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'Normal' bacteria vital for keeping intestinal lining intact
HealthCanal
Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that bacteria that aid in digestion help keep the intestinal lining intact. The findings, reported online in the journal Immunity, could yield new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and a wide range of other disorders.
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FDA to expand reach on diagnostic tests
MedPage Today
The Food and Drug Administration plans to take over regulation of "home brew" diagnostic tests developed and used within individual clinical laboratories, agency officials said. "The agency is notifying Congress of its intention to publish a proposed risk-based oversight framework for laboratory developed tests, which are designed, manufactured and used within a single laboratory," the FDA said in a statement.
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Glowing fungi for studying infectious diseases
Scientific American
When studying how infections grow and spread, it is always helpful to be able to see the organism causing the disease. There are currently a range of microbial and labeling techniques available to view microorganisms within the cells they infect, and one of the most useful is bioluminescence imaging.
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Growth in high-deductible health plans cause savvy clinical laboratories and pathology groups to collect full payment at time of service
DARK Daily
Due to a need to collect payment directly from the growing number of patients with high-deductible health plans, many clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are experiencing flat or even declining cash flow. This issue has medical laboratory chief financial officers scrambling to find solutions.
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Enzyme responsible for discarding cellular messages keeps stem cells undifferentiated
Medical Daily
People are bombarded by loads of information day in and day out, and while some may be useful, most of it is redundant information. The brain has evolved, however, to throw out useless information while retaining important only the important nuggets.
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Latest Alzheimer's research passes the smell test
By Denise A. Valenti
Researchers have recognized that reductions in the ability to detect odors is an early sign of neurodegenerative disease. Several studies supporting the use of olfactory system reductions as a means to diagnose Alzheimer's disease in the early stages were presented at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference held recently in Copenhagen, Denmark. The AAIC brings together top researchers in the field of dementia in order to engage a multidisciplinary international exchange of ideas.
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Weakness of leukemic stem cells discovered
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main via ScienceDaily
Despite improved therapy, only 1 out of every 2 adult patients survive acute myeloid leukemia. The mean survival time for this disease, which predominantly occurs in the elderly, is less than a year for patients over 65 years. It is assumed that leukemic stem cells, which cannot be completely eliminated during treatment, are the origin of relapse.
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Researchers uncover clues to flu's mechanisms
Rice University via Infection Control Today
A flu virus acts like a Trojan horse as it attacks and infects host cells. Scientists at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have acquired a clearer view of the well-hidden mechanism involved. Their computer simulations may lead to new strategies to stop influenza, perhaps even a one-size-fits-all vaccine.
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US government seeking to test Ebola vaccine on humans
Reuters
The U.S. government will begin testing on people an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as September, after seeing positive results from tests on primates, according to media reports. The National Institutes of Health's infectious disease unit is working with the Food and Drug Administration to put the vaccine into trial as quickly as possible.
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'Normal' bacteria vital for keeping intestinal lining intact
HealthCanal
Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that bacteria that aid in digestion help keep the intestinal lining intact. The findings, reported online in the journal Immunity, could yield new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and a wide range of other disorders.

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Chikungunya virus spreading across the US
By Rosemary Sparacio
The Chikungunya virus — an arthropod-borne virus transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito — was discovered in Tanzania, Africa, more than 60 years ago. Until recently, this virus was found primarily in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. But late last year, cases began popping up in the Caribbean.

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Debilitating case of mosquito-borne chikungunya reported in US
CNN
Chikungunya — a tropical disease with a funny name that packs a wallop like having your bones crushed — has finally taken up residence in the U.S. Ever since the first transmission of chikungunya was reported in the Americas in 2013, health officials have been bracing for the arrival of the debilitating, mosquito-borne virus in the U.S.

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Pancreatic cancer study finds new genetic risk markers
Medical News Today
After comparing the DNA of thousands of people with and without the disease, a new study has identified five genetic markers for pancreatic cancer that raise the risk for developing the deadly disease. The international consortium of scientists reports the findings in the journal Nature Genetics. The discovery is the result of a third project in a series of genome-wide association studies that began in 2006 under the auspices of the National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium.
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Some birth control pills may up breast cancer risk
HealthDay News
Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, new preliminary research suggests. "There are numerous oral contraceptive formulations," explained lead researcher Elisabeth Beaber, a staff scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "Some of these formulations increase breast cancer risk, while other formulations do not raise risk."
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