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Burkina Faso: Food Aid Shortage Threatens HIV Patients

February 23, 2015 9:51 am | by Brahima Ouedraogo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso could soon face cuts in food assistance because of a funding shortage. Read more...                    

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Garden Hose a Breeding Ground for Legionnaire's Disease

February 23, 2015 9:32 am | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

It is synonymous with an Aussie summer but the humble backyard hose could be a bacterial breeding ground, providing the ideal conditions for the organisms that cause Legionnaires’ disease to flourish. Read more...        

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Mylan Signs Exclusive Agreement with Gilead Sciences to Distribute Hepatitis C Medication in India

February 23, 2015 9:24 am | News | Comments

The drugs, Harvoni and Solvadi, are expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2015. Read more...                           

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Fearing Ebola, North Korea Bars Tourists from Capital Marathon

February 23, 2015 8:56 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea barred foreigners from one of its most popular tourist events - the annual Pyongyang marathon - because of concerns over the Ebola virus. Read more...                

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Valeant Agrees to Buy Salix for About $10 Billion in Cash

February 23, 2015 8:48 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has agreed to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for about $10 billion in cash. Read more...                  

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Safety, Life-Saving Efficacy of Statins Exaggerated: USF Scientist

February 20, 2015 1:08 pm | News | Comments

Hailed as miracle drugs when they hit the market two decades ago, statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs prescribed to prevent heart attacks, are not as effective nor as safe as we have been led to believe, say Dr. David M. Diamond, a professor of psychology, molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida. Read more..

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Lawyer: Teen Infected by 'Superbug' Struggling to Survive

February 20, 2015 12:31 pm | by Alicia Chang and John Rogers, AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An 18-year-old student is struggling to survive after he was infected by a "superbug" outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, his attorney said. Read more...

Lilly Provides Update on Evacetrapib Phase 3 Trial

February 20, 2015 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Company has accepted the recommendation of the ACCELERATE study academic executive committee, based on emerging science in the cardiovascular field, to extend the Phase 3 trial of the investigational medicine evacetrapib by approximately six months. Read more....

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Building Understanding of Hepatitis C Virus Replication

February 20, 2015 12:17 pm | News | Comments

The study, published online in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, explains the role of one small, but critical molecule called miR-122 in helping the virus replicate itself. Read more...                           

Evaluating Drugs to Improve Vision In Diabetic Macular Edema

February 20, 2015 12:05 pm | by Marla Paul, Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

A national study led by Northwestern Medicine shows the drug Eylea is superior for improving the eyesight of persons with poor vision due to diabetic macular edema, a major cause of vision loss from diabetes, according to Lee Jampol, MD, Louis Feinberg, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology. Read more...

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The Evolution of Birth Control

February 20, 2015 11:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This video shows how contraception has evolved over the years. Read more...                               

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Novo Nordisk Announces Positive Phase 2 Results for Type 2 Diabetes Drug Study

February 20, 2015 9:19 am | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk announced that it has successfully completed the phase 2 trial for a treatment for type 2 diabetes. Read more...                      

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Large Amounts of Mitochondrial Toxic Agents Cross the Placenta Barrier

February 20, 2015 9:07 am | by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona | News | Comments

Mitochondria can suffer from two types of disease: genetic or acquired. Read more...                             

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Researchers Discover Potential Treatment for Drug Resistant TB

February 20, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

This form of the disease cannot be cured with conventional therapies. Read more...                             

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Indian Health Authorities: 700 Died in Flu Outbreak

February 20, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health authorities were working to ensure remote hospitals in northern and western India had adequate medical supplies for a flu outbreak that has claimed more than 700 lives in 10 weeks. Read more...          

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