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Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

July 15, 2014 3:15 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance...

Capturing cancer: a powerful new technique for early diagnosis

July 14, 2014 6:20 pm | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

In research appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, ASU Biodesign Institute researcher Phillip Stafford and his team describe an innovative technique for early disease detection, which they call immunosignaturing. read more

Second probe details more CDC anthrax lab problems

July 14, 2014 4:21 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags. The new findings were disclosed Monday in a congressional committee's summary of a U.S....

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LC-MS System Combines Three Mass Analyzers

July 14, 2014 2:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Fusion Tribrid liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) system combines its three mass analyzers—quadrupole, Orbitrap, and linear ion trap—in a novel “Tribrid” architecture that offers depth of analysis of complex biological samples.

Stem Cell Scientists Lay a TRAP for Disease

July 14, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

USC Stem Cell scientists have set a “mouse TRAP” to capture the early signs of kidney failure. Their new transgenic mouse line uses a technique called TRAP to extract cellular and genetic information from a variety of solid organs. TRAP involves attaching a fluorescent tag to the ribosomes of the cell type of interest. Scientists can then collect the tagged ribosomes and determine which active genes are ordering proteins to be made. 

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Cannabis Compound Could Slow Tumor Growth

July 14, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis could reduce tumor growth in cancer patients. Research  reveals the existence of previously unknown signaling platforms which are responsible for the drug’s success in shrinking tumors. It is hoped that the findings could help develop a synthetic equivalent with anti-cancer properties.

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Deep Within Spinach Leaves, Vibrations Enhance Efficiency of Photosynthesis

July 14, 2014 1:29 pm | News | Comments

Biophysics researchers at the University of Michigan have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process that powers life on our planet. The findings could potentially help engineers make more efficient solar cells and energy storage systems.

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Scientists Find Genetic Recipe to Turn Stem Cells to Blood

July 14, 2014 1:22 pm | News | Comments

The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. A group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood.

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One in Three Alzheimer’s Cases Potentially Preventable, Study Says

July 14, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

A third of Alzheimer’s disease cases worldwide can be attributed to risk factors that can be potentially modified, such as lack of education and physical inactivity, according to new research.                 

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When Good Gut Bacteria Get Sick

July 14, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

Being sick due to an infection can make us feel lousy. But what must the ecosystem of bacteria, or microbiota, colonizing our guts be going through when hit with infection? A new study has utilized unique computational models to show how infection can affect bacteria that naturally live in our intestines.

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Aronia Berry Gaining Foothold in U.S.

July 14, 2014 8:20 am | by Margery A. Beck - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular "superfoods" like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.

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Mylan to buy Abbott business line in $5.3B deal

July 14, 2014 7:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The generic drugmaker Mylan is buying Abbott Laboratories' generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion. Mylan says the deal will diversify and expand its business outside the U.S. The combined company will be organized in the Netherlands and headquartered in...

AbbVie, Shire enter detailed talks on combination

July 14, 2014 7:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmakers AbbVie and Shire are in detailed talks about a possible combination after AbbVie once again raised the deal price and gave Shire shareholders a bigger stake in the new company. Shire says North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie is now offering a cash-stock combination valued at 53.20...

Got a Rash? iPad, Other Devices Might be the Cause

July 14, 2014 12:20 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones.

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Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors, study finds

July 14, 2014 12:20 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes. The results, published online Monday in Pediatrics, underscore recommendations that droppers and syringes that measure in...

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