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Skin Cells Reprogrammed Directly into Brain Cells

October 22, 2014 | Comments

Scientists have described a way to convert human skin cells directly into a specific type of brain cell affected by Huntington’s disease, an ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder.                   

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Noteworthy ballot measures in upcoming election

October 23, 2014 5:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

More than 140 ballot measures will be decided by voters in 42 states in the Nov. 4 general election. Among the noteworthy subjects being addressed: ___ ABORTION In Colorado, a "personhood" amendment would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act. Opponents...

AP-GfK Poll: Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

October 23, 2014 3:26 am | by Lauran Neergaard - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Amid worry here, most Americans say the U.S. also should be...

Australia weighs US request for Ebola Africa team

October 23, 2014 1:25 am | by Rod Mcguirk - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Australia's prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region. Prime Minister Tony Abbott discussed the Ebola crisis with...


Concussion study says NCAA needs improvement

October 22, 2014 9:25 pm | by Jimmy Golen - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Colleges remain inconsistent in the way they handle athletes' concussions, according to a Harvard University study that comes more than four years after the NCAA began requiring schools to educate their players about the risks of head trauma and develop plans to keep injured athletes off the...

Key features of rigorous new US Ebola monitoring

October 22, 2014 5:26 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Rigorous monitoring of travelers arriving from Ebola-stricken West African countries is being implemented to keep the virus from spreading in the United States. Key features announced Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: WHO WILL BE MONITORED? Starting Monday, all...

Eli Lilly adds $375M to Zymeworks partnership

October 22, 2014 5:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Eli Lilly and Zymeworks said Wednesday they are expanding a cancer drug development partnership. The companies announced a team-up in January but did not disclose terms. Without explaining the initial terms of the partnership, the companies said Zymeworks could get an additional $375 million in...

New Ebola 'czar' to meet with Obama, top aides

October 22, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama was meeting with his Ebola response team Wednesday as his new point man on the disease, Ron Klain, settled into his job and began the complicated task of coordinating activity among numerous disparate agencies. The meeting comes as the Obama administration continues to...

WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths

October 22, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and that the spread of the lethal virus remains "persistent and widespread" in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In a new update, WHO also said there have been 9,936 probable, suspected and confirmed cases of...


Tackling Blindness, Deafness Through Neuroengineering

October 22, 2014 2:26 pm | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth $3.6 million for five research projects.


Olive Oil More Stable, Healthful for Frying Food

October 22, 2014 1:52 pm | Comments

Before dunking your favorite food in a vat of just any old oil, consider using olive. Scientists are reporting that olive oil withstands the heat of the fryer or pan better than several seed oils to yield more healthful food.       


Skin Patch May Replace Syringe for Disease Diagnosis

October 22, 2014 1:46 pm | Comments

Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe.                  


US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

October 22, 2014 1:26 pm | by Connie Cass - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That includes returning American aid workers, federal health employees and journalists, as well as West...

CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by Connie Cass - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Federal health officials are significantly expanding the breadth of vigilance for Ebola, saying that all travelers who come into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for symptoms of illness for 21 days. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and...

Biogen slides as MS drug is linked to inflammation

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Biogen Idec slumped 8 percent Wednesday despite a strong quarter after the pharmaceutical said a patient who took its newest multiple sclerosis drug suffered a brain inflammation and later died. The company confirmed there was a case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or...

Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site

October 22, 2014 11:27 am | by Kabba Kargbo - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors were discharged from a treatment center near Sierra leone's capital on Wednesday and told they were virus-free. The third group released from the Hastings Treatment center, which included 45 patients, were also issued with health...


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