2011-01-03 09:25:00

Embattled pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has announced that they will partner with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to help develop a revolutionary new blood test that can detect even a single cancer cell in a blood sample. Dr. Daniel Haber, the chief of MGH's cancer center and co-inventor of the test, told AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione that the test is "like a liquid biopsy," only without the painful tissue sampling so often required by many...

2010-09-13 09:40:00

Researchers at the New York State Department of Health have identified a handful of drugs and antiseptics that could help bats fight off the fungal disease which killed more than a million of them throughout the United States, according to a weekend report from the Associated Press (AP). The disease, which has infected bats from New York to Tennessee to Oklahoma, is known as white-nose syndrome, AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione reported on Sunday. According to Jeremy Coleman of the U.S....

2008-09-28 12:00:13

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press The largest alternative medicine study the government has ever launched has stopped enrolling people while officials investigate whether participants were fully informed of the risks and are being adequately protected. More than 1,500 heart attack survivors are involved in the research, which tests a controversial treatment called chelation. It is mainly used to treat lead poisoning. More than two people have died,...

2008-08-14 09:00:07

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press People with chronic chest pain who are not in big danger of a heart attack now may have even less reason to rush into an artery- opening angioplasty: There's more evidence drugs should be tried first and often are just as effective. The slim early advantage for angioplasty at relieving pain in these nonemergency cases starts to fade within six months and vanishes after three years, according to a new report from a...

2008-07-30 09:00:16

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press CHICAGO For the first time, an experimental drug shows promise for halting the progression of Alzheimer's disease by taking a new approach: breaking up the protein tangles that clog victims' brains. The encouraging results from the drug called Rember, reported Tuesday at a medical conference in Chicago, electrified a field battered by recent setbacks. The drug was developed by Singapore- based TauRx Therapeutics....

2008-07-29 09:00:16

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press CHICAGO A milder type of mental decline that often precedes Alzheimer's disease is alarmingly more common than has been thought , and in men more than women, doctors reported Monday. Nearly a million older Americans slide from normal memory into mild impairment each year, researchers estimate, based on a Mayo Clinic study of Minnesota residents. That's on top of the half-million Americans who develop full- blown...

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