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Zoos help track spread of pandemics

9 years ago from News @ Nature

Avian flu will be monitored in American zoos but no plans yet for swine flu.

New Diagnostic Advance Seen For Head, Throat Cancer

9 years ago from Science Daily

Pharmacy researchers have announced the discovery of a genetic regulator that is expressed at higher levels in the most aggressive types of head and neck cancers, in work that may...

If Started Early, HIV Treatment Reduces Death Rates Toward Background Levels In African Countries

9 years ago from Science Daily

Mortality rates of people starting HIV treatment in four African countries approach those of the general population over time, provided that treatment is started before the immune system has been...

Key To Blood Cell Development Could Lead To New Treatments For Cancer

9 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have made the world-first discovery a 'pied piper' molecule within blood cells, called Liar, that leads other molecules into the nucleus of the cell, and could offer a key...

Anti-aging Cosmetic Reduced Wrinkles In Clinical Trial

9 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists testing a cosmetic anti-aging product sold commercially have shown it can clinically reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin damaged by everyday exposure to sunlight.

H1N1 virus gone viral: Swine flu updates and resources online

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

Separate fact from fiction, and be sure the source of information can be trusted. ...

New blood test fights malaria infections

9 years ago from UPI

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, April 30 (UPI) -- Swedish scientists say they have demonstrated a rapid diagnostic malaria test can provide valuable support for healthcare in low- and mid-income countries.

Are we cherry picking participants for studies of antidepressants?

9 years ago from

Findings from clinical studies used to gain Food and Drug Administration approval of common antidepressants are not applicable to most patients with depression, according to a report led by the...

Re-awakened old genes help fight HIV

9 years ago from UPI

ORLANDO, Fla., April 29 (UPI) -- University of Central Florida scientists say they have developed a vaginal cream containing a re-awakened protein that might prevent the transmission of...

Upside-down World: DNA Protecting Protein Helps Cancer Drug To Kill Cells

9 years ago from Science Daily

Some DNA repair enzymes can become double-edged swords -- If they work too slowly, they can block necessary cell maintenance and contribute to cell death. This could explain the success...

A longer lasting tumor blocker

9 years ago from Science Blog

On the heels of dismaying reports that a promising antitumor drug could, in theory, shorten patients' long-term survival, comes a promising study by a Japanese team of researchers that suggests...

Understanding a target of quinoline drugs

9 years ago from Physorg

The full details about the molecules and mechanisms that underlie the development of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus, remain to be discovered. One compound that...

New Treatment Shows Promise Against Recurrent Gynecologic Cancers

9 years ago from Science Daily

Recurrent and metastatic endometrial and ovarian cancers can be notoriously difficult to treat: They have spread to other organs and typically have developed resistance to chemotherapy; and patients already heavily...

ASA Plus Clopidogrel Reduces Heart Attack Risk In Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome, Study Suggests

9 years ago from Science Daily

Patients who suffer from acute ischemia of the heart muscle benefit if they use clopidogrel in addition to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) as early as possible. Their risk of suffering a...

Mouse Model Provides A New Tool For Investigators Of Human Developmental Disorder

9 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists target a key human disease gene to create a mouse model of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. WHS is a human disease caused by spontaneous genetic deletions. Children born with WHS have...

Radiation Device In The Breast Reduces Complications For Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients

9 years ago from Science Daily

A new study shows that the SAVI applicator, a small, expandable device inserted inside the breast to deliver partial breast irradiation, carries a low infection risk, a potential complication of...

Gains in access to antiretroviral treatment come with some costs

9 years ago from

In this week's PLoS Medicine magazine, Yibeltal Assefa, from the National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office in Addis Ababa, and colleagues describe the successes and challenges of the scale-up of...

Global health organisations are doing too little to support health system strengthening

9 years ago from

Existing health systems in the developing world are fragile and many are unable to provide effective health services - and so there is growing consensus that the success of global...

Cardiac patients trial home-based rehabilitation

9 years ago from

Patients who have been treated in hospital for cardiac health problems, such as a heart attack, are being given a powerful new option to help set them on the path...

Borders Are Tightened as Flu Cases Rise

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Countries around the world began tightening their border and immigration controls Tuesday as the number of swine flu cases continued to grow.

Obama Seeks to Ease Fears on Flu; Says U.S. Is Prepared

9 years ago from NY Times Health

The Obama administration dispatched high-level officials from several agencies to demonstrate that it was fully prepared to confront the outbreak.

Obama Picks Leader for Global AIDS Effort

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Dr. Eric Goosby, a pioneer in the fight against AIDS, is President Obama’s choice to run the American effort to combat the disease globally, the White House announced Tuesday.

Use antiviral drugs carefully, health officials warn

9 years ago from LA Times - Science

As pharmacies brace for higher demand for Tamiflu and Relenza, experts warn that indiscriminate use could reduce the drugs' effectiveness. ...

The Doctor's World: Sound the Alarm? A Swine Flu Bind

9 years ago from NY Times Science

For all that scientists have learned about influenza, one thing has not changed: the predictably unpredictable nature of the viruses that cause it.

Swine flu outbreak likely to continue, officials say

9 years ago from Sciencenews.org

As numbers rise daily, the mechanism of the virus remains shrouded

Antibody Targeting The Protein FGFR3 Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth

9 years ago from Science Daily

Several forms of cancer are associated with either overexpression or perpetual activation of the protein FGFR3. A new paper now provides evidence that FGFR3 might be a good therapeutic target...