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Bioinspired Coating Repels Blood, Bacteria from Medical Devices

October 13, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists and engineers developed a new surface coating for medical devices using materials already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The coating repelled blood from more than 20 medically relevant substrates the team tested.


Gene Links Rare Infections with Predisposition to Autoimmune Disease

October 13, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

Scientists discovered an immune protein with paradoxical roles: It both aids and tamps down aspects of an immune system response, according to new research.                           


What Happens to Your Brain When Your Mind is at Rest?

October 13, 2014 1:34 pm | News | Comments

For many years, the focus of brain mapping was to examine changes in the brain that occur when people are attentively engaged in an activity. No one spent much time thinking about what happens to the brain when people are doing very little. But new research has done just that.


Scientists Sniff Out Unexpected Role for Stem Cells in the Brain

October 13, 2014 1:09 pm | Videos | Comments

Scientists report that newly formed brain cells in the mouse olfactory system— the area that processes smells— play a critical role in maintaining proper connections.                        


Sensors to Simplify Diabetes Management

October 13, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

For many patients diagnosed with diabetes, treating the disease can mean a burdensome and uncomfortable lifelong routine of monitoring blood sugar levels and injecting the insulin that their bodies don't naturally produce. Now, tiny biosensors are being developed that could one day eliminate the need for these manual blood sugar tests.


Doctors treating Spanish Ebola nurse hopeful

October 13, 2014 7:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The director of the Madrid hospital treating Spain's Ebola patient says the woman is stable and doctors are cautiously hopeful she will recover. Antonio Andreu told Onda Cero radio Monday that tests carried out on assistant nurse Teresa Romero on Sunday showed the level of virus had diminished...

Ebola is Modern Era's Worst Health Emergency

October 13, 2014 7:37 am | by Jim Gomez - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization called the Ebola outbreak "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times" on Monday but also said that economic disruptions can be curbed if people are adequately informed to prevent irrational moves to dodge infection.


Steris to spend $1.9B on UK's Synergy Health

October 13, 2014 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steris Corp. is spending about $1.9 billion to buy British sterilization services company Synergy Health as U.S. corporations continue to incorporate overseas despite attempts to make such tax-saving maneuvers less lucrative. The medical products maker says the combined company will keep its...


Can U.S. Hospitals Handle Ebola?

October 13, 2014 4:36 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A breach of infection control resulting in a Dallas health worker getting Ebola raises fresh questions about whether hospitals truly can safely take care of people with the deadly virus, as health officials insist is possible.         


Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

October 12, 2014 5:36 pm | by Nomaan Merchant - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A "breach of protocol" at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday. The hospital worker, a woman who...

Key question: How did Dallas worker catch Ebola?

October 12, 2014 3:36 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials are investigating how a Dallas health worker who treated an Ebola patient ended up with the disease herself. They say the worker wore full protective gear while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The worker doesn't know...

CDC: Protocol breach in treating Ebola patient

October 12, 2014 9:36 am | by Carole Feldman - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A top federal health official says the Ebola diagnosis in a health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan at a Texas hospital shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol. Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the worker had treated Duncan multiple...

Liberia nurses threaten strike over Ebola pay

October 12, 2014 6:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian officials are pleading with nurses and physician assistants to show up to work Monday amid a dispute over hazard pay that has prompted calls for a strike in the middle of the Ebola epidemic. Assistant health minister Tolbert Nyenswah said Sunday the proposed strike would have "very...

AP Enterprise: Records chronicle how Ebola kills

October 11, 2014 6:35 pm | by Emily Schmall - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite five days of intensive treatment, Thomas Eric Duncan's condition was deteriorating. Then, suddenly on the afternoon of Oct. 2, came a hopeful sign. Duncan was hungry. Nurses at a Texas hospital raised the 45-year-old welder from Liberia into a sitting position and gave him a packet of...

Michigan toddler dies from enterovirus D68

October 11, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A toddler is the first person in Michigan to die from the virus that has caused severe respiratory illness across the country. Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit says 21-month-old Madeline Reid died Friday afternoon from enterovirus D68. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rudolph Valentini said...


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