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Questions, Answers About Sri Lanka Mystery Kidney Disease

January 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A mystery kidney disease is killing Sri Lankan farmers. The first cases surfaced some two decades ago in the country's North Central province, the main rice-producing area. Since then, the disease has killed up to an estimated 20,000 people on the Indian Ocean island nation.

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Benchtop Centrifuge

January 16, 2015 2:31 pm | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermo Scientific small benchtop centrifuge delivers, in a compact footprint, the flexibility to adapt to evolving clinical and research needs alike, including clinical chemistry, cell culture, microbiology and hematology.

Human Mode of Responding to HIV Vaccine Conserved from Monkeys

January 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Duke Medicine | News | Comments

The antibody response from an HIV vaccine trial in Thailand was made possible by a genetic trait carried over in humans from an ancient ancestry with monkeys and apes.                

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New Tricks Found for How Cells Stay Organized

January 16, 2015 2:16 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

New evidence suggests that, in addition to membranes, cells have another way to keep their contents and activities separate: with ribbons of spinning proteins.                 

Genetic Clues Found in Fragile X Syndrome

January 16, 2015 2:09 pm | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Scientists have gained new insight into fragile X syndrome — the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability.                        

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Vitamin D Protects Against Colorectal Cancer

January 16, 2015 2:03 pm | by Dana Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

A new study demonstrates that vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system’s vigilance against tumor cells.                   

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Measles Pops Up in Outbreak Linked to Disney Parks

January 16, 2015 1:57 pm | by Alicia Chang - AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The highly contagious respiratory illness was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but health officials have seen a surge of measles infections in the country in recent years.              

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Sampling Finds More Asian Carp DNA Near Lake Michigan

January 16, 2015 1:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal report says genetic markers of Asian carp are still showing up in Chicago-area waterways.                           

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Harvard Launches Department of Biomedical Informatics

January 16, 2015 1:49 pm | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

The focus of this department is to study the convergence of health and data.                               

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3D Culture System Could Change Therapeutic Approaches

January 16, 2015 11:09 am | by CSHL | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, with only 6 percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. Today, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and The Lustgarten Foundation jointly announce the development of a new model system to grow both normal and cancerous pancreatic cells in the laboratory.

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What Makes Pancreatic Cancer so Aggressive?

January 16, 2015 11:03 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

New research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain why pancreatic cancer is so lethal, with fewer than a third of patients surviving even early stage disease.                    

Scientists Find How Many Cancers May Evade Treatment

January 16, 2015 10:54 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

The drugs were designed to keep cancer cells at bay by preventing their growth, survival and spread. Yet, after clinical trials, they left scientists scratching their heads and drug developers watching their investments succumb to cancer’s latest triumph.

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Isolating Skeletal Stem Cell of Mice

January 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Christopher Vaughan, Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered the stem cell in mice that gives rise to bone, cartilage and a key part of bone marrow called the stroma.                                            

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Tracking Physical Activity and Recovery from Spine Surgery

January 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Nora Dunne, Northwestern Medicine | News | Comments

When am I going to recover? It’s a common question from patients, yet a difficult one for physicians to answer. In an effort to better predict recovery over time for patients who undergo spine surgery, Northwestern Medicine investigators are monitoring physical activity using Fitbit trackers in an ongoing study.

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Image Captures How Blood Stem Cells Take Root

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Nancy Fliesler, Boston Children's Hospital Communications | News | Comments

A see-through zebrafish and enhanced imaging provide the first direct glimpse of how blood stem cells take root in the body to generate blood.                                          

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