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UN Warns Against Complacency as Ebola Fight Enters New Phase

March 3, 2015 10:23 am | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.             

Sierra Leone's Vice President in Quarantine for Ebola

March 2, 2015 9:34 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of...

Million Man Study Examines Long-term Effects of Blocking Inflammation

February 27, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Inflammation - the body's response to damaging stimuli - may have a protective effect against...

Ebola Doctor: Media, Politicians Fueled the Public's Fear

February 26, 2015 9:35 am | by Tom Mcelroy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and rode the subway system and dined out before...

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UK First Country to Allow Creation of Embryos from Three People

February 25, 2015 10:21 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The bill granting the controversial techniques was passed Tuesday by the House of Lords, after being approved earlier this month by the House of Commons.                  

Scientists Report Bionic Hand Resconstruction in Three Austrian Men

February 25, 2015 9:20 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.                              

Cancer Risk Linked to DNA 'Wormholes'

February 19, 2015 11:59 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Single-letter genetic variations within parts of the genome once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ can increase cancer risk through 'wormhole-like' effects on far-off genes, new research shows.             

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Disruption in Brain Signals Shed New Light on Melancholic Depression

February 19, 2015 11:54 am | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a distinctive brain signature in people with melancholic depression, supporting calls for its classification as a unique mood disorder type.               

Iron May be a Factor in Dementia

February 17, 2015 4:09 pm | by Leigh Dayton, UTS | News | Comments

There is no way to spot Alzheimer's early, no effective treatment and no known cure.                             

Protein Clue to Sudden Cardiac Death

February 17, 2015 3:56 pm | by Oxford University | News | Comments

A protein has been shown to have a surprising role in regulating the 'glue' that holds heart cells together, a finding that may explain how a gene defect could cause sudden cardiac death.            

Health Groups Say AIDS No. 1 Killer of Adolescents in Africa

February 17, 2015 3:47 pm | by Tom Odula, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global health organizations said Tuesday that AIDS is now the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa, and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally.              

Australian Project to Combat Myanmar Snake Deaths

February 17, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia is funding a three-year, 2.3 million Australian dollar ($1.8 million) project that will aid snakebite victims in Myanmar by upgrading care facilities and the quality and availability of antivenom.         

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Ebola Victims Infectious for a Week After Death, Nonhuman Primate Study Finds

February 13, 2015 4:32 pm | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief, ALN Magazine | News | Comments

The Ebola virus remains viable for at least seven days after death in non-human primates. A new study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggests that Ebola transmission from deceased individuals may be possible for an extended period of time after death, underscoring the importance of using safe practices for handling corpses.  

Persevering Past Roadblocks to Build Promising Ebola Vaccine

February 10, 2015 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola has claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa over the past year, although new infections have dropped dramatically in recent months.                    

Impact of Obesity on Fertility Can be Reversed

February 10, 2015 8:56 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have revealed how damage from obesity is passed from a mother to her children, and also how that damage can be reversed.                      

Brazil Scientists Fear Golden Mussel Threat to Amazon River

February 6, 2015 12:14 pm | by Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, is threatened by the most diminutive of foes - a tiny mussel invading from China.                      

Hydrogen Sulfide Could Help Lower Blood Pressure

January 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

Research has indicated that a new compound, called AP39, which generates minute quantities of the gas hydrogen sulfide inside cells.                      

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WHO: Ebola Response Shifts to Ending Epidemic

January 29, 2015 2:23 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.             

Ancient Israeli Skull May Document Migration from Africa

January 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Malcolm Ritter - AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago, fitting into the period when scientists had thought the migrants inhabited the area.                      

New Information on Relatively Unknown Blood Borne Bacteria

January 20, 2015 3:39 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Haemoplasmas are a group of blood borne bacteria found in a wide range of mammals, including domestic and wild cats, and can cause severe anaemia. The findings of a new study have significantly advanced researchers’ knowledge of immunity for these pathogens.

Questions, Answers About Sri Lanka Mystery Kidney Disease

January 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A mystery kidney disease is killing Sri Lankan farmers. The first cases surfaced some two decades ago in the country's North Central province, the main rice-producing area. Since then, the disease has killed up to an estimated 20,000 people on the Indian Ocean island nation.

Mystery Lingers Over STAP “Acid Bath” Stem Cells

January 7, 2015 10:22 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

An investigatory panel hired by the Riken Institute in Toyko, Japan recently issued reports finding that STAP “acid bath” stem cells were, in the main, simply garden-variety embryonic stem (ES) cell lines.                        

CDC Begins Search for Lab Safety Chief

January 2, 2015 4:29 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The CDC is creating this position after several embarrasing mishaps with hazardous material last year.                           

Ebola Patient in Britain Transferred to London

December 30, 2014 3:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A British health care worker who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa has been transferred from Scotland to an isolation unit in London for specialist treatment.                          

Researchers: IMF Policies Hindered Ebola Response

December 30, 2014 3:47 pm | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press | News | Comments

Professors from three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayment over social spending contributed to the Ebola crisis by hampering health care in the three worst-hit West African countries. 

Tracing Evolution of Chicken Virus Yields Insight into Deadly Strain

December 29, 2014 4:57 pm | by St. Judes Children's Hospital | News | Comments

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian influenza.                 

Liberia Reports Dozens of New Ebola Cases on Border

December 29, 2014 4:08 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned Monday, marking a setback amid recent improvements.               

Malaria Killing Thousands More Than Ebola in West Africa

December 29, 2014 4:05 pm | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.             

In the Face of Stress, Flies Unite

December 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne | News | Comments

Fruit flies respond more effectively to danger when in a group.                                 

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