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Cumbersome blood cancer treatment can be postponed

It’s possible to postpone the introduction of blood transfusions for an average of 17 months for patients with the low-risk variant of MDS blood cancer, provided they are given erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA), which stimulate the body to produce red blood cells, according to a dissertation at Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden. “Traditional treatment has not called for […]

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New research heralds a blood test for drowsy driving

During this unique study from the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey, led by Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, 36 participants skipped one night of sleep. During this 40-hour period of sleep deprivation, blood samples were taken and changes in the expression levels of thousands of genes were measured. A machine learning algorithm identified a […]

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Blood test can tell police if you’re too tired to drive

Scientists develop blood test which can tell police if you’re too tired to drive – and employers if you’re too drowsy for duty Blood test could soon help police identify drivers who are too tired to drive Could also help employers assess staff’s fitness for duty, according to researchers Scientists enrolled 36 healthy adults to study […]

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Newly formed blood vessels may contribute to eye disease

Newly formed blood vessels may be cracks in the barrier between the bloodstream and the eye, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A novel experiment led by Jing Jin, MD, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension and senior author […]

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Blood cancer patients benefit from breakthrough genetic testing service

Cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology has been used by QUT researchers at the new Australian Translational Genomics Centre (ATGC) to identify genetic mutations in 100 patients with blood cancers, with this testing providing clinically important information to doctors about prognosis and likely treatment responses for the majority of patients. Launched in July last year, the ATGC […]

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High blood pressure? Turn up your thermostat

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects more than 100 million adults in the United States. Though hypertension rarely produces significant symptoms, it increases the risk that other more serious problems may develop, such as stroke and heart attack. High blood pressure is increasingly prevalent and lays the groundwork for significant and potentially life-changing health outcomes. […]

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Triple Combo Blood Pressure Pill Can Improve BP Control

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 — Treatment with a pill combining low doses of three antihypertensive drugs results in an increased proportion of patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension achieving their target blood pressure (BP), according to a study published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Ruth Webster, Ph.D., from the […]