This week in medicine: 25 September – 1 October 2017

1. Genetic testing can determine a safer dose for Warfarin, a common blood thinner.

Summary: http://biosky.co/genetic-testing-can-…

Original study: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/…

 

2. Researchers compared the safety and effectiveness of different cognitive enhancers for Alzheimer’s Disease

Summary: http://biosky.co/researchers-compared…

Original study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10…

 

3. A new marker for Chronic Traumatic Encelopathy (CTE) was identified. It may allow diagnosis while the sufferer is still alive.

Summary: http://biosky.co/a-new-marker-for-chr…

Original study: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/arti…

 

4. Transplants derived from stem cells could replenish red blood cells and was useful in treating severe anaemia in mice

Summary: http://biosky.co/transplants-derived-…

Original study: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/4…

 

5. Editing a single base in a gene repaired a blood disorder called beta-thalassaemia in cultured human embryo

Summary: http://biosky.co/gene-editing-repaire…

Original study: https://link.springer.com/article/10….

 

6. The FDA approved Verzenio, a new treatment for metastatic breast cancers

Summary: http://biosky.co/the-fda-approved-ver…

FDA Announcement: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsro…

Original studies:

ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.2017.73.7585

http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org…

 

7. The FDA approved the first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults that don’t require a fingerprick.

Summary: http://biosky.co/the-fda-approved-the…

FDA Announcement: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsro…

Original study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…

 

 

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About Rina Soetanto

Rina Soetanto is currently doing her PhD in molecular biology. She also has an extensive background in pharmacology and pre-clinical cancer research, as well as an undergraduate science degree from the Australian National University with a double major in neuroscience and immunology.

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