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Potential Over-Treatment of Diabetes in Older Adults

January 14, 2015

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Study Shows Risk of Over Treatment in Older Diabetes Patients

New research from the Yale School of Medicine shows that aggressively controlling blood sugar with insulin and sulfonylurea drugs in older patients with multiple medical conditions could lead to over-treatment and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Published in the January 12 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, the study found that many older diabetes patients received aggressive […]

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Researchers May Have Pinpointed a Strategy for Eliminating Latent HIV

January 8, 2015

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Study Shows Broad Immune Response May be Needed to Destroy Latent HIV

A newly published study shows promise as the future direction for the development of a therapeutic vaccine to clear HIV. A major barrier to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS is the presence of latent HIV in the cells of chronically infected individuals. But a team of Yale and Johns Hopkins researchers may have pinpointed a […]

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Yale Study Shows Metformin May be Safe for Patients with Kidney Disease

December 29, 2014

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Diabetes Drug May be Safe for Patients with Kidney Disease

A newly published study from Yale University reveals that metformin (the most popular treatment for type 2 diabetes) may be safer for patients with mild to moderate kidney disease than guidelines suggest. The new study is published by Yale investigators in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). For 20 years, metformin has been […]

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New Research Shows Molecular Decoys Help Overcome Drug Resistance

December 12, 2014

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Research Shows Molecular Decoys Help Overcome Drug Resistance

By using molecular fragments administered alongside antimicrobial agents, researchers at Brown University have shown that the efflux pumps are kept busy pumping out the fragments while the antimicrobial agents are able to stay inside the cell. Providence, Rhode Island – Brown University – Harmful bacteria have evolved some ingenious mechanisms to resist antibiotics. One of […]

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Researchers Uncover an Easily Detectable Precancerous State in Blood

December 4, 2014

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Researchers Uncovered a Detectable Precancerous State in Blood

Two newly published studies detail the discovery of a precancerous state found in blood, paving the way for research that focuses on detection and prevention of blood cancers. Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, “premalignant” […]

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New Algorithm Analyzes Carbon Dioxide to Help Determine How to Treat Patients

November 6, 2014

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New Algorithm Can Help Determine How to Treat Patients

Researchers from MIT, Harvard Medical School and the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia have developed a new algorithm that can, with high accuracy, determine whether a patient is suffering from emphysema or heart failure based on the concentration of carbon dioxide in a patient’s exhalations. Paramedics respond to a 911 call to find an elderly […]

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Engineered Liposomes: A Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

November 5, 2014

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Scientists Develop a Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

By engineering artificial nanoparticles made of lipids, scientists have developed a treatment for bacterial infections without using antibiotics. Scientists from the University of Bern have developed a novel substance for the treatment of severe bacterial infections without antibiotics, which would prevent the development of antibiotic resistance. Ever since the development of penicillin almost 90 years […]

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Targeted Chemotherapy Delivery Could Kill Tumor Cells More Effectively

October 28, 2014

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New Approach Could Kill Tumor Cells in the Brain More Effectively

New research shows that delivering chemotherapy directly into the brain cavity may kill tumor cells in the brain more effectively and avoid side effects. Every year, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors that have spread from elsewhere in the body. These tumors, known as metastases, are usually treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy, […]

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Antifreeze Protein in Ticks Could Lead to New Antibiotics for Humans

October 17, 2014

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Tick Protein Inspires New Class of Antibiotics

Scientists from Yale University have discovered that an antifreeze protein in ticks that kicks in during winter can also fights infection, possibly leading to a new class of antibiotics for humans. A protein in ticks that protects them against the cold could inspire a new class of antibiotics for humans, according to a Yale University […]

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Study Finds Stimulant Use Increases by 30% During the School Year

October 14, 2014

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Research Shows Stimulant Use Increases by 30 Percent During the School Year

New research from Yale, NYU and the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that students are 30% more likely to take a stimulant medication during the school year than they are to take one during the summer. The authors found that school-year increases in stimulant use are largest for children from socioeconomically advantaged families. Because many children […]

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New Drug-Delivery Capsule to Inject Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

October 1, 2014

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New Drug Delivery Capsule Can Deliver Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT have developed a new drug-delivery capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed. Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those […]

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Biologist Reveal Boost in Certain Amino Acids is an Early Sign of Cancer

September 29, 2014

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Research Shows Boost in Certain Amino Acids is Sign of Early Cancer

Based on an analysis of blood samples from 1,500 people participating in long-term health studies, biologists found that people with a surge in amino acids known as branched chain amino acids were far more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within one to 10 years. Years before they show any other signs of disease, […]

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MIT Chemists Use Modified Anthrax Toxin to Deliver Cancer Drugs

September 25, 2014

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MIT Chemists Use Anthrax to Deliver Cancer Drugs

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT show that a modified version of the anthrax toxin can be used to deliver antibody drugs to kill cancer cells. Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers […]

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MIT Engineers Develop New Technologies to Battle Superbugs

September 24, 2014

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New Technologies Could Enable Novel Strategies for Combating Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Using a gene-editing system that can disable any target gene, MIT engineers have shown that they can selectively kill bacteria carrying harmful genes that confer antibiotic resistance or cause disease. In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis […]

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New PhenIX Diagnostic Procedure Identifies Genetic Diseases

September 16, 2014

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New Diagnostic Method Identifies Genetic Diseases

A team of scientists has developed a test procedure that significantly increases the prospect of identifying genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms. People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of […]

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Scientists Turn Diseased Cells Against Themselves

September 3, 2014

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Scientists Make Diseased Cells Synthesize Their Own Drug

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have adapted a chemical approach to turn diseased cells into unique manufacturing sites for molecules that could potentially treat a host of conditions in a very selective and precise manner, providing highly specific therapeutics that only act when a disease is present. Jupiter, Florida, September 2, 2014 – In […]

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A New Treatment Approach for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

August 26, 2014

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Potential Therapy for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

A team of scientists from the Department of Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute and University Medical Center Göttingen has discovered a new treatment approach for the hereditary neurological disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A is the most common inherited disease affecting the peripheral nervous system. Researchers from the Department of Neurogenetics […]

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