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The Skin Cancer Selfie

October 29, 2014 1:02 pm | Videos | Comments

If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is caught early enough it is almost always curable. Now, a camera capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives.

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Genetic Screening Could Reduce Number of Breast Cancer Cases

October 29, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Should every newborn baby girl be genetically screened for breast-cancer risk? That isn’t cost-effective— yet. But if it were, would it be worthwhile? A previous study said no. But, new research suggests otherwise.           

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Investigating the Remarkable Memory of 'SuperAgers'

October 29, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

In 2012, scientists captured national attention by identifying for the first time a group of people over 80 with remarkable, age-defying memory power. Now, the same scientists will continue studying these “SuperAgers” to find out how they resist cognitive decline.  

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Researchers Sequence Enterovirus D68 Genome

October 29, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Researchers have sequenced the genome of enterovirus D68 sampled from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Nationwide, the virus has spread rapidly in recent months.                     

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Blood Test Could Diagnose Early-onset Alzheimer’s

October 29, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A non-invasive blood test that could diagnose early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with increased accuracy has been developed by researchers. The new early-detection blood test could predict these changes and a person’s risk of developing AD much earlier than is currently possible.

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Google Developing Pill to Detect Cancer

October 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device.

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Obama praising doctors fighting Ebola in Africa

October 29, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is surrounding himself with health care workers battling Ebola in Africa to showcase what he calls their "incredible heroism." Amid debate over how returning health care workers should be monitored, Obama plans to make remarks from the White House Wednesday afternoon with...

Ebola puts Ghana's bush meat traders out of work

October 29, 2014 6:26 am | by Rodney Muhumuza - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Yaa Kyerewaa cuts a lonely figure beside a pile of animal parts: the jaws of a giant rodent, the hooves of wild pigs, snails. This bush meat was once considered a delicacy and fetched premium prices. But Ebola has frightened away customers and Kyerewaa hasn't sold anything in days. Accra's busy...

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Supply rocket headed to space station explodes

October 28, 2014 9:27 pm | by Marcia Dunn - AP Aerospace Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort. ...

Possible complete mammoth skeleton found in Idaho

October 28, 2014 4:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A portion of a Columbian mammoth skull and tusks have been uncovered in southeastern Idaho, and experts say a rare entire skeleton might be buried there. Experts estimate the mammoth was about 16 years old and lived about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago in what was a...

Ebola’s Patient Zero Was Guinean Toddler

October 28, 2014 4:27 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control.                           

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Ebola nurse on defensive gets call from Obama

October 28, 2014 4:27 pm | by Ray Henry - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient was released Tuesday from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver. Another nurse, held for days in a medical tent in New Jersey after volunteering in...

Imaging the Genome

October 28, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

A new study has allowed researchers to peer into unexplored regions of the genome and understand for the first time the role played by more than 250 genes key to cell growth and development.                 

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DNA-repairing Enzyme Can Worsen Tissue Damage

October 28, 2014 3:04 pm | News | Comments

When tissues are deprived of blood, as happens during a stroke or heart attack, the lack of oxygen can cause serious damage. A new study shows that surprisingly, a DNA-repair enzyme called Aag actually makes this damage worse.       

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Mathematical Models Can Predict Cellular Processes

October 28, 2014 2:34 pm | News | Comments

A multi-institutional, international team of researchers studied cells found in breast and other types of connective tissue and discovered new information about cell transitions that take place during wound healing and cancer.          

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