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The Sun Goes Down on Vitamin D

January 22, 2016 7:00 am | by Tim Spector, King's College London, The Conversation | News | Comments

Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamored with vitamin D supplements for decades. Read more...

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Blood Test May Predict If You Really Need Antibiotics

January 21, 2016 1:25 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Antibiotics are often overprescribed and misused, leading to a global threat of antibiotic resistance. But in a new study, researchers say they’re a step closer to developing a rapid blood test that distinguishes between viral and bacterial respiratory infections, which would mean more accurate antibiotic prescribing. Read more...

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New Biomarkers May Influence Drug Design and Alternative Cancer Treatments, Study Shows

January 21, 2016 11:21 am | by Georgia State University | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered gene-targets (biomarkers) that may enable alternative treatments or the potential design of new drugs that target metastasis-promoting tumor genes. Read more...

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Brain Scans May Identify Children Who Are Vulnerable to Depression, Before Symptoms Appear

January 21, 2016 11:11 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A new brain imaging study from MIT and Harvard Medical School may lead to a screen that could identify children at high risk of developing depression later in life. Read more...

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More than 1,000 Tested for Tuberculosis in Rural Alabama

January 21, 2016 10:59 am | by Philip Lucas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuberculosis, a global scourge, has mostly been eradicated in the United States, but minorities and poor people who lack regular health care remain vulnerable. Marion, the town where Coretta Scott King was raised, is just that kind of community: the seat of Alabama's poorest county, where 47 percent live in poverty and the per-capita annual income is just $13,000. Read more...

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Alkermes Depression Drug Fails in Two Late-Stage Trials

January 21, 2016 10:31 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Alkermes on Thursday said two Phase 3 studies of its drug for major depressive disorder (MDD) failed to meet their primary endpoints, sending the company’s shares down more than 30 percent in premarket trading. Read more...

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Five Indicted on Charges of Stealing Pharma Information for Startup

January 21, 2016 10:21 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two GlaxoSmithKline scientists and three co-conspirators were indicted on charges of stealing pharmaceutical trade secrets. Read more...

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Drugmakers Propose New Plan for Fighting Superbugs

January 21, 2016 9:15 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Its asking for global assistance in creating new types of antibiotics. Read more...

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The Fallout from the Fatal Drug Study in France

January 21, 2016 8:25 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The aftermath of a catastrophic clinical trial in France has raised concerns regarding the lack of data shared about the incident.  Read more...

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Anti-Hepatitis Harvoni to be Released on Market Soon

January 21, 2016 7:45 am | by Al-Masry Al-Youm, The Egypt Independent | News | Comments

The anti-hepatitis C Harvoni drug, made by US company Gilead, will be available on the Egyptian market within days. Read more...

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Baker's Yeast Could Help Create New Anti-Malarial Drugs

January 21, 2016 7:30 am | by St. George's University of London | News | Comments

Malaria is a massive global health burden, with a current WHO estimate of around 600,000 deaths annually. Read more...

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Synthetic Biologists Find Solution for Faster Vaccine Development

January 21, 2016 7:15 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of Oxford University researchers has devised a new technique to speed up the development of novel vaccines. Read more...

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Study Results Leading to Development of Anticancer Agent

January 21, 2016 7:00 am | by University of Tsukuba | News | Comments

A wide variety of research has shown that γ-tubulin activates during cell division and that it is overexpressed in a portion of cancer cells. Read more...

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Study Finds No Link Between Surgical Anesthesia and MCI

January 20, 2016 10:59 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

A Mayo Clinic study of people who received anesthesia for surgery after age 40 found no association between the anesthesia and development of mild cognitive impairment later in life. Mild cognitive impairment is a stage between the normal cognitive decline of aging and dementia. The findings are published in the February issue of the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more...

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CDC: Ask Pregnant Women About Trips to Zika Outbreak Areas

January 20, 2016 10:38 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials issued new guidance Tuesday for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects. Doctors should ask pregnant women about their travel and certain symptoms, and - if warranted - test them for an infection with the Zika (ZEE'-ka) virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Read more...

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