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Covid-19: Be careful with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine

March 25, 2020 – The Covid-19 pandemic keeps the word abreast. Drastic measures have been and are being taken worldwide by governments, hospitals, healthcare  care providers, and retiring homes in attempts to halt the spreading of Covid-19. Recently, there have been publications by Chinese clinical researchers in the Journal Cell Research and the International Journal of Antimicrob Agents indicating that both,

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The phenotype broker: Blockchain and patient phenotype

July 26, 2019 – “Blockchains for secure digitized medicine”. This is the title of a very interesting and important article in the Journal of Personalised Medine (JPM) as of May 28, 2019.

Blockchain as an emerging technology (particularly around the hype on Bitcoins) has been gaining in popularity,

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FDA Drug Safety Communication: Reduced effectiveness of Clopidogrel [Plavix] in patients who are poor metabolizers (i.e. carriers of selected CYP2C19 allelic variants) of the drug

March 17, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a Boxed Warning to the label for Clopidogrel [Plavix], the anti-blood clotting medication. The Boxed Warning is about patients who do not effectively metabolize the drug (i.e. “poor metabolizers”, see below) and therefore may not receive the full benefits of the drug.

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Inherited risk factors increase odds of developing childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

January 16, 2010 – This contribution has just been published in the ScienceBlog – Pharmacogenetics at this locoation. It is presented here in its original state and with all credentials and rights resting with the original author.

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have identified inherited variations in two genes that account for 37 percent of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL),

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Avoid Coadministration of Clopidogrel [Plavix] and Omeprazole [Prilosec] or Esomeprazole [Nexium]

November 17, 2009 – Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed on new data showing that the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) Omeprazole [Prilosec] or [Prilosec OTC] reduces the anti-blood clotting effect of Clopidogrel [Plavix] by almost half when these 2 medicines are taken by the same patient.

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  • New type of taste cell discovered in taste buds August 13, 2020
    Our mouths may be home to a newly discovered set of multi-tasking taste cells that—unlike most known taste cells, which detect individual tastes—are capable of detecting sour, sweet, bitter and umami stimuli. A research team led by Kathryn Medler at the University at Buffalo reports this discovery in a study published 13th August in PLOS […]
  • Researchers discover genetic link to predict positive response to immunotherapy in patient August 13, 2020
    A Singapore team led by clinician-scientists and researchers from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) discovered a genetic link to better predict treatment response for relapsed/refractory patients with natural-killer T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL), a highly aggressive form of blood cancer. The team performed whole-genome sequencing, to identify mutation in PD-L1 gene as a reliable biomarker to […]
  • Evolution and everyday stress have led to disproportionate suffering among women August 13, 2020
    We're 100% behind knowledge-based research, but sometimes you really do have to question evolution!
  • A cancer mystery more than 40 years old is solved thanks to epigenetics August 12, 2020
    Before the first oncogene mutations were discovered in human cancer in the early 1980s, the 1970s provided the first data suggesting alterations in the genetic material of tumors. In this context, the prestigious journal Nature published in 1975 the existence of a specific alteration in the transformed cell: an RNA responsible for carrying an amino […]
  • Combining genetic information with EMRs to pinpoint childhood epilepsies August 11, 2020
    A team of researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) affiliated with the CHOP Epilepsy Neurogenetics Initiative (ENGIN) further bridged the gap between genomic information and clinical outcome data by systematically linking genetic information with electronic medical records, focusing on how genetic neurological disorders in children develop over time. The findings were published today in […]
  • Employers reject transgender people August 13, 2020
    Employers in Sweden more often reject job applications from transgender people -- especially in male-dominated occupations. Moreover, transgender people face discrimination from two different grounds for discrimination. This is according to a study from Linköping University that was recently published in the journal Labour Economics.
  • How a protein stops cells from attacking their own DNA August 13, 2020
    Scientists at EPFL have demonstrated the mechanism that allows cells to fight off viral DNA without triggering an immune response against their own genetic material.
  • Global deaths due to smokeless tobacco are up by a third, according to new study August 13, 2020
    The number of deaths globally due to smokeless tobacco has gone up by a third in 7 years to an estimated 350,000 people, a new study suggests.
  • A watershed moment for US water quality August 13, 2020
    A new federal rule that determines how the Clean Water Act is implemented leaves millions of miles of streams and acres of wetlands unprotected based on selective interpretation of case law and a distortion of scientific evidence, researchers say in a new publication.
  • Study: Medical marijuana associated with fewer hospitalizations for individuals with SCD August 13, 2020
    Individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD) who receive medical marijuana to treat pain may require fewer visits to the hospital, according to a new study in Blood Advances. Adults with SCD who requested and obtained medical marijuana were admitted to the hospital less frequently than those who did not obtain it.
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