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Getting Ahead of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

February 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Colin Poitras, University of Connecticut | News | Comments

The prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has turned new drug development into a high-stakes chess game, with researchers always trying to anticipate a disease bacteria’s next move or mutation. Read more...        

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Diamonds Could Help Bring Proteins into Focus

February 6, 2015 8:56 am | by David L. Chandler - MIT | News | Comments

A new technique shows great promise for producing highly detailed images of individual proteins. Read more...                         

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Drug Resistant Bacteria Lurk in Subway Stations

February 6, 2015 8:49 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

A natural consequence of evolution, and the widespread use and misuse of antibiotics, resistance is increasing worldwide. Read more...                     

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How Outgoing FDA Chief Oversaw Food, Drugs and Tobacco

February 6, 2015 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced Thursday that she will step down next month after nearly six years overseeing the agency, which regulates products making up 25 percent of the U.S. economy. Read more...       

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Vaccine Skeptics Find Unexpected Allies in Conservative GOP

February 6, 2015 8:34 am | by Nicholas Riccardi - Associated Press | News | Comments

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. Read more...                 

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The Longevity of Attention Deficit Drugs

February 5, 2015 5:09 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

Can A.D.H.D. drugs help “normalize“ a child’s brain? Recent research suggests that A.D.H.D. medication may regulate the brain over time, rewiring neural connections, so that the focus and in-control effect endures. Read more...

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Two Major Studies Strengthen Case for Prostate Cancer Drug Before Chemotherapy

February 5, 2015 4:11 pm | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Pioneering prostate cancer drug abiraterone significantly extends the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer if given before chemotherapy. Read more...                  

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FDA Accepts Actavis' sNDA for Teflaro Labeling Expansion

February 5, 2015 4:03 pm | News | Comments

The FDA has set a target of Q3 2015 to complete its review of the medication. Read more...                             

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Paper Test for Ebola

February 5, 2015 3:55 pm | by Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A team of researchers are working on a diagnostic machine that can detect Ebola virus and other dangerous microbes. Read more...                     

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WHO: Ebola Cases Increase Slightly

February 5, 2015 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has gone up for the first time this year, the World Health Organization said, warning that the coming rainy season could complicate efforts to contain the disease. Read more...       

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New Biomarkers to Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

February 5, 2015 3:37 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer could be diagnosed up to two years earlier by screening for two tumor markers found in blood. Read more...                       

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New Source of Cells for Modeling Malaria

February 5, 2015 3:25 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Scientists are trying to develop new drugs that target the malaria parasite during the stage when it infects the human liver, which is crucial because some strains of malaria can lie dormant in the liver for several years before flaring up. Read more...  

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7 Myths About the Measles Vaccine

February 5, 2015 11:38 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

One of the prominent myths is that vaccines have scary side effects, including autism and sudden infant death syndrome, and that they can even be fatal. Read more...                

New Tool Helps Find Lung Cancer Patients Who Will Respond to Immune Therapies

February 5, 2015 11:29 am | by Vicky Agnew, Yale News | News | Comments

This new investigative tool to measure the anti-tumor immune activity in non-small cell lung cancer tumors. Read more...                        

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Potential Pancreatic Cancer Treatment May Increase Life Expectancy

February 5, 2015 11:18 am | by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer cells are notorious for being protected by a fortress of tissue, making it difficult to deliver drugs to either shrink the tumor or stop its growth. Read more...              

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