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Category: Advancements in Research

Researchers flip drug discovery script, unleashing thousands of medicines on cancer cells

February 13, 2020

Instead of starting with a disease and looking for a cure, Boston area researchers recently started with thousands of drugs and watched what they did to cancer.

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Brain organoids may advance personalized cancer care

February 5, 2020

What’s the best way to understand a patient’s specific cancer? Quickly recreate a facsimile outside his or her body. That appears to be the thinking behind Penn Medicine’s work to grow organoids from patients’ brain tumor tissue.

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In new mouse study, injured heart tissue heals vs. regenerates

January 9, 2020

New research is helping to clarify scientists’ understanding of how post-heart-attack cardiac function sometimes improves after injections of cells. Hearts are healing, not actually regenerating tissue as many thought, the new research suggests.

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Atrial fibrillation risk climbs with stature

December 20, 2019

The taller you are the more likely you are to develop atrial fibrillation, according to a new study relying on genetic data from more than a million people. Every inch in height over 5 feet 7 inches translates into about a 3 percent increase in AFib risk, according to the Penn Medicine study. 

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Stem Cell Transplants Reverse Disabling MS-like Disease

November 14, 2019

Stem cell transplants continue to yield positive results in patients with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases, with the latest milestone emerging from Northwestern Medicine and Mayo Clinic.

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New research: Calm minds correlate with longevity

November 7, 2019

We all hope our brains keep firing on all cylinders as we grow old, but newly published research suggests a quieter mind may lead to a longer life.

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Researchers Develop Promising Test for Earlier Detection of Ovarian Cancer

October 24, 2019

Unfortunately, an established test for ovarian cancer, the CA125 test, is limited in its power and not recommended for general screening. Researchers in Ireland have come up with a potential improvement, a blood test that may be able to detect ovarian cancer one to two years earlier than current approaches.

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Stem Cells Engineered to Attack Multiple Cancer Types in Mice

October 17, 2019

One dose of one treatment to defeat multiple types of cancers? That’s the intriguing, if far-off, possibility suggested by a new development by UCLA scientists working with mice. The scientists focused on boosting production of “killer” immune cells that, though powerful, aren’t naturally prevalent enough in humans to make much of a difference for cancer patients.

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Researchers Report Progress in Liquid Biopsy for Breast Cancer

October 1, 2019

October officially kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women with about 245,000 new cases and 41,000 deaths each year.

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Starting with Stem Cells: Scientists Create ‘Minibrains’ for Research

September 19, 2019

Scientists have studied the human brain for millennia, but only recently have they been cultivating brains – well, “minibrains” – from scratch: Researchers at University of California San Diego have programmed human stem cells to grow the pea-sized organoids of brain tissue in the lab.

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