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Triclosan Spurs Growth of Breast Cancer Cells

April 23, 2014 | Comments

Some manufacturers are turning away from using triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products over health concerns. Now, scientists are reporting new evidence that appears to support these worries.     

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Breaking News: New Genetic Brain Disorder Discovered

April 24, 2014 12:09 pm | Comments

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, has been reported.                       

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Eli Lilly 1Q profit tumbles 53 percent on patents

April 24, 2014 8:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Eli Lilly's first-quarter earnings plunged 53 percent after the expiration of a key patent protecting its top-selling antidepressant cut into the drugmaker's revenue. The Indianapolis company lost U.S. patent protection for Cymbalta last year, exposing the drug to generic competition. It also...

New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit

April 24, 2014 5:20 am | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Strong new drug sales helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit. The company said Thursday that its net profit of nearly $2.97 billion, which was up from $2.42 billion in the same period last year, was helped by sales growth from some of its...

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Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

April 24, 2014 3:20 am | by Dave Gram - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea. The Vermont House...

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

April 24, 2014 12:20 am | by Michael Felberbaum - AP Tobacco Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the...

Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

April 23, 2014 6:20 pm | by Terry Tang - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Stacey Armato, who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix,...

Marijuana use may result in heart-related complications in young, middle-aged adults.

April 23, 2014 4:21 pm | by American Heart Association | Comments

Study Highlights: Marijuana use may result in heart-related complications in young and middle-aged adults. Nearly 2 percent of the health complications from marijuana use reported were cardiovascular related. A quarter of these complications result in death, according to a French study.

Feds: Amedisys paying $150 million settlement

April 23, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health company, will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday. Amedisys and its affiliates make up one of the...

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Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

April 23, 2014 3:21 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Australian researchers have combined cochlear implants with gene therapy in an experiment that improves the hearing of deafened animals. Cochlear implants partially restore hearing by emitting electrical impulses that activate auditory nerves in the brain. Researchers at Australia's University of...

Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

April 23, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more than 240 cases of the virus have been recorded in Guinea and Liberia. Most of those cases are in Guinea, where 136 people have...

Scientists ID New Protein Complex Involved in Learning, Memory

April 23, 2014 12:57 pm | Comments

Scientists have identified a protein complex, a novel role for a protein known as RGS7, that plays a critical but previously unknown role in learning and memory formation.                       

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Enzymes Can Help Fix Cancer-causing DNA Defects

April 23, 2014 12:40 pm | Comments

Researchers have identified an important enzyme pathway that helps prevent new cells from receiving too many or too few chromosomes, a condition that has been directly linked to cancer and other diseases.             

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Scientists Alter Fat Metabolism in Animals to Prevent Heart Disease

April 23, 2014 12:28 pm | Comments

Working with mice and rabbits, scientists have found a way to block abnormal cholesterol production, transport and breakdown, successfully preventing the development of atherosclerosis, the main cause of heart attacks and strokes and the number-one cause of death among humans.

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China says quality of its groundwater has worsened

April 23, 2014 6:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chinese authorities say nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout the country is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants. The Ministry of Land and Resources said in an annual report released late Tuesday that testing at 4,778 monitoring...

Michigan Man Among First to Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 3:18 am | by Mike Householder - Associated Press | Comments

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Roger Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.

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