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Precision medicine guides choice of better drug therapy in severe heart disease

Is personalized medicine cost-effective? University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Nita Limdi, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and colleagues across the United States have answered that question for one medical treatment. Patients experiencing a heart attack—known as a myocardial infarction or an acute coronary syndrome—have sharply diminished blood flow in coronary arteries, with a high risk of heart […]

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Pediatric coronavirus disease (COVID-19) X-ray, CT in review of new lung disorders

Although the clinical symptoms of new pediatric lung disorders such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), swine-origin influenza A (H1N1), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI), and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pneumonia may be nonspecific, some characteristic imaging findings “have emerged or are currently emerging,” according to an open-access […]

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Inhibiting thrombin protects against dangerous infant digestive disease

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a rare inflammatory bowel disease, primarily affects premature infants and is a leading cause of death in the smallest and sickest of these patients. The exact cause remains unclear, and there is no effective treatment. No test can definitively diagnose the devastating condition early, so infants with suspected NEC are carefully monitored […]

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Gene defects linked to eczema, wheeze and nasal disease among babies

A link has been discovered between a common gene defect and eczema, nasal blockage and wheeze among babies as young as six months, according to a new study at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). The research raises new questions about how soon in life these defects could start affecting babies, resulting in serious health problems, and suggests treatment targeted towards children carrying these genetic defects started soon after birth could improve their lives.   The […]

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Researchers pinpoint potential new therapeutic target for eye disease

Multi-disciplinary work led by researchers from Trinity has pinpointed a potential new therapeutic target for treating retinal degeneration. The researchers have discovered that a protein (SARM1) involved in neuronal cell injury may also have a role in the progression of retinal degeneration. The research, involving experts from Trinity’s Schools of Medicine, Biochemisty and Immunology, Genetics […]

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Oncologists, patients weigh treatment and coronavirus risk: ‘Cancer is a disease that does not wait.’

As the coronavirus pandemic intensified, so did Catherine Payne’s strategies for avoiding infection while undergoing chemotherapy. The 33-year-old Chicago woman was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in November and began treatment soon after, suppressing her immune system. What started as avoiding the gym, air travel and limiting contact with anyone who felt ill turned […]