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FDA Clears First Blood Test for Concussions

The Food and Drug Administration authorized for marketing in the U.S. a blood test that screens for chemical indicators in the blood for concussions, a form of traumatic brain injury. . . . → Read More: FDA Clears First Blood Test for Concussions

Patents Awarded for Genetic Editing of CAR T-Cells

U.S. patents were awarded to a biotechnology company developing therapies using the genomic editing process known as Crispr to create immune system cells with proteins for attacking cancer cells. . . . → Read More: Patents Awarded for Genetic Editing of CAR T-Cells

Engineered Virus Shows Promise in Some Brain Tumors

A clinical trial testing a common virus modified to generate a specific immune response dramatically reduced deadly brain tumors in a small group of patients and extended their survival for years, but most other patients had only limited success. . . . → Read More: Engineered Virus Shows Promise in Some Brain Tumors

Report – Industry Pain, Addiction Drug Efforts Flagging

A report by a biotechnology industry organization says development efforts and financing for new drugs to treat pain and addiction are falling behind the health and safety needs of society. . . . → Read More: Report – Industry Pain, Addiction Drug Efforts Flagging

Low Carb Diet, Biomarker Tracking Help Reverse Diabetes

A combination of low-carbohydrate diet, with close monitoring of health indicators and coaching via a mobile app are shown in a clinical trial to reverse type 2 diabetes, including reductions in medication and insulin therapy. . . . → Read More: Low Carb Diet, Biomarker Tracking Help Reverse Diabetes

Personal Brain Stimulation Shown to Boost Memory

A team of psychologists and neuroscientists developed techniques for monitoring and electrically stimulating key parts of the brain, personalized to each individual, which in tests show can improve a person’s memory. . . . → Read More: Personal Brain Stimulation Shown to Boost Memory

FDA Approves Wearable Epilepsy Seizure Detector

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device worn like a wristwatch that uses a machine-learning algorithm to detect convulsive seizures in people with epilepsy. . . . → Read More: FDA Approves Wearable Epilepsy Seizure Detector

Texas Vaccine Center Expanding R&D

A vaccine research center in Galveston, Texas is expanding its operations to add more basic and preclinical studies that lead to clinical trials resulting in more preventive and therapeutic vaccines. . . . → Read More: Texas Vaccine Center Expanding R&D

Engineered T-Cells Show Extended Leukemia Remission

A clinical trial shows a patient’s immune system cells, modified to add cancer-fighting proteins, can extend high remission among children with a type of leukemia for as long as 12 months, but also with high rates of adverse effects. . . . → Read More: Engineered T-Cells Show Extended Leukemia Remission

Report: 19 New Precision Medicines Approved in 2017

A report on Food and Drug Administration approvals of new therapies says the agency is accelerating its reviews of treatments designed to address the specific molecular composition of individuals. . . . → Read More: Report: 19 New Precision Medicines Approved in 2017