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MRSA Genome Predicts Toxicity

April 9, 2014 1:36 pm | News | Comments

The spread of the antibiotic-resistant pathogen MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) remains a concerning public health problem, especially among doctors trying to determine appropriate treatment options for infected patients. Bacterial pathogens, such as MRSA, cause disease in part due to toxicity, or the bacterium's ability to damage a host's tissue.

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Breaking News: Coffee Intake Linked to Liver Cancer Risk

April 9, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

The more cups of coffee a person drank, the lower the risk for developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, according to new research.                       

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New Technology Unwraps Mummies' Ancient Mysteries

April 9, 2014 8:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.

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Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS

April 9, 2014 6:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported two more deaths from the MERS virus, from among 11 new recorded cases in the western city of Jiddah. The health ministry says Jiddah's King Fahd hospital was referring incoming patients to other medical facilities...

Breast Cancer Cell Subpopulation Cooperation Can Spur Tumor Growth

April 8, 2014 2:28 pm | News | Comments

Subpopulations of breast cancer cells sometimes cooperate to aid tumor growth, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers, who believe that understanding the relationship between cancer subpopulations could lead to new targets for cancer treatment.

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Researcher to Examine Health Impacts of Space Travel in NASA-Funded Twin Study

April 8, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

When NASA sends an identical twin to the International Space Station next year, a Colorado State University researcher will be among just a few hand-picked scientists studying him and his brother to measure impacts of space travel on the human body.

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Antimicrobial from Soaps Promotes Bacteria Buildup in Human Noses

April 8, 2014 1:48 pm | News | Comments

An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos, and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection.

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Green Tea Boosts Your Brain

April 8, 2014 1:34 pm | News | Comments

Green tea is said to have many putative positive effects on health. Now, researchers at the University of Basel are reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory. The Swiss findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia.

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Seeing Double: New Study Explains Evolution of Duplicate Genes

April 8, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

From time to time, living cells will accidently make an extra copy of a gene during the normal replication process. Throughout the history of life, evolution has molded some of these seemingly superfluous genes into a source of genetic novelty, adaptation and diversity. A new study shows one way that some duplicate genes could have long-ago escaped elimination from the genome, leading to the genetic innovation seen in modern life.

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Noses Made in Britain: UK Touts Lab-grown Organs

April 8, 2014 1:20 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory. It's far from the only lab in the world that is pursuing the futuristic idea of growing organs for transplant. But the London work was showcased Tuesday as Mayor Boris Johnson announced a plan to attract more labs to do cutting-edge health and science research in the area.

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Antibiotic Resistance Enzyme Caught in the Act

April 8, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

Resistance to an entire class of antibiotics—aminoglycosides—has the potential to spread to many types of bacteria, according to new biochemistry research. A mobile gene called NpmA was discovered in E. coli bacteria isolated from a Japanese patient several years ago. Global spread of NpmA and related antibiotic resistance enzymes could disable an entire class of tools doctors use to fight serious or life-threatening infections.

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US Jury Hits Takeda, Eli Lilly with $9B Penalty

April 8, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its U.S. counterpart, Eli Lilly and Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The drug companies said Tuesday they will "vigorously challenge" the decision. The U.S District Court in western Louisiana ordered a $6 billion penalty for Takeda and $3 billion for its business partner and co-defendant Eli Lilly.

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UK scientists make body parts in lab

April 8, 2014 5:10 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the...

Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

April 8, 2014 4:18 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development but warn that the...

Panel for Cancer Pathway Analysis

April 7, 2014 2:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The NanoString nCounter PanCancer Pathways Panel is a highly-multiplexed, digital gene expression assay that offers a unique way for translational researchers to investigate cancer biology across all major cancer pathways.

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