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A Quest for a Cancer Vaccine

Apr 12, 2016

Just as our immune system kicks into gear to fight off the cold or flu, it can also mount a defense against cancer, but typically isn’t strong enough to defeat it. Mingnan Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Utah, is developing a ...

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Heart Drug Could Be Basis for New Treatment Against Epstein Barr Virus, Herpes Viruses

Mar 22, 2016

Researchers have unexpectedly found that a drug that has been used for the past 50 years to treat heart failure and high blood pressure also inhibits infection by the Epstein Barr virus, which causes mono and is associated with several cancers. Lead author of the study, Sankar Swaminathan, M.D. ...

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What Cancer Guidelines Don’t Tell You

Mar 15, 2016

With three sets of breast cancer screening guidelines giving conflicting sets of recommendations, it’s no wonder that patients and physicians are confused. A new study shows that adding to the confusion are the guidelines themselves. Senior author Angie Fagerlin, Ph.D. sciences says that more ...

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Invaders in Our DNA: Ancient Viruses Help Fight Today’s Infections

Mar 3, 2016

It may be unsettling to realize, but roughly eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin, meaning it came from infections our ancestors battled long ago. New research published in the journal Science by University of Utah geneticists Cédric Feschotte, PhD, Nels Elde, PhD, and Edward Chuong, PhD, ...

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For the Sickest Heart Attack Patients, Outlook is Poorest Within 60 Days After Discharge

Feb 17, 2016

Medical advances have improved outcomes for heart attack patients, even for the sickest patients who undergo cardiogenic shock, a condition where the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Yet a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reveals ...

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New Guidance Statements on Management of Venous Thromboembolism

Feb 9, 2016

For the first time, the Anticoagulation Forum has published clinical guidance statements for managing blood clots in the veins, or venous thromboembolism. Dan Witt, PharmD, Professor of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah, is a lead author on statements regarding warfarin management. He ...

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Why Low Bicarbonate Levels Might Signal A Risk For Premature Death

Feb 1, 2016

Older adults who are otherwise healthy are at earlier risk for death if they have low blood levels of bicarbonate, a main ingredient in baking soda. Kalani Raphael, M.D., an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah and nephrologist at the VA Salt Lake Health Care System, ...

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