Prostate Drugs May Raise Diabetes Risk

Two commonly used drugs for treating an enlarged prostate may increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Benign prostate hypertrophy, or B.P.H., may cause difficulty in urinating or increased frequency and urgency of urination. A study published in BMJ examined the use of two similar drugs often prescribed for the condition, finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride…

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New book on next-generation sequencing in medicine from CSHL Press

IMAGE: DNA molecules on an abstract technology-based background, illustrating the applications of biochemistry and genetic theory. view more  Credit: Artwork credited to vector artist whiteMocca and reprinted with permission from Shutterstock (ID: 663251594). Cold Spring Harbor, NY — Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) announced the release of Next-Generation Sequencing in Medicine, available on its website…

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A mother lode of protection

Between 60 and 95 percent of adults worldwide are infected with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) or both. For the vast majority, these infections are nothing more than a periodic nuisance, causing cold sores or genital lesions. But for newborns, these viruses can have devastating consequences: severe damage to the…

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Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center announces $200K Challenge winners

BOSTON — Entrepreneurs developing new technologies to treat blood clots, congestive heart failure, incontinence and more were the big winners at the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center $200,000 Challenge, an annual pitch competition that showcases cutting-edge innovations in the medical-device and biotech fields. The center, known as M2D2, is a partnership between UMass Lowell and…

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Behavioral disorders in kids with autism linked to reduced brain connectivity

More than a quarter of children with autism spectrum disorder are also diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders. For the first time, Yale researchers have identified a possible biological cause: a key mechanism that regulates emotion functions differently in the brains of the children who exhibit disruptive behavior. The study appears in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience…

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