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Gilead to license generic version of Sovaldi

September 15, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gilead Sciences has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in developing countries. Gilead said Monday that the India-based drugmakers will make a generic version of Sovaldi, also known as sofosbuvir,...

British boy gets first proton treatment in Prague

September 15, 2014 7:31 am | by Karel Janicek - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

British boy Ashya King underwent his first proton beam therapy session for a life-threatening brain tumor in Prague on Monday, a week after the 5-year-old boy was flown here from Spain. Ashya's case caused an international uproar after his parents removed him from an English hospital last month...

U.S. Works to Step Up Ebola Aid, But is it Enough?

September 15, 2014 3:35 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone.                 

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Kids' Poisonings Linked to Anti-addiction Medicine

September 15, 2014 12:34 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.          

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4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

September 14, 2014 8:35 am | by Clarence Roy-macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care...

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

September 14, 2014 7:34 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual...

Amesbury brothers try out bionic pancreas

September 14, 2014 12:35 am | by Elizabeth Rose - The Daily News of Newburyport - Associated Press | News | Comments

Like all parents, Constance Clarizia wants a short respite and sweet dreams at the end of the day. But for the past 14 years, nighttimes have not been sweet. With two sons who have Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes, nighttimes have meant monitoring of blood sugar levels even while her children...

Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

September 13, 2014 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has requested funds from the World Health Organization to evacuate a doctor sickened with the deadly Ebola disease. A letter from President Ernest Bai Koroma's office said he had approved to fly Dr. Olivet Buck, a citizen of Sierra Leone, to a hospital...

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Lilly cancer drug fares well in late-stage study

September 12, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Co. said Friday its potential colorectal cancer drug Cyramza helped patients on chemotherapy with advanced cases of the disease survive longer than patients on chemotherapy alone. The Indianapolis company said patients treated with Cyramza and a chemotherapy in late-stage research...

BST This Week #15: Bees May be Key to Antibiotic Alternatives

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski explores the role that bees may play in the search for antibiotic alternatives. Our second story focuses on how increased carbon dioxide levels in water can rob sharks of their ability to sense the smell of food.

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Study Links Genetic Mutation to Melanoma Progression

September 11, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have found that the genetic mutation BRAFV600E , frequently found in metastatic melanoma, not only secretes a protein that promotes the growth of melanoma tumor cells, but can also modify the network of normal cells around the tumor to support the disease's progression.

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Two Anti-Ebola Vaccines in Historic Race

September 11, 2014 3:38 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

One of the most rapidly fast-tracked vaccines in history— an anti-Ebola “ChAd3” vaccine— just started clinical trial in humans, and may be done as soon as November. But a second fast-tracked anti-Ebola vaccine— called an “rVSV” vaccine— is hot on its heels.

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Gut Microbes Determine How Well Flu Vaccine Works

September 11, 2014 3:34 pm | News | Comments

Mice treated with antibiotics to remove most of their intestinal bacteria or raised under sterile conditions have impaired antibody responses to seasonal influenza vaccination, researchers have found.               

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Mice and Men Share a Diabetes Gene

September 11, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

A new study has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the industrialized world: type 2 diabetes.                 

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Neurochemical Imbalance Discovered in Schizophrenia

September 11, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers have discovered that neurons from patients with schizophrenia secrete higher amounts of three neurotransmitters broadly implicated in a range of psychiatric disorders.     

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