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Experts: West Nile infections set for record this year
in US

Government Security News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. is on track to experience the worst year for West Nile virus infections in over a dozen years, with more intense and widespread infections occurring in southern states, said federal disease experts. The only states not reporting cases of the sometimes deadly, mosquito-borne virus are Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont. Southern states like Texas and Mississippi are bearing the brunt of outbreaks, according to Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More
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Pig parasite to be trialled as treatment for Crohn's disease
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A trial using eggs of a pig parasite to treat Crohn's disease started recently, led by a U.S. biotech company that is developing a new class of biologic treatments for autoimmune diseases and cancer. The trial, called TRUST-I (TRichUris Suis ova Trial), is a Phase 2 clinical trial of the biologic treatment TSO (Trichuris suis ova, also known as CNDO-201) in patients with Crohn's disease. More

Mysterious Klebsiella outbreak traced by genome sequencing
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Microbiologists, epidemiologists and genome researchers teamed up to solve the mystery of how a single patient introduced carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae to a major clinical center and infected 17 others, 11 of whom died. K pneumoniae is resistant to many antibiotics, flourishes in a hospital environment, survives on the hands of hospital workers and can remain in a reservoir in the gastrointestinal tracts of asymptomatic individuals, obscuring transmission patterns. In the outbreak at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., six of the 11 deaths were attributed to the bacterial infection. More

'NanoJacket' shows potential for cancer treatment
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Researchers are working on a new nanotechnology drug delivery system to treat breast cancer. The "NanoJacket" particle targets a gene mutation that causes overexpression of an oncogenic protein in breast cancer patients with poor outcomes and delivers an RNA segment that kills cancer cells. More

Good news for women with dense breasts: No higher risk
of breast cancer death

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Women with dense breasts are considered at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, in part because their tumors can be harder to spot on a mammogram. But a recent and reassuring study finds that despite their slightly increased risk, these women are no more likely to die of breast cancer than those whose breasts have more fat tissue. More

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US risks losing out to Asia in medical research
Bioscience Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Medical research saves lives, suffering and dollars – while also creating jobs and economic activity. The United States has long led the world, with hundreds of thousands of jobs and marketable discoveries generated by government research funding every year. Now, warns a team of researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine, the U.S. risks losing out to Asia as the hub of medical discovery. More

Beneath Boston's streets, science's stockpile
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deep beneath Commonwealth Avenue in Boston rests a freezer farm stocked with more than 2 million frozen vials of human blood. The samples, sitting ­under a convenience store and butting up against tunnels ­beneath the T's Green Line, are chilled to 155 degrees ­below zero Fahrenheit as they reside in giant metal vats pumped full of liquid nitrogen. The blood came from some 150,000 volunteers who participated in research studies conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital during the past two decades and serves as a trove for scientists endeavoring to answer some of the most vexing questions in medicine. More

Genes now tell doctors secrets they can't utter
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan stared at a printout of gene sequences from a man with cancer, a subject in one of his studies. There, along with the man's cancer genes, was something unexpected — genes of the virus that causes AIDS. It could have been a sign that the man was infected with H.I.V.; the only way to tell was further testing. But Chinnaiyan, who leads the Center for Translational Pathology at the University of Michigan, was not able to suggest that to the patient, who had donated his cells on the condition that he remain anonymous. More

More than 60 test positive for hepatitis, but Wisconsin finds no link to clinic incident
Wisconsin State Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 60 Dean Clinic patients and family members tested positive for hepatitis, but Wisconsin found no link to the diabetes nurse educator who mistakenly reused insulin devices. Of 1,779 people tested after possible exposure to hepatitis and HIV from 2006 to 2011, 66 had current or past hepatitis and none had HIV, according to a new report. The state found no evidence that the hepatitis B and C infections came from Stacey Anderson's reuse of insulin demonstration pens and finger stick devices. More

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US health panel likely to make HIV tests routine
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A U.S. health panel may soon make HIV testing as standard a practice as checking cholesterol levels, a move that would fundamentally change how the virus is detected and treated. The U.S. Preventive Services Task force, a government-backed group of clinicians and scientists, is expected to make a new recommendation on HIV screening available for public comment before the end of the year. More

Fascination with self-monitoring has created the lab-test junkie
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The falling cost of lab tests and the nation's growing fascination with self-monitoring has produced a strange new phenomenon: the lab-test junkie. David Lovely, CEO of Health Testing Centers, one of about a dozen outfits offering tests directly to consumers, says customers "compulsively obsessed by the numbers" are his favorite. More

Military scientist who improved anthrax vaccine after 2001 attacks is Heyman finalist
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Art Friedlander is a senior scientist at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., the brain stem of the military's biological defense program. The experiments he designs, and his team's research, form the basis of the government's understanding of how to handle anthrax exposures and bubonic plague outbreaks. More

Scientists identify AIDS-like disease in Asians
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV. The patients' immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers this isn't known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious. More

Bristol-Myers drops hepatitis C drug after patient death
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co has discontinued development of an experimental hepatitis C drug after a patient treated with it during a clinical trial died of heart failure and several others were hospitalized, the company said. The drug, known as BMS-986094, was acquired by Bristol earlier this year through its $2.5 billion purchase of Inhibitex Inc. More

Deep inside the body, tiny mechanical microscope diagnoses disease    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tiny space age probes – those that can see inside single living cells – are increasingly being used to diagnose illness in hard-to-reach areas of the body. New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Dr. Michel Kahaleh often threads a tiny microscope into the narrow bile ducts that connect the liver to the small intestine to hunt for cancer. More

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Canadian college students face slight risk of hepatitis B,C, HIV
after class test

Metro Canada    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wilfrid Laurier University has notified 200 former kinesiology students that there is an "extremely low risk"’ they may have contracted a blood-borne disease. In a press release, the university in Waterloo, Ontario, said students who took part in blood-lactate-level testing in a third-year kinesiology and physical education course may be at risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. More

Father's age is linked to risk of autism, schizophrenia
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study found. More

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