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Tomato-rich Diet Can Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

August 27, 2014 | Comments

Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. This is the first study of its kind to develop a prostate cancer "dietary index."         

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Estrogen-based Compound Suppresses Binge Eating

August 27, 2014 1:00 pm | Comments

Researchers found that the hormone estrogen can specifically trigger brain serotonin neurons to inhibit binge eating, which affects about 5 to 10 percent of U.S. adults, in female mice.                 

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Medtronic spends $350M on another European deal

August 27, 2014 10:23 am | by Tom Murphy - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal. The Minneapolis company said on Wednesday that it spent...

DIY Blood Pressure Care Can Beat MDs

August 27, 2014 8:24 am | 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.                        

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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...

Gut Bacteria Protects Against Food Allergies

August 26, 2014 2:30 pm | 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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Vision Problems Can Dim Life Expectancy

August 26, 2014 2:10 pm | Comments

Older adults losing vision as they age are more likely to face an increased mortality risk, according to new research. The researchers analyzed data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation study that tracked the vision health of 2,520 older adults, ages 65 to 84.

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Fiber-based Ingredient Can Make You Eat Less

August 26, 2014 2:05 pm | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated the effectiveness of a fiber-based dietary ingredient that makes people feel less hungry and consume less food. Tthe new product  consists of a combination of dietary fiber sources including a viscous hydrocolloid and a whole-grain corn flour rich in resistant starch.

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Cancer Leaves a Common Fingerprint on DNA

August 26, 2014 1:45 pm | Comments

Regardless of their stage or type, cancers appear to share a telltale signature of widespread changes to the so-called epigenome, according to a team of researchers. In a study of a broad variety of cancers the investigators say they have found widespread and distinctive changes to chemical marks known as methyl groups attached to DNA.

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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,...

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...

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