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Gut Bacteria Protects Against Food Allergies

August 26, 2014 | Comments

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition.           

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UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

August 27, 2014 7:18 am | by David Rising - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment in a Hamburg hospital, officials said Wednesday. Hamburg health department spokesman Roland Ahrendt said the man would be treated in the city's UKE hospital...

Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

August 27, 2014 6:23 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said they are still trying to...

Canada pulling Ebola lab team from Sierra Leone

August 27, 2014 12:22 am | by Rob Gillies - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Canada is evacuating a three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola. The World Health Organization earlier announced it is pulling a team out of the country. The Public Agency of Canada said in a statement late Tuesday none of the...

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Japan sees 1st local dengue case in over 60 years

August 27, 2014 12:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years. The ministry says the case occurred in Saitama, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. Local media reports say the patient was a teen-aged girl who has recovered. Japan...

Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

August 26, 2014 4:24 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

"Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found. Those who did their own readings at home and adjusted their medicine as needed had healthier blood pressure levels after a year...

Crohn's Gene Discovery May Lead to Better Screening

August 26, 2014 1:23 pm | Comments

Scientists have identified chemical changes in the DNA of patients with Crohn’s disease that could help to screen people for the disease. These changes can be detected in blood samples, opening the door to a simple test for Crohn’s disease.    

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Protein Inhibits HIV Release

August 26, 2014 12:20 pm | Comments

The TIM family of proteins that promotes virus entry into cells also has the ability to block the release of HIV and other viruses, researchers have found.                           

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US health official: Ebola has 'upper hand'

August 26, 2014 7:22 am | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it. Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia,...

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Medtronic buys brain stimulation company for $200M

August 26, 2014 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medtronic spent about $200 million in cash to buy a privately held company that develops deep brain stimulation technologies. The acquisition of Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation will make the medical device maker stronger in an emerging area of medicine, the modulation of brain function. ...

NFL, FIFA join forces to evaluate concussions

August 25, 2014 8:23 pm | by Barry Wilner - AP Pro Football Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens of...

Vivus acquires patent rights to Qsymia ingredient

August 25, 2014 8:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Vivus has acquired a group of patents covering one of the main ingredients behind its weight loss drug Qsymia from Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Janssen, owned by Johnson & Johnson, agreed at the same time to dismiss the federal lawsuit filed just Friday against Vivus....

FDA names potential Insys treatment an orphan drug

August 25, 2014 8:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A potential treatment from Insys Therapeutics Inc. for an aggressive form of brain cancer will have some marketing exclusivity if regulators eventually approve it. The Food and Drug Administration has granted an orphan drug designation to the Chandler, Arizona, drugmaker's pharmaceutical...

Law on genetically modified crops ruled invalid

August 25, 2014 8:22 pm | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect in October. Syngenta...

Driving Brain Rhythm Makes Mice More Sensitive to Touch

August 25, 2014 1:46 pm | Comments

In a new study, researchers show that they could make faint sensations more vivid by triggering a brain rhythm that appears to shift sensory attention.                             

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Virus, Zebrafish Enable Scientists to Map Living Brain

August 25, 2014 1:35 pm | Comments

A virus and a zebrafish are helping scientists map the living brain. The model will help show how brain wiring is laid and how it functions.                                

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