New precision medicine procedure fights cancer, advances treatment for pets and humans

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists at the University of Missouri have helped advance a patient-specific, precision medicine treatment for bone cancer in dogs. By creating a vaccine from a dog’s own tumor, scientists worked with ELIAS Animal Health to target specific cancer cells and avoid the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, while also opening the…

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A ‘compelling call’ for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety

IMAGE: This is Kavita Parikh, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s National Health System, and senior author of the invited commentary; Lead Author Shilpa J. Patel M.D., MPH, emergency medicine specialist;… view more  Paradoxically, as overall firearm ownership decreased in U.S. households with young children from 1976 to 2016, the proportion of these families who owned…

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Study examines long-term opioid use in patients with severe osteoarthritis

New research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology, reveals that prescription opioids are commonly used long-term to treat pain in older patients with severe osteoarthritis. The study also found substantial statewide variation in rates of treatment with long-term opioid therapy for osteoarthritis, which was not fully explained…

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Rutgers researchers highlight need for more smoking cessation programs in state prisons

Inmates want to quit smoking but don’t have access to smoking cessation programs in state prisons, increasing the risk – especially among black male inmates — of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other smoking-related diseases, according to Rutgers researchers. In a study published in Health Psychology Open, researchers examined smoking behaviors and characteristics of 169…

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Experimental Zika test under development with Texas Biomed and national collaborators

IMAGE: This is Jean Patterson, Ph.D., Texas Biomed Professor. view more  Credit: Texas Biomed San Antonio, Texas (January 28, 2019) – A collaboration of scientists including Professor Jean Patterson, Ph.D., of Texas Biomedical Research Institute, is working on a new way to detect Zika virus that will help guide clinicians in their treatment of patients with…

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