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Category: Advancements in Research

Gangrene bacteria could be a cancer fighter

October 17, 2018

The mere thought of gangrene may make you shudder, but as one journalist put it, the enemy of my enemy can be your friend. In a small preliminary study, scientists have seen promising responses after injecting cancer patients with the bacteria that causes “gas gangrene,” a deadly form of the tissue-killing disease. According to U.S. News […]

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Nobel Prize spotlights the promise of cancer immunotherapy

October 4, 2018

The Nobel Prize in medicine this week went to two researchers credited with opening up an exciting avenue of cancer treatment – immunotherapy – where the body’s natural disease-fighting agents can be unleashed to fight cancer cells. In simple terms, the prizewinning researchers discovered ways to take the foot off “brakes” in the immune system. […]

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Like a ‘weather forecast,’ liquid biopsy predicts cancer drug resistance and tumor return

September 20, 2018

The blood reveals volumes about a person’s health, including organ function, health risks, the presence of certain diseases, and even what time it is according to your biological clock. Liquid biopsies are emerging diagnostic tools intended to leverage the power of the blood by detecting cancer without surgery or long needles. A blood sample provides […]

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New risk-scoring method for deadly diseases crunches millions of potential gene variants

August 16, 2018

“I think I carry the gene for ___.” This colloquial explanation for myriad traits and behaviors belies the fact that many conditions are believed to arise not from single genetic variations but combinations of thousands or millions. That’s the crux of “polygenic risk scoring,” the subject of new research that accounts for the genetic complexity […]

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Rapid autopsies paint fuller picture of cancer pathology

August 8, 2018

A biopsy is a snapshot of a single potentially cancerous tissue sample in a body that may host a number of different tumors as disease progresses. To understand more about how cancer takes hold, spreads and changes – it’s heterogeneity – a few healthcare organizations have established rapid autopsy programs dedicated to cancer study. Within […]

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Mother and ASD Son

First-of-its-Kind Blood Test Predicts Autism

June 28, 2018

Early intervention can set the stage for their future and drastically improve long-term outcomes for children on the autism spectrum. As its name suggests, the premise of early intervention is to get children immersed in services as soon as possible, ideally between the ages of two and three years old. All of this hinges on […]

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Depression’s hidden biology exposed

May 31, 2018

Although everyone experiences sadness from time to time, depression is different. It causes severe, lingering symptoms that can affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. An estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016, representing nearly 7 percent of all U.S. […]

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Microbiome biospecimens

Our microbiomes show potential for precision medicine and better cancer treatment

April 19, 2018

A universe of 40 trillion creatures lives in your gut, making it one of the richest, most fascinating and mysterious platforms for precision medicine. Researchers are quickly discovering new medical insights by cross-referencing these worlds – patients’ unique microbiomes of bacteria, fungi and other microbes – with clinical outcomes. For example, new studies show that the […]

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Detecting ctDNA in the blood of cancer patients may help reoccurrence

Genomics and the blood – a powerful duo for cancer patients

April 12, 2018

A person’s blood can tell us a lot about their health. We’ve blogged about blood biomarkers that may soon help clinicians diagnose concussions, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Yet, it seems like we’re still only scratching the surface of blood’s potential to reveal health insights. For example, Stanford researchers have recently discovered that the blood from certain […]

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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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