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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.