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Think You Have Alzheimer's? You May Be Right

September 25, 2014 | Comments

New research suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something. The research appears to confirm that self-reported memory complaints are strong predictors of clinical memory impairment later in life.      

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UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

September 29, 2014 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.N. mission to combat Ebola is opening its headquarters in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the West African crisis. The head of the mission, Anthony Banbury, and his team are expected to arrive Monday in Ghana's capital, Accra. The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response,...

Amag Pharma to spend $675M on Lumara Health

September 29, 2014 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of anemia treatment maker Amag Pharmaceuticals soared Monday after it announced plans to buy Lumara Health in a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth more than $1 billion. The Waltham, Massachusetts, company said Monday it will spend $600 million in cash and another $75 million in stock...

Australia won't send Ebola doctors to West Africa

September 29, 2014 12:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Australia has ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly virus. Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, as well as the Australian...


US doctor exposed to Ebola virus admitted to NIH

September 28, 2014 5:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been admitted for observation at The National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital. NIH confirmed in a news release on its website that the physician arrived Sunday. NIH had said previously...

5 babies test positive for TB in Texas exposure

September 27, 2014 9:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Five babies have tested positive for tuberculosis in West Texas after a nurse assistant at an El Paso hospital exposed hundreds of infants to the disease between September 2013 and last month. The El Paso Department of Public Health says in a statement that none of the children have active TB,...

Ebola clinics fill up as Liberia awaits aid

September 27, 2014 10:36 am | by Krista Larson - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Fourteen-year-old D.J. Mulbah set off at dawn with his mother and grandmother in desperate pursuit of a coveted bed at the Ebola clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Liberia's capital. Too weak to stand, they bundled him up into a taxi with his backpack and a yellow plastic bucket for his...

Liberia: Top doctor goes under Ebola quarantine

September 27, 2014 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola. Bernice Dahn, a deputy health minister, told The Associated Press Saturday she did not have any Ebola symptoms but wanted to ensure she was not infected. The World Health...

New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America

September 27, 2014 12:36 am | by Ezequiel Abiu Lopez - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases have already...


Virus probed in paralysis cases in 9 Colorado kids

September 26, 2014 6:35 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like...

Alimera, pSivida say FDA clears eye implant

September 26, 2014 6:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alimera Sciences and pSivida said Friday the FDA approved their eye disease implant Iluvien. Iluvien is an implant delivered by injection that is intended to treat diabetic macular edema, a condition that can cause blurred vision and blindness. The implant is designed to gradually release tiny...

Policies of NIH, other funders, have improved data-sharing by life-science investigators

September 26, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mass General | Comments

Policies put into place by major funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health, and to a lesser extent by scientific journals, appear to be meeting the goal of increasing the sharing of scientific resources among life science investigators.

Alzheimer's Patients Can Feel the Emotion After the Memories Have Vanished

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

A new study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence— good or bad— on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.                       


How a Single, Genetic Change Causes Retinal Tumors in Children

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

New research has answered the long-standing question of why mutations to the RB1 gene primarily cause tumors of the retina and not of other cell types. The study could reveal new cellular signaling pathways relevant to retinal development, cancer development, and ultimately, the development of novel therapies.


Stem Cells Help Study How Mutation Affects Heart Health

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

Over 500 million people worldwide carry a genetic mutation that disables a common metabolic protein called ALDH2. The mutation, which predominantly occurs in people of East Asian descent, leads to an increased risk of heart disease and poorer outcomes after a heart attack. Now, have learned for the first time specifically how the mutation affects heart health.


At Least Two Regions of the Brain Decide What We Perceive

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

Tests on the brains of macaques have shown that neurons in at least two regions of the brain, the temporal and frontal lobes, are responsible for deciding which impressions reach our consciousness.                



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