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General: Island vacation season spawns Ebola fears

October 14, 2014 3:37 am | by Lolita C. Baldor - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The coming winter vacation season is raising worries about the potential for Ebola cases in Caribbean and Central American countries, the top U.S. military commander in South America says, noting that smaller countries may be less equipped to deal with the problem. Gen. John Kelly, head of U.S....

US charity helps NKorea fight drug-resistant TB

October 14, 2014 3:36 am | by Matthew Pennington - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite worsening U.S.-North Korean relations, an American charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the isolated country, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease. The Eugene Bell Foundation travels to North Korea twice a...

Doctor gives blood for Ebola-infected Dallas nurse

October 14, 2014 1:36 am | by Emily Schmall - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas nurse who caught Ebola while treating a Liberian patient who died of the disease has received a plasma transfusion donated by a doctor who beat the virus. Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people in an outbreak the World Health Organization has called "the most severe, acute health...

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Canadian Ebola vaccine begins testing

October 13, 2014 7:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human testing of an experimental Canadian-made Ebola vaccine began Monday, with federal officials saying the drug could be shipped to West Africa within months if it proves successful. Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the launch of the vaccine's first clinical trial marks a promising step in the...

Landfill rejects ash from Ebola victim's things

October 13, 2014 6:36 pm | by Kevin Mcgill - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Louisiana waste disposal site says it won't accept the ashes generated when a Texas Ebola victim's belongings from his apartment were incinerated and a judge has signed an order temporarily blocking the disposal in the state. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell had sought the order. Caldwell's...

System Processes Up to 12 Western Blots Simultaneously

October 13, 2014 2:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The BlotCycler from Precision Biosystems offers an automated system for performing western blots with high sensitivity and low background noise.

Bacterial Defense Policies

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | News | Comments

A research team has used high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy to obtain novel insights into the ultrastructural changes in an intracellular machine associated with the acquisition of resistance to the antibiotic erythromycin.      

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Bioinspired Coating Repels Blood, Bacteria from Medical Devices

October 13, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists and engineers developed a new surface coating for medical devices using materials already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The coating repelled blood from more than 20 medically relevant substrates the team tested.

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Gene Links Rare Infections with Predisposition to Autoimmune Disease

October 13, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

Scientists discovered an immune protein with paradoxical roles: It both aids and tamps down aspects of an immune system response, according to new research.                           

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What Happens to Your Brain When Your Mind is at Rest?

October 13, 2014 1:34 pm | News | Comments

For many years, the focus of brain mapping was to examine changes in the brain that occur when people are attentively engaged in an activity. No one spent much time thinking about what happens to the brain when people are doing very little. But new research has done just that.

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Scientists Sniff Out Unexpected Role for Stem Cells in the Brain

October 13, 2014 1:09 pm | Videos | Comments

Scientists report that newly formed brain cells in the mouse olfactory system— the area that processes smells— play a critical role in maintaining proper connections.                        

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Sensors to Simplify Diabetes Management

October 13, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

For many patients diagnosed with diabetes, treating the disease can mean a burdensome and uncomfortable lifelong routine of monitoring blood sugar levels and injecting the insulin that their bodies don't naturally produce. Now, tiny biosensors are being developed that could one day eliminate the need for these manual blood sugar tests.

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Doctors treating Spanish Ebola nurse hopeful

October 13, 2014 7:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The director of the Madrid hospital treating Spain's Ebola patient says the woman is stable and doctors are cautiously hopeful she will recover. Antonio Andreu told Onda Cero radio Monday that tests carried out on assistant nurse Teresa Romero on Sunday showed the level of virus had diminished...

Ebola is Modern Era's Worst Health Emergency

October 13, 2014 7:37 am | by Jim Gomez - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization called the Ebola outbreak "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times" on Monday but also said that economic disruptions can be curbed if people are adequately informed to prevent irrational moves to dodge infection.

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Steris to spend $1.9B on UK's Synergy Health

October 13, 2014 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steris Corp. is spending about $1.9 billion to buy British sterilization services company Synergy Health as U.S. corporations continue to incorporate overseas despite attempts to make such tax-saving maneuvers less lucrative. The medical products maker says the combined company will keep its...

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