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Ancient HIV stowaway may hold clue to transmission
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An HIV genetic stowaway that may have come from a related cat virus could help the AIDS virus transmit and replicate in people, U.S. researchers reported. heir finding, which has implications for designing new drugs or a vaccine against the fatal and incurable virus, may also shed light on how other viruses, such as swine flu, spread from animals to people, experts said. More
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Senate guarantees coverage of mammograms, other screenings in health care reform bill
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In a 61 to 39 vote, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment to its massive health care reform bill that would guarantee coverage of much-debated mammograms and other preventive screenings for women without any cost-sharing on their part. The bill's primary sponsor, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md, had introduced the measure in response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announcing last month that it no longer recommends routine mammograms for women aged 40 to 49 years. More

CDC: Few serious reactions after swine flu vaccine
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Serious reactions after receiving the H1N1 swine flu vaccine are rare and not significantly higher than those seen from the seasonal flu vaccine, according to a briefing at the CDC. Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, presented preliminary safety data and confidence that the H1N1 vaccine will not be dogged by Guillain-Barre syndrome, the neurological disorder that was associated with the 1976 swine flu vaccine. More

Easy lean lab exercises
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Lean is one of the most popular improvement methodologies used in the manufacturing world, and its success is quickly carrying over into other industries, including laboratories. Many improvements can be made within the lab environment and its processes, especially with more labs facing reduced budgets and fewer staff members. Lean can be a successful solution for managing processes in a more cost-effective and safer way.  More


New clues into how invasive parasite spreads
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Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a possible strategy against an invasive parasite that infects more than a quarter of the world’s population, including 50 million Americans. The study, involving the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii, was led by Amos Orlofsky, PhD, assistant professor of pathology at Einstein. The results, published in the current issue of the Journal of Immunology, suggest a new approach for treating toxoplasmosis, the disease caused by this parasite. More

Measles deaths worldwide have dropped 78 percent since 2000
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As the result of a vigorous vaccination campaign in which more than 700 million children have been immunized against the measles, the number of deaths worldwide fell 78 percent from 2000 to 2008, the consortium of organizations known as the Measles Initiative announced. About 733,000 children died in 2000, compared with 164,000 in 2008, the group said. More

FDA approves Lilly antipsychotic for teens
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Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. said it received U.S. approval to market its best-selling medication Zyprexa for adolescents with schizophrenia and manic depression. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for adolescents aged 13 to 17 years old, but cautioned that the drug can cause weight gain and high blood sugar in younger patients. New labeling for the drug will recommend physicians consider other treatments first, according to a statement from Lilly. More

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Smoking exposure now linked to colon, breast cancers
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Add colorectal cancer to the list of malignancies caused by smoking, with a new study strengthening the link between the two. And other studies are providing more bad news for people who haven't managed to quit: Two papers published in Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a themed issue on tobacco, strengthen the case for the dangers of secondhand smoke for people exposed to fumes as children and as adults. More

Cholera epidemic infects thousands in Kenya
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A cholera epidemic is sweeping across Kenya, with 4,700 cases reported in the past month and 119 deaths in what Kenyan officials are calling "one of the worst outbreaks in a decade." The most stricken areas are the arid swaths of northern Kenya, which were hit this year by a devastating drought. The scant rains have meant that many people are surviving off dirty, germ-infested water, which is how cholera spreads.  More

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