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JACKSONVILLE, Florida: At the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine here, there is a belief that using stem cells to help people’s bodies repair themselves will be the future of medicine. Which is why a recent decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is “a huge deal,” said…

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida: A nationally known environmental scientist last week told a federal judge there is no doubt radioactive materials and other toxins from Pratt & Whitney’s massive engine manufacturing plant off the Beeline Highway pose a risk to thousands of people who live in The Acreage. Marco Kaltofen,…

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AUGUSTA, Georgia: Of the kids playing and running around the room inside the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, it is impossible to pick out Kaiden Morrell, 9, as the one whose brain harbored a rare and deadly tumor. “He never changed. He was always the same,” said his mother, Shaferriah Bradley…

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Scientists have found clues as to why drinking alcohol increase a person’s cancer risk, according to a study published last week in the scientific journal Nature. Alcohol damages DNA in stem cells, and the study from the United Kingdom shed light on how. When stem cells are damaged, scientists said,…

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BALTIMORE, Maryland: Personal Genome Diagnostics, a Baltimore-based cancer diagnostics company, has raised $75 million to expand access to genomic testing for cancer patients. The Series B financing round was led by pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb and existing investor New Enterprise Associates with contributions from Inova Strategic Investments, Co-win Healthcare Fund,…

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ROXAS CITY, Capiz: Two hundred and forty–four mass blood donations were conducted by Philippine Red Cross–Capiz Chapter for the whole of 2017, which were facilitated by local government units (LGUs), barangay councils, schools, religious and socio–civic groups, media entities and national government agencies. “The year-round voluntary blood donation campaign has occupied…

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MOSCOW, Idaho: Mahatma Ghandi said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” But according to new research from Washington State University (WSU), (very small) pieces of gold and platinum could actually be a key to health for cancer patients in the future. The…

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd announced on Friday that the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will raise the premium contributions of its members starting January. “Magtataas tayo ng [We will raise PhilHealth’s] premium contribution, 0.25 percent, effective January 2018,” Duque said during the Clean Forum held at the Manila Hotel. The…

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Tuberculosis patients may have a quicker way to recover. A new study on mice and tissue cultures suggested that giving vitamin C with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it took these drugs to eradicate this pathogen. The study was published on Thursday in the US journal of…

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota: Researchers at the University of Minnesota (UM) have studied everything from human organ donors to specially grown pigs as sources of insulin-producing islet cells for people with type 1 diabetes who lack them. Now they are testing the transplant of islets from a new source — embryonic stem…

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