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Fully Functional Immune Organ Grown from Lab-created Cells

August 25, 2014 1:06 pm | Videos | Comments

Scientists have, for the first time, grown a complex, fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory.                     

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Eye Implant Monitors Glaucoma

August 25, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who conttol increasing pressure within the eye. Now, a tiny eye implant could enable patients to take more frequent readings from the comfort of home.

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Liberia: Doctor Given Experimental Ebola Drug Dies

August 25, 2014 11:56 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country's information minister said Monday, as a top U.N. delegation promised more help for countries battling the virulent disease during a visit to Sierra Leone. 

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Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment

August 25, 2014 2:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan says it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as potential treatment to fight the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that Japan can offer the anti-influenza tablet favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm...

E-cigarettes Might Help Smokers Quit, AHA Says

August 25, 2014 1:22 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.          

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Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

August 24, 2014 11:22 am | by Tamara Lush - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Citrus has always been synonymous with Florida. The orange adorns the state license plate. The University of Florida's famed football stadium was named after an orange magnate. There is even a county called Citrus. Throughout the decades, the citrus industry has always stood strong — through...

Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

August 24, 2014 9:17 am | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The first British citizen confirmed to be infected with the deadly Ebola disease is being evacuated from Sierra Leone on a jet sent by the Royal Air Force, a Sierra Leone official said Sunday. The male patient, who has not been identified, was working at an Ebola...

Nigeria doctors suspend strike over Ebola threat

August 24, 2014 8:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nigerian Medical Association says it has suspended a public sector doctors strike to help efforts to contain Ebola in the country. The association on Sunday directed doctors to return to work Monday. The strike started on July 1, before Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer flew into Nigeria and...

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Allergan reviews meeting requests in takeover bid

August 23, 2014 2:20 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking as part of the hostile takeover attempt it's been waging since April. Allergan has repeatedly...

Correction: Ebola story

August 23, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a story Aug. 22 about new cases of Ebola in Nigeria, The Associated Press reported erroneously in headlines that deaths from Ebola in Liberia topped 1,000. Deaths did not top 1,000 in Liberia, but cases of Ebola in Liberia did. A corrected version of the story is below: Ebola spreads in...

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

August 23, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's parliament has approved a law imposing prison terms of up to two years for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient. Lawmaker Ansumana Jaiah Kaikai said the measure passed Friday was needed because some families had resisted seeking medical treatment for...

BST This Week #10: Gene Mutation Key to High-Altitude Living

August 22, 2014 1:38 pm | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski covers a genetic mutation that allows high-altitude-dwelling Tibetans to survive in the peaks of the Tibetan Plateau. Our second story looks at how minor infections increase stroke risk in children.

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Are Three Brain Imaging Techniques Better than One?

August 22, 2014 1:13 pm | News | Comments

To date, almost all studies of autism in children have used a single imaging technique to explore connectivity. None has been able to capture a robust picture of the brain abnormalities associated with autism— until now. Researchers are combining three imaging techniques and harnessing the best of each one.

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Laser Device May End Pin Pricks for Diabetics

August 22, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood.

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Skin Cells Reprogrammed to Mimic Rare Disease

August 22, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

Stem cell biologists have found a way to reprogram a patient’s skin cells into cells that mimic and display many biological features of a rare genetic disorder called familial dysautonomia.                  

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