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Flu 'super antibody' may bring universal shot closer
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Scientists have found a flu "super antibody" called FI6 that can fight all types of influenza A viruses that cause disease in humans and animals and say their discovery may be a turning point in the development of new flu treatments. Researchers used a new method aimed at beating "needle-in-a-haystack-type-odds" and managed to identify an antibody from a human patient which neutralizes both main groups of influenza A viruses. More

Study: New points of attack on breast cancer not fueled by estrogen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although it sounds like a case of gender confusion on a molecular scale, the male hormone androgen spurs the growth of some breast tumors in women. In a new study, scientists provide the first details of the cancer cell machinery that carries out the hormone's relentless growth orders. More

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Rapid, cheap HIV test finds success as first of its kind tested in the field
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The first field trial for a "lab on a chip" accurately detected both HIV and syphilis among a Rwandan population, researchers reported. Blood samples injected into the clear plastic, credit card-shaped device produced results within 20 minutes. This kind of test could offer a faster, cheaper and easier way to detect infectious diseases that afflict developing countries. More

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Bacterial resistance to antibiotics: The more they resist, the more they divide
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The number of multiresistant strains of bacteria in hospitals is increasing. Bacteria acquire resistance to antibiotics through mutations in their chromosomes and by incorporating new genes, either from the surrounding environment or from other bacteria. Now, a research team has found when both mechanisms of resistance are playing out in the bacterium E. coli, its ability to survive and reproduce is increased. More

Doctors begin major stem cell trial for multiple sclerosis patients
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A major clinical trial will investigate whether stem cells can be safely used to treat multiple sclerosis. It is hoped eventually to slow, stop or even reverse the damage MS causes to the brain and spinal cord. The trial, involving up to 150 patients across Europe, is due to start later this year. More

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Study: Dense breast hike risk of aggressive cancer
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Increasing breast density conferred a progressively greater risk of breast cancer with aggressive characteristics in postmenopausal women, according to a study. Women with more than 50 percent breast density on mammographic study had triple the risk of breast cancer compared with women who had less than 10 percent density. More

Social media tools aid public health officials
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Dr. Raina M. Merchant, an emergency physician and assistant professor at the Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, noticed her patients were becoming far more social media savvy than the health care system they were being treated in. Merchant told Kaiser Health News that after reviewing news stories on the use of social media during disasters and seeing her patients turn to Twitter and Facebook for guidance on health issues, "it made a lot of sense to think about how to use these tools before the moment of need." More

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Study: Increased muscle mass may lower risk of pre-diabetes
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A recent study found that the greater an individual's total muscle mass, the lower the person's risk of having insulin resistance, the major precursor of type 2 diabetes. With recent dramatic increases in obesity worldwide, the prevalence of diabetes, a major source of cardiovascular morbidity, is expected to accelerate. More
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