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14 Charged in Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014 | by Denise Lavoie - Associated Press | Comments

14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. Read more...                 

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Fresh Setback For Efforts to Cure HIV Infection

December 18, 2014 8:12 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Read more...                         

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Chikungunya Virus Shuts Down Infected Cells

December 17, 2014 4:59 pm | by Wageningen University | Comments

Researchers from Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, in collaboration with colleagues from Leiden University and a research team in Australia, have revealed how chikungunya virus blocks essential processes in infected cells that normally would keep the virus under control. Read more...

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Despite Risks, Benzodiazepine Use Highest in Older People

December 17, 2014 4:50 pm | by NIH | Comments

Prescription use of benzodiazepines — a widely used class of sedative and anti-anxiety medications — increases steadily with age, despite the known risks for older people, according to a comprehensive analysis of benzodiazepine prescribing in the United States. Read more...

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Study: Removing Clot Helps Limit Stroke Disability

December 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

A new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Read more...                           

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Rio Organizers Create 'Super Bacteria' Task Force

December 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press | Comments

Brazilian organizers of the 2016 Olympics are creating a task force to deal with a so-called "super bacteria" discovered in Olympic sailing waters. Read more...                 

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Napster Co-Founder Makes Investment in Allergy Research

December 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by Olga R. Rodriguez - Associated Press | Comments

The former Facebook president said he wants to help find a lasting cure to allergies. Read more...                           

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New Insight Into How Motor Neurons in Brain Die During ALS

December 17, 2014 12:33 pm | Comments

Researchers look to understand the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in the hope of finding new ways to treat the disease. A new study published online in the Cell Press journal Neuron shows that a common gene mutation in ALS generates a deadly protein that may cause the damage in the brain that leads to ALS. Read more...

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Ohio House to Consider Lethal Injection Drug Bill

December 17, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments

The names of companies that provide Ohio with lethal injection drugs would be shielded under a proposal the state House is poised to vote on Wednesday. Read more...                                        

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Occasional Heroin Use May Worsen HIV Infection

December 17, 2014 12:15 pm | Comments

Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use. Read more...

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PDI Announces Launch of NGS Test for Cancer Risk Assessment

December 17, 2014 12:07 pm | Comments

PDI, Inc. announced that its molecular diagnostics subsidiary, Interpace Diagnostics, has launched its new next-generation sequencing (NGS) ThyGenX test to assist physicians in distinguishing between benign and malignant genotypes in indeterminate thyroid nodules.  Read more...

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FDA Approves First Pathogen Reduction System to Treat Plasma

December 17, 2014 12:02 pm | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Intercept Blood System for plasma, the first pathogen reduction system for use by blood establishments in the preparation of plasma in order to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTI). Read more...

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Predicting Antibiotic Resistance

December 17, 2014 10:14 am | Comments

Treating bacterial infections with antibiotics is becoming increasingly difficult as bacteria develop resistance to the antibiotics being used against them. Read more...                

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Clementia Launches First Natural History Study of Patients with FOP

December 17, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

Clementia Pharmaceuticals announced the initiation of a natural history study in patients with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. Read more...                   

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Veloxis Announces Action Against FDA Over Prophylaxis Drug

December 17, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals announced that it has filed an action in federal district court against the Food and Drug Administration. Read more...                    

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House Searches for Ebola in Sierra Leone Capital

December 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay - Associated Press | Comments

Surveillance teams fanned out Wednesday in Sierra Leone's capital to search every house for sick people. Read more...                        

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