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Chimeric antigen receptor therapy may be like penicillin for leukemia

Chimeric antigen receptor therapy may be like penicillin for leukemia

May 19, 2013 4:40 am by | 0 Comments

It is vanishingly rare for an experimental treatment to wipe out advanced, recurrent cancer, then keep the disease from coming back.
Yet therapies driven by CARs have been doing exactly that in a small but growing number of blood-cancer patients at the…


Major medical group discourages PSA test

Major medical group discourages PSA test

May 4, 2013 4:23 am by | 0 Comments

In guidelines issued Friday, the American Urological Association recommends against routine PSA testing for men before age 40 or after age 70, men of any age with a life expectancy of less than a decade, or average-risk men ages 40 to 54.
Men 55 to 69, and younger men who…



Philadelphia hospital warns of possible infections

Philadelphia hospital warns of possible infections

April 16, 2013 4:18 am by | 0 Comments

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has notified 51 patients who underwent gastrointestinal procedures that a lapse in infection-control practices may have exposed them to dangerous blood-borne viruses, according to a hospital statement.
Patients were…


Three new devices – sealant, coils, one-way valve – may help emphysema patients

Three new devices – sealant, coils, one-way valve – may help emphysema patients

April 13, 2013 4:33 am by | 0 Comments

Three promising lung-shrinking techniques — coils, one-way valves, and an injectable sealant — are in or near clinical testing at Temple University and other U.S. medical centers. All three methods are already approved in Europe.


Penn Health System says cardiologist Vidya Banka may have implanted unnecessary stents

Penn Health System says cardiologist Vidya Banka may have implanted unnecessary stents

April 4, 2013 4:17 am by | 0 Comments

The University of Pennsylvania Health System on Wednesday announced it had notified federal authorities, state regulators, and patients that a cardiologist may have performed unnecessary stent procedures at a system hospital.
The doctor, Vidya Banka, 7…


DNA test analyzes genes known to contribute to cancer

DNA test analyzes genes known to contribute to cancer

February 4, 2013 9:37 am by | 0 Comments

Embracing the promise of personalized medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center is offering a high-tech DNA test that can identify the genetic mutations driving an individual patient’s cancer.
Other leading medical centers and biotech firms are launching simil…


Genetically engineered T cell treatment puts leukemia in remission for 4 people

Genetically engineered T cell treatment puts leukemia in remission for 4 people

December 10, 2012 7:19 am by | 0 Comments

A 7-year-old named Emily Whitehead has erased any remaining doubts about the power of a University of Pennsylvania gene therapy to eradicate certain blood cancers.
The therapy is personalized using each patient’s immune system “T cells.” Three we…