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Be Thankful: Turkeys May Someday Be Lifesavers

November 26, 2014 | Comments

While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day.                           

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Vegetable Oil Ingredient Key to Destroying Gastric Disease Bacteria

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils.     

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A Hybrid Vehicle That Delivers DNA

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies.   

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Brain Scans Help Tailor Alcoholism Treatment

November 25, 2014 2:38 pm | Comments

Clinical research is using brain imaging and drug therapy to better understand how microscopic changes in brain connectivity relate to alcohol dependence and recovery.                        

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New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | Comments

A team of researchers has come up with a way of greatly reducing the unpredictability of biological circuits. The team introduced a device that could ultimately allow such circuits to behave nearly as predictably as their electronic counterparts.   

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Creating Pain-sensing Neurons

November 25, 2014 2:11 pm | Comments

After more than six years of intensive effort, including repeated failures that at times made the quest seem futile, researchers have successfully converted mouse and human skin cells into pain-sensing neurons that respond to a number of stimuli.  

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Brain Protein Linked to Sleep May be Alzheimer’s Prevention Target

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | Comments

A protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. In recent years, scientists have established links between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s.      

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New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.     

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Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Sprouts

November 24, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning - again. The CDC said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts.                   

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Amgen ends studies of gastric cancer drug

November 24, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Biotech drugmaker Amgen said Monday it is ending late-stage trials of its gastric cancer treatment rilotumumab because patients who took the drug were more likely to die. Amgen said more patients died after treatment with rilotumumab and chemotherapy than with chemotherapy alone. The company said...

Merck, Iowa Firm Sign Ebola Vaccine Licensing Deal

November 24, 2014 1:58 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Merck & Co., a top creator and seller of vaccines, has joined the fight against Ebola, the often-fatal hemorrhagic virus that's been ravaging parts of West Africa for months.                     

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Computer Games Could Prevent Falls in the Elderly

November 24, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments

A research team has developed new computer games designed to significantly reduce the likelihood of falls at home and in the community among older people.                            

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Test Detects Early Brain Damage in Football Players

November 24, 2014 12:12 pm | Comments

A new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following “unreported” trauma or mild concussions.          

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Tiny Patient Prompts Advance in Neurogenetics

November 24, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

Researchers had never shown exactly how cells in the brain stem detect carbon dioxide and regulate breathing in humans. After taking a mutation from a two-month-old baby and expressing it in human astrocytes, they did exactly that, and the research may lead to an early warning system to save premature infants.

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Schizophrenia May be Triggered by Excess Protein

November 24, 2014 11:18 am | Comments

A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new research.                          

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Italian doctor with Ebola returning for treatment

November 24, 2014 7:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Italian health ministry says an Italian doctor working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment. The ministry said in a statement Monday that the doctor, who works for the non-governmental organization Emergency, is arriving...

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