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New Diet Pill Tricks the Body into Losing Weight

January 6, 2015 1:09 pm | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an entirely new type of pill that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat. Read more...                  

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Plant Therapy Could Beat Malaria Parasite's Drug Resistance

January 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by UMass Amherst | News | Comments

Physicians and public health officials worldwide have been thwarted by the malaria parasite’s ability to evolve resistance to the succession of drugs. Read more...                

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Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

January 6, 2015 12:49 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. Read more...               

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Moderna Closes Financing for Growth of RNA Therapeutics Platform

January 6, 2015 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Moderna Therapeutics announced that it has raised $450 million in new funding to support the further expansion of its mRNA Therapeutics platform. Read more...                 

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Mylan Launches Generic Version of Hypertension Tablets

January 6, 2015 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Mylan announced the launch of its generic hypertension tablets. Read more...                               

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Nestlé Health Science Invests $65M in Microbiome Therapy Startup

January 6, 2015 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Nestlé Health Science’s investment will help fund the next stage of development of the startup's CDI treatment. Read more...                       

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UN: Ebola Kills 8,153 People in West Africa, Infects 20,650

January 6, 2015 9:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says at least 8,153 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Geneva-based body said that the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the disease comes from 20,656 cases in the three most affected countries - a mortality rate of 39 percent. 

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J&J: Start of Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Ebola Vaccine Regimen

January 6, 2015 9:04 am | by J&J | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson announced the start of a Phase 1, first-in-human clinical trial of a preventive Ebola vaccine in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The trial is being led by the Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics. Read more...

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Toxic Tau Could be Key to Alzheimer’s Treatment

January 6, 2015 8:50 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

For years, Alzheimer’s researchers have targeted amyloid beta in attempts to halt the progression of the disease, without success. Now, they have their sights set on a second brain protein: tau. And the findings are promising. Read more...

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Researchers Study Potential Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

January 5, 2015 4:06 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Vanderbilt University researcher William Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Germany and Canada have demonstrated a method for detecting “cell-free” tumor DNA in the bloodstream. Read more...                                

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Gilead Climbs After CVS Health Favors Its Hep C Drugs

January 5, 2015 2:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Gilead Sciences climbed on a rough day for the overall market after CVS Health said Gilead's pricey hepatitis C treatments will become a preferred treatment on several of its pharmacy benefits management plans. Read more...

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CDC: Flu Season Continues to Worsen, Could Peak This Month

January 5, 2015 2:43 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The flu is rampant in most of the country, and health officials say the season could peak soon. Read more...                          

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Ebola Medic Flown to Germany for Anonymity

January 5, 2015 12:20 pm | by Frank Jordan - Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean medic exposed to Ebola while working in West Africa has been flown to Germany for treatment because the patient's anonymity would be better protected there. Read more...             

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Ebola-Infected UK Nurse in Critical Condition

January 5, 2015 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The hospital treating a British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa said her condition has deteriorated to critical. Read more...                   

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CDC Begins Search for Lab Safety Chief

January 5, 2015 10:51 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The organization is creating this role after several embarrassing mishaps with hazardous material. Read more...                         

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