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Lab Turns Skin Cells into Human Airway Tissue

April 22, 2014 | Comments

Using reprogrammed skin cells, researchers have for the first time used stem cell techniques to grow fully functional assemblies of the cells that line airways leading to the lungs.                    

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Child’s Autism Risk Accelerates with Mother’s Age, Study Says

April 22, 2014 3:21 pm | Comments

Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than are younger parents, according to a recent study.                             

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How the Body Fights Against Viruses

April 22, 2014 3:13 pm | Comments

Scientists have now shown how double stranded RNA, such as viral genetic information, is prevented from entering the nucleus of a cell. During the immune response against viral infection, the protein ADAR1 moves from the cell nucleus into the surrounding cytoplasm.

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CT Measures Potentially Dangerous Arterial Plaque in Diabetic Patients

April 22, 2014 3:04 pm | Comments

Imaging of the coronary arteries with computed tomography angiography provides an accurate assessment of arterial plaque and could have a dramatic impact on the management of diabetic patients who face a high risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, according to a new study.

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Brain Activity Observed in Real Time

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm | Comments

Scientists have worked together to create tools for observing nerves in living animals that signal between themselves in real time, which will help them understand how those individual signals add up to the complex collection of a person's thoughts and memories.

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Breaking News: Sleep Disorder Linked to Brain Diseases

April 22, 2014 8:58 am | Comments

Researchers say that rapid-eye-movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD), which causes people to act out their dreams, is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.               

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Valeant, Ackman make $45B Allergan bid

April 22, 2014 8:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45 billion. Each Allergan share would be exchanged for $48.30 in cash and 0.83 shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals...

Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals

April 22, 2014 4:18 am | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally. The Basel, Switzerland-based company said it has...

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

April 22, 2014 3:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died as the kingdom detected 17 new cases of the disease. The ministry said on Tuesday that a chronically ill 73-year-old Saudi man died in Riyadh. The other victim, a...

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E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

April 22, 2014 3:19 am | by Michael Felberbaum - AP Tobacco Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will...

Muscle Weakness in Alcoholism Linked to Mitochondrial Repair Issues

April 21, 2014 2:49 pm | Comments

Muscle weakness from long-term alcoholism may stem from an inability of mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells, to self-repair, according to a new study. In the research, scientists found evidence that chronic heavy alcohol use affects a gene involved in mitochondrial repair and muscle regeneration.

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Scientists ID Source of Most Bladder Cancer Cases

April 21, 2014 2:15 pm | Comments

A single type of cell in the lining of the bladder is responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer, according to researchers. This study is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers.   

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Turning Science on its Head

April 21, 2014 2:07 pm | Comments

Neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years of neuroanatomy on its head. Myelin, the electrical insulating material in the body long known to be essential for the fast transmission of impulses along the axons of nerve cells, is not as ubiquitous as thought, according to new work.

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Bulletproof Nuclei? Stem Cells Exhibit Unusual Absorption

April 21, 2014 12:39 pm | Comments

Stem cells demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a new study. The property– known as auxeticity– is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests.

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Ginseng Can Treat, Prevent Influenza

April 21, 2014 12:17 pm | Comments

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to new research findings.                   

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Down Syndrome, Leukemia Link Uncovered

April 21, 2014 11:48 am | Comments

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood, they haven’t been able to explain why. Now, a team investigators has uncovered a connection between the two conditions.

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