Larger panel finds more gene mutations, treatment targets for leukemia

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (Feb. 1, 2020) – A gene panel that looks for about 10 times the number of cancer-causing genes as panels currently used to diagnose and fine tune treatment for a variety of cancers is effective at identifying problematic genes in the most common leukemia, investigators report.

The 523-gene panel, developed by San Diego-based biotech company Illumina, which includes all genes known to potentially cause cancer, can be readily adopted for use in clinical laboratories to diagnose acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, the

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Survey finds Americans may delay medical appointments, emergency care during pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new national survey by the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute finds many Americans would delay doctor’s appointments and even emergency care when COVID-19 rates are high. The survey found 67 percent of Americans are more concerned about going to medical appointments when COVID-19 rates are high in their area and nearly three in five (57 percent) are hesitant to go to the hospital even for an emergency.

In a time when every trip out of the house and every person we come in contact with poses a threat of contracting COVID-19, it can be difficult

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Following the Mediterranean diet can improve consumers’ heart health, study finds

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Following a healthy diet has been found to be a key component of optimal heart health. Now, experts from the University of Córdoba are encouraging consumers to consider the Mediterranean diet — which prioritizes fruits and vegetables and healthy fats — to improve overall heart function. 

According to their findings, following the Mediterranean diet can be effective at both boosting cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of a heart attack. 

“We observed that the Mediterranean diet model induced better endothelial function, meaning that the arteries were more flexible in adapting to different situations

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