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What Do Your Tumor Genes Say about Your Prospects? The Quest, Part 7

In the past couple of months, three people have told me that they or someone they love has cancer. Fortunately in each case, the tumors were caught early and some combination of surgery and radiation was all the treatment that was likely to be needed. Now, however, all three patients are waiting to hear what [...]

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The Quest: 6 Facts about Aging and Aging Research

Fact #1: With about $2.5 billion in annual funding, aging research is in the top 20 research categories supported by the National Institutes of Health.* That gives me another opportunity to test my contention that taking a couple of seconds to think about where to start searching for medical information instead of automatically calling up [...]

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The Quest: My 2 Favorite Tricks for Searching PubMed

The short item I wrote about cancer immunotherapy quickly went viral on Monday and became the most-read article on Scientific American’s website. Seems like a good time to show folks interested in conducting their own medical searches how much deeper they can get into the topic on their own—if they know how and where to [...]

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The Quest: Get the Lowdown on the Pills You’re Popping

Looking up information about prescription medications used to mean thumbing through the pages of the big blue Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR), or more recently, searching the PDR website. But for a really comprehensive search that includes extensive clinical trial data, you can’t beat DailyMed, another one of the authoritative-and-free-to-use offerings from the National Library of [...]

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The Quest: $84,000 Miracle Cure Costs Less Than $150 to Make

What are the likely manufacturing costs for sofosbuvir (Brand name: Sovaldi), the newly approved miracle drug that cures hepatitis C at a cost of $84,000 for the full 12-week course of treatment? Anywhere from $68 to $136 for the full course, according to an analysis that was published in Clinical Infectious Disease (CID) in January—which was [...]

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The Quest: How to Get a Medical Librarian to Do Your Search for Free

In my last blog post, I said one of the things I like so much about MedlinePlus (a service of the National Library of Medicine, or NLM) is that “the medical librarians at the NLM have already done a lot of the heavy lifting for you.” I thought I’d give more detail about what I [...]

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The Quest: Practical Advice for Online Medical Searches

Being an informed patient is, in many ways, tougher than ever. A tsunami of material is freely available on the Internet nowadays, from medical datasets to research papers to instructive videos. But when you’re searching for something specific for yourself or a loved one, the most relevant streams of data are often hard to find [...]

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