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Pharmacy Owners Arrested in '12 Meningitis Outbreak

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

Former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people were arrested early Wednesday. 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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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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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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Massachusetts Doctor Cured of Ebola Returning to Liberia

December 16, 2014 3:17 pm | by Philip Marcelo - Associated Press | Comments

A Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola said Tuesday that he's returning to Liberia. Read more...                            

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Altered White-Blood-Cell Motion in Burn Patients May Warn of Infection

December 16, 2014 11:54 am | by Harvard Medical School | Comments

A team of Harvard Medical School investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified what may be a biomarker predicting the development of sepsis, a dangerous systemic infection in patients with serious burns. Read more..                          

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'Super Bacteria' Found in Rio's Olympic Waters

December 16, 2014 11:36 am | by Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press | Comments

A drug-resistant "super bacteria" that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, scientists said. Read more...                            

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Teen Prescription Opioid Abuse Trend Down

December 16, 2014 11:27 am | by NIH | Comments

Use of cigarettes, alcohol, and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013 while marijuana use rates were stable, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). However, use of e-cigarettes, measured in the report for the first time, is high. Read more...

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Long noncoding RNAs: A Novel Prognostic Marker In AML

December 16, 2014 11:14 am | by Ohio State University Medical Center | Comments

A new study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James) describes a novel marker that might help doctors choose the least toxic, most effective treatment for many older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Read more...

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Judge Halts Alzheimer's Drug Swap Until July

December 16, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge on Monday ordered an Irish drug manufacturer to halt its plans to discontinue its widely used Alzheimer's medication, allegedly in an effort to drive patients to a newer patented drug. Read more...                                                  

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