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Archive for June 8th, 2012

Better Screening For Health Problems Recommended For Female College Athletes

Female athletes, particularly those involved in high level college sports at the NCAA Division I level, are particularly prone to a trio of medical issues called the “female athlete triad.” A new study conducted by sports medicine researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin found there are some possible shortfalls in the methods used to [...]

Metastatic Breast Cancer May Be Slowed By HIV Drug

The HIV drugs known as CCR5 antagonists may also help prevent aggressive breast cancers from metastasizing, researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson suggest in a preclinical study published in a recent issue of Cancer Research. Such drugs target the HIV receptor CCR5, which the virus uses to enter and infect host cells, and [...]

Non-Invasive Genetic Screen During Pregnancy Deciphers Baby’s Genome

Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of a baby in the womb without tapping its protective fluid sac. This non-invasive approach to obtaining the fetal genome is reported in Science Translational Medicine, a journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Maternal blood sampled at about 18 weeks into the pregnancy and a [...]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Benefit From Personalizing Biologic Treatment And It Is Also Cost-Effective

Data presented at EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, demonstrates that tailoring biologic treatment to individual patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can reduce total costs by €2,595,557 per 272 patients over 3 years (95 percentile range -€2,983,760 to -€2,211,755), whilst increasing effectiveness by an average of 3.67 quality-adjusted life years [...]

The Level Of Alcohol Consumption That Is ‘Optimal’ For Health

Scientists from Australia and Oxford University have carried out a complex analysis in an attempt to determine the “optimal” level of alcohol consumption that is associated with the lowest rates of chronic disease in the UK. They conclude that the intake of about one-half of a typical drink per day would result in the healthiest [...]