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CDC: Flu Vaccine Not Working Well

January 15, 2015 2:07 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The CDC's report explains that this year's vaccine is only 23 percent effective. Read more...                            

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New Sequencing Technique Reveals Genetic Clues to Rare Breast Tumors

January 15, 2015 10:53 am | News | Comments

A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center characterizes the genetic underpinnings of a rare type of breast tumor called phyllodes tumors, offering the first comprehensive analysis of the molecular alterations at work in these tumors. Read more...

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Five Biotech Startups to Watch in 2015

January 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These companies are revolutionizing agriculture, genomics, and the drug discovery process. Read more...                          

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To Screen or Not to Screen for Hepatitis C

January 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

In the past few years, newer, more effective treatments have been introduced for hepatitis C – a disease that can lead to chronic liver problems and in the worst cases, liver cancer. Read more...                       

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U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining: Study

January 15, 2015 10:35 am | News | Comments

The U.S. "epidemic" of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are welcome news. The decline suggests that recent laws and prescribing guidelines aimed at preventing painkiller abuse are working to some degree. Read more...

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Lower Survival Rates for HIV/AIDS Patients in South

January 15, 2015 10:25 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

The southern U.S. had the nation's lowest five-year survival rate among those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in 2003-2004, according to new research. Read more...                                 

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'Molecular Truck' Could Deliver New Treatment

January 15, 2015 10:20 am | by Darci Slaten, University of Arizona | News | Comments

University of Arizona researchers have developed a novel drug and delivery system to treat inflammation and ulcerations in the colon. Read more...                                            

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Scientists Discover Protective Cooling of the Brain Could Lead to New Drug Target

January 15, 2015 9:51 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

The team discovered that this protective process may be defective in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Read more...                      

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Alzheimer's Plaques Reduced by Targeting Sugar Attachment

January 15, 2015 9:38 am | by Riken Institute | News | Comments

This research shows that eliminating the sugared version of BACE1 is effective in preventing plaque formation. Read more...                       

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The Role of 'Super Spreaders' in Controlling Lassa Fever

January 15, 2015 9:29 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Human to human transmission is a factor that needs to be considered too. Read more...                             

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Why New Antiobiotics for Superbugs are Hard to Find

January 15, 2015 9:14 am | by Matthew Cooper, University of Queensland | News | Comments

The majority of antibiotics we use at home or in hospitals today have their origins in natural products. Read more...                        

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Red Cross Nurse Dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

January 15, 2015 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Red Cross is investigating how this infection happened. Read more...                                

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Alimera Announces First Sale of Iluvien in Portugal

January 15, 2015 8:59 am | News | Comments

Alimera's medication is for the treatment of vision impairment associated with chronic diabetes. Read more...                         

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Death Row Inmates Seek Appeal for Drug Protocol Ruling

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for four Oklahoma death row inmates are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 10th Circuit Court ruling that approved the state's execution drug protocol. Read more...            

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FDA Approves First of Kind Device for Obesity Treatment

January 14, 2015 12:44 pm | News | Comments

This is the first weight loss treatment device that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness. Read more...              

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