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BST This Week #18: Brain Test May Improve Autism Diagnosis

September 24, 2014 4:07 pm | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski covers research showing that measuring the brain’s response to sights and sounds can help in classifying people on the autism spectrum. Our second story looks at how the human response to unfairness may have involved in support of long-term cooperation.

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Enzyme Could Aid Fight of Parasite-borne Diseases

September 24, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

An enzyme found in all living things could be key to fighting deadly parasite-borne diseases, according to a new study. Research into the enzyme, which helps cells convert nutrients into energy, has shown that it is activated in different ways in various species.

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Infant Cooing, Babbling Linked to Hearing Ability

September 24, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Infants’ vocalizations throughout the first year follow a set of predictable steps from crying and cooing to forming syllables and first words. New research shows that infant vocalizations are primarily motivated by infants’ ability to hear their own babbling. 

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Aging Can be Manipulated for Longer Lifespan

September 24, 2014 3:02 pm | News | Comments

Life expectancy, affected by numerous factors such as better nutrition and availability of vaccines, has increased. Around 150 years ago it was something like 40 years old, and 1,000 years ago about 25. But even as we increasingly reach what appear to be the limits of lifespan, there is likely still scope for even longer lifespans.

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Tonsil Stem Cells May Help Repair Liver Damage

September 24, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

The liver provides critical functions, such as ridding the body of toxins. Its failure can be deadly, and there are few options for fixing it. But scientists now report a way to potentially inject stem cells from tonsils to repair damaged livers without surgery.

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Diabetes in Need of New Screening, Management Approach

September 24, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Doctors at three leading research institutions and the American Diabetes Association report that treating patients with prediabetes as if they had diabetes could help prevent or delay the most severe complications associated with this chronic disease.

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Alcohol Sensations Influenced by Genes

September 24, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that likely influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers.                       

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Breaking News: Multitasking May Change Brain Structure

September 24, 2014 2:06 pm | News | Comments

Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new research.                               

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Inovio Pharma plans humans trials of Ebola vaccine

September 24, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inovio Pharmaceuticals plans to initiate human testing of a DNA-based vaccine for the Ebola virus in the first half of 2015. The announcement sent shares up almost 7 percent Wednesday. The company creates DNA-based vaccines and immune therapies, and said its vaccine might be able to address a...

New FDA label bolsters safety case for Chantix

September 24, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New government-approved labeling on Pfizer's drug Chantix suggests that the anti-smoking medication may not carry the risks of suicidal behavior that first earned it the government's strongest warning more than five years ago. The FDA has updated the drug's label to include data from a number of...

Merrimack, Baxter to collaborate on cancer drug

September 24, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. jumped Wednesday after the drugmaker said it could receive more than $900 million through a collaboration with Baxter International Inc. over its potential pancreatic cancer treatment. Deerfield, Illinois-based Baxter will pay $100 million to Merrimack...

Red Cross Team Attacked While Burying Ebola Dead

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Boubacar Diallo - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa's current outbreak.          

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Acorda to buy developer of Parkinson's treatment

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. plans to buy privately-held Civitas Therapeutics for $525 million in cash as the drugmaker seeks to expand into treatments for Parkinson's disease. Acorda, based in Ardsley, New York, makes drugs for patients with multiple sclerosis, spasticity and those who are...

WHO: Ebola vaccine could be ready by year-end

September 24, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says a vaccine might be available in large enough quantities by the end of the year to help control West Africa's Ebola outbreak. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, although scientists are testing two vaccines. Ebola is believed to have...

Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

September 24, 2014 12:35 am | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama administration's top...

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