US patient advocacy groups received majority of pharma donations in multi-country study

A new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers found that U.S.-based patient advocacy organizations received a disproportionate amount of contributions made by the world’s 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in 2016. The study assessed contributions to patient advocacy groups in seven countries and the United Kingdom and found that U.S.-based patient advocacy…

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Scientists unravel genetic basis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Finns

One third of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cases in Finland are caused by one of the four major mutations, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital shows. Overall, 40% of patients carried a specific or a likely mutation causing the disease, and 20% were carriers of a rare gene mutation whose…

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New 2019 guidelines for patients with atrial fibrillation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- February 22, 2019 — Nearly 3 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is described as quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With increasing lifespan and increasing prevalence of risk factors such as obesity, experts believe the number of people living with AFib will increase at an exponential rate in the next…

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Illinois researchers are first to count growth factors in single cells

IMAGE: The breast cancer cells’ nuclei are illuminated (blue) by quantum dots and individual EGF growth factors appear as red spots. view more  Credit: University of Illinois Department of Bioengineering Whether healthy or diseased, human cells exhibit behaviors and processes that are largely dictated by growth factor molecules, which bind to receptors on the cells. For…

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Disability progression in multiple sclerosis linked to income, education

IMAGE: North Vancouver resident Marilyn Lenzen, who was diagnosed with MS nearly two decades ago, hopes that everyone with MS, regardless of their socioeconomic status, has access to the same lifestyle… view more  Credit: Courtesy Marilyn Lenzen Neighbourhood income and education level is associated with risk of disability progression in patients with multiple sclerosis, suggests new…

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Study explores the role of citrus peel in reducing gut inflammation

IMAGE: Professor Xiao, Clydesdale Scholar of Food Science, was named in 2018 among the world’s most highly cited researchers by Clarivate Analytics, owner of Web of Science. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Hang Xiao, Clydesdale Scholar of Food Science, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health…

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Less burnout seen among US physicians, Stanford researcher says

The epidemic levels of physicians reporting burnout dropped modestly in 2017, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association. «Physicians remain at increased risk for burnout relative to workers in other fields, but there is some good news,» said Tait Shanafelt, MD,…

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Treatment to a T? Taking a ‘BiTE’ out of lung cancer

IMAGE: The team measured the T-lymphocyte cytotoxicity against tumor cell lines using a molecule that binds to both T lymphocytes and tumor cell lines. view more  Osaka, Japan — Immune cells called T cells are key components in the fight against cancer when it arises in the body. However, they sometimes struggle to recognize cancerous cells…

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