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Age and Anesthesia

August 26, 2015 10:18 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Recent Massachusetts General Hospital investigations into the neurobiology underlying the effects of general anesthesia have begun to reveal the ways different anesthetic agents alter specific aspects of the brain’s electrical signals, reflected by electroencephalogram signatures. Read more...

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Doctors Recommend Early Exposure to Prevent Peanut Allergies

August 26, 2015 10:14 am | by By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A pediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1. Read more...

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Lemon Juice Could Prevent Norovirus Infection

August 26, 2015 8:54 am | by German Cancer Research Center | News | Comments

Citric acid may prevent the highly contagious norovirus from infecting humans. Read more...

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Mylan Launches Generic Zosyn Injection

August 26, 2015 8:47 am | News | Comments

This product is a combination penicillin-class antibacterial and beta-lactamase inhibitor. Read more...

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Less May be More in Slowing Cholera Epidemics

August 26, 2015 8:15 am | by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health | News | Comments

More than 1.5 billion people around the world are at risk for cholera, a severe diarrheal illness caused by bacteria linked to poor water and sanitation. Read more...

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FDA, EMA Accept Boehringer's Regulatory Applications for Afatinib

August 26, 2015 8:00 am | News | Comments

The drug will be used to treat advanced sqaumous cell carcinoma of the lung. Read more...

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Pfizer: Hospira Purchase will Close in September

August 26, 2015 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer said the Federal Trade Commission ordered it to sell four drugs in order to preserve competition. Read more...

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Brazil's Pharmaceutical Market Value Will Approach $48B by 2020

August 26, 2015 7:30 am | by Joshua Owide, Director of Healthcare Industry Dynamics, GlobalData | News | Comments

The Brazilian pharmaceutical industry continues to prosper, primarily thanks to the country’s economic policies and reforms. Read more...

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Hearing Loss Drug Trial Takes Place at Firing Range

August 25, 2015 12:08 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A randomized Phase 3 Food and Drug Administration sanctioned study began in late 2013. Read more...

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Study Shows No Benefit of Omega-3 Supplements for Cognitive Decline

August 25, 2015 11:40 am | by National Eye Institute | News | Comments

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest and longest of its kind. Read more...

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New Study Provides Links Between Inflammation and Colon Cancer Metastasis

August 25, 2015 10:02 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

A new Arizona State University research study led by Biodesign Institute executive director Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., has identified for the first time the details of how inflammation triggers colon cancer cells to spread to other organs, or metastasize. Read more...

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Researchers Identify Signature of Microbiomes Associated with Schizophrenia

August 25, 2015 9:52 am | by George Washington University | News | Comments

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests. Read more...

Study Backs Flu Vaccinations for Elderly

August 25, 2015 9:31 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A new study of the records of millions of nursing home residents affirms the value of influenza vaccination among the elderly. The Brown University analysis found that between 2000 and 2009, the better matched the vaccine was for the influenza strain going around, the fewer nursing home residents died or were hospitalized. Read more...

Scientists’ Structural Discoveries Could Aid in Better Drug Design

August 25, 2015 9:26 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. Now, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found the biological equivalent of that idea or something very close. Read more...

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Expression of a Single Gene Lets Scientists Easily Grow Hepatitis C Virus in the Lab

August 25, 2015 9:13 am | by The Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Worldwide, 185 million people have chronic hepatitis C. Since the late 1980s, when scientists discovered the virus that causes the infection, they have struggled to find ways to grow it in human cells in the lab — an essential part of learning how the virus works and developing new effective treatments. Read more...

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