Scientists Use HIV to ‘Cure’ 2 Rare Genetic Diseases

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From Drugs.com Turning a medical foe into a therapeutic friend, Italian scientists say they used a piece of HIV to cure two rare genetic diseases affecting children. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Gene therapy using the technique proved effective in three children with metachromatic leukodystrophy and three others with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. After three years of treatment, all of …

New drug treats breast cancer

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The Walter And Eliza Hall Institute Breast cancer researchers Dr Delphine Merino, Dr François Vaillant, Professor Geoff Lindeman, Professor Jane Visvader and colleagues have shown that BH3-mimetic anti-cancer compounds were effective in treating aggressive breast cancers when combined with a conventional chemotherapy drug. Melbourne researchers have discovered that anti-cancer compounds currently in clinical trials for some types of leukaemia could …

Could Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain?

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From Drugs.com Artificial sweeteners appear to disturb the body’s ability to count calories and, as a result, diet foods and drinks may wind up encouraging weight gain rather than weight loss, an expert contends. These sweeteners may also increase the risk of health problems like heart disease and diabetes, some evidence suggests. In an opinion piece published July 10 in …

Glaucoma Screening Not for Everyone: Experts

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From Drugs.com Not enough evidence exists to recommend that primary-care doctors screen for glaucoma in adults who do not have vision problems, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Although there are many new treatments for glaucoma, the task force concluded there is too little evidence available to determine how best to screen for and diagnose glaucoma in adults …

‘Obamacare’ Individual Mandate Stands: What You Need to Know Before October

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As posted on Healthline.com Written by Brian Krans The Department of Health and Human Services has redesigned its website to walk people through healthcare changes they’ll encounter under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act beginning in October. After years of debate, pandering, lawsuits, and grumbling, the mandatory coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as …

The truth about guar gum

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From KevinMD.com It is increasingly difficult to find real ice cream.  When reading the ingredient list it is discouraging how many cheap fillers, consistency modifiers, and shelf life extenders are included.  One ingredient, namely guar gum, seems fairly ubiquitous.  So what is guar gum, and why is it found in so many products including ice cream?  Is it “bad” to …

Risk Of Breast Cancer Recurrence After Tamoxifen Treatment Predicted By Biomarker

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From Medical News Today A biomarker reflecting expression levels of two genes in tumor tissue may be able to predict which women treated for estrogen-receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer should receive a second estrogen-blocking medication after completing tamoxifen treatment. In their report published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center investigators describe finding …

The tension between oncology and palliative care

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From KevinMD.com One of the benefits of being an oncologist is that, as a rule, people appreciate our work.  That does not mean they want to hear about our day, and the response when someone learns my vocation is rarely, “Hey, that’s sounds like fun!” Nonetheless, at least there is a modicum of respect.  However, I found a group of …

CDC: Prescription Painkillers More Lethal Than Cocaine and Heroin

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From Healthline.com The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing a 415 percent rise in the rate of fatal painkiller overdoses in women from 1999 to 2010. To find some of the most potent and potentially lethal drugs in the country, many people need look no further than their own medicine cabinets. The number of prescription …

Ice Pops Interfered With Hospital Patient’s Lab Tests: Report

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From Drugs.com Physicians should be aware that frozen ice pops — a common treat in hospitals — can fool tests designed to detect a fungal infection that threatens people with an weakened immune system, researchers report. In France, a stem cell-transplant recipient was wrongly treated for the infection because of false positive test results. Later, researchers tested three brands of …