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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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Vemurafenib (Zelboraf) for BRAF V600E positive Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD)

Dezember 21, 2017 – Erdheim–Chester disease ((ECD), also known as Erdheim–Chester syndrome or polyostotic sclerosing histiocytosis) is a form of a bone marrow borne blood cancer. It is a rare disease characterized by the abnormal multiplication of a specific type of white blood cells called histiocytes,

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Cancer is not like cancer: Ethnic background matters

November 24, 2017 – New research indicates that one-size treatment for one form of blood cancer likely does not fit all, particularly when it comes to ethnic differences of patients.  Thus, African-American men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma,

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Theragenomic medicine: Accurate treatment response prediction in depressed patients

November 05, 2017 – For some patients knowingly or not knowingly suffering from depression, the upcoming period of the year (i.e., the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere) with grey days and over-porportionally long nights, might be a difficult one. Should such patients enter a antidepressant treatment,

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Besponsa: Is this really a viable new treatment for ALL?

August 18, 2017 – B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a aggressive and rapidly progressing type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many B-cell lymphocytes, an immature type of white blood cell. In the United States, the National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 5,970 people will be diagnosed with B-cell ALL this year and approximately 1,440 will die from the disease.

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Development of a patient education video about pharmacogenetics

June 16, 2017 – Patient education in pharmacogenetics, the central component of theragenomic and personalized medicine and individualized drug safety is an important issue. Not only needs the individual patient to understand what pharmacogenetics, or more precisely, pharmacogenetic testing can do for him in the process of

selection of the “right”

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Biomarker-guided Larotrectinib for all cancer types?

June 09, 2017 –  It’s only a couple of days that the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved for the first time a cancer treatment for any solid tumor, irrespective of the tumor’s original location, as long as the targeted tumor is carrying a specific genetic feature (i.e.,

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First cancer treatment for any solid tumor with MSI-H or dMMR approved

May 24, 2917 – The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just approved a major extension of the clinical indications for Pembrolizumab (Keytruda). For the first time,  a cancer treatment has been approved for any solid tumor, irrespective of the tumor’s original location, as long as the targeted tumor is carrying a specific genetic feature (i.e.,

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LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay: New entry in the field of companion tests

 

April 30, 2017 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Midostaurin (Rydapt) for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who carry particular genetic mutations in the FLT3 (CD135) gene,

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  • Genes, the social environment, and adolescent smoking September 17, 2019
    Adolescence is a time of dramatic change. It marks a period of significant physical transformation—such as the drive toward sexual maturity. But it can also be a time of considerable psychological change and social experimentation.
  • Cause of rare, fatal disorder in young children pinpointed September 17, 2019
    Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis appear to have solved a decades-long mystery regarding the precise biochemical pathway leading to a fatal genetic disorder in children that results in seizures, developmental regression and death, usually around age 3. Studying a mouse model with the same human illness—called Krabbe disease—the researchers also […]
  • Gene-targeted cancer drugs, slow release overcome resistance September 16, 2019
    Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a method to address failures in a promising anti-cancer drug, bringing together tools from genome engineering, protein engineering and biomaterials science to improve the efficacy, accuracy and longevity of certain cancer therapies.
  • Genetic mutation appears to protect some people from deadly MRSA September 16, 2019
    An inherited genetic tendency appears to increase the likelihood that a person can successfully fight off antibiotic-resistant staph infections, according to a study led by Duke Health researchers.
  • Renegade genes caught red handed September 16, 2019
    The guardians of the human genome that work to prevent potentially disease-causing gene expression might not be as effective at their jobs as previously thought, according to new University of Arizona research.
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