When It Comes to Flu Shots, the More Influenza Strains, the Better. The four strain vaccine, which protects against four types of influenza, does as good a job of protecting against flu than the three-strain shot, but is better at preventing moderate to severe disease than the traditional immunization. Times Healthland, 12/11/2013.
Drug-Resistant TB a 'Ticking Bomb,' Warns WHO. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a "ticking time bomb" as tuberculosis is getting increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Times Healthland, 12/12/2013. (Also see Tuberculosis and Scleroderma)
Even With Metastatic Breast Cancer, Some Patients Should Say No to Surgery and Radiation. When it comes to cancer, sometimes less is more. Times Healthland, 12/11/2013. (Also see Cancer and Scleroderma)
Gene Therapy for Cancer Shows Continued Progress. Researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia continue to present hopeful results from gene therapy for leukemia three years after starting clinical trials. Times Healthland, 12/09/2013. (Also see Cancer and Scleroderma)
Exercise 'better than drugs for stroke and heart disease patients', study reveals. The large-scale investigation found doctors had a better chance of preventing death in patients recovering from a heart attack or stroke by prescribing light fitness instead of pills. Mail On Line, 12/14/2013.
Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists. Scientists in Australia have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells - a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants. The Telegraph, 12/16/2013. (Also see Stem Cells and Stem Cell Transplants)
Higher BDNF May Delay Dementia. Risk of dementia was lower in older Framingham Heart Study participants with high levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in serum, researchers said. Med Page Today, 11/26/2013.
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