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Flu virus wipes out first wave of immune response
Medical News Today
The immune system has the capacity to "remember" particular viruses and store those details in B memory cells that reside in the lungs to help ward off future infections. But a new study shows the flu virus takes advantage of this and uses the way the memory cells store its details to recognize and kill them, thus wiping out the immune system's first wave of defense against virus re-infection.
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In this one-hour webinar you will learn the latest about the impact of regulations, proficiency testing, reimbursement and health care reform on the laboratory profession. For more information and to register your site, go to www.ascls.org/webinars. ASCLS members register at a discount with code FDC13.
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It's not too late to purchase the Annual Meeting session recordings! Listen in on the sessions you were unable to attend and share the conference with your colleagues. The session recordings are in MP4 Video Format — presentations are synchronized audio and PowerPoint presentations. P.A.C.E.® credit available through Jan. 31, 2014. Purchase full access or individual sessions — download or on CD. Click here to order online.
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UN agency: Air pollution a leading cause of cancer
Reuters
The air we breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and is being officially classified as carcinogenic to humans, the World Health Organization's cancer agency said. The International Agency for Research on Cancer cited data indicating that in 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from air pollution, and said there was also convincing evidence it increases the risk of bladder cancer.
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Analysis: Much breast milk bought online is contaminated
NBC News
A new study finds that human milk bought and sold on the Internet may be contaminated — and dangerous. Nearly 75 percent of breast milk bought through the site OnlyTheBreast.com was tainted with high levels of disease-causing bacteria, including germs found in human waste.
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HPV head and neck cancer: The new threat
Medscape Medical News
The reported prevalence of oropharyngeal carcinomas attributable to HPV varies strikingly by geographical region, with the highest rates in North America and Japan (over 50 percent) and Europe (approximately 40 percent), according to the most recent data. However, these figures may be low. Citing the national population-based database maintained by the Danish Head and Neck Cancer Group, Dr. Pernille Lassen reported a striking 12-fold increase in oropharyngeal cancer between 1977 and 2012, with HPV-positive disease increasing from 37 percent to 74 percent.
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Scientists reveal new biological clock that measures aging
Forbes
A team of scientists from UCLA have discovered a new biological clock with the potential to measure the age of human tissue. Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health used methylation, a natural process by which DNA are altered over time, to develop an "epigenetic clock" that analyze the effects of age on tissue.
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Efforts to reduce waste in healthcare leads to job loss for many
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Job reports indicate hospitals and health systems are laying people off in quantities not seen since 2009. But the news should not be viewed as a cut in services. Rather, an effort to improve efficiencies and reduce waste, industry insiders say. For the third time in five months, the healthcare sector announced the most job cuts of any other industry, according to a recent layoff report prepared by the Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
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Pakistan polio outbreak imperils global eradication
Reuters via Voice of America
A Taliban ban on vaccination is exacerbating a serious polio outbreak in Pakistan, threatening to derail dramatic progress made this year towards wiping out the disease worldwide, health officials say. Health teams in Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccines as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims and imposed bans on inoculation in June 2012.
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Disease: The next big one
The New York Times
Sixty percent of human infectious diseases, including the worst of the old ones and the scariest of the new, are zoonotic. Now disease experts wonder about the "next big one": when will it come, what will it look like, from which reservoir host will it spill over and how many people will it kill?
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Postpartum breast cancers carry higher risks for young women
The Denver Post
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 232,340 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer annually. Of those, about 27,000 are women 45 and under, or about 12 percent, and approximately half of those women are postpartum, defined as being within five years of having given birth. For Virginia Borges, an oncologist and the director of the Young Women's Breast Cancer Translational Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, her self-stated goal is "better outcomes" for young women who are at a higher risk for what are often more aggressive tumors.
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California residents cautioned to look out for yellow fever mosquito
Los Angeles Times
A mosquito that can carry dengue and yellow fever has been found in California, prompting intense eradication efforts in the Central Valley and warnings from officials about how to keep the pest from spreading. The yellow fever mosquito, or Aedes aegypti — a white polka-dotted bug that bites during the day and can lay its eggs in less than a teaspoon of water — was first detected in June in Madera.
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Flu virus wipes out first wave of immune response
Medical News Today
The immune system has the capacity to "remember" particular viruses and store those details in B memory cells that reside in the lungs to help ward off future infections. But a new study shows the flu virus takes advantage of this and uses the way the memory cells store its details to recognize and kill them.

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Why scientists held back details on a unique botulinum toxin
NPR via WABE-FM
Scientists have discovered the first new form of botulinum toxin in over 40 years, but they're taking the unusual step of keeping key details about it secret. That's because botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known.

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Researchers: Cheap Alzheimer's test made from peanut butter and ruler
CBS News
Alzheimer's disease is difficult to diagnose before symptoms start showing up, because there is no single test that can definitively determine whether a person has the degenerative brain disease. Could a scoop of peanut butter and a ruler become that elusive test?

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Blood test distinguishes early lung cancer from benign nodules
Medscape Medical News
A blood test for early-stage lung cancer that can distinguish malignant from benign lung nodules with 90 percent negative predictive value could reduce the number of unnecessary lung biopsies dramatically, according to a study published online in Science Translational Medicine. The screening tool tests for levels of 13 proteins that differentiate benign from malignant lung nodules identified on CT scans.
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Foods every breast cancer survivor should know about
CNN
VideoBrief Not all oncologists embrace the link between nutrition and longevity, citing insufficient evidence. But doctors who specialize in nutrition say there are certain foods women can include in an overall healthy diet to increase their chance of survival.
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