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Can Twitter Help Better Identify Foodborne Illness Cases?

August 18, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

An estimated 55 million to 105 million people in the United States suffer from foodborne illnesses each year, according to the CDC, resulting in costs of $2 to $4 billion annually. What if Twitter could be used to track those cases and more quickly identify the source of the problem?

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Epigenetic Breakthrough Bolsters Understanding of Alzheimer’s

August 18, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers has uncovered some of the strongest evidence yet that epigenetic changes in the brain play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. The current study found that chemical modifications to DNA within the ANK1 gene are strongly associated with measures of neuropathology in the brain. 

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Antibiotics in Early Life May Alter Long-term Immunity

August 18, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

New research found that receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on. The study helps scientists understand how different antibiotics affect good bacteria.        

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Suspect Gene Corrupts Neural Connections

August 18, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A genetic variation linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression wreaks havoc on connections among neurons in the developing brain, a team of researchers reports.                    

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Kids' brains reorganize when learning math skills

August 18, 2014 7:21 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The take-home advice: Drilling your kids on simple addition and...

Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE

August 18, 2014 3:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Health officials in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi say that a Nigerian woman who arrived on a flight transiting the city and who may have been infected with the Ebola virus has died. The city's Health Authority said in a statement carried by the state news...

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

August 18, 2014 2:18 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden. The increases may partly reflect more awareness and recognition...

Another Ebola Problem: Finding Its Natural Source

August 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Mike Stobbe and Marilynn Marchione - AP Medical Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.                    

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Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

August 17, 2014 8:22 am | by Charmaine Noronha - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast. HitchBOT, created by team of Ontario-based communication...

Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy

August 17, 2014 8:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house? Cambridge University in England is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like, at first bite, the sweetest job in the world: to study the fundamentals of chocolate. The research goal, according to the job description, is to identify ways of...

Kenya to bar travelers from Ebola-hit countries

August 17, 2014 6:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kenyan government says it will prevent entry into Kenya of passengers traveling from and through the Ebola-stricken West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The Health Ministry said the suspension is effective midnight Tuesday. It will allow health professionals and Kenyans...

Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

August 16, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the deepening crisis. Kenya Airways and regional carrier Gambia...

Liberia opens 2nd Ebola center in capital

August 16, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberian authorities opened a new center to treat Ebola patients in the capital Saturday after the existing one became overwhelmed with patients, while two more airlines announced they will halt flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the deepening crisis. Kenya Airways and...

FDA approves Biogen's MS drug Plegridy

August 15, 2014 8:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biogen Idec says that federal regulators have approved the specialty drugmaker's new treatment for people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. The company said Friday that the Food and Drug Administration cleared the injectable drug, dubbed Plegridy, after reviewing results from a study...

Bioscience Technology This Week #8: Safe Nuts for Allergy Sufferers

August 15, 2014 12:43 pm | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reports on the possibility of making nuts safer to eat for those with allergies. Our second story tackles important questions about which genes may drive antibiotic resistance. 

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