Health

Wash. University School of Medicine at St. Louis Study: Nanoparticles Carrying Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

March 10, 2013

“Bee venom contains a potent toxin called melittin that can poke holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV, and other viruses.”

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Study: Increased Salt Consumption Linked to Rising Rates of Autoimmune Diseases Such as Multiple Sclerosis

March 6, 2013

“The findings suggest that salt may play a previously unknown role in triggering autoimmune diseases such as MS or type 1 diabetes in individuals who are already genetically predisposed.”

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issues Warning Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 5, 2013

“In 2001, only 1.2% of the common family of bacteria, Enterobacteriaceae, were resistant to carbapenem antibiotics — the strongest class available. By 2011, that figure had jumped to 4.2%.”

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Baby Born With HIV Cured By Aggressive, Early Drug Treatment

March 4, 2013

“Whether the cure is complete and permanent, or only partial and long-lasting, is not certain. Either way, the highly unusual case raises hope for the more than 300,000 babies born with the infection around the world each year.”

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Cal Tech Physicist John H. Schwartz: Federal Government Obstructs Science to Deny Benefits of Medical Marijuana

February 26, 2013

“”Consider what American science might look like if all research were run like marijuana research is being run now. Suppose the Institute for Creation Science were put in charge of approving paleontology digs and the science of human evolution.”"

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) Proposes Limiting Food Stamps to Healthy Foods

February 24, 2013

“Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday joined leaders of three state agencies to announce plans to seek a waiver from the federal government to change the food stamp program.”

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Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Approves New Breast Cancer Drug That Specifically Targets Tumor Cells

February 24, 2013

“The drug Kadcyla from Roche combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug and a third chemical linking the medicines together.”

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Harvard School of Public Health: Increase in Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV Rapidly Increasing Life Expectancy

February 22, 2013

“While previous studies have shown that ART significantly improves survival in clinicalcohorts of HIV patients receiving ART, this is the first study to directly measure the fullpopulation-level impact of a public-sector ART program on adult life expectancy.”

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Thousands May Have Been Exposed to TB Epidemic in Los Angeles

February 22, 2013

“With nearly 80 cases of tuberculosis being identified in LA County since 2007 — thirty of which have been on Skid Row — tuberculosis screenings are more important than ever for some.”

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Case Western Reserve University Researchers Discover Gene That Permanently Stops Cancer Cell Proliferation

February 20, 2013

“This study illustrates an unprecedented finding, that artificially activating Chk1 alone is sufficient to kill cancer cells.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Praises Scientific and Medical Research

February 13, 2013

“If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy.”

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Two Cases of Deadly SARS-Like Coronavirus Confirmed in the United Kingdom

February 12, 2013

“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus, spread through droplets of body fluids produced by sneezing and coughing.”

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Study: In-Vitro Fertilization Linked to Increased Chance of Birth Defects

February 11, 2013

“For couples considering IVF, new research suggesting that it could be to blame for a rise in birth defects over the last 25 years might give pause for thought.”

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since 1946

February 11, 2013

“A new study from researchers at the government’s National Center for Health Statistics shows the U.S. teen birth rate has continued its recent declines to hit a record low of 31.3 births per 1,000 women in 2011.”

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Possibly Vaccine-Resistant Strain of Whooping Cough Discovered in the United States

February 7, 2013

“An increase in illnesses in recent years has been partially blamed on a version of the vaccine used since the 1990s, which doesn’t last as long.”

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