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Triclosan Spurs Growth of Breast Cancer Cells

April 23, 2014 | Comments

Some manufacturers are turning away from using triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products over health concerns. Now, scientists are reporting new evidence that appears to support these worries.     

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New Hope in Regenerative Medicine

April 24, 2014 2:10 pm | Comments

Researchers have successfully reprogrammed mature blood cells from mice into blood-forming hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), using a cocktail of eight genetic switches called transcription factors.                


New Type of Protein Action Found to Regulate Development

April 24, 2014 1:54 pm | Comments

Researchers report they have figured out how the aptly named protein Botch blocks the signaling protein called Notch, which helps regulate development.                             


Boring Cells Could Hold the Key to Heart Disease

April 24, 2014 1:47 pm | Comments

Fibroblasts could offer an alternative to heart transplants for patients with heart disease. Researchers found that the heart cell fibroblast is a close relative to a cardiomyocyte, the cell responsible for a healthy beating heart.      


Ultrasound Device May Help Detect Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

April 24, 2014 1:31 pm | Comments

Researchers have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke.                         


Breast Cancer Replicates Brain Development Process

April 24, 2014 1:12 pm | Comments

New research reveals that a process that forms a key element in the development of the nervous system may also play a pivotal role in the spread of breast cancer.                      


Breaking News: New Genetic Brain Disorder Discovered

April 24, 2014 12:09 pm | Comments

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, has been reported.                       


Eli Lilly 1Q profit tumbles 53 percent on patents

April 24, 2014 8:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Eli Lilly's first-quarter earnings plunged 53 percent after the expiration of a key patent protecting its top-selling antidepressant cut into the drugmaker's revenue. The Indianapolis company lost U.S. patent protection for Cymbalta last year, exposing the drug to generic competition. It also...

New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit

April 24, 2014 5:20 am | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Strong new drug sales helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit. The company said Thursday that its net profit of nearly $2.97 billion, which was up from $2.42 billion in the same period last year, was helped by sales growth from some of its...


Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

April 24, 2014 3:20 am | by Dave Gram - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea. The Vermont House...

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

April 24, 2014 12:20 am | by Michael Felberbaum - AP Tobacco Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the...

Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

April 23, 2014 6:20 pm | by Terry Tang - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Stacey Armato, who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix,...

Marijuana use may result in heart-related complications in young, middle-aged adults.

April 23, 2014 4:21 pm | by American Heart Association | Comments

Study Highlights: Marijuana use may result in heart-related complications in young and middle-aged adults. Nearly 2 percent of the health complications from marijuana use reported were cardiovascular related. A quarter of these complications result in death, according to a French study.

Feds: Amedisys paying $150 million settlement

April 23, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health company, will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday. Amedisys and its affiliates make up one of the...

Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

April 23, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more than 240 cases of the virus have been recorded in Guinea and Liberia. Most of those cases are in Guinea, where 136 people have...

Scientists ID New Protein Complex Involved in Learning, Memory

April 23, 2014 12:57 pm | Comments

Scientists have identified a protein complex, a novel role for a protein known as RGS7, that plays a critical but previously unknown role in learning and memory formation.                       



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