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1. Childhood Leukemia Study Reveals Disease Subtypes, New Treatment

Childhood Leukemia Study Reveals Disease Subtypes, New Treatment Option Date: 20/03/2015A new study of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a blood cancer that primarily affects young children, has revealed that the disease has two distinct subtypes, and provides preliminary evidence that about 13 percent of ALL cases may be successfully treated with targeted drugs that have proved highly effective in the treatment of lymphomas in adults.Usually emerging in children between 2 and 5 years of


2. Hospital patients to be asked about UK residence status

Hospital patients to be asked about UK residence status Date: 13/04/2015Patients could be made to show their passports when they use hospital care in England under new rules introduced by the Department of Health.Those accessing new treatment will be asked questions about their residence status in the UK.Patients may need to submit passports and immigration documents when this is in doubt, the department said.Hospitals will also be able to charge short-term visitors from outside Europe 150%


3. Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise'

Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise' Date: 21/04/2015A mindfulness-based therapy could offer a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a Lancet report suggests.Scientists tested it against anti-depressant pills for people at risk of relapse and found it worked just as well. The therapy trains people to focus their minds and understand that negative thoughts may come and go. In England and Wales doctors are already encouraged to offer it. Patients who


4. Limit paracetamol in pregnancy, say scientists

Limit paracetamol in pregnancy, say scientistsDate: 21/05/2015Pregnant women should be careful when taking paracetamol as long-term use could affect the reproductive health of their sons, a study in mice suggests.University of Edinburgh scientists found the painkiller interrupted the production of testosterone when given for seven days.The hormone is key to the development of male reproductive organs.NHS guidelines say paracetamol should be taken only if necessary in pregnancy and for the shorte


5. Organoid Biobank for Predicting Cancer Patient Response to Drugs

Organoid Biobank for Predicting Cancer Patient Response to DrugsDate: 28/05/2015AMSBIO reports on a study, published inCell (1), that demonstrates the power of organoids to capture, in three dimensions, the multiple mutations that occur in tumours. Organoids, small clusters of cells that accurately mimic the behaviour of human tissue, can be used to test cancer drugs and, eventually, to identify effective personalised treatments for patients.In the described research samples from healthy tissue



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