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Experimental gene therapy 'abolishes' arthritis pain and lessens joint damage

...painkiller, researchers found. Gene therapy inserts tailor-made genes into cells that can, for instance, direct cells to build more of a needed protein. To deliver the genes into cells, researchers use harmless viruses called vectors, which have evolved to invade human cells and insert their DNA. In d...

Washington University surgeon develops treatment for foot deformity

...he past." In the minor surgical procedure, Dobbs inserts a small pin into a joint in the foot where it meets the ankle to hold the correct position for about two months. After the casting treatments or the surgical pinning, CVT patients wear a nighttime brace for several years to prevent recurrence. Deta...

Biopsy may underestimate prostate cancer in obese and overweight men

...ital rectal exam. To perform a biopsy, a physician inserts a needle into the prostate and removes tissue for analysis. In the study, the researchers analyzed data on more than 1,100 men who underwent surgery between 1996 and 2005 to remove the prostate gland, a common treatment for prostate cancer. They co...

Pairing medical therapy with coronary intervention fails to reduce heart disease deaths

...in cardiovascular medicine. During PCI, a doctor inserts a catheter into an artery in a patients arm or leg and advances the catheter into the coronary arteries where a balloon is inflated to clear the blockage. Usually, a stent (small, lattice-shaped, metal tube) is implanted into an artery to help keep i...

Noise-immune stethoscope helps medics hear vital signs in loud environments

...ibels by replacing the ear pieces with loudspeaker inserts that provide a better seal with the ear canal and replacing the tubing with electrical cables that do not pick up acoustic noise. The challenge to build a better stethoscope originated from the Army's Small Business Innovation Research program. For ...

Mayo researchers discover HIV dependence on a human protein

...he human genome. Their findings show that when HIV inserts itself into a chromosome, a key step that enables it to establish a "safe haven," it requires a specific protein -- LEDGF/p75 (p75). This protein forms a molecular tether between chromosomes and HIV's integrating protein (integrase). If the connectio...

Carotid stenting the new anti-depressant?

... the artery, expands the artery with a balloon and inserts a stent to hold the artery open. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, cerebrovascular disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Recent studies have shown that some depressive disorders may be caused by cer...

Studies unclear whether spinal cement procedure improves back pain

...res. A surgeon performing percutaneous kyphoplasty inserts a balloon into a patient's fractured vertebrae, inflates the balloon and fills the space created by the balloon with bone cement. A similar procedure called vertebroplasty injects bone cement directly into the vertebrae. "The aim of vertebroplasty i...

Carotid artery stenting improves thought process

...rform the procedure, an interventional radiologist inserts a long catheter into a tiny incision in the common...otid artery, expands the artery with a balloon and inserts a stent to hold the artery open. While stenting is known to be an effective treatment for stroke pre...

New one week radiation treatment for breast cancer patients offers promising results

...tumor has been removed from the breast, the doctor inserts a small balloon into the cavity. That balloon is then attached to a catheter to deliver high doses of radiation to the breast. The treatment reduces the amount of time required for radiation therapy from six weeks to only one. Brachytherapy is one of...

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