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Red Cross Team Attacked While Burying Ebola Dead

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Boubacar Diallo - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa's current outbreak.          

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Acorda to buy developer of Parkinson's treatment

September 24, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. plans to buy privately-held Civitas Therapeutics for $525 million in cash as the drugmaker seeks to expand into treatments for Parkinson's disease. Acorda, based in Ardsley, New York, makes drugs for patients with multiple sclerosis, spasticity and those who are...

WHO: Ebola vaccine could be ready by year-end

September 24, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says a vaccine might be available in large enough quantities by the end of the year to help control West Africa's Ebola outbreak. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, although scientists are testing two vaccines. Ebola is believed to have...

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Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

September 24, 2014 12:35 am | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama administration's top...

Official: Hospital could have prevented TB panic

September 23, 2014 11:35 pm | by Juan Carlos Llorca - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

An official at a Texas hospital where a nurse assistant potentially exposed more than 750 infants to tuberculosis said Tuesday that her symptoms were discovered in July but that more than a month passed before she was tested for the infectious lung disease. The administration of the Providence...

Grant Will Help Study Link Between Blueberries, Bone Health

September 23, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

A $3.7 million grant will allow Purdue University researchers to study how blueberries reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women. The project begins Sept. 30 under a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

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Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found in lockdown

September 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health teams that went door-to-door in Sierra Leone found 130 confirmed cases of Ebola during a nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the disease, an official said Tuesday, as authorities consider repeating the unprecedented exercise. About 70 more suspected...

Consumption of Fruits, Veggies May Keep the Blues Away

September 23, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

A new study focused on mental well-being found that high and low mental well-being were consistently associated with an individual’s fruit and vegetable consumption.                          

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Lost Protein Could Prevent Hardening of the Arteries

September 23, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have found that when the protein matrix metalloproteinase-14 (MMP-14) is reduced or lost, white blood cells, known as macrophages, become good and could prevent hardening of the arteries, rupture and sudden death.        

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Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat

September 23, 2014 1:59 pm | Videos | Comments

Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital.                    

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Gene Linked to Development of Skin Cancer in Mice

September 23, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

New research on an enzyme linked to cancer development shows that 37 percent of mice that produce excessive quantities of the enzyme developed skin tumors within four to 12 months of birth, and many of these growths progressed to highly invasive squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.

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Airway Muscle-on-a-chip Mimics Asthma

September 23, 2014 1:46 pm | News | Comments

Hope for healthier airways may be on the horizon thanks to a human airway muscle-on-a-chip that could be used to test new drugs because it accurately mimics the way smooth muscle contracts in the human airway, under normal circumstances and when exposed to asthma triggers.

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Presence or Absence of Early Language Delay Alters Brain Anatomy in Autism

September 23, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Individual differences in early language development, and in later language functioning, are associated with changes in the anatomy of the brain in autism. A new study has found that a common characteristic of autism– language delay in early childhood– leaves a "signature" in the brain.

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Ebola Cases Could Hit 1.4 Million By Mid-Jan.

September 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically — the U.S. says up to 1.4 million by mid-January in two nations alone — unless efforts to curb the outbreak are significantly ramped up.

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FDA warns doctors to beware fake drug distributors

September 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health professionals. Federal prosecutors have recently uncovered rogue companies distributing foreign versions of Botox, fake cancer drugs...

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