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May 14, 2015

Cleveland Clinic partners with Venter’s firm for sequencing study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Genome pioneer J. Craig Venter’s company has signed a broad collaboration agreement with the Cleveland Clinic to sequence and analyze de-identified blood samples from the health system’s patients, the two parties said on Thursday.

The two organizations will apply whole genome, cancer and microbiome sequencing with the goal of discovering new disease genes and disease pathways associated with heart disease.

May 14, 2015

U.S. report shows mixed progress on curbing foodborne pathogens

CHICAGO, May 14 (Reuters) – U.S. cases of two deadly types
of foodborne pathogens have fallen sharply since 2008, but rates
of other key types of foodborne bugs have increased, according
to the latest report on nine pathogens tracked by health
officials.

“The picture is mixed,” said Dr. Patricia Griffin of the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of
foodborne diseases, adding, “Most of it is not good news.”

May 13, 2015

Personalized approach helped cure more children with kidney cancer

CHICAGO, May 13 (Reuters) – A personalized treatment
targeting a patient’s individual genetic makeup helped cure more
children with a rare form of kidney cancer, researchers said on
Wednesday.

The findings, based on two studies led by Dr. David Dix of
the British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, were
released ahead of the American College of Clinical Oncology
meeting later this month.

May 13, 2015

Insight – How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Drug manufacturers have begun amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly shortening the time it takes to identify new drug candidates, a move some say is transforming the development of medicines.

The efforts will help researchers identify rare genetic mutations by scanning large databases of volunteers who agree to have their DNA sequenced and to provide access to detailed medical records.

May 13, 2015

How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

CHICAGO, May 13 (Reuters) – Drug manufacturers have begun
amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly
shortening the time it takes to identify new drug candidates, a
move some say is transforming the development of medicines.

The efforts will help researchers identify rare genetic
mutations by scanning large databases of volunteers who agree to
have their DNA sequenced and to provide access to detailed
medical records.

Apr 29, 2015

D printed splints help infants with airway disorder -U.S. researchers

CHICAGO, April 29 (Reuters) – U.S. doctors treated three
infants with an often-fatal airway disease by implanting a 3-D
printed medical device that improves breathing and changes shape
as the children grow, the researchers reported on Wednesday.

All three custom airway splint devices were designed to fit
the anatomy of each child, researchers at the University of
Michigan and colleagues reported in the journal Science
Translational Medicine.

Apr 28, 2015

Insight – U.S. officials predict a return of avian flu in the fall

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. agriculture officials say it is “highly probable” that the virulent avian flu viruses that have hit U.S. poultry operations hard in recent weeks will return next fall when wild bird populations migrate south, potentially spreading the viruses into new regions of the country.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) told Reuters the H5N2 virus – along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu – will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer.

Apr 28, 2015

U.S. officials predict a return of avian flu in the fall

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. agriculture officials say it is “highly probable” that the virulent avian flu viruses that have hit U.S. poultry operations hard in recent weeks will return next fall when wild bird populations migrate south, potentially spreading the viruses into new regions of the country.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) told Reuters the H5N2 virus – along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu – will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer.

Apr 27, 2015

Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.

To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. But because flu viruses are highly mutable, there is a worry that those in direct contact with infected birds could fall ill from the disease.

Apr 27, 2015

Insight – Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.

    To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. But because flu viruses are highly mutable, there is a worry that those in direct contact with infected birds could fall ill from the disease.

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      "Julie Steenhuysen has been covering health and science topics for Reuters for the past decade, first as a medical device correspondent, then as team leader for the equities team covering U.S. pharmaceuticals and healthcare companies. For the past 4 years, Julie has worked as U.S. health and science correspondent, focusing on coverage for a general news audience."
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