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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...

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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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How a Single, Genetic Change Causes Retinal Tumors in Children

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

New research has answered the long-standing question of why mutations to the RB1 gene primarily cause tumors of the retina and not of other cell types. The study could reveal new cellular signaling pathways relevant to retinal development, cancer development, and ultimately, the development of novel therapies.

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Stem Cells Help Study How Mutation Affects Heart Health

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

Over 500 million people worldwide carry a genetic mutation that disables a common metabolic protein called ALDH2. The mutation, which predominantly occurs in people of East Asian descent, leads to an increased risk of heart disease and poorer outcomes after a heart attack. Now, have learned for the first time specifically how the mutation affects heart health.

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At Least Two Regions of the Brain Decide What We Perceive

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

Tests on the brains of macaques have shown that neurons in at least two regions of the brain, the temporal and frontal lobes, are responsible for deciding which impressions reach our consciousness.                

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Chemists Recruit Anthrax to Deliver Cancer Drugs

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

Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of researchers has now hijacked that delivery system for a different purpose: administering cancer drugs.

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Simple Blood Test a Possible Tool for Early Cancer Diagnosis

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

High levels of calcium in blood, a condition known as hypercalcemia, can be used by GPs as an early indication of certain types of cancer, according to a new study.                          

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BST This Week #19: Smelly Grass Fights Off Bugs

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

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reports on a discovery that claims the smell of mown grass is actually an SOS for help in resisting insect attacks. Our second story covers the possibility that modified vitamin D can help fight pancreatic cancer.

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Chromatography Medium for Efficient, Flexible Antibiody Purification

September 25, 2014 3:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE Healthcare Life Sciences launched Capto S ImpAct cation exchange chromatography medium for efficient and flexible purification of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs).

Sierra Leone cordons off 3 areas to control Ebola

September 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone restricted travel Thursday in three more "hotspots" of Ebola where more than 1 million people live, meaning about a third of the country's population is now under quarantine. Sierra Leone is one of the hardest hit countries in the Ebola outbreak sweeping...

Nobel Prize-winning ‘iPSC’ Stem Cell Method Vastly Improved

September 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

By adding just three compounds to the Nobel Prize-winning induced pluripotent stem cell recipe, a research group is reporting a huge 90 to 100 percent stem cell haul in under a week.                  

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