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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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German Merck to buy St. Louis-based Sigma Aldrich

September 22, 2014 7:35 am | by David Mchugh - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion. Darmstadt-based Merck KGaA said Monday it is paying $140 per share in cash for all of Sigma-Aldrich's shares — a premium of 37 percent over Friday's closing price of $102.37. ...

Has Sierra Leone shutdown slowed Ebola's spread?

September 22, 2014 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Life is returning to normal in the capital of Sierra Leone after an unprecedented three-day lockdown during which officials said more 1 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on the deadly disease. But questions remain about whether...

Spanish priest with Ebola flown back to Madrid

September 22, 2014 4:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has been flown back to Spain and taken to a Madrid hospital. Manuel Garcia Viejo, a medical director of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the city of Lunsar in Sierra Leone, arrived on a medically equipped...


Ebola burial team attacked in Sierra Leone

September 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by Robbie Corey-boulet - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A police official says health workers in Sierra Leone have come under attack while trying to bury the bodies of five Ebola victims east of the capital. Sgt. Edward Momoh Brima Lahai said there was a confrontation Saturday between a group of youths and the burial team...

700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

September 19, 2014 9:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday. The employee, who worked in the nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital, tested positive on Aug. 25 and was...

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

September 19, 2014 5:35 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer....

CDC: Severe respiratory illness now in 22 states

September 19, 2014 5:35 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Health officials say 22 states now have confirmed cases of an unusual respiratory illness in children. An uncommon virus — enterovirus 68 — is causing the illnesses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday that 160 lab-confirmed cases were reported in the 22 states. On...

Judge approves $190 million Hopkins settlement

September 19, 2014 4:36 pm | by Juliet Linderman - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Baltimore judge has approved a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations. The settlement was reached in July between the renowned hospital and former...


French medic getting experimental Ebola treatment

September 19, 2014 12:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a French volunteer nurse infected with the Ebola virus is receiving experimental drugs. The nurse, who worked with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia, was transferred to France early Friday and is being treated in the Begin hospital in Saint-Mande near Paris. She was the first...

Malta rejects ship with suspected Ebola case

September 19, 2014 12:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Malta has refused entry to a cargo ship with a Filippino on board who was showing symptoms of Ebola, citing fears the virus might spread on the Mediterranean island. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Malta was legally and morally right to refuse to let the Hong Kong-registered vessel MV Western...

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.                       


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.                  


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...

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.


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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