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U.S. to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

October 23, 2014 | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.            

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Environment Could Improve Stem Cell Therapies

October 23, 2014 12:27 pm | Comments

Stem cell therapies are being hailed as a potential cure for many major health conditions, but there is much still to learn about the highly complex environments needed to optimize these therapies, according to new research.       

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Fast Modeling of Cancer Mutations

October 23, 2014 12:06 pm | Comments

Researchers now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. The approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations.

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Real-time System Monitors Dangerous Bacteria in the Body

October 23, 2014 11:56 am | Comments

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with a class of dangerous Gram-negative bacteria.

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45,000-year-old Modern Human DNA Sequenced

October 23, 2014 11:46 am | Comments

A research team has sequenced the genome of a 45,000-year-old modern human male from western Siberia. A genome comparison showed that he lived close in time to when the ancestors of present-day people in Europe and eastern Asia went different ways.

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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...

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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.

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Childhood Autism Linked to Air Toxics

October 22, 2014 2:13 pm | Comments

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers’ pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without the condition, according to a new study.

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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.       

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