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Open heart surgery survival odds better in the afternoon than morning

A recent study published in The Lancet medical journal indicates that open heart surgery appears to be safer in the afternoon than in the morning, because of the body’s internal clock. Circadian rhythm A circadian rhythm is any biological...

Cancer gene-altering therapy gets approved in the United States

A new cancer therapy that involves genetically modifying a patient’s immune cells was just approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), marking the first gene therapy treatment approved in the United States. Gene therapy The...
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HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ because of new drugs

According to The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best known general medical journals, young people using the latest HIV drugs now have ‘near-normal’ life expectancy. The study, entitled “Survival of HIV-positive...

Study finds ‘no proof’ fitness trackers improve weight loss

Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has called into question the efficacy of fitness trackers at promoting weight loss. Fitness trackers Fitness trackers, also called activity trackers, refer to wearable...
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Experimental blood test could help treat depression

As reported in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, scientists in the United Kingdom have developed an experimental blood test that could help psychiatrists select more-effective drugs for patients suffering from depression. Effects...

New website launched to cope with organ donation shortages in China

The China Organ Donation Administrative Center has officially launched a new website to provide information on organ donation and allow individuals to register as donors. The website will be linked to local administrative offices as well as...

Revised regulation to strengthen supervision of medical equipment

The Chinese government has unveiled a revised regulation on the supervision of medical equipment in a bid to enhance its safety and effectiveness and safeguard public health. The Regulation on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices...

Berry Genomic’s “Non-invasive” Down Syndrome Prenatal test Illegal in China?

China’s most recent “2013 Clinical Testing Standards Manual”《医疗机构临床实验室管理办法》 covering clinical hospital tests neglects to mention the popular noninvasive prenatal test diagnosing Down Syndrome babies...

New Regulation on the Procurement and Distribution of Donated Human Organs

A new Chinese regulations mandates that donor organs must be distributed automatically through a national system, in order to minimize human intervention and to ensure fairness and transparency. China has the world’s second-largest demand...

New genetic factors behind severe childhood epilepsy identified

Researchers have identified 25 new mutations on six key genes associated with severe forms of childhood epilepsy, according to a large-scale international study largely funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The study, part of a project...