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Stress, Bacteria Trigger Heart Attack?

By | June 12, 2014

A study implicates the breaking up of bacterial biofilms on fatty plaques in arteries as causing stroke or heart attack following stress.

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MERS Double Publication?

By | June 11, 2014

Two papers on the same Middle East respiratory syndrome victim hint at uncouth scientific competition and possible laboratory contamination, plus illuminate potential issues within the Saudi Arabian health ministry. 

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New Antibiotics to Combat Resistant Bugs

By | June 6, 2014

Two new drugs—one a single-dose antibiotic—have been developed to treat skin infections, including methicillin-reistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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The Obesity Burden

By | May 29, 2014

A global study of obesity reveals that an increasing number of people around the world are overweight.

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Immunology and Neurology Pioneer Dies

By | May 24, 2014

Gerald Edelman, who broke new ground in two distinct fields of life science, has passed away at age 84.

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Virus Found in Sf9 Cell Line

By | May 22, 2014

A government lab finds a novel virus present in cell lines used for therapeutic production that were thought to be virus-free.

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Birds of a Genome

By | May 21, 2014

Married couples have more similar DNA than random pairs of people, a study shows.

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Kawasaki Disease a Wind-borne Malady

By | May 21, 2014

Cases of the debilitating childhood disease in Japan are likely caused by toxins that float in from China’s farmlands, a study finds.

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FDA Approves Prosthetic Arm

By | May 14, 2014

The agency OKs the first prosthetic arm controlled by neural signals from the user’s muscles.

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Diseased Heart Chip

By | May 12, 2014

In the latest iteration of organ-on-a-chip technology, researchers develop an in vitro model of functioning human heart tissue with an inherited cardiovascular disease.

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