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Potential Ebola drug target identified in mouse study
HealthDay News
Researchers working with rodents say they've pinpointed a potential target for drugs to fight Ebola. Studies with mice revealed that a protein called Niemann-Pick C1 plays a critical role in Ebola's ability to infect a host.
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Study examines association of genetic variants with cognitive impairment
Medical Xpress
Individually rare but collectively common intermediate-size copy number variations may be negatively associated with educational attainment, according to a study in the May 26 issue of JAMA. Copy number variations are regions of the genome that differ in the number of segments of DNA.
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Fast chip test for antibiotic-resistant bacteria in sight
Medical News Today
At present, to diagnose the bacteria behind an antibiotic-resistant infection, doctors have to send samples to the lab and wait days for a result. Now, researchers have found a way to shrink the days of waiting to hours, using simple chip-based technology that could fit in a benchtop device.
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Scientists identify key to preventing secondary cancers
University of Sheffield via ScienceDaily
Breast cancer is a disease that commonly spreads to other areas of the body; the most common site for the disease to spread is the bone. Leading scientists have identified a possible key to preventing secondary cancers in breast cancer patients, after discovering an enzyme that enhances the spread of the disease.
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Sustained growth in Medicare Advantage plans threatens financial health of smaller pathology groups and local medical laboratories
DARK Daily
Smaller clinical laboratories and pathology group practices are facing an inauspicious trend. It is the fast growth of enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans that has reached record high numbers each year since 2010. This is not a positive development because it moves Medicare Part B patients out of the fee-for-service program and shifts them into Medicare Advantage plans.
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New stem-cell based therapy provides pain relief, reduces severity of RDEB in children
King's College London via News-Medical.Net
Promising results from a trial of a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare and debilitating skin condition have been published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The therapy, involving infusions of stem cells, was found to provide pain relief and to reduce the severity of this skin condition for which no cure currently exists.
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Study suggests using excess stress to kill therapy resistant breast cancer
Health Canal
Maxing out the inherently stressed nature of treatment-resistant breast cancer cells thwarts their adaptive ability to evolve genetic workarounds to treatment, a new study suggests. Scientists from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center report their results May 26 in Science Signaling.
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US bird flu virus seen under control within a few months
Reuters
An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within a few months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus and the summer weather weakens it, senior officials said. There is, however, a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly Mexico, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health said, calling on farmers and authorities to boost biosecurity measures.
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New online tool to predict genetic resistance to tuberculosis drugs
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via Infection Control Today
Finding out what drugs can be used to treat a patient with tuberculosis can be can sped up by days or weeks, thanks to a new free online tool. The new TB-Profiler tool, developed by a team of scientists led by Dr. Taane Clark at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, analyzes and interprets genome sequence data to predict resistance to 11 drugs used for the treatment of tuberculosis.
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