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WHO issues guidance on new virus, gears up for haj
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The World Health Organization urged health workers everywhere to report patients with acute respiratory infection who may have been in Saudi Arabia or Qatar, following the discovery of a new virus from the same family as SARS. Saudi Arabia said it had taken precautions to prevent disease spreading next month, when it expects over 2 million Muslims to flock to the annual haj pilgrimage, then return home. More

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HIV treatment program improves outcomes in all risk strata
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A Baltimore HIV clinic has improved the clinical outcomes of patients across all strata of demographic and behavioral risk groups through a multilevel treatment program with supplemental funding from a federal government program, according to an article published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Richard D. Moore, M.D., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues analyzed the records of 6,366 patients with HIV who were under the care of the Johns Hopkins HIV/AIDS Service during a 15-year period between 1995 and 2010. More

Clinical pathology laboratories ignore the rapid growth of mobile apps in healthcare at their peril
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Experts predict that healthcare's use of mobile apps — now being described as mHealth — will evolve into a distinct and primary information channel that will play a significant role in clinical care. This includes how anatomic and clinical pathologists use laboratory medicine to support clinical care. More

Gut bacteria are different in people with diabetes
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A recent study finds differences between the bacteria growing in the guts of people who have diabetes and those who don't. Researchers used DNA analysis to figure out the bacterial populations inside 345 Chinese people. They found that people with diabetes had mild gut disturbances. They had fewer bacteria that make a compound called butyrate, for example. More



Meningitis outbreak hits HIV-positive men in New York
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New York City health officials are investigating an outbreak of meningitis among HIV-positive men, one of whom has died while another remains in critical condition. If left untreated, the disease can cause severe brain damage and even death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

New swine flu variant detected in Canada
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A new variant of the swine flu virus that caused a 2009 pandemic has been detected in Canada. Health officials said that an Ontario man has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. The adult male patient became infected "after close contact with pigs," Ontario's chief medical officer of health, Arlene King, said in a written statement. More


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Immunoscore could be 'transformational' in oncology
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A new approach to prognostication, developed initially for use in colorectal cancer, homes in on the body's immune response to the tumor instead of focusing on the tumor itself.The immunoscore approach measures cytotoxic T lymphocytes that infiltrate the tumor; the more there are, the stronger the immune response against the tumor. More

Genome project links breast, ovarian cancers
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Scientists announced they have finished mapping virtually all of the genetic mutations in breast cancer, an effort that could soon change the way patients are treated and eventually help researchers develop better treatments. Among the most striking findings: One of the most lethal types of breast cancer is genetically closer to a kind of ovarian cancer than it is to other breast tumors, according to the paper, published online in Nature. More

Tackling antibiotic resistance: Lab plays critical role in detection, monitoring
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Antibiotic resistance occurs through a variety of mechanisms that alter the binding site of the drug to the microorganism or prevent the antibiotic from penetrating into the cell. Some organisms develop "efflux" pumps that actually pump the drug out of the cell after it enters, explained Dr. Geraldine Hall medical director, Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology and Specimen Processing, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland. More



Study: Poor HIV patients improve with care beyond drugs
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Patients stepping into Johns Hopkins University's HIV clinic in east Baltimore do not just see a doctor or get prescriptions for their antiretroviral drugs. Many also get help finding a place to live or bus fare to make it to their next appointment. Such care that goes beyond the examination table and into patients' often challenging lives has been key to helping poorer HIV patients – particularly blacks and women – live long, healthier lives, according to a 15-year study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. More

Biomarker sniffs out psychopaths
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A poor sense of smell may be a biomarker for psychopathic traits, in addition to reflecting a dysfunction of part of the brain, according to a newly-published study from a pair of Australian researchers. "Olfactory measures represent a potentially interesting marker for psychopathic traits because performance expectancies are unclear in odor tests and may therefore be less susceptible to attempts to fake good or bad responses," Mehmet Mahmut and Richard Stevenson of Australia’s Macquarie University concluded in their study, published in the journal Chemosensory Perception. More



How NASA prevents a space plague outbreak
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In the early days of space exploration, NASA basically made up procedure on the fly. With little knowledge of the world outside our atmosphere, agency physicians worried what humans might encounter out there. Maybe John Glenn would go Space Blind. Maybe the Apollo 11 crew would track an Andromeda Strain through the Lunar Command Module, unleashing a deadly moon virus on a defenseless earth. More

Better hepatitis treatment costly for prisons
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Tattooing is ubiquitous behind bars, despite – or perhaps because of – the fact that it is banned. But the practice carries with it more than the risk of punishment – it can also spread hepatitis C. The prison population is particularly prone to this viral disease, which is transmitted largely through infected blood and can lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer. More
 


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