Genomic & Biopharma News

Newborns with low levels of vitamin D may more likely develop multiple sclerosis in later life
Babies born with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life than babies with higher levels of vitamin D, according to a study published in the November 30, 2016, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 02:38:31

MSBI surgeons perform first endoscopic transoral thyroidectomy in New York
A team of surgeons at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, led by William B. Inabnet III, MD, the Eugene W. Friedman, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chair for the Department of Surgery at MSBI and Chief of Endocrine Surgery Quality for the Mount Sinai Health System, have performed the first endoscopic transoral thyroidectomy in New York, and one of the first of its kind in the nation.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 02:28:14

Type 2 diabetes drug may someday help combat breast and ovarian cancers
A drug used now to treat Type 2 diabetes may someday help beat breast and ovarian cancers, but not until researchers decode the complex interactions that in some cases help promote tumors, according to Rice University scientists.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 02:24:31

Experts use MRI scans to investigate heart function of kidney patients during dialysis treatment
Experts in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and kidney disease have carried out the first ever scans to study the heart function of kidney patients while they are having dialysis treatment.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 02:20:26

IQWiG finds both hint of benefit and harm from corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus
In patients with keratoconus the cornea of the eye begins to bulge. So-called corneal collagen cross-linking aims to halt this process. In this procedure, the cornea is stiffened through locally applied vitamin B2 in combination with UVA radiation.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 01:55:29

Researchers create new method to analyze big data for better predictions
Researchers at Princeton, Columbia and Harvard have created a new method to analyze big data that better predicts outcomes in health care, politics and other fields.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 01:47:46

Study identifies underlying cause for overgrowths in lower extremities of morbidly obese patients
Morbidly obese individuals--those whose weight is more than double normal weight--are prone to overgrowths in their lower extremities that can lead to infections and other health-threatening complications.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 01:42:45

PCSK9 and HMGCR genetic variations that lower bad cholesterol affect risk of cardiovascular events
In a new study published in the December 1, 2016 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a collaboration of international researchers, studied variants in the genes encoding HMGCR and PCSK9 that affect cholesterol levels, and found that variants that lowered LDL (or "bad") cholesterol in each gene were associated with nearly identical protective effects on the risk of cardiovascular events per unit reduction in LDL cholesterol.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 01:38:19

Scientists synthesize antitumor compound to combat chemoresistant cancer
A team of scientists from N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, N. K. Kol'tsov Institute of Developmental Biology of the RAS, and Immune Pharmaceuticals LLC led by MIPT's Prof. Alexander Kiselyov has synthesized an antitumor compound that could be used to fight chemoresistant cancer.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2016-12-01 01:29:11