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Basic Beliefs About Atherosclerosis Overturned

July 6, 2015 10:59 am | by University of Virginia Health System | News | Comments

Doctors’ efforts to battle the dangerous atherosclerotic plaques that build up in our arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes are built on several false beliefs about the fundamental composition and formation of the plaques, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. Read more..

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Washington Woman's Measles Death is First in U.S. Since 2003

July 6, 2015 10:51 am | by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station. Read more...

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Allergan to Acquire Oculeve Dry Eye Disease Development Programs

July 6, 2015 8:34 am | News | Comments

The acquisition of Oculeve adds novel, complementary dry eye development programs to Allergan's current eye care research and development programs. Read more...

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New Test Could Predict Arthritis Drug Failure in Patients

July 6, 2015 8:25 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

These findings could help better manage patients’ symptoms. Read more...

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How St. Johns Wort Can Make You Sick

July 6, 2015 8:25 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

St John’s Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as antidepressants. Read more...

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Supercharging Stem Cells to Create New Therapies

July 6, 2015 8:25 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. Read more...

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Thailand's Only Known MERS Patient is Virus-Free

July 6, 2015 8:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ministry said that five laboratory tests showed negative results for the disease, including most recently on Wednesday. Read more...

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Liberia Works to Contain Ebola, Find Source of New Cases

July 6, 2015 8:24 am | by Carley Petesch and Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week. Read more...

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Discovery Points to a New Path Toward a Universal Flu Vaccine

July 2, 2015 2:18 pm | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. Read more...

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Study Could Lead to Vaccines and Treatment of Dengue Virus

July 2, 2015 2:08 pm | by Vanderbilt University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the National University of Singapore have determined the structure of a human monoclonal antibody which, in an animal model, strongly neutralizes a type of the potentially lethal dengue virus. Read more...

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FDA Clears Drug for Leading Form of Cystic Fibrosis

July 2, 2015 1:54 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the twice-a-day pill from Vertex Pharmaceuticals for a variation of cystic fibrosis that affects about 8,500 people in the U.S. who are 12 years and older. The approval notice was posted to the agency's website Thursday. Read more...

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ViiV Healthcare, Desano Will Allow Competitive Supply of Dolutegravir in China

July 2, 2015 1:23 pm | News | Comments

ViiV Healthcare and Desano Pharmaceuticals (Desano) today announced a strategic manufacturing agreement to enable production in China of dolutegravir. Read more...

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Diabetes Drug Spurs Weight Loss, But Not Without Side Effects

July 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The injectable drug liraglutide, marketed as Saxenda, can help overweight or obese patients lose a significant amount of weight — but a study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that the drug also carries several side effects. Read more...

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Researcher Who Faked HIV Vaccine Gets Prison Term, Millions in Fines

July 2, 2015 10:56 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A scientist who faked results of an experimental HIV vaccine in rabbits to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough was sentenced to more than 4 years in prison and $7 million in fines by a federal judge, authorities announced. Read more...

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The Drunkest Eye: Do Those Baby Blues Mean Higher Rates of Problem Drinking?

July 2, 2015 10:25 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Blue eyes could be a risk factor for alcohol dependence, according to a new Univ. of Vermont study. People with lighter-colored eyes had a higher incidence of problem drinking, according to the results, published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B. Read more...

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