Tiny devices made of DNA detect cancer with fewer false alarms

DURHAM, N.C. — A new cancer-detecting tool uses tiny circuits made of DNA to identify cancer cells by the molecular signatures on their surface. Duke University researchers fashioned the simple circuits from interacting strands of synthetic DNA that are tens of thousands of times finer than a human hair. Unlike the circuits in a computer,…

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Do obesity and smoking impact healing after wrist fracture surgery?

Boston, Mass. — Both obesity and smoking can have negative effects on bone health. A recent study led by a team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) examined whether they also impact healing in patients who have undergone surgery for fractures of the wrist, or the distal radius, which are among the most common…

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Ohio State-developed drug receives FDA approval for treatment of CLL and SML

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Nov. 21, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the drug acalabrutinib for first-line therapy in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small cell lymphoma (SCL). This is the first full approval of the targeted drug therapy, which was developed and tested at The Ohio State University…

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Predicting vulnerability to Alzheimer’s disease and delirium

Boston, Mass. — Marked by acute temporary confusion, disorientation and/or agitation, postoperative delirium is the most common post-surgical complication in older adults, striking as many as half of adults older than 65 who undergo high-risk procedures such as cardiac surgery or hip replacements. Postoperative delirium is also tightly linked to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Although each…

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New model for predicting kidney injury after common heart procedure

New Haven, Conn. —A Yale-led group of doctors has developed a new mathematical model that can predict the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients undergoing a common heart procedure. For patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as angioplasty, exposure to contrast agents — material used in the procedure to help…

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Contact lens for childhood myopia coming to the US in 2020

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 21, 2019—CooperVision announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval on Nov. 15, 2019 of its innovative MiSight® 1 day contact lens1. The cornerstone of a comprehensive myopia management approach to be offered by CooperVision, this daily wear, single use contact lens is the first and only FDA-approved…

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Suiting Up for the Impeachment Battle

The fourth presidential impeachment hearings in the history of the United States, whose public phase came to an end on Thursday afternoon in the columned environs of the House Ways and Means Committee hearing room, may have hewed to decorum, but they were a battlefield nonetheless. It was clear in the language, between those who…

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Jim Meehan Has Left PDT, the Influential Bar He Helped Found

The bartender Jim Meehan, a pioneering figure in the craft-cocktail revival, is no longer involved in PDT, the acclaimed East Village speakeasy that he helped found 12 years ago. He confirmed this week that he was forced out of his position as a managing partner, as part of an organizational restructuring in March. “It’s almost…

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Medical News Today: What to know about fissured tongue

A person’s tongue is generally flat and free of significant grooves. Fissured tongue causes a person to develop one or more grooves on the top portion of their tongue. Fissured tongue is neither contagious nor painful. However, other conditions, such as geographic tongue or food caught in the groove, can cause pain. Fissured tongue is…

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