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U.S. Works to Step Up Ebola Aid, But is it Enough?

September 15, 2014 | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone.                 

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Medical charity: Time running out to stop Ebola

September 16, 2014 7:46 am | by Sarah Dilorenzo - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

International efforts to stop the accelerating spread of Ebola in West Africa were ramping up Tuesday, but a medical charity warned that the response is still dangerously behind and time is running out to act. Public health experts and the governments of West African countries buckling under the...

Allergan agrees to move forward with meeting

September 16, 2014 7:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Allergan and Pershing Square have agreed on at least one step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker's board. Allergan will hold its special shareholders meeting as planned on Dec. 18, while Pershing Square and its partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, continue their push for...

Humana board OKs $2 billion in share repurchases

September 16, 2014 7:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Humana's board of directors has replaced the health insurer's share buyback plan with a bigger authorization for $2 billion in repurchases. The Louisville, Kentucky, company said Tuesday that the new authorization expires Dec. 31, 2016. It replaces a $1 billion buyback plan, of which about $782...

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China to send Ebola lab team to Sierra Leone

September 16, 2014 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization says China is sending a laboratory team to Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak, as international efforts to stop the dreaded disease ramp up. The United States is expected to announce later Tuesday that it will send 3,000 military personnel to West Africa...

Prescription painkiller deaths up, but not as fast

September 16, 2014 12:35 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers are still rising in the U.S., but not like they used to — probably because of new restrictions on methadone, according to government scientists. In 2011, there were more than 41,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide, up from more than 38,000 the previous...

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

September 16, 2014 12:35 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat...

Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

September 15, 2014 6:34 pm | by Jonathan Lemire - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally. Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013,...

'Biospleen' is a Blood Cleanser for Sepsis

September 15, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments

Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in the blood—often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new device inspired by the human spleen may radically transform the way doctors treat sepsis.

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New Knowledge of Genes Driving Bladder Cancer Points to Targeted Treatments

September 15, 2014 1:08 pm | Comments

The story of cancer care seems so simple: find the mutated gene that causes cancer and turn it off or fix it. But rarely does a single gene cause cancer. More often, many genes are altered together to drive the disease. So the challenge becomes sorting out which altered genes are the most to blame in which cancers. A new study takes an important step toward answering this question in bladder cancer.

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Researchers Find Final Pieces to Circadian Clock Puzzle

September 15, 2014 12:59 pm | Comments

Researchers have discovered how two genes– Period and Cryptochrome– keep the circadian clocks in all human cells in time and in proper rhythm with the 24-hour day, as well as the seasons.                  

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Neural Compensation Found in People With Alzheimer’s-related Protein

September 15, 2014 12:48 pm | Comments

The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.                   

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Gilead to license generic version of Sovaldi

September 15, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gilead Sciences has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in developing countries. Gilead said Monday that the India-based drugmakers will make a generic version of Sovaldi, also known as sofosbuvir,...

British boy gets first proton treatment in Prague

September 15, 2014 7:31 am | by Karel Janicek - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

British boy Ashya King underwent his first proton beam therapy session for a life-threatening brain tumor in Prague on Monday, a week after the 5-year-old boy was flown here from Spain. Ashya's case caused an international uproar after his parents removed him from an English hospital last month...

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

September 14, 2014 8:35 am | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care...

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

September 14, 2014 7:34 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual...

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