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  1. Genetic diversity could help protect against disease

    A team of researchers from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) has succeeded in demonstrating experimentally (in a lab) that genetic diversity makes populations more resistant to disease.

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  2. New study shows promise of permethrin-treated clothing

    The Entomological Society of America reports today that a new study from the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) in the USA shows that permethrin-treated clothing may stop ticks from biting. This will thus reduce transmission of diseases like Lyme disease. Lab tests showed germ-carrying ticks can't move properly after contact with treated garments, making them sluggish and likely interfering with their ability to bite. 

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  3. Ingestible 'bacteria on a chip' could help diagnose disease

    Researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems. Ultra-low-power sensors carrying genetically engineered bacteria can detect gastric bleeding. 

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  4. Ovarian cancer

    A personalised vaccine which boosts a patient’s own immune system has nearly doubled the number of women surviving ovarian cancer by two years.

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  5. Lung cancer

    Following an earlier negative decision, NICE is now recommending NHS use of Roche’s immunotherapy Tecentriq for lung cancer.

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  6. Ovarian cancer

    Rubraca (rucaparib), already approved as a treatment for BRCA positive ovarian cancer, has been approved as a maintenance therapy for ovarian cancer regardless of BRCA mutation. 
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  7. Leukemia

    The FDA approves Blincyto (blinatumomab) for patients with B-cell ALL, who are in remission but still have minimal residual disease.
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  8. Pediatric leukemia

    FDA approves Tasigna (nilotinib) for certain pediatric patients with Ph+ CML in chronic phase.
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  9. Diabetic retinopathy

    FDA approves Genentech’s Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) syringe for diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy.

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  10. Lymphoma

    FDA expands approval of Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) for first-line treatment of Stage III or IV classical Hodgkin lymphoma in combination with chemotherapy.
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