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Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders

Friday, July 11, 2014

The sloppy handling by federal scientists of the world's scariest germs must stop, says the dismayed head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Are his new rules enough?

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Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tobacco companies Reynolds American and Lorillard have confirmed they're in talks about a merger. For Reynolds, the move would mean doubling down on the future of e-cigarettes.

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Scientists hoped the baby's apparent cure would lead to similar treatments in infants worldwide. But with the child still HIV-positive, some question the ethics of a large study in other children.

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HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus.

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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, which evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Sure, we all forget stuff. But federal researchers apparently forgot vials of smallpox virus, perhaps for 60 years. The vials were rushed to a secure lab in Atlanta.

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Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Scientists used high-powered DNA sequencing to diagnose infections missed by usual lab tests. The pricey method is still experimental, but might offer a way to identify tough-to-diagnose infections.

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Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology features thousands of presentations but no big news. That's how cancer treatment improves, in small increments.

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On The Trail Of Black Cowboys From Nat Love To Sheriff Bart

Sunday, June 01, 2014

At least one quarter of working cowboys during the height of the great cattle boom were black. Many had spent their childhood in slavery and headed west after the Civil War.

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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Most attempts at a malaria vaccine have unsuccessfully tried to keep the parasite from breaking into red blood cells. But a new twist that keeps the parasite from escaping the cells may work better.

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Medicine Needs More Research On Female Animals, NIH Says

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A bias toward using male lab animals and tissue samples from males may be limiting the effectiveness of medical research, according to top officials at NIH. They'll roll out new guidelines this fall.

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If Polar Bears Can Eat A Ton Of Fat And Be Healthy, Why Can't We?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Baby polar bears slurp milk that's 27 percent fat, and adults dine on seal blubber. Scientists think bears' adaptation to a high-fat diet might lead to better ways to treat human obesity.

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Even Penguins Get The Flu

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Adelie penguins, which breed in huge colonies on the rocky Antarctic Peninsula, harbor a version of the avian influenza virus. But this strain doesn't make humans or the birds sick.

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USGS: Okla. At Increased Risk Of 'Damaging Quake'

Monday, May 05, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey and its state counterpart issued a joint statement saying magnitude-3.0 temblors had increased by 50 percent since October.

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Family Tree Of Pertussis Traced, Could Lead To Better Vaccine

Friday, April 25, 2014

Scientists tracking the ancestry of whooping cough say it arose abruptly in humans about 500 years ago, caused by a mutated bacterium that once lived only in animals. Genetic tricks helped it spread.

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First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Friday, April 11, 2014

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.

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How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments are delayed.

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Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Several scientific teams are developing sensitive tests for tumor DNA that, when perfected, could be used to diagnose cancer earlier, and more closely monitor the response to treatment.

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