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Month: March 2018

Medicare to cover next-generation sequencing for cancer patients

March 30, 2018

Great news for cancer patients, their doctors and the scientists creating personalized medicine solutions: Medicare will immediately begin covering next-generation sequencing (NGS) tests that help doctors prescribe specific cancer treatments likely to help individual patients based on their genetic profiles. “CMS believes when these tests are used as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with […]

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Human subcutaneous fat biospecimens were used by researchers to study the effects of the winter sunlight deficit on weight gain

Sunlight shrinks fat cells, says new research

March 22, 2018

For many of us, spring means laboring to shed winter weight and doing penance for rich holiday food and drink and “forgetting” to exercise. A new study, however, suggests winter weight gain may in part be beyond our control – and rather a function of winter’s sunlight deficit. The study found that sunlight can shrink […]

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Blood samples reveal concussion evidence in new, lower-cost test

March 8, 2018

Complexity surrounds brain trauma from diagnosis through recovery and long-term effects. Modern medicine, however, has just made a major stride on the diagnosis side with the FDA’s approval of the first blood test to help detect concussions, or mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs). It promises simpler, cheaper, and potentially safer diagnosis. CT scans, which irradiate […]

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