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NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas

By | March 3, 2015

Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.

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Fighting Allergy with Allergen

By | February 25, 2015

Babies who ate peanuts were less likely to develop an allergy to the food by the time they hit kindergarten, according to a new study.

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Rapid Ebola Test Approved

By | February 24, 2015

The World Health Organization OKs the first 15-minute Ebola diagnostic test.

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Blocking HIV

By | February 19, 2015

A synthetic antibody prevents infection in four monkeys injected with heavy doses of the virus.

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Tracking the Measles Outbreak

By | February 17, 2015

Genetic tests have not revealed the source of the viral outbreak that started in California’s Disney theme parks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Reframed

By | February 11, 2015

To more accurately reflect the condition, the Institute of Medicine recommends renaming it systemic exertion intolerance disease.

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Signs of Sleep Deprivation in the Blood

By | February 11, 2015

Circulating fats and acids drop in people and rats that aren’t getting enough sleep.

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Smartphone Diagnostic

By | February 5, 2015

Researchers design a device that attaches to a smartphone to test for diverse infectious diseases from a drop of blood.

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Ebola Drug Trial Canceled

By | February 2, 2015

As the number of Ebola cases declines, Chimerix is unable to recruit enough patients for its trial in Liberia testing the antiviral drug brincidofovir.

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Ebola Update

By | January 26, 2015

Vaccine trial to start in Liberia as early as next week; trial for experimental therapy also planned, but production is still limited

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