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Medical Genetics

Gene Therapy Cassettes Improved For Muscular Dystrophy

Experimental gene therapy cassettes for Duchenne muscular dystrophy have been modified to deliver better performance. The cassettes, which carry the therapy into muscle cells, contain newer versions of a miniaturized treatment gene. The micro-dystrophin, as the treatment is called, has been restructured to enhance its functionality. Revamped versions The revamped versions are develope and tests…

Developmental biology

Stem Cell Growth: By Tropoelastin Protein

Tropoelastin, the raw material used to create ‘MeTro’ elastic surgical glue developed with the University of Sydney, found to encourage stem cell growth—with the potential to ultimately help the body repair itself. Stem cells are vital for therapeutic treatments to repair and build human tissue including skin and muscles. Researchers are constantly looking for ways to make stem…

Hospital

Quality of Patient Care And Physician-Hospital Integration

In an age of increased integration between physicians and hospitals, regulators should continue to scrutinize proposed hospital mergers and take steps to maintain competition, according to a new paper by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “Weighing the Effects of Vertical Integration Versus Market Concentration on Hospital Quality” was co-authored by Marah…

Astronauts

Astronauts Expose To High Levels Of Ionizing Radiation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aims to launch a manned mission to Mars during the 2030s—a mission that will help advance our society socially, politically, and technologically. To stay within this range of acceptable risk; NASA must ensure that astronauts will expose to the lowest doses of radiation possible; by taking precautions such as meticulously…

Anesthesiology

Asleep-Awake Asleep Anesthesia Technique For Brain

The asleep-awake-asleep technique and laryngeal mask airway (LMA) is a common general anesthesia technique for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. However, the LMA is not always the ideal artificial airway. In this report, we presented our experiences with nasotracheal intubation-extubation-intubation (IEI) and techniques in DBS surgery for Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients to meet the needs…

Pathogenesis

Tick-borne Infections: People Tolerate More Easily

Tomsk scientists have conducted a study to identify the characteristics of the course of tick-borne infections and their consequences among residents of several Siberian regions. The findings suggest that the indigenous peoples of the North, and the sixth- and eighth-generation descendants of Siberians more easily tolerate, and recover more quickly from; infection with tick-borne encephalitis (TBE),…

Health policy in India

Health Study Flags Insurance Holes: In India

A three-state study has found that India’s government-funded or private health insurance schemes; that pay for hospitalisation have not adequately protected households from catastrophic health expenditures; and rekindled the debate on how to achieve universal health care. The study that examined sample households in Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh; found 28 per cent of insured…

Hormone Concentrations In Pregnancy

Mother's Weight Affect Hormone Concentrations In Pregnancy

Hormone concentrations during early fetal development that may affect the child’s development and increase the mother’s risk for breast and ovarian cancer years later are significantly affected by maternal age; body mass index and race rather than lifestyle, according to a Rutgers study. The researchers looked at the concentrations of estrogens and testosterone in 548 healthy…

Exercising regularly

Exercising Regularly Linked To Better Eating Habits

In the latest evidence that it’s worth sticking to your health-focused New Year’s resolutions, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have found that exercising regularly is linked to better eating habits. The new study, published this week in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at 2,680 young adults who were not exercising regularly or…

AIDS protein

Immune Response: HIV-1 Protein Suppresses

Scientists have revealed how a protein produced by HIV-1 plays a broader role in suppressing the immune system’s response to infection than previously thought. Their findings could help inform more effective treatment strategies for HIV, including those aimed at activating the dormant virus in patients before subsequently eliminating it. The study, published in eLife, comes from…

Fenspiride

EU Panel Recommends Fenspiride Suspension Because of Heart Risks

The potential for medicines containing fenspiride to cause QT prolongation and torsades de pointes has promoted the European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) to recommend suspending use of the drug in Europe for now. “The suspension is a precautionary measure to protect patients while the PRAC reviews the risk of QT prolongation and torsades de…

Medical BillsMedical Bills

Curbing Surprise Medical Bills Percolate With Rare Bipartisan Push

Surrounded by patients who told horror stories of being stuck with hefty bills; President Donald Trump recently waded into a widespread health care; problem for which almost everyone even those with insurance is at risk: surprise medical billing. Trump’s declaration that taming unexpected bills would be a top priority for his administration echoed through; the halls…