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Is Europe Putting Cancer Research at Risk?

July 25, 2014 1:53 pm | News | Comments

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has expressed concern that the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden to both doctors and cancer patients.         

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Implantable Sensors Improve Control for Prosthetic Limbs

July 25, 2014 1:52 pm | Videos | Comments

When a muscles contracts it generates electricity. This electrical activity remains in the muscles of an amputated limb. It has long been a goal to use these natural muscle signals to enhance the control of hand and arm prosthetics. Previously, researchers did this by attaching two external sensors to the surface of the skin of the residual limb. The sensors were connected to a prosthesis controller by wires.

Powerful HIV Antibodies May Require Assist from Second Antibody to Develop

July 25, 2014 1:40 pm | News | Comments

One strategy for developing a highly effective HIV vaccine is to learn how some HIV-infected people naturally develop antibodies that can stop a high percentage of global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory. These so-called broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) develop too late to help infected people overcome the virus.

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New Imaging Agent Provides Better Picture of the Gut

July 25, 2014 1:36 pm | News | Comments

A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.

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Scientists One Step Closer to Stem Cell Therapy for MS

July 25, 2014 1:29 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute are one step closer to creating a viable cell replacement therapy for multiple sclerosis from a patient's own cells.                  

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Key Muscle Component's Atomic Structure Revealed

July 25, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, biophysicists describe– in minute detail- how actin filaments are stabilized at one of their ends to form a basic muscle structure called the sarcomere.                        

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Monitoring the Rise and Fall of the Microbiome

July 25, 2014 12:23 pm | News | Comments

Trillions of bacteria live in each person’s digestive tract, but their role in human health is not well understood. To help shed light on the role of these bacteria, a team of researchers recently tracked fluctuations in the bacterial populations of two research subjects over a full year.

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Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed

July 24, 2014 5:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in 2012 by a district court...

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Police seek man who refused tuberculosis treatment

July 24, 2014 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who is contagious and has refused treatment, putting those around him at risk. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital's emergency room in...

FDA reviewing what could be first biosimilar drug

July 24, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing research data on what could become the first U.S.-approved "biosimilar" drug, a cheaper, sort-of generic version of a biologic drug. Five years after Congress passed a law allowing biosimilars, for the first time the FDA has accepted an application to...

High Volume Microplates

July 24, 2014 3:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precisely manufactured to SLAS/ANSI specifications, Porvair Sciences 24-well deep well plates permit users to undertake multiple, high volume (10ml / well) experiments in a single unit. The 24-well plates are constructed of high grade, low extractable polypropylene.

Only 8.2% of DNA is ‘Functional’

July 24, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

Only 8.2 percent of human DNA is likely to be doing something important – is “functional”– say researchers. This figure is very different from one given in 2012, when some scientists stated that 80 percent of our genome has some biochemical function.

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More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

July 24, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. Last year's rise follows a couple of years when the girls' HPV vaccination rate was flat and health officials worried that it wouldn't budge. For girls ages...

Lou Gehrig's disease is rare, 1st US count finds

July 24, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare. A national search turned up about 12,000 cases. The numbers reported Thursday translate to 4 cases per 100,000 Americans — similar to estimates from Europe and some small...

Dyes Used to Paint New Picture of Disease

July 24, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

By using brightly hued dyes, George Mason University (GMU) researchers discovered an innovative way to reveal where proteins touch each other, possibly leading to new treatments for cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and even lung disease.

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