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Blocking a Gene Reduces Fat

By blocking the expression of a certain gene in patients, University of Montreal researchers have contributed to the demonstration of great decreases in the concentration of triglycerides in their blood, even in various severe forms of hypertriglyceridemia and regardless of the base values or the treatment the patient usually receives.

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Mild Hypothermia in Deceased Organ Donors Significantly Improves Organ Function in Kidney Transplant Recipients

Mild hypothermia in deceased organ donors significantly reduces delayed graft function in kidney transplant recipients when compared to normal body temperature, according to UCSF researchers and collaborators, a finding that could lead to an increase in the availability of kidneys for transplant.

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CAP Releases 2015 Accreditation Checklists

.The College of American Pathologists (CAP) released on July 28, 2015, enhanced Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists, used in the accreditation inspection process to help laboratories meet the CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS) requirements. The CMS REAPPROVED the CAP's accreditation program in April, deeming the CAP meets or exceeds Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments requirements.

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Seniors Get Mental Health Drugs at Twice the Rate of Younger Adults, but See Psychiatrists Less

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Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health drugs at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, but they’re much less likely to be getting their mental health care from a psychiatrist, a new study shows. Some seniors could be at risk of problems caused interactions between drugs.

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@ GUMedCenter Cardiologist Warns, High-Salt Diet Possible Even if You Don’t Touch a #Salt Shaker. #Highbloodpressure

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Prescription for Medical Students: A Day at the Art Museum?

With the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, understanding their care is vital for doctors. Yet medical students often just learn the facts and may only see people with advanced disease who are at the hospital or nursing home. A study shows a new way to help medical students learn about the disease—at the art museum.

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NYU’s Bluestone Center Receives a $369,250 High Priority, Short-Term Project Award from NIDCR to Study Oral Cancer Pain

The proposed studies are designed to test whether nonviral gene delivery into the oral cancer could be used to treat cancer pain effectively and safely.

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Medical Tip Sheet from Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai's July tip sheet includes story ideas about gene editing, a summer stem cell program for high school students, sudden cardiac arrest in African-Americans, and a "wrist watch" type device that is helping to track the movements of Parkinson's disease patients.

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Targeted Therapy Shows Effectiveness Against a Subtype of the Brain Tumor Medulloblastoma

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A subset of medulloblastoma tumors briefly stopped growing or disappeared entirely during treatment with vismodegib; St. Jude Children’s Hospital led the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium trials in children and adults.

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Next Generation Gene Therapy for Fanconi Anemia Disorder Using CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technology–-Does This Approach Open Doors for Treating Other Rare Diseases?

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., discusses how gene therapy, specifically gene editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9 signals hope for Fanconi anemia and other blood diseases.