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Prominent Japan Stem Cell Center to Undergo Changes

September 2, 2014 | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Riken Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), the prominent Japan institute where Haruko Obokata was found to commit misconduct on stem cell papers, will be halved, according to a Riken representative.              

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Technique Helps ID Early Alzheimer’s

September 2, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique to create a highly sensitive surface for measuring the concentration of a peptide that is a biomarker for early stage Alzheimer’s disease.                     


A New Way to Diagnose Malaria

September 2, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

A research team has devised a way to use magnetic resonance relaxometry (MRR), a close cousin of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to detect a parasitic waste product in the blood of Malaria-infected patients.             


Surprising New Role for Calcium in Sensing Pain

September 2, 2014 1:54 pm | Videos | Comments

When you accidentally touch a hot oven, you rapidly pull your hand away. Although scientists know the basic neural circuits involved in sensing and responding to such painful stimuli, they are still sorting out the molecular players. Now, researchers have made a surprising discovery about the role of a key molecule involved in pain.


Spinach Extract Decreases Food Cravings

September 2, 2014 1:32 pm | Videos | Comments

A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases hedonic hunger with up to 95 percent and increases weight loss by 43 percent, according to a new study.                   


World is 'Losing the Battle' Against Ebola

September 2, 2014 12:23 pm | by Alexandra Olson - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is `losing the battle' against Ebola, while U.N. officials implored all countries to quickly step up their response by contributing health experts and other help.    


Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

September 2, 2014 3:23 am | by Joan Lowy - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws. It's not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show...

Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

September 1, 2014 6:23 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show. THE SKINNY: Cornell University researchers randomly assigned almost 100 undergraduates to watch one of three...

Museum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton

September 1, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The public will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum's storage room. Visitors can look at the 6,500-year-old remains beginning Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Museum. Archaeologists first excavated the specimen from southern...


Chefs, Breeders Pair Up to Produce Tastier Veggies

September 1, 2014 4:23 pm | by M.l. Johnson - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.                     


Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient

September 1, 2014 2:22 pm | by Babacar Dione - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone...

19 new dengue cases in Japan, linked to Tokyo park

September 1, 2014 7:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan is urging local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases that were contracted at a popular local park in downtown Tokyo. The cases announced Monday raise to 22 the number of dengue infections thought to have been contracted...

Liberia extends stay-home order amid Ebola crisis

September 1, 2014 6:22 am | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released Monday. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered non-essential workers not to come to work and promised that all government...

WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

August 31, 2014 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says it is treating Senegal's first confirmed Ebola case "as a top priority emergency." In a statement distributed Sunday, the WHO said it would address as quickly as possible Senegal's "urgent need" for support and supplies including personal protective equipment...

Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

August 30, 2014 9:23 am | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded for more than a week to try to...

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

August 30, 2014 7:22 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent. Doctors say the Novartis drug — which doesn't have a name yet — seems like one of...


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