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Big-Data Analysis Points Toward New Drug Discovery Method

A research team led by scientists at UC San Francisco has developed a computational method to systematically probe massive amounts of open-access data to discover new ways to use drugs, including some that have already been approved for other uses. The method enables scientists to bypass the usual experiments in biological specimens and to instead do computational analyses, using open-access ...

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Two Methods to De-identify Large Patient Datasets Greatly Reduced the Risk of Re-identification

PHILADELPHIA — Two de-identification methods, k-anonymization and adding a “fuzzy factor,” significantly reduced the risk of re-identification of patients in a dataset of 5 million patient records from a large cervical cancer screening program in Norway, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Associ​ation for Cancer Research. “Researchers typically get access to de-identified data, that ...

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Scientists unearth cell ‘checkpoint’ that stops allergic diseases

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the regulation of immune cells that play a pivotal role in allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema. They have identified a ‘checkpoint’ manned by these immune cells that, if barred, can halt the development of the lung inflammation associated with allergies.The discovery now provides a potential new ...

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Jurors ask about fraud 'intent' at Martin Shkreli trial; 'pharma bro' reads Warren Buffett biography

Jurors in the Martin Shkreli securities fraud trial on Tuesday asked their first substantive questions to a judge during deliberations, focusing on the size of the assets the “pharma bro” handled. Jurors also asked Judge Kiyo Matsumoto for clarity about the term “fraudulent intent.” Shkreli’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman was smiling broadly in the courtroom in Brooklyn, NY, federal court when ...

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Senator urges Trump to extend key Obamacare subsidies until next year, in bid to stabilize market

The chairman of the Senate’s key health committee urged President Donald Trump to continue making payments on subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income Obamacare plan enrollees, and urged his fellow Republican lawmakers to fund those subsidies through 2018. “Without payment of these cost-sharing reductions Americans will be hurt,” said Senator Lamar Alexander<… Health Care

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Re-training the brain in pain

Psychologists are working on ways to reduce the brain’s sensitivity to pain, with the aim of improving pain management techniques. Dr Melissa Day from The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology is comparing three different non-drug treatments as she seeks to examine how to change the way the brain processes low back pain. The goal is to achieve optimal function and an increased ...

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Potential drug for treating chronic pain with few side effects

Okayama – Researchers at Okayama University describe in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the effect of clodronate on the regulation of adenosine triphosphate release and its potential as a drug for the treatment of chronic pain.  The compound has few side effects and may also be effective for treating other medical conditions including diabetes. Typical drugs for treating chronic ...

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Op-Ed: Trump and the GOP are headed for war. Here's how it will be fought

From the collapse of the health bill to squabbles over congressional investigations, the uneasy marriage between President Donald Trump and the Republican Party seems to be coming undone. There are signs that this isn’t going to be an amicable divorce. It could even devolve into all-out war. If that happens, President Trump has some distinct advantages that go beyond holding ...

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Scientists unearth cell ‘checkpoint’ that stops allergic diseases

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the regulation of immune cells that play a pivotal role in allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema. They have identified a ‘checkpoint’ manned by these immune cells that, if barred, can halt the development of the lung inflammation associated with allergies.The discovery now provides a potential new ...

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