)
Ketamine: a potential rescue drug for depression takes a step forward. For years, physicians have been inching their way to a better understanding of how — and how well — the drug ketamine, a "twilight drug" used to sedate some patients before a painful procedure, can lift someone with severe depression almost immediately from the abyss. LA Times, 05/21/2013.
Researchers Discover New Immune System. A San Diego State University biology researcher discovered immunity defense in an unlikely place: Mucus. Stanford Report, 06/18/2013. (Also see Causes of Scleroderma)
The Paradox of the Doctor-Patient Relationship: A Medical Student's View. Doctors are privy to — but not really part of — patients' most private moments. Time Healthland, 06/23/2013. (Also see Physician and Patient Relationships)
New Drug May Be Best Treatment for Leukemia Yet. It's called ibrutinib, and it's a potential breakthrough in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that could leave patients with fewer side effects than chemotherapy. Times Healthland, 06/20/2013. (Also see Leukemia)
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