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US Nurse Contracts Ebola

By | October 14, 2014

Despite wearing protective gear, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who helped treat the first US Ebola patient has tested positive for the virus.

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Fecal Pill Treats Gut Infection

By | October 11, 2014

In a preliminary study, patients with recurring Clostridium difficile infections found relief from diarrhea by ingesting frozen fecal matter from healthy volunteers.

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Korean Stem Cell Film Tops Box Office

By | October 9, 2014

A movie based on the Woo Suk Hwang cloning scandal is popular in South Korea, but the plotline strays from reality.

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Baby Born from Transplanted Womb

By | October 6, 2014

A woman in Sweden gives birth to a healthy baby boy after carrying the child in a transplanted uterus for 32 weeks.

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Like the Mississippi child that was thought to have beaten HIV after aggressive anti-retroviral treatment, detectable levels of the virus return in an Italian child who received similar therapy.

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Chimp Culture Caught on Camera

By | October 1, 2014

Researchers have captured footage of wild chimpanzees teaching each other to use tools, lending support to the idea that humans aren’t the only primates to engage in social learning.

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Nigeria Clears Ebola?

By | October 1, 2014

After nearly two dozen cases of the deadly disease, Africa’s most populous country appears to have stopped the virus in its tracks.

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image: Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity

Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity

By | October 1, 2014

Taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of 2 may increase a child’s risk of obesity.

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Ebola Outbreak Threatens World Security

By | September 22, 2014

The United Nations Security Council declares the situation in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security” and calls for even more resources to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.

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US Military to Join Ebola Fight

By | September 17, 2014

President Obama plans to send thousands of military personnel to Africa to streamline infectious disease-response efforts.

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