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Boeing Partners with South African Airways to Turn New Tobacco Plant into Jet Fuel

August 8, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. This initiative broadens cooperation between Boeing and SAA to develop renewable jet fuel in ways that support South Africa's goals for public health as well as economic and rural development.

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WHO: Ebola Outbreak is a Public Health Emergency

August 8, 2014 3:21 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. The WHO announced the Ebola outbreak — the largest and longest in history — is worrying enough to merit being declared an international health emergency. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May.

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FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

August 7, 2014 6:21 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use against an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa. Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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'Normal' Bacteria Vital for Keeping Intestinal Lining Intact

August 7, 2014 4:24 pm | by Einstein | News | Comments

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that bacteria that aid in digestion help keep the intestinal lining intact. The findings could yield new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and a wide range of other disorders.

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Compact Pipetting Workstation

August 7, 2014 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Microlab NIMBUS384 from Hamilton Robotics is a compact, multi-channel liquid handler that offers fast liquid transfers, superior accuracy and precision pipetting. 

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Cell Mechanics May Hold Key to How Cancer Spreads and Recurs

August 7, 2014 2:34 pm | News | Comments

Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed. Some particularly enterprising cancer cells can cause a cancer to spread to other organs, called metastasis, or evade treatment to resurface after a patient is thought to be in remission. A team found that these so-called tumor-repopulating cells may lurk quietly in stiffer cellular environments, but thrive in a softer space.

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Largest Cancer Genetic Analysis Reveals New Way of Classifying Cancer

August 7, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

Researchers with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network have completed the largest, most diverse tumor genetic analysis ever conducted, revealing a new approach to classifying cancers. The work not only revamps traditional ideas of how cancers are diagnosed and treated, but could also have a profound impact on the future landscape of drug development.

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Part of the Brain Stays "Youthful" into Older Age

August 7, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide. A study compared the ability of 60 older and younger people to respond to visual and non-visual stimuli in order to measure their "spatial attention" skills.

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Bad Bite: A Tick Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

August 7, 2014 1:27 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A tick bite might make you a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by Lone Star ticks, which are found in the Southwest and eastern half of the U.S.

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Nasal Test Accurately Diagnoses Human Prion Disease

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a new study.                     

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Low Vitamin D Ups Dementia Risk, Study Says

August 7, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

In the largest study of its kind, researchers suggests that in older people, not getting enough vitamin D may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.                      

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Spain priest with Ebola stable in Madrid hospital

August 7, 2014 8:23 am | by Ciaran Giles - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish missionary priest who tested positive for the Ebola virus was in stable condition at a Madrid hospital on Thursday after being evacuated from Liberia, health officials said. The priest, Miguel Pajares, 75, was helping to treat people infected with Ebola and was one of three who tested...

FDA Warns of Infection-causing Tattoo Inks

August 7, 2014 3:23 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe.               

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Obama: Public health focus can curb Ebola outbreak

August 6, 2014 7:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the Ebola virus is controllable with standard public health measures and the U.S. is working with allies to send additional medical workers to West Africa. The use of an experimental drug to treat American aid workers raises ethical questions about who should get any...

New York hospital patient tests negative for Ebola

August 6, 2014 6:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who recently visited West Africa and then was hospitalized in New York City with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms does not have the Ebola virus. Mount Sinai Hospital said Wednesday the man tested negative for the deadly disease, which has erupted in West Africa. The man was ill...

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