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Friday, October 30, 2015

Health News: Opioid overdoses linked to higher prescription rates ♦ Scientists use exhaled breath to detect hypoxia ♦ Radiotherapeutic bandage shows potential as treatment for skin cance

Manipulating cell signaling for better muscle function in muscular dystrophy Researchers report on their discovery of a way to bypass faculty cell signalling that leads to muscle damage in Duchene muscular dystrophy. This work suggests a new therapeutic strategy for patients with Duchene muscular dystrophy, a progressive neuromuscular condition, caused by a lack of dystrophin, that usually leaves patients unable to walk on their own by age 10-15.
Opioid overdoses linked to higher prescription rates in British Columbia Strong painkillers known as prescription opioids appear to be overprescribed in some regions of British Columbia, Canada, resulting in higher rates of overdose and death.
Radiotherapeutic bandage shows potential as treatment for skin cancer A radiotherapeutic bandage is being evaluated by researchers for efficacy against squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in an animal model. These results could confirm the viability of a new and improved strategy for the radiotherapeutic treatment of skin cancer in the clinic.
Scientists use exhaled breath to detect hypoxia Researchers have demonstrated a technique that may enable real-time, in-flight detection of hypoxia in pilots. The findings indicate that volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis could identify biomarkers of hypoxia

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