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Smartphones continue to give us access to all of our needs, including banking, entertainment, connectivity and more.  They will soon help patients take more control of their own medical needs.  Eric Topol describes how they are already being used to take blood-pressure readings and electrocardiograms (ECG's). To read this Wall Street Journal article by Eric Topol, copy and paste:  ...

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Retta Beery posted on January 14, 2015
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation invested approximately $150 million into small BioTech companies over the past 15 years and it has paid off in a way that no one could have ever imagined.  The foundation announced that it received $3.3 billion from selling off their rights to their royalties of the drugs they invested in.  To read more, copy and paste the New York Times articles at:  ...

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Retta Beery posted on January 14, 2015
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The New York Times describes the potential, protective genetic mutations that are sought to help fight disease.  "By understanding how protective mutations work, they hope to develop drugs that mimic them and protect everyone."  To read the entire article, copy and paste: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/29/health/in-a-new-approach-to-fighting-disease-helpful-genetic-mutations-are-sought....

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Retta Beery posted on January 01, 2015
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The NIH has announced their award of $29 million to research for Orphaned Diseases or Rare Diseases.  A disease that affects less than 200,000 Americans is considered rare and there are currently over 30 million people in the US that sufer from a rare disease.  NCATS, National Center for Advancing Translational Science, will lead the effort to tackle these diseases by finding common elem...

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Retta Beery posted on October 09, 2014
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Many scientists are leaving their fields as funding for biomedical research continues to dwindle.  More conservative thinking is safer to get funding and we are losing some "outside of the box" thinking that has led to many breakthroughs in science in the past.  To read more or listen to this NPR piece, copy and paste the following URL:  http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/09/34...

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Retta Beery posted on September 11, 2014
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AbbVie and Calico, a life science company created by Google, are spending $1.5 billion for discovery, development, and treatments for cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and other age-related disorders.  To read more, copy and paste the url from Businessweek's piece:  http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-09-03/google-joins-abbvie-in-1-dot-5-billion-aging-disease-effort

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Retta Beery posted on September 04, 2014
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Fantastic story of a Colorado boy who was wheelchair bound, was finally diagnosed with Dystonia, had a brain implant, and is now walking and functioning!  To read more or see the story, copy and paste this link to your browser:  http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/02/surgery-unlocks-muscles-for-boy-trapped-in-his-own-body/

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Retta Beery posted on September 02, 2014
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I had the honor and privilege to speak at a press conference on Monday, at Rady Children's hospital, where an announcement was made that I believe will save thousands of lives. Ernest Rady has donated $120 million to support an implementation of Genomic medicine at Rady's Children's hospital.  Noah and Alexis were in attendance at the press conference and, as they stood, were the perfect exam...

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Retta Beery posted on August 07, 2014
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There is a new website, funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the pharmaceutical company, Abbvie, that was created to help Parkinson's patients.  Over a million Americans have Parkinson's and they don't feel informed about the disease.  To read more, go to New York Times article:  http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/a-new-resource-about-parkinsons/

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Retta Beery posted on July 31, 2014
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Doctors at the University of California, San Francisco, are using technology called "Next-Generation sequencing" to diagnose patients with infectious disease.  The test works by detecting all the DNA present in clinical samples, instead of targeting a single infectious agent at a time.  This is another great example of the advances being made in sequencing technology and the uses that ar...

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Retta Beery posted on June 13, 2014
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