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New Insight Into How Motor Neurons in Brain Die During ALS

December 17, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Researchers look to understand the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in the hope of finding new ways to treat the disease. A new study published online in the Cell Press journal Neuron shows that a common gene mutation in ALS generates a deadly protein that may cause the damage in the brain that leads to ALS. Read more...

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Ohio House to Consider Lethal Injection Drug Bill

December 17, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

The names of companies that provide Ohio with lethal injection drugs would be shielded under a proposal the state House is poised to vote on Wednesday. Read more...                                        

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Occasional Heroin Use May Worsen HIV Infection

December 17, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use. Read more...

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PDI Announces Launch of NGS Test for Cancer Risk Assessment

December 17, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

PDI, Inc. announced that its molecular diagnostics subsidiary, Interpace Diagnostics, has launched its new next-generation sequencing (NGS) ThyGenX test to assist physicians in distinguishing between benign and malignant genotypes in indeterminate thyroid nodules.  Read more...

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FDA Approves First Pathogen Reduction System to Treat Plasma

December 17, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Intercept Blood System for plasma, the first pathogen reduction system for use by blood establishments in the preparation of plasma in order to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTI). Read more...

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Predicting Antibiotic Resistance

December 17, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Treating bacterial infections with antibiotics is becoming increasingly difficult as bacteria develop resistance to the antibiotics being used against them. Read more...                

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Clementia Launches First Natural History Study of Patients with FOP

December 17, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Clementia Pharmaceuticals announced the initiation of a natural history study in patients with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. Read more...                   

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Veloxis Announces Action Against FDA Over Prophylaxis Drug

December 17, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals announced that it has filed an action in federal district court against the Food and Drug Administration. Read more...                    

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House Searches for Ebola in Sierra Leone Capital

December 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay - Associated Press | News | Comments

Surveillance teams fanned out Wednesday in Sierra Leone's capital to search every house for sick people. Read more...                        

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14 Charged in Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014 9:06 am | by Denise Lavoie - Associated Press | News | Comments

14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. Read more...                 

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Massachusetts Doctor Cured of Ebola Returning to Liberia

December 16, 2014 3:17 pm | by Philip Marcelo - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola said Tuesday that he's returning to Liberia. Read more...                            

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Hep C: The Fight for a Fair Drug Price

December 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The price of one pill has placed Gilead Sciences in the middle of a lawsuit. Read more...                             

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Altered White-Blood-Cell Motion in Burn Patients May Warn of Infection

December 16, 2014 11:54 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A team of Harvard Medical School investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified what may be a biomarker predicting the development of sepsis, a dangerous systemic infection in patients with serious burns. Read more..                          

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'Super Bacteria' Found in Rio's Olympic Waters

December 16, 2014 11:36 am | by Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press | News | Comments

A drug-resistant "super bacteria" that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, scientists said. Read more...                            

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Teen Prescription Opioid Abuse Trend Down

December 16, 2014 11:27 am | by NIH | News | Comments

Use of cigarettes, alcohol, and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013 while marijuana use rates were stable, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). However, use of e-cigarettes, measured in the report for the first time, is high. Read more...

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