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1. Organoid Biobank for Predicting Cancer Patient Response to Drugs

Organoid Biobank for Predicting Cancer Patient Response to Drugs Date: 01/06/2015AMSBIO 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 behavior 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 ti


2. Mental health issues placing strain on employers

Mental health issues placing strain on employers Date: 26/06/2015COMPANIES are failing to deal with rising levels of mental health and stress-related problems in the workplace, according to a new study.The survey reveals that while sickness absence remains relatively low, there is growing concern about employees suffering from stress and mental health issues.The EEF manufacturers’ organisation said its research revealed that only one in ten companies provided training on mental health


3. Brain atlas could help diagnose Alzheimer’s

Brain atlas could help diagnose Alzheimer’s Date: 26/06/2015The atlas could aid diagnosis by comparing patients’ MRI scans with a map of the healthy ageing brain.Most existing MRI atlases are based on the brains of young and middle-aged people, which don’t reflect the normal changes that take place in the brain as we age, the team says.University researchers constructed a detailed atlas of the human brain using MRI scans from more than 130 healthy people aged 60 or over.Th


4. New test could predict arthritis drug failure in patients

New test could predict arthritis drug failure in patients Date: 06/07/2015A study of 311 patients by The University of Manchester has found that it may be possible to predict early which rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients will fail to respond to the biologic drugs given to treat them. These findings could help better manage patients’ symptoms.RA is a chronic disease which affects up to 1.5% of the population.  It is a significant health burden for patients, who can experience pai


5. Doctors urge 20p tax on sugary drinks to fund low-price fruit and vege

Doctors urge 20p tax on sugary drinks to fund low-price fruit and vegetables Date: 13/07/2015Unhealthy soft drinks should be hit with a 20p sugar tax as a “useful first step” towards the long-term goal of taxing a wide range of products that fuel obesity, doctors’ leaders are urging.The British Medical Association (BMA) said imposing the tax could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK by around 180,000 people.The money raised from the tax could be used to subsidise ch



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