Replacement Therapy Approved for Gaucher Disease
FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Velaglucerase alfa for injection (VPRIV) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare inherited disorder called Gaucher disease, the agency said Friday.
New Treatment Eyed for Deadly Pancreatic Cancer
FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Most pancreatic cancer patients die soon after diagnosis, but researchers have identified an oncogene that appears to be a promising new treatment target.
Current Blood Thinners Face Tough Competition
FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- New studies provide more proof that the mainstays of anti-clotting therapy, namely warfarin and aspirin, are facing some severe competition from newcomers.
Reading Remediation Seems to Rewire the Brain
FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists studying the anatomy of children's brains during reading discovered something rather unexpected: Remedial training for poor readers results in a growth of white matter tracts in the brain, and the increase correlates with the level of improvement in sounding out words.
Stents May Be Effective Weapon Against Stroke
FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Both stents and conventional surgery appear to be equally effective in preventing strokes in people whose carotid arteries are blocked, according to research presented Friday at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting in San Antonio.
New Clues to Lupus' Link With Heart Disease
FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- An increase in certain types of immune system antibodies may contribute to the development of heart disease in people with active lupus, a new study finds.
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- If you're trying to reduce your sensitivity to pain, Zen meditation may help by actually thickening your brain, new research suggests.
Health Tip: What's Gastroparesis?
(HealthDay News) -- Gastroparesis, commonly affecting people with diabetes, occurs when the vagus nerve is damaged and the stomach and intestines don't process food normally. As a result, the stomach takes too long to empty.