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Scientists Take Key Step Toward Custom-Made Nanoscale Chemical Factories

February 5, 2016 10:35 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab | News | Comments

Scientists have for the first time reengineered a building block of a geometric nanocompartment that occurs naturally in bacteria. They introduced a metal binding site to its shell that will allow electrons to be transferred to and from the compartment. This provides an entirely new functionality, greatly expanding the potential of nanocompartments to serve as custom-made chemical factories. Read more..

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C. Diff Study Provides Insight into Antibiotic Resistance and Risks for Infection

February 5, 2016 10:29 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

Exposure to specific antibiotics is linked to the development of certain strains of antibiotic-resistant C. difficile, one of the fastest growing bacteria superbugs, according to a new study published by Stuart Johnson, MD, of Loyola University Health System (LUHS), Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) and the Hines VA Medical Hospital. Read more...

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Doctor Faces Life Sentence for Over-Prescribing Painkillers

February 5, 2016 10:24 am | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

A doctor convicted of murder for prescribing "crazy, outrageous amounts" of painkillers that left three patients dead could get life in prison at her sentencing scheduled for Friday. Read more...

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Therapeutic Approach Gives Hope for Treatment of Multiple Myeloma

February 5, 2016 8:56 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

The results of this research were published in the specialized journal Bone Marrow Transplantation. Read more...

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India's Pharmaceutical Market to Skyrocket from $20B to $55B by 2020

February 5, 2016 8:52 am | by Adam Dion, MSc, Senior Industry Analyst, GlobalData | News | Comments

India supplies 20 percent of global generic medicines in terms of export volume, making the country the largest provider of generic medicines globally. Read more...

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Lab Criticized as Slow to Act in Fatal French Drug Trial

February 5, 2016 8:44 am | by Matthias Blamont, Reuters | News | Comments

A full investigation aimed at identifying the exact causes is expected by end-March, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Thursday. Read more...

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Latin America Scrambles to Squash Zika-Spreading Mosquito

February 5, 2016 8:40 am | by Jenny Barchfield and Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

With no hope for a vaccine to prevent Zika in the near future, authorities are focusing on the most effective way to combat the virus: killing the mosquito that carries it. Read more...

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Light Signals from Living Cells

February 5, 2016 8:39 am | by Goethe University Frankfurt | News | Comments

Tracing distinct proteins in cells is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Read more...

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Potential New Approaches to Treating Eye Diseases

February 5, 2016 8:38 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

AMD is a leading cause of vision impairment in old age, and is caused by the degeneration of cells in the retinal layer of the eye. Read more...

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Scientists Uncover Neural Pathway Responsible for Opioid Withdrawal

February 4, 2016 11:37 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford researchers manipulated the brains of morphine-addicted mice and allowed the animals to overcome withdrawal symptoms. The finding could offer a new approach to quieting symptoms that often lead to recurring drug use. Read more...

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Lawmakers Grill Turing, Valeant Over Drug Price Increases

February 4, 2016 11:36 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Martin Shkreli and Valeant CEO Howard Schiller were questioned about their companies' actions for new drugs. Read more...

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U.S. Zika Case Sparks Questions About Sex and Mosquito Germs

February 4, 2016 11:27 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness. Read more..

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Draper Device Could Help Develop Drugs for Hearing Loss

February 4, 2016 11:03 am | by betaBoston | News | Comments

A battery-operated device a little larger than a golf ball could one day help treat people with hearing loss by delivering medication directly into the cavity in their ear. Read more..

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WATCH: Martin Shkreli's Congressional Hearing on Drug Prices

February 4, 2016 10:58 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The controversial executive plans on pleading the fifth during the hearing. Watch here.

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The Future of Medicine Could be Found in This Tiny Crystal Ball

February 4, 2016 10:52 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

​A Drexel University materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body. Read more...

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