gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)

Study shows strong long-term survival rates for patients with GIST

Nine years ago, SWOG researchers confirmed a new standard of care for patients with incurable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), who could survive by being treated with imatinib mesylate, the breakthrough drug marketed as Gleevec....
therapeutic antibodies

Powerful RNA-based Technology Could Help Shape The Future Of Therapeutic Antibodies

PHILADELPHIA--Using antibodies to treat disease has been one of the great success stories of early 21st-century medicine. Already five of the ten top-selling pharmaceuticals in the United States are antibody products. But antibodies are...
Alzheimer's Drug

Alzheimer’s Drug Donepezil Prescribed Off-label Could Pose Risk For Some

FINDINGS Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. UCLA School of Nursing researchers discovered that for...
Testosterone Therapy

Trials Of Testosterone Therapy In Older Men Report Mixed Results

In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone therapy improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, according to...
clinical assay

Clinical Assays Break New Ground in Oncology

Two novel imaging agents and 6 clinical assays for use in cancer care gained the FDA’s approval in 2016, marking advances in the diagnostic field during a relatively slow year for new oncology drugs. The...
Fetus

The Science Behind When Two Fetuses Become One

Last week, the global news outlets reported a case of a baby boy born in India with two penises and four legs. The patient was successfully operated on to remove the anomalous duplications (aka...
painkillers

Painkillers Without Dangerous Side Effects

Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have discovered a new way of developing painkillers. The team of researchers used computational simulation to analyze interactions at opioid receptors - the cell's docking sites for painkillers....
zika

Zika Virus Can Trigger Epilepsy

Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 48 babies...
Depression

Depression puts psoriasis patients at significantly greater risk of psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis is a lifelong disease that is associated with significant cosmetic and physical disability and puts patients at increased risk for many major medical disorders. A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of...
plastic surgery

New Plastic Surgery Statistics Reveal Focus On Face And Fat

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that Americans want to put their best face and body forward as their annual plastic surgery procedural statistics...