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Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems

July 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing an anthrax scare and a recurring problem with safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs. One of the closed facilities was involved an incident last month that could have...

Reagent Delivers qPCR Data from Challenging Samples

July 11, 2014 2:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories launched the SsoAdvanced Universal Inhibitor-Tolerant SYBR Green Supermix, a solution for obtaining reproducible, optimal-quality qPCR data from the most challenging samples.

Climate Change May Bring More Kidney Stones

July 11, 2014 1:57 pm | Videos | Comments

As daily temperatures increase, so does the number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones. In a study that may both reflect and foretell a warming planet’s impact on human health, a research team found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 patients in several U.S. cities with varying climates.

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Drinking Alcohol Provides No Heart Health Benefit

July 11, 2014 1:37 pm | News | Comments

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study.

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Bacterial Respiratory Tract Colonization Prior to Catching the Flu May Protect Against Severe Illness

July 11, 2014 1:10 pm | News | Comments

Many studies have shown that more severe illness and even death are likely to result if you develop a secondary respiratory infection after developing influenza. Now, however, a team of researchers based at The Wistar Institute has determined that if you reverse the order of infection, the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (often called pneumococcus) may actually protect against a bad case of the flu.

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids Lessen Severity of Osteoarthritis in Mice

July 11, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Mice consuming a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids had healthier joints than those fed diets high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids, according to researchers.                        

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Mouse Study: Natural Birth May Strengthen the Immune System

July 11, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Health researchers from the University of Copenhagen have uncovered new knowledge about the immune system in a mouse study, which indicates that natural birth improves the immune system of the pups. A number of studies suggest that children delivered by Caesarean section have a different intestinal flora than children delivered by natural birth. But it is still unknown why this is the case and what it means for the immune system.

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Gene Therapy Brings ALS Cure One Step Closer

July 11, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have moved one step closer to a gene therapy that could silence the faulty SOD1 gene responsible for triggering a form of motor neuron disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).             

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Scientists Shed New Light on Nerve Cell Growth

July 11, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, scientists have shed new light on these complex processes, showing that a particular protein plays a far more sophisticated role in neuron development than previously thought.                 

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Girl Hoped to Have Been Cured of HIV Has Relapsed

July 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV — and therefore is not cured.                       

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Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency

July 11, 2014 7:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The aid group Save the Children says an outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of violence-hit South Sudan. The group said Friday that the disease has infected more than 2,600 people and killed at least 60 since the first cases were reported in the capital, Juba, in...

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

July 11, 2014 2:17 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement...

Trial: dengue shot offers some protection

July 10, 2014 7:18 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The most advanced vaccine for dengue only offers modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as "breakbone fever," according to a large trial. There is no treatment for dengue, which causes symptoms including fever, severe joint...

Serial Dilution in 96- and 384-well Microplates

July 10, 2014 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

INTEGRA introduced a Row Dilution Plate Holder accessory for its VIAFLO 96 and 384 handheld benchtop pipettes. The new row dilution plate holder adds the functionality to perform serial dilutions in rows. Serial dilutions are often carried out in row format because it allows experimenters to dilute more samples (12 instead of 8 in a 96-well plate).

WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread

July 10, 2014 3:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A World Health Organization official is reminding millions of Muslims making a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome. The U.N. agency has recorded 827 cases of MERS and 287 deaths, mostly in...

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