While the cure rate for Leukemia is high -- not all patients respond equally to the drugs used to treat the disease.
Researchers conducted genetic studies using nearly 500 pediatric patients. They were able to identify over 100 genes that influenced how many cancer cells were left after treatment.
Twenty-one genes were linked to relapse; another 21 genes were associated with a greater response to chemotherapy.
They hope to use this information to prescribe effective chemotherapy regimens for each patient.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.