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The first genetic test to aid in the diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome

February 26, 2020 – Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder characterized by mild-to-moderate intellectual disability.The average IQ in males is under 55, while about two thirds of females are intellectually disabled. Physical features may include a long and narrow face,

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The PI3K inhibitor Alpelisib (Piqray) for progressing breast cancer in women (and men)

May 30, 2019 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Alpelisib (Piqray) to be used in combination with the FDA-approved endocrine therapy fulvestrant, to treat postmenopausal women, and men, with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative,

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New treatments for multiple sclerosis and inflammatory arthritis approved

March 31, 2019 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved  drugs for two rather problematic neurological conditions, namely multiple sclerosis (i.e., Cladribine (Mavenclad)) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (i.e., Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia)), offering patients with these conditions urgently need additional therapy options. FDA approves new oral treatment for multiple sclerosis

The FDA approved Cladribine (Mavenclad) tablets to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS ) in adults,

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Living theragenomic medicine: Direct to consumer test for metabolism of drugs FDA approved

November 08, 2018 –  The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just authorized the first direct-to-consumer test for detecting genetic variants in genes that may govern the metabolism of drugs in individual patients.

Thus, FDA permits marketing, with special controls,

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Ivosidenib (Tibsovo) for AML-patients with IDH1-mutations

July 22, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Ivosidenib (Tibsovo) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation in the IDH1 gene.  

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Erenumab-Aooe (Aimovig): Novel preventive treatment for migraine approved

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Olaparib Tablets (Lynparza): For breast cancer with BRCA gene mutation

January 13, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first treatment for breast cancer with a certain inherited genetic mutation. At first glance, this announcement may be just one in the series of announcements by the FDA on new drug approvals.

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FDA-cleared genomic profiling tests to guide cancer treatment

December 25, 2017 – The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two genetic tests to identify genetic alterations in tumors.  The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) genomic test and the MSK-IMPACT Tumor Profiling test both can help to guide physicians in clinical trial enrollment and in cancer treatment.

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Treatment for the rare genetic disorder MPS VII approved

November 17, 2017 – The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just approved  Vestronidase alfa-vjb (Mepsevii),  the first treatment for pediatric and adult patients with the inherited metabolic condition called mucopolysaccharidosis type VII (MPS VII), also known as Sly syndrome.

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The first gene therapy FDA approved in the US

September 3, 2017 – For a very first time, the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a gene therapy for the United States (US) in that it approved CAR T-cell therapy to treat certain children and young adults with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-cell ALL).

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  • Epigenomic platform detects early-stage pancreatic cancer October 21, 2020
    Bluestar Genomics has published study results in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications demonstrating the power of the company's platform to detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages, addressing the unmet need of more than 60,000 patients diagnosed with the disease each year in the United States alone. The epigenomic platform analyzes a simple blood draw […]
  • Study reveals restoration of retinal and visual function following gene therapy October 19, 2020
    A breakthrough study, led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, results in the restoration of retinal and visual functions of mice models suffering from inherited retinal disease.
  • Scientists map the human proteome October 19, 2020
    Twenty years after the release of the human genome, the genetic "blueprint" of human life, an international research team, including the University of British Columbia's Chris Overall, has now mapped the first draft sequence of the human proteome.
  • The line of succession in neuron function October 19, 2020
    A specific region of messenger RNAs, the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR), plays an important role for cells to function properly. During embryonic development, 3'UTRs in hundreds of RNAs lengthen exclusively in neurons, which is crucial for the cells of the brain to function properly. The lab of Valérie Hilgers at the Max Planck Institute of […]
  • Pinpointing the 'silent' mutations that gave the coronavirus an evolutionary edge October 16, 2020
    We know that the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 crisis lived harmlessly in bats and other wildlife before it jumped the species barrier and spilled over to humans.
  • Gut hormone blocks brain cell formation and is linked to Parkinson's dementia October 21, 2020
    A gut hormone, ghrelin, is a key regulator of new nerve cells in the adult brain, a Swansea-led research team has discovered. It could help pave the way for new drugs to treat dementia in patients with Parkinson's Disease.
  • ASTRO issues clinical guideline on radiation therapy for rectal cancer October 21, 2020
    A new clinical guideline from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) provides guidance for physicians who use radiation therapy to treat patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. Recommendations outline indications and best practices for pelvic radiation treatments, as well as the integration of radiation with chemotherapy and surgery for stage II-III disease. The guideline, […]
  • New drug that can prevent the drug resistance and adverse effects October 21, 2020
    A research team in Korea is garnering attention for having developed an anticancer drug that could potentially prevent drug resistance. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that a team of researchers led by Dr. Kwang-meyung Kim at the Theragnosis research center successfully developed a cancer-specific anticancer drug precursor that can prevent the […]
  • Updated CPR guidelines tackle health disparities management of opioid-related emergencies and physical, emotional recovery October 21, 2020
    Updated CPR guidelines address health disparities and the management of opioid-related emergencies as well; early bystander and AED intervention remains key to survival.The Chain of Survival has been expanded to include a recovery link, which emphasizes physical, social, and emotional needs of patients and their caregivers after survivors leave the hospital.CPR training to now include […]
  • COVID-19 patients with spinal fractures are twice as likely to die October 21, 2020
    Patients with COVID-19 and vertebral fractures are twice as likely to die from the disease, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
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