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Study Examines Cancer Risk from First Atom-bomb Test

September 30, 2014 | by Susan Montoya Bryan - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government's test of the world's first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago.  

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Scientists Discover Gene Controlling Muscle Fate

September 30, 2014 2:11 pm | Comments

Scientists have moved a step closer to improving medical science through research involving muscle manipulation of fruit flies. They discovered in the flight muscles of Drosophila a new regulator of a process called alternative splicing.     

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Drug and Device Firms Paid $3.5B to Care Providers

September 30, 2014 2:02 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors.                    

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NIH Awards Initial $46M for BRAIN Initiative Research

September 30, 2014 1:51 pm | Comments

The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.     

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Breaking News: Six Changing Faces of ‘Global Killer’ Bacteria

September 30, 2014 11:22 am | Comments

Researchers have shown for the first time that a genetic switch allows Streptococcus pneumoniae to randomly change its characteristics into six alternative states.                          

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J&J buying Alios for $1.75B

September 30, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is buying the biopharmaceutical company Alios BioPharma Inc. for about $1.75 billion. Alios is a privately held company that focuses on developing therapies for viral diseases. The deal includes Alios' portfolio of potential therapeutics for viral infections including...

Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species

September 30, 2014 7:37 am | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. The study Tuesday from the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to nature for a 52 percent...

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

September 30, 2014 7:36 am | by Krista Larson - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Soon her mother's sorrow became so unbearable, her body so limp...

Viagra ads target women for 1st time

September 30, 2014 5:36 am | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women. In the new 60-second ad, a middle-aged woman reclining on a bed in a tropical setting addresses the...

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ASU researcher offers some good news about Ebola

September 29, 2014 6:37 pm | by Arizona State University | Comments

The wave of Ebola sweeping over West Africa is not moving as quickly as many previous epidemics, according to Arizona State University associate professor Gerardo Chowell-Puente. Article source:  Washington Post ...

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

September 29, 2014 3:53 pm | by Malcolm Ritter - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | Comments

When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in...

Clovis shares rise on ovarian cancer study data

September 29, 2014 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Clovis Oncology climbed Monday after the company reported promising study results for its cancer drug rucaparib. The Boulder, Colorado, company is studying rucaparib as a treatment for ovarian and breast cancer. Clovis Oncology said Monday that in a small trial, 14 out of 15 patients...

Scientists Identify Signature of Aging in the Brain

September 29, 2014 1:14 pm | Comments

How the brain ages is still largely an open question– in part because this organ is mostly insulated from direct contact with other systems in the body, including the blood and immune systems. Now, new research may have found evidence of a unique “signature” that may be the “missing link” between cognitive decline and aging.

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Protein that Causes Frontotemporal Dementia also Implicated in Alzheimer’s

September 29, 2014 12:56 pm | Comments

Researchers have shown that low levels of the protein progranulin in the brain can increase the formation of amyloid-beta plaques (a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease), cause neuroinflammation, and worsen memory deficits in a mouse model of this condition.

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Biologists Find an Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

September 29, 2014 12:39 pm | Comments

Years before they show any other signs of disease, pancreatic cancer patients have very high levels of certain amino acids in their bloodstream, according to a new study.                        

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Ancient Human Genome Throws New Light on Origins

September 29, 2014 12:31 pm | Comments

What can DNA from the skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tell us about ourselves as humans? A great deal when his DNA profile is one of the "earliest diverged"– oldest in genetic terms– found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago.

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