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Healthy Humans Make Nice Homes for Viruses

September 17, 2014 | Comments

The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research.                       

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Study Links Physical Activity to White-matter Integrity

September 17, 2014 2:00 pm | Comments

Like everything else in the body, the white-matter fibers that allow communication between brain regions also decline with age. In a new study, researchers found a strong association between the structural integrity of these white-matter tracts and an older person’s level of daily activity.

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One-minute Point-of-care Anemia Test Shows Promise

September 17, 2014 12:54 pm | Comments

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease.             

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Auxilium Pharma board adopts anti-takeover plan

September 17, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The board of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. has adopted a "poison pill" shareholder rights plan to ward off a hostile takeover after Endo International PLC announced an unsolicited offer worth about $1.41 billion for its fellow drugmaker. Shares of Auxilium soared Wednesday before markets opened...

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Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

September 17, 2014 3:35 am | by Lauran Neergaard - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa. "We can't afford to wait months, or even weeks, to take action, to put people on the ground," Dr. Kent Brantly told senators...

Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

September 17, 2014 12:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The country had previously committed AU$1 million to the international response to the viral disease...

King Richard III died painfully on battlefield

September 16, 2014 6:35 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

England's King Richard III might well have lost his kingdom for a horse. The reviled king suffered nearly a dozen injuries on the battlefield, but the fatal blows were probably only sustained after he had to abandon his horse, according to a new paper. Since the skeleton of the 15th-century king...

Severe respiratory illness confirmed in 12 states

September 16, 2014 5:35 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Health officials say 12 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus — enterovirus 68. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania together have...

Doctor pleads guilty to cancer treatment fraud

September 16, 2014 5:35 pm | by Ed White - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Detroit-area cancer specialist accused of giving patents unnecessary treatment has pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges, including fraud and money laundering. Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty in Detroit federal court on Tuesday, a month before he was scheduled to go on trial. U.S. Attorney...

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Endo Int'l makes $1.4B offer for Auxilium Pharma

September 16, 2014 5:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Endo International PLC says it is making an unsolicited offer for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals that values Auxilium at $28.10 per share. The deal is worth $1.41 billion in cash and stock, based on Auxilium's shares outstanding. Endo values the offer at $2.2 billion. It comes at a premium of 31...

Point-of-care CD4 testing is economically feasible for HIV care in resource-limited areas

September 16, 2014 4:36 pm | by Mass General | Comments

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators, working in collaboration with colleagues in Mozambique and South Africa, indicates that routine point-of-care CD4 testing at the time of HIV diagnosis could be cost effective in countries where health care and other resources are severely...

Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

September 16, 2014 4:35 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the stricken region amid worries that the financial as well as human cost of the outbreak is rapidly spiraling out of control. Obama also called on...

CDC Study: Americans' Bellies Are Expanding Fast

September 16, 2014 4:35 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.              

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ADHD Brain: Slow to Mature, Quick to Distract

September 16, 2014 3:06 pm | Comments

A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without.                   

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Clues Explain How Breast Implants May Cause Lymphoma

September 16, 2014 2:58 pm | Comments

Researchers have identified clues to explain how breast implants may, on very rare occasions, contribute to the development of lymphoma. There have been 71 known cases worldwide of a type of blood cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) that the researchers suggest were associated with the patient's breast implants.

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Researchers Develop Improved Means of Detecting Mismatched DNA

September 16, 2014 2:48 pm | Comments

Researchers have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations.       

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