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President Obama Reveals Details About Precision Medicine Project

January 30, 2015 4:53 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

President Obama held a press conference today revealing new details surrounding the Precision Medicine initiative he announced during the State of The Union.                 

Inside Google's Secretive Life Sciences Lab

January 29, 2015 4:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This is the first official look at the life sciences division of Google X.   ...

By Taking a Rest, Exhausted T Cells Live to Fight Another Day

January 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

Killer T cells are one of the body's main lines of defense against pathogens.   ...

President Obama Announces Precision Medicine Initiative

January 22, 2015 12:32 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The President briefly mentioned the project during the State of The Union earlier this week....

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New Fibers Can Deliver Many Simultaneous Stimuli

January 20, 2015 3:22 pm | by David L. Chandler - MIT | News | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study.                                

Eradicating Ebola: What Will It Take?

January 20, 2015 10:25 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These factors may not be enough to finally end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.                              

New Way to Model Sickle Cell Behavior

January 20, 2015 10:07 am | News | Comments

Patients with sickle cell disease often suffer from painful attacks known as vaso-occlusive crises, during which their sickle-shaped blood cells get stuck in tiny capillaries, depriving tissues of needed oxygen. Blood transfusions can sometimes prevent such attacks, but there are currently no good ways to predict when a vaso-occlusive crisis, which can last for several days, is imminent.

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Harvard Launches Department of Biomedical Informatics

January 16, 2015 1:49 pm | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

The focus of this department is to study the convergence of health and data.                               

Five Biotech Startups to Watch in 2015

January 13, 2015 5:02 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These companies have an interesting year ahead of them.                                   

CDC Pushes Antiviral Meds as Flu Becomes More Widespread

January 12, 2015 8:58 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.                       

Biogen Idec, Columbia to Conduct Collaborative Genetics Research

January 12, 2015 8:48 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

The agreement will integrate genomics research conducted at Columbia with Biogen Idec’s understanding of disease mechanisms and pathways, and expertise in discovering new medicines.             

23andMe, Genentech to Collaborate on Parkinson's Data Project

January 8, 2015 1:47 pm | News | Comments

23andMe and Genentech team up to generate whole genome sequencing data for approximately 3,000 people in 23andMe's Parkinson's disease community.                   

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The Best Offense Against Bacteria is a Good Defense

January 7, 2015 4:17 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

A small protein active in the human immune response can disable bacterial toxins by exploiting a property that makes the toxins effective.                     

Existing Drug May Prevent Foggy 'Old Age' Brain

December 26, 2014 9:27 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Forgetfulness, it turns out, is all in the head. Scientists have shown that fading memory and clouding judgment, the type that comes with advancing age, show up as lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But new experiments suggest an existing drug, known as riluzole and already on the market as a treatment for ALS, may help prevent these changes.

Scientists Find Way to Boost Healthy Cells During Chemo

December 12, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

It’s well known that chemotherapy helps fight cancer. It’s also known that it wreaks havoc on normal, healthy cells. Scientists are closer to discovering a possible way to boost healthy cell production in cancer patients as they receive chemotherapy. 

Laughing Gas Studied as Depression Treatment

December 10, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies.                        

Injectable 3-D Vaccines Could Fight Cancer, Infectious Diseases

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have shown a non–surgical injection of programmable biomaterial that spontaneously assembles in vivo into a 3-D structure could fight and even help prevent cancer and also infectious disease such as HIV.          

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Drug Development in a Time of Ebola

December 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Forbes kicked off the 2014 Healthcare Summit with a session titled, “Drug Development in A Time of Ebola,” where Forbes senior editor Matthew Herper interviewed Edward Cox and Lucianna Borio, two high-ranking officials at the FDA.

Resistance and Futility

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have revealed how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow— which may lead to new ways to thwart drug resistance. Looking beyond penicillin’s known targets in the cell wall, the team showed that these drugs do more than simply block cell-wall assembly.

A Poisonous Cure

December 5, 2014 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Take two poisonous mushrooms, and call me in the morning. While no doctor would ever write this prescription, toxic fungi may hold the secrets to tackling deadly diseases.                       

Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective this Winter

December 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.                             

Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Trial

December 1, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

A breast cancer vaccine developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is safe in patients with metastatic breast cancer, results of an early clinical trial indicate.                   

Merry Marijuana: Pot Sellers Woo Holiday Shoppers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Kristen Wyatt - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar.                  

Be Thankful: Turkeys May Someday Be Lifesavers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day.                           

Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions.                        

A Hybrid Vehicle That Delivers DNA

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies.   

Merck, Iowa Firm Sign Ebola Vaccine Licensing Deal

November 24, 2014 1:58 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Merck & Co., a top creator and seller of vaccines, has joined the fight against Ebola, the often-fatal hemorrhagic virus that's been ravaging parts of West Africa for months.                     

Exciting Gains in Fighting Breast Cancer Hormone-therapy Resistance

November 24, 2014 1:56 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Guided by breakthrough research on the Estrogen Receptor 1 (ESR1) gene, many researchers and pharmaceutical companies are in hot pursuit of the next big anti-resistance breast cancer drug.                  

Early Statin Use May Give Long-term Heart Benefits

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life.               

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