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New Front in War on Alzheimer’s, Other Protein-folding Diseases

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

A surprise discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how the body fixes proteins that come unraveled greatly expands opportunities for therapies to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain.

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Link Between Viral Infections, Autoimmune Disease Proven

October 17, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Common viral infections can pave the way to autoimmune disease, scientists have revealed in breakthrough new research, which proved a link between the two.                           

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Babies’ Hearts May Beat Path to Heart Attack Treatments

October 17, 2014 11:50 am | Videos | Comments

The seemingly miraculous power of babies’ hearts to repair themselves after being injured has spurred a research team to investigate if this ability can be harnessed for new heart attack treatments.               

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Misfolded Proteins Clump Together in a Surprising Place

October 17, 2014 11:44 am | News | Comments

Scientists have made a surprising finding about the aggregates of misfolded cellular proteins that have been linked to aging-related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.                       

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UN Admits to Botched Ebola Response

October 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.         

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2 suspected Ebola cases in Spain test negative

October 17, 2014 7:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of four people suspected of having Ebola and admitted to hospitals in Spain have tested negative in a first round of tests, officials said Friday. The government's Ebola monitoring committee said on its official Twitter account that the two were a person who arrived on an Air France jet that...

Africa Stems Ebola via Border Closings, Luck

October 17, 2014 7:15 am | by Tom Odula and Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries - and two of them appear to have snuffed out the disease.       

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Quiet 'whiz kid' now public face of Ebola fight

October 17, 2014 4:25 am | by Anne Flaherty - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America's top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because "overconfidence can kill." Five months later in a hearing room on Capitol Hill, Tom Frieden was accused...

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Hospitals grapple with possibility of Ebola

October 17, 2014 4:25 am | by Tamara Lush - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Step inside All Children's Hospital and you're greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. "Dirt Squirt Alert!" a sign says. "Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!" Now the signs pose a...

US monitors health care worker aboard cruise ship

October 17, 2014 2:26 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration officials say a Dallas health care worker who handled a lab specimen from an Ebola-infected man from Liberia who died of the disease is on a Caribbean cruise ship where she has self-quarantined and is being monitored for any signs of infection. State Department spokeswoman...

1st Dallas nurse with Ebola arrives in Maryland

October 16, 2014 11:26 pm | by David Dishneau - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital has arrived in Maryland for treatment at a specialized isolation unit. Nina Pham will be treated at a National Institutes of Health center in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH facility has one of...

Obama: Ebola point person 'may be appropriate'

October 16, 2014 8:27 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure to select an Ebola "czar" to lead the U.S. response against the disease, President Barack Obama conceded Thursday it "may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person" to head the administration effort. Obama also said he is "not philosophically opposed" to a travel ban...

San Diego student likely ill with meningitis

October 16, 2014 7:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An 18-year-old student at San Diego State University is gravely ill, most likely from meningitis, authorities said Thursday. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said the previously healthy woman, who lived on campus and was not employed, may have exposed others to the bacteria...

Ebola probe expanding to nurse's flight to Ohio

October 16, 2014 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A health official says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its Ebola investigation to include passengers on a Friday flight from Dallas to Cleveland that carried a nurse later diagnosed with the disease. Dr. Chris Braden of the CDC said Thursday that health officials are...

Eli Lilly will close, sell a Puerto Rico facility

October 16, 2014 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eli Lilly said Thursday that it will close one of its three manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico at the end of 2015. The Indianapolis company said it is closing its Guayama facility because the patents on some of the drugs made there have expired. That means new competition reached the market...

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