Genetic and Genomic Testing

When most of us think of genetic testing for health, we imagine tests to detect whether we’ve inherited genes that predispose us for cancer or other serious disease. But another kind of gene testing—genomic testing of tumor cells for their susceptibility to targeted treatments—is giving thousands of people hope of survival they’ve never had before. Experts discuss both genetic and genomic testing.

Cancer Suppression: Lessons from Pachyderms

DNA mutations happen all the time in the body, but the immune system usually detects and deals with them. When the system fails, cancer results. Yet some animals, such as elephants, almost never get cancer, and scientists have learned that the elephant DNA repair system is 20 times more powerful than the human system. Experts explain how they hope to tap this knowledge.

Medical Notes: Week of April 14, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 14, 2019.

Medical Notes : Week of March 31, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 31, 2019.

Recruiting Patients for Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical trials drive medical advancement, but cancer clinical trials seldom meet their goals in recruiting patients. Experts discuss causes, consequences, and actions being taken to meet needs.

Medical Notes: Week of March 10, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 10, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of February 24, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 24, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of February 17, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 30, 2018.

Medical Notes: Week of February 3, 2019

Medical Notes for the week of February 3, 2019, including: Cancer deaths are on the decline, parents are dissatisfied with the systems school have in place to counteract gun violence. A study shows an increase in cardiovascular harm to patients taking basal insulin. Finally, more than half of those taking medical marijuana for chronic pain admit to driving while under the influence.

Medical Notes: Week of January 27, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 27, 2019.

Medical Notes 18-45

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 11, 2018.

Medical Notes 18-24

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 18, 2018.

17-20 Segment 1: Elephant DNA: The secret to cancer suppression?

Some animals, such as elephants, almost never get cancer, and scientists have learned that the elephant DNA repair system is 20 times more powerful than the human system

Medical Notes 17-20

A look at important medical, health and science headlines for the week of May 14.