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British scientists make H1N1 flu strain for vaccine

9 years ago from Reuters:Science

LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have produced a strain of H1N1 flu virus which could be used for large scale production of a vaccine, health authorities said on Thursday.

Elevated BPA levels in people drinking out of plastic bottles, study finds

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Participants in a recent Harvard university study who drank only out of plastic bottles containing bisphenol A for a week showed an almost 70 per cent increase in concentrations of...

'Happy Hour' Gene Discovery Suggests Cancer Drugs Might Treat Alcoholism

9 years ago from Science Daily

A class of drugs already approved as cancer treatments might also help to beat alcohol addiction. That's the conclusion of a discovery in flies of a gene, dubbed "happy hour,"...

Virus Tamed To Destroy Cancer Cells But Leave Healthy Cells Unharmed

9 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have tamed a virus so that it attacks and destroys cancer cells but does not harm healthy cells. They have determined how to produce replication-competent viruses with key toxicities...

Prevalence Of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Agent In Britain Remains Uncertain

9 years ago from Science Daily

First results from a large tissue survey in Britain of the agent that causes variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) are unable so far to establish that the prevalence is lower than...

Gene Therapy Could Expand Stem Cells' Promise

9 years ago from Science Daily

Once placed into a patient's body, stem cells intended to treat or cure a disease could end up wreaking havoc simply because they are no longer under the control of...

WHO to consider severity of flu before declaring pandemic

9 years ago from CBC: Health

The World Health Organization is changing its criteria to be met before a declaring a pandemic of swine flu.

Tuberculosis -- hiding in plain sight

9 years ago from Physorg

Current research suggests that Mycobacterium tuberculosis can evade the immune response. The related report by Rahman et al, "Compartmentalization of immune responses in human tuberculosis: few CD8+ effector T cells...

Tests of new flu virus suggests more are out there

9 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most complete analysis yet of the new H1N1 swine flu virus shows it must have been circulating undetected for years, most likely in pigs, researchers said...

Flu Spreads, but Some Countries Ease Measures

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Japan and Mexico City lifted restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of swine flu.

Automated analysis of MR images may identify early Alzheimer's disease

9 years ago from

Analysing MRI studies of the brain with software developed at the Martinos Centre for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may allow diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and of mild...

New stem cell research unlocks unknown therapies

9 years ago from

'Stem cell research and regenerative medicine are in an extremely exciting phase right now. We are gaining knowledge very fast and many companies are being formed and are starting clinical...

Elderly women with 'dowager's hump' may be at higher risk of earlier death

9 years ago from

Hyperkyphosis, or 'dowager's hump' - the exaggerated forward curvature of the upper spine seen commonly in elderly women - may predict earlier death in women whether or not they have...

New model suggests role of low vitamin D in cancer development

9 years ago from

In studying the preventive effects of vitamin D, researchers at the Moores Cancer Centre at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new model of cancer development that...

Pancreas cancer drug failure clue

Experts believe they have discovered why pancreatic cancer can be so resistant to drug treatment.

Vietnamese boy's facial tumour shrinks halfway through surgeries

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Son Pham, the Vietnamese boy afflicted with a large facial tumour who's made Halifax his temporary home, is now halfway through his surgeries and looking noticeably better.

Study: Diabetes drug lowers amputation risk

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Doctors who gave diabetics a drug originally intended to lower patients' cholesterol found it reduced their risk of so-called minor amputation by 36 percent, a new analysis...

HPV Linked to Certain Head and Neck Cancers (w/Videos)

9 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in Buffalo, New York, are strongly advocating a national discussion about the need to vaccinate both young men and women against...

Doctor Uses Household Drill on Boy's Skull

9 years ago from Live Science

An Australian doctor used a household drill to relieve pressure on a boy with a brain injury, thereby saving his life.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News

9 years ago from UPI

Global warming might be worse than thought … New epilepsy, schizophrenia clues found … Herschel and Planck: On speed, on course … Scientists study new way of fighting flu ......

UK's attempts to stop swine flu called flawed

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Flu experts are looking very closely at Britain - and some have decided that the U.K.'s swine flu-fighting tactics are seriously off the mark and may be...

New study assesses quality and cost of care at nation’s hospitals

9 years ago from Harvard Science

Costly care isn’t necessarily better care at the nation’s hospitals.  New research conducted by a team including Harvard Kennedy School Professor Amitabh Chandra represents one of the first nationwide analyses...

Doctor and Patient: Fear of Contagion

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Experts still do not know what the actual occupational death rate is for health care workers who put themselves at risk to care for others.

Innards of H1N1 Virus Resemble 'Flu Sausage'

9 years ago from Live Science

Pigs cough up a mish-mash of flu viruses, which is why the swine flu outbreak was something that scientists saw coming for years

Brigham face transplant recipient goes home

9 years ago from Harvard Science

James Maki, a 59-year-old who became the nation’s second face transplant recipient in April to repair injuries from a horrific subway accident, left Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Thursday (May...

Agios Pharmaceuticals' founders author Science review on cancer metabolism

9 years ago from Science Blog

Cambridge, MA ? May, 21, 2009 ? Agios Pharmaceuticals, the first biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel cancer metabolism drugs, announced that the leading scientific journal Science has...

Swine flu science update: 21 May 2009

9 years ago from SciDev

A round-up of articles about the spread of swine flu through faeces, vaccine supplies for poor nations and access to the virus genome.

Scientists study new way of fighting flu

9 years ago from UPI

TROWBRIDGE, N.Y., May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they are creating a new drug compound to combat the influenza virus, targeting the illness on two fronts.