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Biologists Develop Add-On Pad To make Defibrillators More Effective

Researchers team with bioengineering students created an add-on for automated external defibrillators aka AEDs that literally punches through the skin to help deliver a jolt to a person in cardiac arrest. The skin presents a formidable barrier to life-saving defibrillators, but a team of students from Rice University believes it has found a way around that problem. The students developed a needle-laden pad that can be pressed through both a flexible AED pad and the skin to overcome the skin's typical impedance of around 500-kiloohms per square centimeter.

A New Therapy Effective For NRAS Mutant Melanoma

According to study, researchers have identified a novel therapeutic vulnerability in NRAS mutant melanoma and an effective strategy to address it, using a combination of two clinically relevant inhibitors.NRAS mutant melanoma represents about 25% of melanoma cases. The prognosis for patients is poor because NRAS mutant melanoma is aggressive and resistant to most therapies. Also, development of secondary NRAS mutations represents a mechanism of acquired resistance to targeted therapies. The study was published online in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

Dasatinib Now Approved For Paediatric Leukemia

A drug called dasatinib was found to be safe and effective for children with chronic myeloid leukemia, according to a clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Based on the findings, the drug has been approved by the FDA.

Patients With Diabetes Protesting Insulin Prices

Researchers demonstrated against the high cost of insulin in the United States held in the capital this past weekend. Physicians joined patients with diabetes and other activists protest, it was held on April 8, was organized by the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots activist group of clinicians, patients, and other stakeholders dedicated to making "health care institutions accountable to communities and put patients, not profits, at the heart of health care."