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New DNA-based blood test may spot signs of cancer
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A new study raises the possibility of a DNA-based blood test that doctors could routinely use to determine whether a patient has cancer. There are many caveats. The research is preliminary, and the test is not cheap. Even if it does detect cancer, the test — like the one currently used to detect prostate cancer — could raise big questions about how to deal with the results. Even so, a genetic test for cancer would be a major advance, experts say. More

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Infected and unaware: HIV hitting America's youth
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More than half of young people in the United States who are infected with HIV are not aware of it, according to a new report by government health officials that zeroes in on one of the remaining hot spots of HIV infection in America. Young people ages 13 to 24 account for 26 percent of all new HIV infections, according to the report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

Hepatitis C screening benefit still uncertain
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The value of screening for hepatitis C remains an open question, according to three analyses intended to form the basis for new recommendations on the topic. The analyses, based on systematic reviews of medical literature, are intended to help update guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recommended in 2004 against screening in adults not at increased risk, but found there wasn't enough evidence to come down for or against screening in high-risk adults. More

Changing clinical picture of meningitis outbreak
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More than two months after three lots of injectable methylprednisolone acetate produced by the New England Compounding Center were implicated in the fungal meningitis outbreak and recalled, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to receive reports of fungal meningitis and other infections in exposed patients, the CDC said. Exserohilum rostratum continues to be the predominant fungus identified in patients and confirmed by the CDC laboratory. More

Deadly 'superbugs' invade US health care facilities
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A new family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as CRE, is raising concerns across the medical community because of its ability to cause infections that defy even the strongest antibiotics. The antibiotic resistance is spread by mobile pieces of DNA that can move between different species of bacteria, creating new, drug-defying bugs. More

Social media can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases
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Social media can be a major asset for preventing infectious diseases from spreading by informing the public of outbreaks, according to researchers from Kansas State University. The experts who conducted the new study looked at whether posts placed online by public figures can have a large impact on awareness of infectious disease and boost knowledge of the benefits of flu shots, washing of hands or sneezing into elbows for preventing the spread of illnesses. More

CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

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Prediction model combines Google Flu Trends, weather forecasting techniques
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A model using data from Google Flu Trends and weather forecasting techniques could predict the peak of flu outbreaks in specific areas more than seven weeks in advance, according to researchers from Columbia University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Previously, researchers in Pakistan asserted that while Google Flu Trends serves as a good "baseline indicator" of epidemic trends, it could become an effective early warning system through application of "sophisticated statistical analysis." More

Whooping cough vaccine safe for elderly
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The tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine risk is similar to the tetanus and diphtheria vaccine for those ages 65 and older, U.S. researchers say. Hung Fu Tseng and his team at Kaiser Permanente Southern California found adverse events following the Tdap vaccination in seniors were mostly minor. More

Hillary Clinton unveils 'blueprint' to combat AIDS
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VideoBriefU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled what she described as a "blueprint" to guide global efforts in wiping out the AIDS virus, focusing on improving treatment and prevention practices to "get ahead of the pandemic." The initiative is part of a plan to "usher in an AIDS-free generation," said Clinton, who hailed a 200 percent increase in U.S.-funded antiretroviral drug treatments since 2008. More

Partner treatment 'cuts HIV transmission'
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Treating people with HIV who have uninfected partners significantly reduces transmission rates, researchers in China have found. A clinical trial had shown benefits of antiretroviral treatment before. But this trial, reported in the Lancet, is the first "real-life" public health program of its kind. More

Protein 'partner' helps breast cancer spread
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Breast cancer cells preparing to spread disease around the body must first team up with a protein to activate the needed genes, researchers have learned. The discovery, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may also have implications for understanding the metastasis of other forms of cancer and may also light a path to a new treatment strategy. More

Hatching ideas, and companies, by the dozens at M.I.T.
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How do you take particles in a test tube, or components in a tiny chip, and turn them into a $100 million company? Dr. Robert Langer, 64, knows how. Since the 1980s, his Langer Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has spun out companies whose products treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease and schizophrenia, among other diseases, and even thicken hair. More

Simple measures cut infections caught in hospitals
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Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference. A project at seven big hospitals reduced infections after colorectal surgeries by nearly one-third. It prevented an estimated 135 infections, saving almost $4 million, the Joint Commission hospital regulating group and the American College of Surgeons announced. More

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