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Gut Bacteria Protects Against Food Allergies

August 26, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition.           

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Vision Problems Can Dim Life Expectancy

August 26, 2014 2:10 pm | News | Comments

Older adults losing vision as they age are more likely to face an increased mortality risk, according to new research. The researchers analyzed data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation study that tracked the vision health of 2,520 older adults, ages 65 to 84.

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Fiber-based Ingredient Can Make You Eat Less

August 26, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated the effectiveness of a fiber-based dietary ingredient that makes people feel less hungry and consume less food. Tthe new product  consists of a combination of dietary fiber sources including a viscous hydrocolloid and a whole-grain corn flour rich in resistant starch.

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Cancer Leaves a Common Fingerprint on DNA

August 26, 2014 1:45 pm | News | Comments

Regardless of their stage or type, cancers appear to share a telltale signature of widespread changes to the so-called epigenome, according to a team of researchers. In a study of a broad variety of cancers the investigators say they have found widespread and distinctive changes to chemical marks known as methyl groups attached to DNA.

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Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 26, 2014 1:29 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood.     

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Crohn's Gene Discovery May Lead to Better Screening

August 26, 2014 1:23 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have identified chemical changes in the DNA of patients with Crohn’s disease that could help to screen people for the disease. These changes can be detected in blood samples, opening the door to a simple test for Crohn’s disease.    

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Protein Inhibits HIV Release

August 26, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

The TIM family of proteins that promotes virus entry into cells also has the ability to block the release of HIV and other viruses, researchers have found.                           

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Amid ALS Mania, Possible Drug Target Spotted

August 26, 2014 11:41 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

As, all around them, everyone from Derek Jeter to the Kennedy family was dousing themselves in ice water for the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” Harvard researchers announced last week they may have found an ALS therapy— or two.       

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US health official: Ebola has 'upper hand'

August 26, 2014 7:22 am | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it. Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia,...

Medtronic buys brain stimulation company for $200M

August 26, 2014 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic spent about $200 million in cash to buy a privately held company that develops deep brain stimulation technologies. The acquisition of Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation will make the medical device maker stronger in an emerging area of medicine, the modulation of brain function. ...

NFL, FIFA join forces to evaluate concussions

August 25, 2014 8:23 pm | by Barry Wilner - AP Pro Football Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens of...

Vivus acquires patent rights to Qsymia ingredient

August 25, 2014 8:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Vivus has acquired a group of patents covering one of the main ingredients behind its weight loss drug Qsymia from Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Janssen, owned by Johnson & Johnson, agreed at the same time to dismiss the federal lawsuit filed just Friday against Vivus....

FDA names potential Insys treatment an orphan drug

August 25, 2014 8:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A potential treatment from Insys Therapeutics Inc. for an aggressive form of brain cancer will have some marketing exclusivity if regulators eventually approve it. The Food and Drug Administration has granted an orphan drug designation to the Chandler, Arizona, drugmaker's pharmaceutical...

Law on genetically modified crops ruled invalid

August 25, 2014 8:22 pm | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect in October. Syngenta...

Exercise Can Impact Breast Cancer Risk

August 25, 2014 3:38 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

A large new study found that when post-menopausal women stop physical activity, their odds of developing breast cancer rise. But, the study also found that breast cancer risk drops surprisingly rapidly after exercise starts.                  

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