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A Single Germline Stem Cell “Switch” May be Anti-Aging Drug Target

August 11, 2015 3:50 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

Aging is not gradual in the C. elegans roundworm. It begins suddenly at reproductive maturity (or roundworm puberty), according to a provocative new study in Molecular Cell by a Northwestern University team. Read more...

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Scientists Discover Possible "Obesity Gene"

August 11, 2015 1:42 pm | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have discovered a gene that could be an important cause of obesity. Read more...

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Eli Lilly Wins First Trial over Cymbalta Withdrawal Symptoms

August 11, 2015 11:11 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This verdict could benefit Eli Lilly, since an estimated 250 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company over this drug. Read more...

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Vitamin Supplement May Prolong Onset of Psychosis

August 11, 2015 11:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Results from this study were published today in the journal Nature Communications. Read more...

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Coca-Cola-funded Science Group Says ‘Energy Balance,’ Not Calories, Answer to Obesity

August 11, 2015 10:27 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An epidemic of obesity continues to balloon across the United State and many developed countries. But whether sedentary lives or unhealthy diets are the main cause remains a matter of contention. Enter the Global Energy Health Network, a new group founded to research the interplay between physical activity and diet. Read more...

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Common Class of ‘Channel Blocking’ Drugs May Find a Role in Cancer Therapy

August 11, 2015 9:52 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Drugs called ion channel blockers, which are commonly used to treat cardiac, neurological, and psychiatric disorders, might prove useful in cancer therapy, according to research findings in fruit flies and mice by UC San Francisco scientists that led to unconventional treatment of a case of metastatic brain cancer. Read more...

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CVS Health to Pay Government $450,000 to Settle Dispute

August 11, 2015 9:48 am | by Amy Anthony, Associated Press | News | Comments

CVS Health has agreed to pay $450,000 to the federal government to settle allegations that several of its Rhode Island retail pharmacies filled forged and invalid painkiller prescriptions. Read more...

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Novavax: Early Study Indicates Its Vaccine Effective Vs. RSV

August 11, 2015 9:42 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus that annually kills thousands of vulnerable Americans - babies and senior citizens. Read more...

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Phase 2 Trials Underway for New Single Dose Malaria Treatment

August 11, 2015 8:47 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Currently, malaria infects approximately 200 million and kills nearly 600,000 people worldwide each year. Read more...

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Study Discovers Breast Cancer Metastasis Gene

August 11, 2015 8:42 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

The discovery paves the way for the development of therapies that target the early stages of breast cancer. Read more...

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Super-Small Needle Technology For The Brain

August 11, 2015 8:10 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Microscale needle-electrode array technology has enhanced brain science and engineering applications, such as electrophysiological studies, drug and chemical delivery systems, and optogenetics. Read more...

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New Research to Speed Up Treatments for MS

August 11, 2015 7:55 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

A clever new research model being developed at The University of Queensland aims to fast-track new treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). Read more...

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New Extra 'Sticky' Microgel Could Revolutionize Bladder Cancer Treatment

August 11, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Reading | News | Comments

The microgel can also release the drug in a more controlled manner, and for a longer period of time, than alternative delivery methods. Read more...

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Drug Candidate Kills Cancer Cells Through Overstimulation

August 10, 2015 12:47 pm | News | Comments

A drug candidate that overstimulates proteins crucial for tumor growth shows promise as a new strategy to treat a wide range of cancers. The demands of rapid cell division put a strain on cancer cells, and the approach works by tipping cell stress over the edge. Read more...

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Researchers Identify Drug Candidate for Skin, Hair Regeneration

August 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Experiments with mice and human skin cells have implications for treating people. Read more...

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