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Researchers Identify Genetic Clues Associated with Cigarette Addiction

September 1, 2015 | by Virginia Commonwealth University | News | Comments

Pinpointing these genetic variants could eventually assist in identifying the biological mechanism behind nicotine addiction. Read more...

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California Doctor Faces Murder Trial in 3 Drug Deaths

September 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even after several patients died of overdoses, a California doctor charged in their deaths kept passing out prescriptions for powerful painkillers in appointments that lasted as little as three minutes. Read more...

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First Human Trial Shows Immunotherapy Agent Benefits Patients with Drug Resistant MM

September 1, 2015 10:28 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

The drug proved generally safe in patients even at the highest doses tested in the study. Read more...

Chemo Drug Works by Tricking Cells into Thinking They're Infected

September 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

The new research overturns the previous view that these drugs switch off some of the genes responsible for cell growth. Read more...

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Experts to Investigate New Ebola Case in North Sierra Leone

September 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Carley Petesch and Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Read more...

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New Approach to Tackling Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure Shows Significant Results

September 1, 2015 7:45 am | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

Blood pressure was significantly reduced among patients after just six months on the novel treatment strategy, and the results were sustained. Read more...

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Study: Tiny, Wireless Pacemaker Could be Surgery-Free Option

September 1, 2015 7:30 am | by Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study said. Read more...

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Researchers Develop Drug to Treat Scarring, Autoimmune Diseases

September 1, 2015 7:15 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

An anti-scarring drug invented by UBC researchers will soon complete testing to determine its safety in humans as a topically administered drug. Read more...

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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Writer, Dies at 82

September 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sacks cataloged both disease and diversity of human beings over decades – and he again entered the public eye as he wrote about his own encounter with terminal cancer. Read more...

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Judge Upholds Tennessee Lethal Injection Method

August 31, 2015 11:10 am | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Read more...

Researchers Thwart Cancer Cells by Triggering 'Virus Alert'

August 31, 2015 11:00 am | by Van Andel Institute | News | Comments

An increasingly promising focus of cancer research, the drugs are designed to disarm cancer cells' ability to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system. Read more...

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Breast Cancer Risk Score Impacts Chemotherapy Use

August 31, 2015 10:35 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

A genetic test that helps predict whether some women’s breast cancer will recur might influence how chemotherapy is used. Read more...

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Contact Lens Makers Take Fight Over Price Law to Court

August 31, 2015 10:20 am | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry. Read more...

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Vitamin D May Play Key Role in Macular Degeneration

August 31, 2015 10:10 am | by University of Buffalo | News | Comments

UB research shows women with two risk alleles and low D status are more likely to have the disease. Read more...

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E.Coli Growth Inhibited by Flu Medications

August 31, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Escherichia coli (E. coli) most likely brings to mind news stories of unsuspecting consumers buying bad food at the supermarket. Read more...

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Sierra Leone: Officials Confirm New Ebola Death

August 31, 2015 8:42 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Read more...

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