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Meda turns down approach from Mylan

April 4, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swedish drug company Meda has rebuffed an approach from generic drug maker Mylan which was looking to combine the two businesses. Meda AB says talks between the two companies have stopped "without further actions." It did not provide any details as to why its board turned down the proposal. ...

Mali reports 3 suspected cases of Ebola fever

April 4, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials in Mali say they are investigating three suspected cases of Ebola amid an outbreak in two other West African countries. In a government statement released late Thursday, Malian officials said they were awaiting test results from samples sent to the United States. It said the...

3 meningitis deaths reported in Los Angeles County

April 3, 2014 10:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles County health officials say three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died — and all three had sex with other men. On Wednesday, health officials urged gay men to be vaccinated against the invasive meningococcal disease, which can spread through close...

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Obama signs cancer research bill in memory of girl

April 3, 2014 5:18 pm | by Nedra Pickler - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A 10-year-old girl who died of brain cancer is leaving a legacy for other sick children in a new law signed by President Barack Obama. Obama on Thursday signed the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. It directs $126 million in federal money to be spent over the next decade to...

Versatile Nanosponges Now Aimed at MRSA Toxins

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Skip Derra | Articles | Comments

In successful research, any one path can quickly lead to new paths of even more promising results. This branching out of a research project couldn’t be more true than for a team of researchers at the UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. UCSD researchers have developed “nanosponges” that were initially designed as a platform for cancer drug delivery and now are being developed to soak up the dangerous pore-forming toxin produced by MRSA.

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Nanoparticles Cause Cancer to Self-destruct

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | Videos | Comments

Using magnetically controlled nanoparticles to force tumor cells to ‘self-destruct’ sounds like science fiction, but could be a future part of cancer treatment, according to research from Lund University in Sweden. The new technique is much more targeted than trying to kill cancer cells with techniques such as chemotherapy.

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Sleep Apnea Linked with Blood Sugar Levels

April 3, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Sleep apnea has been linked with elevated blood sugar levels, suggesting people with the condition could be at an increased risk of cardiovascular illness and mortality. The findings of a new study add to a growing body of evidence that suggests that sleep apnea is linked with diabetes.

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Atlas Details Gene Activity of the Prenatal Human Brain, Offers Clues to Psychiatric Disorders

April 3, 2014 1:30 pm | News | Comments

A comprehensive three-dimensional atlas of the developing human brain that incorporates gene activity along with anatomical reference atlases and neuroimaging data has released its first major report. This NIH-funded resource, freely available to the public, enables researchers to answer questions related to the early roots of brain-based disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

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A Brain Region for Resisting Alcohol's Allure

April 3, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

University of Utah neuroscientists report that when a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they repeatedly drink to excess and are less able to learn from the experience. The study has implications for understanding behaviors that drive alcohol addiction.

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How Personalized Medicine Works: Bioinformaticians to the Rescue

April 3, 2014 12:14 pm | Videos | Comments

In our third video, Rob Fee is back to discuss how informatics can help to overcome one of the biggest challenges in personalized medicine: organizing and examining the mountains of data that are generated during the gene sequencing process. Rob's advice? Find a bioinformatician...fast!

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Watermelon Could Lower Blood Pressure

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Be sure to pick up a watermelon—or two—at your local grocery store. It could save your life. A new study found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.

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Immune Cell ‘Defenders’ Could Beat Invading Bacteria

April 3, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has identified the precise biochemical key that wakes up the body’s immune cells and sends them into action against invading bacteria and fungi. The patented work provides the starting point to understanding our first line of defense, and what happens when it goes wrong. It will lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers and even TB.

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FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

April 3, 2014 11:20 am | by Lauran Neergaard - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is taking a step to let friends or loved ones treat someone they suspect has overdosed on heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids, while they're waiting on medical care. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an overdose antidote that doctors could prescribe...

UV Viewing Cabinet for Gel Analysis

April 2, 2014 3:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Spectroline CL-150 Series UV workstations enable lab technicians to view, analyze and photograph fluorescent samples with both epi-illumination and trans-illumination light sources. A removable bottom panel allows either unit to be placed directly over the transilluminator. The 25-watt white light bulb in the cabinet provides visible illumination for easy sample preparation.

Energy Efficient Freezers with Heated Bypass Coil

April 2, 2014 2:45 pm | Nuaire, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

NuAire’s Glacier -86 C Ultralow Temperature Freezers’ energy efficient cascade cooling system monitors temperature and pressures throughout high and low stage circuits. The inner chamber is surrounded by foam-in-place polyurethane insulation.

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