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Mali On High Alert With New Ebola Cluster

November 17, 2014 9:19 am | by Baba Ahmed - Associated Press | News | Comments

 Mali had been spared the virus now blamed for killing more than 5,000 people across West Africa but now there are least three confirmed Ebola deaths. Read more...                

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Going Purple: 5 Cutting-edge Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research

November 17, 2014 9:03 am | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor, Bioscience Technology | Articles | Comments

November is already halfway over— which means we’re also halfway through National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, which celebrates and raises awareness for the nearly 5.4 million people who have this condition. Read more...

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Tiny Needles Could Treat Two Major Eye Diseases

November 14, 2014 1:09 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. Read more...

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Glenn Beck's Health Struggle

November 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The former Fox News anchor surprised his audience with some shocking news earlier this week. Read more...                          

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Biopsy Direct Drug Screening Could Overcome Targeted Therapy Resistance

November 14, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

A new screening platform using cells grown directly from tumor biopsy samples may lead to truly individualized treatment strategies that would get around the problem of treatment resistance, which limits the effectiveness of current targeted therapy drugs. Read more...

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Method Could Prevent, Cure Rotavirus Infection

November 14, 2014 12:36 pm | by Georgia State University | News | Comments

Activation of the innate immune system with the bacterial protein flagellin could prevent and cure rotavirus infection, which is among the most common causes of severe diarrhea, says a Georgia State University research team that described the method as a novel means to prevent and treat viral infection. Read more...

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Potential Target to Prevent Leukemia Identified

November 14, 2014 12:19 pm | by Indiana University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two proteins that appear crucial to the development — and patient relapse — of acute myeloid leukemia. They have also shown they can block the development of leukemia by targeting those proteins. Read more...               

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FDA Accepts Janssen's Schizoaffective Disorder Drug sNDA

November 14, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Applications (sNDAs) for the once-monthly atypical long-acting antipsychotic Invega Sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) to treat schizoaffective disorder as either monotherapy or adjunctive therapy. Read more...

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New Insight Into Common Cause of Blindness

November 14, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Scientists identified an important new factor behind one of the major causes of blindness. Read more...                           

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FDA Accepts Actavis' Bipolar Drug sNDA

November 14, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Actavis announced that the FDA accepted an application for bipolar disorder treatment in pediatric patients. Read more...                       

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Oxford to Lead Trial of Experimental Drug for Ebola

November 14, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

A clinical trial is to be carried out in West Africa to see whether a novel antiviral drug is effective against Ebola. Read more...                       

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New Imaging Method Could Improve Asthma Treatment

November 14, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

A team of researchers have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave. Read more...                       

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DNA 'Blind Spots' May Hide Cancer Causing Mistakes

November 14, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

Scientists have found more than 400 ‘blind spots’ in DNA which could hide cancer-causing gene faults. Read more...                         

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WHO Sees Few Promising Ebola Drugs in Pipeline

November 14, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

WHO scientists have proposed lots of experimental interventions but none has been thoroughly evaluated yet.                          

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Protein Complex Offer Fresh Clues About Alzheimer's

November 13, 2014 1:23 pm | by Andrea Crawford, Columbia University | News | Comments

Columbia neurologist Scott Small, MD, was hot on the trail of a relatively unknown cellular component known as retromer and sure he was on to something big—the molecular engine underlying the pathologies at the core of Alzheimer’s devastating symptoms. Read more...

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