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Panel Calls for Change at WHO after Slow Response to Ebola

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent panel of experts said Monday that "deep and substantial" change is needed at the World Health Organization following its slow response to early warnings about West Africa's Ebola outbreak. Read more...

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The U.S. Looks to Improve on Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine

May 12, 2015 8:38 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The injection is being evaluated as a possible preventative intervention. Read more...

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New Report: First Compilation of Global Addictions

May 12, 2015 8:37 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

The world’s first comprehensive report on global addictions has revealed Australians smoke less tobacco and drink less alcohol than the British, but Aussies take more illicit drugs. Read more...

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Drugs Found in Fingerprints Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry

May 11, 2015 3:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tiny trace amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can be found on fingerprints using mass spectrometry, according to a new study. The advanced technique can find incredibly small amounts of the narcotics on a fingerprint, the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers found. Read more...

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Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards: From Detecting HIV to Nanoscale Imaging

May 11, 2015 3:24 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

In the spirit of its title, this year’s Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Technologies awards ceremony did not distinguish between work that was only simple or complex; only big or small. It focused on work that angled to disrupt the norm, or “transcend limits,” said presenter and Tribeca Film Institute co-founder Craig Hatkoff. Read more...

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University Admits Missteps In Second Drug Study

May 11, 2015 11:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of Minnesota is apologizing to a Rosemount man who claimed he was coerced into enrolling in a schizophrenia drug trial, a second local case to raise questions about patient safeguards during research. Read more...

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Disrupting Cancer Pathway Could Enhance New Immunotherapies

May 11, 2015 11:26 am | by University of Chicago Medical Center | News | Comments

Understanding how to overrule a signaling pathway that can cause treatments to fail in metastatic melanoma patients should help physicians extend the benefits of recently approved immunity-boosting drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors to more patients. Read more..

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Researchers Discover How Cocaine, Amphetamines Disrupt the Brain's Normal Functioning

May 11, 2015 11:15 am | News | Comments

In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have illuminated how cocaine and amphetamines disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain. Read more...

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FDA Questions Benefit of Cystic Fibrosis Drug From Vertex

May 11, 2015 10:47 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health regulators have questions about the benefits of an experimental combination drug for cystic fibrosis, including whether the addition of a second drug ingredient adds to the pill's effectiveness. Read more...

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GSK, UNC Team Up to Fight HIV

May 11, 2015 10:47 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Glaxo will spend a total of $20 million over the next five years to fund this endeavor.  Read more...

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Trial to Study Whether Statins Reduce Stroke, Heart Attacks in HIV Patients

May 11, 2015 10:43 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The Washington University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is the first in the nation to open a clinical trial evaluating whether statins reduce heart attacks and strokes in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Read more....

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New Blood Tests, Liquid Biopsies, May Transform Cancer Care

May 11, 2015 10:31 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. Read more...

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2 Babies Die, 29 Sickened from Bad Vaccines in South Mexico

May 11, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's public health system has suspended infant vaccines and mounted an investigation after two babies died and 29 were sickened in an impoverished community in southern Mexico. Read more...

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Potential New Cancer Treatment Targets Identified

May 11, 2015 9:28 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

Research papers identify key steps in cell division and potential to inhibit cancer cell division. Read more...

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Debiotech Gets Exclusive Option Rights for iSense Patch Pumps

May 11, 2015 9:19 am | News | Comments

These tools will be used for diabetes therapy. Read more...

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