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Are Offspring of Obese Moms Pre-programmed for Obesity, Metabolic Disease?

June 11, 2015 11:08 am | by American Diabetes Association | News | Comments

Umbilical cord stem cells offer clues to mechanism by which obesity and diabetes are passed to next generation.

South Korea Reports 10th Death from MERS Virus

June 11, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked.

Axial Spondyloarthritis Treatment Market Value Will Almost Double to $2.9B by 2024

June 11, 2015 9:44 am | by Heather Leach, Ph.D., Immunology Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

Greater awareness of inflammatory back pain will lead to an increase in diagnosed prevalent cases of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) across the 7MM by 2024.

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Researchers Reduce Inflammation to Combat Obesity-Fueled Disease

June 10, 2015 10:55 am | by University of California San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers have found that augmenting a naturally occurring molecule in the body can help protect against obesity-related diseases by reducing inflammation in the fat tissues.

5 Things About Trans Fats and the FDA's Proposed Phase Out

June 10, 2015 9:45 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

There are a lot fewer trans fats in the nation's food than there were a decade ago, but the Obama administration is moving toward getting rid of them almost entirely.

NPWT Market Value Will Exceed $1B by 2023

June 10, 2015 8:42 am | by Premdharan Meyyan, Medical Devices Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The adoption of these disposable NPWT devices will be primarily driven by their drastically reduced costs and expanding applications. 

Data Scientists Find Connections Between Birth Month and Health

June 9, 2015 11:08 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a computational method to investigate the relationship between birth month and disease risk. The researchers used this algorithm to examine New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth.

Staph Germ, Found in Noses, Can Be Pushed Out by Good Bacteria

June 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Staphylococcus aureus, also known as the dreaded Staph bacteria that can cause lethal infections, is commonly found in the human nose. The germ is also estimated to cause infections killing 18,000 people every year in the U.S. But the potentially deadly unwelcome guests are a product of environment, not genes – and can be pushed out by benign bacteria, according to an international study of twins.

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6th Person Dies of MERS Virus in South Korea

June 8, 2015 9:25 am | by Tong-hyung Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.

Bioscience Bulletin: the Wonder of Sleep; the Origin of Life; and Why Your Cat is a Food Snob

June 5, 2015 4:25 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

Scientists Explain Mechanism for Effective Mouthwash

June 5, 2015 9:23 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Approach could also help fight other microbiome-related diseases.

Global Warming 'Hiatus' Never Happened, NOAA Says

June 5, 2015 8:11 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The hiatus was originally proposed in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, Fifth Assessment report.

Texas Doctors Do First Skull and Scalp Transplant

June 5, 2015 8:11 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.

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Los Angeles Area Shoreline is Latest to Close Over Oily Goo

June 4, 2015 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volunteers and crews scooped up the goo on the beach about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Officials didn't say how much of the sticky substance washed up.

More Reason for Calm than Panic in South Korea's MERS Scare

June 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look at what's happening in South Korea. 

Mechanism Behind Asthma and Chronic Rhinosinusitis Proposed

June 4, 2015 10:08 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new Northwestern Medicine study suggests that a protein called Oncostatin M (OSM) may compromise the airway’s epithelial barrier, a wall of cells that blocks pathogens, environmental factors and allergens from entering tissue and triggering the body’s immune system.

Years of Good Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetic Hearts, Study Finds

June 4, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Result shows importance of patients & doctors balancing risks & benefits of drugs to lower A1C levels, blood pressure and cholesterol/lipids.

Precision Health: Predicting and Preventing Disease — Not Just Treating It

June 4, 2015 9:27 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Precision health takes a big-data approach to disease prevention and detection, focusing on the various factors that help maintain health throughout the life span. 

British Smartphone Eye-exam App Hoping to Reach Millions of Blind Worldwide

June 3, 2015 1:51 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Thirty-nine million people are blind across the world. An estimated 80 percent of those cases were preventable, through proper diagnosis and medical care – if it was available.

Poor Sleep Linked to Toxic Buildup of Alzheimer’s Protein, Memory Loss

June 3, 2015 9:27 am | by UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Sleep may be a missing piece in the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. Scientists have found compelling evidence that poor sleep — particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories — is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s long-term memory.

Biotech Company Focuses on Developing Needle-Free Vaccines

June 3, 2015 8:31 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A company in the Netherlands is working on a needle-free vaccine candidate for treating human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Sleep Links Memories, Drives Immunity, Hikes Height—and More

June 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

According to sleep specialists talking on Alan Alda’s World Science Festival panel “What is Sleep?,” the last decade of research has revealed that the sleeping brain links current and past memories, re-rehearses and finesses activities tried during the day, and even secretes chemicals that make teens taller—among other things.

Federal Cafeterias to Serve Meat with Fewer Antibiotics

June 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees.

South Korea Reports its First 2 Deaths From MERS Virus

June 2, 2015 8:55 am | by Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.

South Korea Isolating Hundreds Amid MERS Outbreak

June 1, 2015 2:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Korea reported two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, on Sunday.

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