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Deadly Melanoma Cases Jump 200%, Report Says

July 30, 2014 | by Anne Flaherty - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.                 

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Exploring 3-D Printing to Make Organs for Transplants

July 30, 2014 1:19 pm | Comments

Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. Scientists are reporting new understanding about the dynamics of 3-D bioprinting that takes them a step closer to realizing their goal of making working tissues and organs on-demand.

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New Study Looks at How Epigenetic Effects are Passed Down

July 30, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments

A new study demonstrates that the ‘memory’ of nutrition during pregnancy can be passed through sperm of male offspring to the next generation, increasing risk of disease for grandchildren as well. In other words, to adapt an old maxim, ‘you are what your grandmother ate.’

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Breaking News: Blood Test Could Predict Suicide Risk

July 30, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

Researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide.            

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Weather kills 2,000 a year; cold is top culprit

July 30, 2014 12:20 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report. That may surprise some people, the researchers acknowledged. Hurricanes, tornadoes and heat waves "get more publicity, for some reason, than...

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

July 29, 2014 8:20 pm | by Michael Tarm - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the...

5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

July 29, 2014 8:20 pm | by Regina Garcia Cano - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics. The subpoenas were issued to five writers — three...

Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia

July 29, 2014 7:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola. SIM USA President Bruce Johnson announced Tuesday that his group and Samaritan's Purse decided on the evacuation following an...

Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people. ...

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Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

July 29, 2014 3:22 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry has attempted to block the rules, which went into effect last year, saying they are costly...

Stem Cells From Nerves Form Teeth

July 29, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments

Researchers have discovered that stem cells inside the soft tissues of the tooth come from an unexpected source, namely nerves. These findings contribute to brand new knowledge of how teeth are formed, how they grow and how they are able to self-repair.

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New Gene Function Discovery Offers Clues to ALS

July 29, 2014 12:11 pm | Comments

Researchers have found a missing link that helps to explain how ALS, one of the world’s most feared diseases, paralyses and ultimately kills its victims. The breakthrough is helping them trace a path to a treatment or even a cure.       

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LFMS Shows Immediate Results as Depression Treatment

July 29, 2014 11:55 am | Comments

Individuals with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder who receive low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) show immediate and substantial mood improvement, researchers report.                    

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Cell's Recycling Center Implicated in Division Decisions

July 29, 2014 11:37 am | Comments

Researchers have identified a mechanism that overrides the cells’ warning signals, enabling cancers to continue to divide even without a robust blood supply.                           

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New Protein Structure Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s

July 29, 2014 11:23 am | Comments

Bioengineers have designed a peptide structure that can stop the harmful changes of the body’s normal proteins into a state that’s linked to widespread diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Officials: Little Risk of Ebola Outbreak in U.S.

July 29, 2014 8:21 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. The Centers for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to U.S. doctors about the outbreak.   

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