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Lab Turns Skin Cells into Human Airway Tissue

April 22, 2014 | Comments

Using reprogrammed skin cells, researchers have for the first time used stem cell techniques to grow fully functional assemblies of the cells that line airways leading to the lungs.                    

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China says quality of its groundwater has worsened

April 23, 2014 6:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chinese authorities say nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout the country is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants. The Ministry of Land and Resources said in an annual report released late Tuesday that testing at 4,778 monitoring...

Michigan Man Among First to Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 3:18 am | by Mike Householder - Associated Press | Comments

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Roger Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.


3 more charged in $80M heist in Connecticut

April 22, 2014 7:19 pm | by John Christoffersen - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday. The 2010 theft from the warehouse in Enfield — believed to be the...


Gilead says 1Q sales of Sovaldi totaled $2.27B

April 22, 2014 6:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gilead Sciences said Tuesday that sales of its hepatitis C pill Sovaldi totaled more than $2 billion in its first full quarter on the market, and it said quarterly net income tripled. The company reported $2.27 billion in first-quarter sales of Sovaldi, which was launched in the U.S. during...

Amgen misses 1Q views as higher costs cut profit

April 22, 2014 5:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

THOUSAND OAKS, California (AP) — Despite higher sales, biotech drugmaker Amgen's first-quarter profit fell 25 percent as production and research costs rose sharply, while the year-ago quarter enjoyed a tax benefit. The company badly missed Wall Street's expectations for both earnings per share and...

NY hospital warns after e-cigarette fire, injury

April 22, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices. Syracuse Fire Department investigator Joe Galloway tells The Post-Standard ( ) the exact cause of last...

Child’s Autism Risk Accelerates with Mother’s Age, Study Says

April 22, 2014 3:21 pm | Comments

Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than are younger parents, according to a recent study.                             


How the Body Fights Against Viruses

April 22, 2014 3:13 pm | Comments

Scientists have now shown how double stranded RNA, such as viral genetic information, is prevented from entering the nucleus of a cell. During the immune response against viral infection, the protein ADAR1 moves from the cell nucleus into the surrounding cytoplasm.


CT Measures Potentially Dangerous Arterial Plaque in Diabetic Patients

April 22, 2014 3:04 pm | Comments

Imaging of the coronary arteries with computed tomography angiography provides an accurate assessment of arterial plaque and could have a dramatic impact on the management of diabetic patients who face a high risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, according to a new study.


Brain Activity Observed in Real Time

April 22, 2014 12:14 pm | Comments

Scientists have worked together to create tools for observing nerves in living animals that signal between themselves in real time, which will help them understand how those individual signals add up to the complex collection of a person's thoughts and memories.


Breaking News: Sleep Disorder Linked to Brain Diseases

April 22, 2014 8:58 am | Comments

Researchers say that rapid-eye-movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD), which causes people to act out their dreams, is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.               


Valeant, Ackman make $45B Allergan bid

April 22, 2014 8:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45 billion. Each Allergan share would be exchanged for $48.30 in cash and 0.83 shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals...

Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals

April 22, 2014 4:18 am | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally. The Basel, Switzerland-based company said it has...

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

April 22, 2014 3:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died as the kingdom detected 17 new cases of the disease. The ministry said on Tuesday that a chronically ill 73-year-old Saudi man died in Riyadh. The other victim, a...

E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

April 22, 2014 3:19 am | by Michael Felberbaum - AP Tobacco Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will...


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