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Reprogrammed cells grow into new blood vessels
Houston Methodist via ScienceDaily
By transforming human scar cells into blood vessel cells, scientists may have discovered a new way to repair damaged tissue. The method appeared to improve blood flow, oxygenation and nutrition to areas in need.
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Dallas to end monitoring for Ebola infections
HealthDay News
The last of 177 people who had some form of contact with an Ebola patient who died in Dallas earlier this month were given a clean bill of health. The people were among those who had direct or indirect contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who became infected with the disease in his homeland before traveling to Dallas in late September to visit family. He died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
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Survey assesses protective gear inventories at safety-net health centers in the US
Direct Relief via Infection Control Today
One-third of America's safety-net facilities reported limited supplies of waterproof shoe covers, gowns, face shields, single-use respirators and other personal protective equipment the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for treating Ebola patients, a nationwide survey of nonprofit health centers and clinics reveals.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to brain abnormalities
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Up to 4 million Americans experience chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, a debilitating, difficult-to-diagnose and complex disorder marked by extreme periods of fatigue that can last up to six months and are not improved by bed rest. Because CFS can devastate a person's life for 10 to 30 years, researchers have been following 200 CFS patients for several years to identify the syndrome's underlying mechanisms. Recently, scientists decided to try brain imaging to see if there were any differences between the brains of 14 healthy people and 15 CFS patients. And there were.
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Scientists tell US: Find recipe for Ebola cure in survivors' blood
A group of scientists including three Nobel laureates in medicine has proposed that U.S. health officials chart a new path to developing Ebola drugs and vaccines by harnessing antibodies produced by survivors of the deadly outbreak. The proposal builds on the use of "convalescent serum," or survivors' blood, which has been given to at least four U.S. Ebola patients who then recovered from the virus.
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Parkinson's disease breakthrough: Stem cells may replace damaged nerves, reverse symptoms
Medical Daily
Parkinson's disease patients can find hope in a new treatment, thanks to breakthrough stem cell research that successfully replaces damaged nerves. Swedish researchers have figured out how to create motor neurons that become lost in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients. They published their findings in the journal Cell Stem Cell.
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Meditation, group support linked to cellular benefits for breast cancer survivors
Medical News Today
For breast cancer survivors, previous research has suggested that meditation and yoga promote numerous health benefits, such as reducing fatigue and stress. Now, a new study claims these activities or getting involved in support groups may be beneficial at a cellular level.
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Infectious diseases are on the rise — is America prepared?
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Ebola has spawned an unprecedented outbreak of American fear. But the truth is, this isn't the first time a disease-causing pathogen has stormed our borders. The AIDS epidemic has posed an ongoing threat since the 1980s. There was a whooping cough outbreak in California in 2010.
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Nobel Prize winners map path forward for Alzheimer's research
By Denise A. Valenti
The Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2014 was awarded to John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. The award calls attention to their study of the brain cells that are damaged in Alzheimer's disease, and it recognizes the discovery of brain cells that form a positioning mechanism in our brain. These cells are located in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, the same regions devastated early in the course of Alzheimer's disease.
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Immune system research also may help reveal new asthma clues
Rutgers University via Medical Xpress
A new method of developing vaccines could point the way forward in the fight against infectious diseases for which traditional vaccination has failed, according to a new Rutgers study. The method involves training white blood cells that have not previously been the primary focus of vaccine development.
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Researchers identify 1st molecular steps that lead to pancreatic cancer
Medical News Today
By identifying the molecular starting point when certain cells in the pancreas become precancerous lesions, researchers behind a new study believe they have opened the door to exploring ways to prevent the deadly disease. Study leader Dr. Peter Storz, a cancer biologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who — with colleagues — describes the findings in the journal Cancer Discovery, says, "Pancreatic cancer develops from these lesions, so if we understand how these lesions come about, we may be able to stop the cancer train altogether."
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Gargling with gold nanoparticles provides a noninvasive way to diagnose cancer and may provide pathologists with a useful new clinical laboratory test
DARK Daily
Researchers in Israel developed a noninvasive oral test for cancers of the tongue and larynx that uses gold nanoparticles and antibodies to "paint" cancer cells. An imaging tool then allows physicians to identify any tumor cells that may be present. This demonstration of how the combination of gold nanoparticles and antibodies can detect cancer may form the basis for a new approach that enables in vitro diagnostics manufacturers and pathologists to develop medical laboratory tests that can noninvasively identify different types of cancers.
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