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Category: Advancements in Research

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Promising experimental liquid biopsy for prostate cancer finds urine preferable to blood

June 18, 2020

Scientists in Russia may have found a new, more effective and less invasive way to detect prostate cancer, the second-most common cancer in men with nearly 1.3 million new cases and more than 350,000 deaths in 2018.

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Coronavirus crisis takes many forms

June 10, 2020

The focus of coronavirus research is far broader than general vaccines, treatments and tests. Researchers are looking into patient genetics, early-warning systems, and the special requirements of the elderly.

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Convalescent plasma: How some recovered COVID-19 patients are paying back their good fortune

May 29, 2020

The concept is “convalescent plasma,” a time-honored healing art that has saved patients with diphtheria, measles and the Spanish flu going back to the late 19th century. Plasma is the colorless, liquid portion of the blood. In recovered COVID-19 patients, these plasma-based antibodies presumably provide a period of immunity and may also help recovery of actively infected patients.

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New saliva-based coronavirus testing approach wins FDA emergency use authorization

April 16, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 needs to be pervasive, but if you had a choice in methods, would you prefer a swab deep into your nasal cavity or the option to spit in a cup? The latter is now a potential alternative testing approach thanks to the work of  Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics and its collaborators, who just won FDA emergency use authorization for the collection method.

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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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