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Protein May Lower Blood Pressure

September 19, 2014 | by Benjamin Plackett, Contributor, Inside Science News | Comments

A new study has shown that people who eat more protein- whether from plant or animal sources- tend to have a lower risk of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.                       

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New Discovery About 3-D Shape Processing in the Brain

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

While previous studies of the brain suggest that processing of objects and place occur in very different locations, a research team has found that they are closely related.                       

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White House Orders Plan for Antibiotic Resistance

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.                  

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FDA approves Eli Lilly's injectable diabetes drug

September 18, 2014 5:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new injectable diabetes drug from Eli Lilly and Co. for adults with the most common form of the disease. The agency on Thursday cleared the drug, Trulicity, as a weekly injection to improve blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes, which...

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Immune Link to Stress Could Help Treat Depression

September 18, 2014 3:04 pm | Comments

Researchers say a new focus on the links between the immune system and stress is needed to help pave the way for improved treatments of severe depression. The paper argues that current treatments for major depressive disorder lack effectiveness.

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Autism Caused by Spontaneous Mutations in Key Brain Gene

September 18, 2014 3:00 pm | Comments

Spontaneous mutations in the brain gene TBR1 disrupt the function of the encoded protein in children with severe autism. In addition, there is a direct link between TBR1 and FOXP2, a well-known language-related protein, according to a new study.  

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Neural Basis of Confidence Uncovered in Mice

September 18, 2014 2:44 pm | Comments

Scientists have found that confidence is actually a measureable quantity, and not reserved just for humans. The team has identified a brain region in rats whose function is required for the animals to express confidence in their decisions.   

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Tracking the Rise and Fall of Brain Volume Throughout Life

September 18, 2014 2:21 pm | Comments

Stanford scientists have shown how the brain changes throughout life, and created a standard curve that can be used to assess whether patients are maturing and aging normally.                      

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Modern Europeans Descended from 3 Groups of Ancestors

September 18, 2014 1:56 pm | Comments

By comparing nine ancient genomes to those of modern humans, scientists have shown that previously unrecognized groups contributed to the genetic mix now present in most modern-day Europeans.                 

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Sierra Leone to Shut Down for 3 Days to Slow Ebola

September 18, 2014 11:35 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.

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WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only 1 week

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization says more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating. Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period. The number of people believed to have killed is now more...

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Think the flu's only a big threat to kids and seniors? Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter — and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated. Fewer than half of Americans get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccination rates...

FDA OKs faster-acting label for ED drug Stendra

September 18, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators have approved a new label for Vivus' impotence drug, stating that it becomes effective in half the time that the previous label had stated. Shares jumped more than 9 percent before the opening bell Thursday. The label on Stendral now reads that the drug can be taken...

UK nurse who survived Ebola to help US patient

September 18, 2014 7:34 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A British nurse who survived Ebola has traveled to the United States to donate blood to an American still battling the disease, an experimental measure some scientists think can help patients fight off the virus. British nurse William Pooley was one of those infected while working in Sierra Leone...

Bayer to split off polymer division with IPO

September 18, 2014 7:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG says it plans a separate stock listing for its polymer division. The Leverkusen-based company that invented aspirin said Thursday the move would be part of an effort to focus the group on its health care and crop science businesses. German...

A&M to dedicate key element of vaccine center

September 18, 2014 1:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry will join other dignitaries at the dedication of what's described as a national pandemic influenza vaccine facility. The center is a key part of a $91 million vaccine manufacturing plant at Texas A&M University that proponents hope will create...

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