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Protein that Causes Frontotemporal Dementia also Implicated in Alzheimer’s

September 29, 2014 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that low levels of the protein progranulin in the brain can increase the formation of amyloid-beta plaques (a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease), cause neuroinflammation, and worsen memory deficits in a mouse model of this condition.

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Biologists Find an Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

September 29, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Years before they show any other signs of disease, pancreatic cancer patients have very high levels of certain amino acids in their bloodstream, according to a new study.                        

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Ancient Human Genome Throws New Light on Origins

September 29, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

What can DNA from the skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tell us about ourselves as humans? A great deal when his DNA profile is one of the "earliest diverged"– oldest in genetic terms– found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago.

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UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

September 29, 2014 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. mission to combat Ebola is opening its headquarters in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the West African crisis. The head of the mission, Anthony Banbury, and his team are expected to arrive Monday in Ghana's capital, Accra. The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response,...

Amag Pharma to spend $675M on Lumara Health

September 29, 2014 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of anemia treatment maker Amag Pharmaceuticals soared Monday after it announced plans to buy Lumara Health in a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth more than $1 billion. The Waltham, Massachusetts, company said Monday it will spend $600 million in cash and another $75 million in stock...

Chikungunya Spreading in Latin America

September 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Ezequiel Abiu Lopez - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people.      

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Virus Probed in Paralysis Cases in 9 Colorado Kids

September 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.                 

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Australia won't send Ebola doctors to West Africa

September 29, 2014 12:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia has ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly virus. Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, as well as the Australian...

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U.S. Doctor Exposed to Ebola Virus Admitted to NIH

September 28, 2014 5:35 pm | News | Comments

An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been admitted for observation at The National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital. NIH confirmed in a news release on its website that the physician arrived Sunday.

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5 babies test positive for TB in Texas exposure

September 27, 2014 9:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Five babies have tested positive for tuberculosis in West Texas after a nurse assistant at an El Paso hospital exposed hundreds of infants to the disease between September 2013 and last month. The El Paso Department of Public Health says in a statement that none of the children have active TB,...

Ebola clinics fill up as Liberia awaits aid

September 27, 2014 10:36 am | by Krista Larson - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen-year-old D.J. Mulbah set off at dawn with his mother and grandmother in desperate pursuit of a coveted bed at the Ebola clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Liberia's capital. Too weak to stand, they bundled him up into a taxi with his backpack and a yellow plastic bucket for his...

Liberia: Top doctor goes under Ebola quarantine

September 27, 2014 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola. Bernice Dahn, a deputy health minister, told The Associated Press Saturday she did not have any Ebola symptoms but wanted to ensure she was not infected. The World Health...

Alimera, pSivida say FDA clears eye implant

September 26, 2014 6:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alimera Sciences and pSivida said Friday the FDA approved their eye disease implant Iluvien. Iluvien is an implant delivered by injection that is intended to treat diabetic macular edema, a condition that can cause blurred vision and blindness. The implant is designed to gradually release tiny...

Policies of NIH, other funders, have improved data-sharing by life-science investigators

September 26, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mass General | News | Comments

Policies put into place by major funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health, and to a lesser extent by scientific journals, appear to be meeting the goal of increasing the sharing of scientific resources among life science investigators.

Alzheimer's Patients Can Feel the Emotion After the Memories Have Vanished

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A new study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence— good or bad— on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.                       

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