Kenneth Delos Santos

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DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Here's something that might sound strange: There are companies now that print and sell DNA.<p>This trend — which uses the term "print" in the sense of making a bunch of copies speedily — is making particular stretches of DNA much cheaper and easier to obtain than ever before. That excites many …

Genetics

What Is Melatonin And Should You Really Take It For Sleep?

<i>By Zahra Barnes for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>When it comes to living healthy, you know getting enough sleep matters. You can't kill it at work and at the gym if you aren't hitting the sack hard to let your mind and body recuperate. So if you're a tosser-and-turner, your ears might perk up at the mention of …

'Disease is no longer a problem' claims deadly bacteria

In a recent interview, Nigel Farage stated that anti-discrimination laws are no longer needed in the UK, and could in fact lead to further discrimination. Inspired by this stance and logic, investment in healthcare, medical research and hygiene standards have been described as wasteful and outdated …

Public Health

Sequencing your genome is becoming an affordable reality – but at what personal cost?

Genomics is increasingly hailed by many as the turning point in modern medicine. Advances in technology now mean we’re able to make out the full DNA …

Roche Spends $1.03 Billion For Majority Stake In Foundation Medicine

Roche, the world’s largest maker of cancer drugs, is spending $1.03 billion to buy a 56.3% stake in Cambridge, Mass.-based Foundation Medicine, a company that uses genetics to help select drugs for cancer patients. Roche, based in Basel, Switzerland, will also market Foundation’s diagnostic tests …

Biotechnology

Scientists use skin cells to create artificial sperm and eggs

Scientists have made primitive forms of artificial sperm and eggs in a medical feat that could transform the understanding of age-related diseases and fertility problems.<p>Researchers in Cambridge made the early-stage sex cells by culturing human embryonic stem cells under carefully-controlled …

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

It's one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the …

Has Stanford University found a cure for Alzheimer's disease?

A drug which boosts the brain's immune response could prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease<p>Alzheimer's could be prevented and even cured by boosting the brain's own immune response, new research suggests.<p>Researchers at Stanford University discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are …

Dementia

Longer surgeries raise blood clot risk - Futurity

The best way to prevent deadly blood clots may be to avoid long surgeries by splitting up procedures.