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Urine Test May Help Detect, Stratify Prostate Canc...

In men with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA), an investigational urine test can detect and stratify prostate cancer, researchers reported. The test is based on the detection of a gene fusion that is specific to prostate cancer, combined with another marker, according to Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and colleagues. Stratifying patients by the combined marker...

Scientists Claim Leukemia Stem Cell Signature Inde...

Research on samples from human acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients has suggested that the a leukemia stem cell (LSC) gene expression profile can accurately be used to predict patient survival, even among AML patients with cytogenetically normal disease. An international team led by researchers at Ontario’s University Health Network and the University of Toronto’s Department of Molecular Genetics claim their...

Studies Show Natural Protein May Provide Benefits ...

Scientists suggest that treating stoke patients with an endogenous immunomodulatory neuroprotectant protein, ?B-crystallin (Cryab), could help limit brain damage even if first administered 12 hours after the onset of stroke. Studies by a Stanford University School of Medicine team in a mouse model of stroke found that administering Cryab to animals 12 hours after stroke induction led to significantly reduced stroke...

A deadly new reason to avoid deer ticks

Move over, Lyme disease: Another tick-borne illness is on the rise in various parts of the country, and this one can kill. Known as babesiosis, the disease is caused by a microscopic parasite that attacks blood cells, causing flu-like symptoms that can make it difficult to accurately diagnose. Like Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria, babesia microti parasites are carried by deer ticks. First documented in...

Coffee buzz protects brain from Alzheimer’s

For years we’ve been told that caffeinated coffee was bad for us. It’s unhealthy and addictive, doctors warned. But as vindication for all who stuck by their energizing elixir, a new study shows that guzzling caffeinated coffee may actually be good for our brains. In fact, it may help keep Alzheimer’s at bay. The study, which was published early online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, was in mice whose DNA...

Hemophilia Is Target of Therapy on Genome

Researchers using a new technique for editing the genome of living cells have shown that they can cure hemophilia in mice, at least in principle, with a couple of injections that carry out the “cut” and “paste” operations needed to insert a corrective gene. This is the first time this genome-editing technique has succeeded in a live animal. Along with other applications, like two AIDS treatments in preliminary...
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