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3 hrs ago | Iol.co.za

Woolworths to halve own-label GM goods

WOOLWORTHS aimed to reduce by 50 percent the number of its private-label products that contained genetically modified ingredients, the food and fashion retailer said last week. It would do this within 12 months.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Science / Technology

7 hrs ago | Wall Street Journal

Obama Plans Major Ebola Offensive

President Barack Obama plans to dramatically boost the U.S. effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the U.S. military, people familiar with the proposal said. Mr. Obama is expected to detail the plan during a visit Tuesday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, these people said.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, US News, Conservative Political News

11 hrs ago | Detroit News

MSU bioengineer seeks better microbe threat tests

As the Ebola virus draws the world's attention to the danger of disease spread, a Michigan State University researcher is working to provide better tools to measure the human health risk from microbes and to train researchers in their use. Biosystems engineering professor Jade Mitchell is doing the work with help from a $1 million National Institutes of Health grant The process is called quantitative microbial risk assessment, and Michigan State says it involves four steps to characterizing the human health risk from exposure to various microorganisms.

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Related Topix: Michigan State University, National Institutes of Health, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

15 hrs ago | Newkerala.com

Eat chikoo to fight cancer

The sweet and succulent chikoo or Sapota fruit, a popular ingredient for desserts, could well be the answer to halt cancer from spreading, according to a study by Indian scientists. Researchers have now shown methanolic extracts of the whole fruit possess certain active phytochemicals that can trigger a sequence of orchestrated events in tumour cells leading to their death .

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Related Topix: World News, India, Science / Technology

19 hrs ago | The Daily Record

Mesh scandal: Another boost for Scottish campaigners as US victim wins A 60m payout

MARTHA Salazar's case in Dallas, Texas - the second major victory for mesh victims in America within days - prompts new calls for criminal inquiry in Scotland. Martha Salazar won the huge payout after the court in Dallas, Texas, heard that the Obtryx implant made by Boston Scientific was defective.

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Related Topix: Dallas, TX, Johnson and Johnson, Medicine, Johnson and Johnson Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare Industry

23 hrs ago | Sys-Con Media

Significant Patient Benefits With Edwards Sapien Valve Demonstrated In 5-Year Partner Trial Data

The data were presented as part of the late-breaking clinical trials session at the 26th Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics , the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. "These longer term results from PARTNER's inoperable cohort indicated that TAVR was associated with a continued significant mortality benefit, persistent symptom benefit and a statistically significant reduction in rehospitalizations," said & White Health.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Edwards Lifesciences, Medical Equipment, Healthcare Industry, Embrella Cardiovascular

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Boston.com

Is your body mostly microbes? Actually, we have no idea

By peering deep into what he called "inner space," scientists discovered that we were never alone: Our bodies have 10 trillion cells, but we are host to 100 trillion microbes. "In other words," Relman said, "we are ten parts microbe, and one part human.

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Related Topix: Microbiology, Biology, Science, National Institutes of Health, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, University of Missouri

San Diego NewsCape

Eating habits, body fat related to differences in brain chemistry

People who are obese may be more susceptible to environmental food cues than their lean counterparts due to differences in brain chemistry that make eating more habitual and less rewarding, according to a National Institutes of Health study published in Molecular Psychiatry. Researchers at the NIH Clinical Center found that, when examining 43 men and women with varying amounts of body fat, obese participants tended to have greater dopamine activity in the habit-forming region of the brain than lean counterparts, and less activity in the region controlling reward.

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Related Topix: Chemistry, Science, National Institutes of Health, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Theater, Arts

Lowell Sun

New buildings, bright horizons

When Professor Mariluci Bladon began the biotechnology program at Middlesex Community College 14 years ago, she had no place of her own to teach her small class of 25 students. The college rented a place at the VA Hospital in Bedford, later moving to a campus in Burlington before ultimately ending up at its current spot in downtown Lowell.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Lowell, MA

News Times

Respiratory virus that hits kids might be in CT

About enterovirus D68 Here are some fast facts about the respiratory illness sweeping the country, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus was first identified in California in 1962, but has not been commonly reported in the United States.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Kentucky, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hospital Administration, Infectious Diseases

Reuters

RPT-Gilead to raise price for new hepatitis C drug above $84,000

The next generation version of Gilead Sciences Inc's $84,000 hepatitis C drug, already under fire for its record-breaking costs, is going to be even more expensive. Gregg Alton, Gilead's executive vice president of corporate and medical affairs, declined to give an exact price for the new medicine, the first all-oral treatment for the virus which is expected to launch next month.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Gilead Sciences, Healthcare Industry, Hepatitis, Startups, Insurance, Molina Healthcare

This is Local London

Chemistry building damaged by fire

A firefighter helps tackle a blaze which damaged a multimillion-pound University of Nottingham chemistry building Photo taken from the Twitter feed of @Anas_Abdalla of a fire at a building which is part of the University of Nottingham campus The wreckage of the fire-blackened multi-million pound laboratory on the University of Nottingham's city Jubilee Campus was all that remained today, after a blaze was first reported at 8.30pm yesterday. A university spokesman said the fire had been centred on its timber-framed GlaxoSmithKline sustainable chemistry lab, which was still under construction at the time.

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KURB-FM Little Rock

New York State Health Department Confirms Multiple Cases of Enterovirus 68

The New York State Health Department announced on Friday that it has identified multiple patients who have fallen ill with the Enterovirus 68. Based on information from various state agencies and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total number of states in which the Enterovirus 68 may have spread could be as high 18. The CDC has confirmed the virus in at least seven states. The New York State Department of Health would also say that cases of the disease have been confirmed in the Capital Region and in Central New York.

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Related Topix: New York Government, New York, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Reuters

Pfizer, Ranbaxy win dismissal of lawsuit over generic Lipitor

U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton, New Jersey, ruled that the plaintiffs, retailers and distribution companies that bought Lipitor directly from Pfizer, failed to plead their case with enough detail. The lawsuit, filed in 2012, stems from a 2008 settlement of a patent lawsuit filed by Pfizer against Ranbaxy over Ranbaxy's plan to make generic Lipitor.

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Related Topix: Pfizer, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Cholesterol, Health, Trenton, NJ

Ananova

Fire Crews Tackle Major Blaze At University

The "significant incident" began at approximately 8.30pm at the GlaxoSmithKline building on the Jubilee Campus, which is under construction and unoccupied.

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Related Topix: GlaxoSmithKline, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

ABC News

Obama to Visit Atlanta Health Center to Talk Ebola

President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday. During his visit on Tuesday, Obama will be briefed about the outbreak and discuss the U.S. response with officials, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Barack Obama, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Africa, Nigeria Travel, Nigeria Travel, Africa, South Africa Travel, Africa, Mali Travel, Africa Travel, Mali Travel, Travel, South Africa Travel

The Republic

Lilly cancer drug fares well in late-stage study

Eli Lilly and Co. said Friday its potential colorectal cancer drug Cyramza helped patients on chemotherapy with advanced cases of the disease survive longer than patients on chemotherapy alone.

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Related Topix: Eli Lilly, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

New York Daily News

Breastfeeding tied to fewer ear, sinus infections in kids

'Health benefits of breastfeeding go beyond infancy,' said the CDC epidemiologist who led the study. Breast milk may stimulate a baby's immune system.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Epidemiology, Healthcare Industry

Reuters

Allergan investors owning 35 percent to demand special meeting

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Related Topix: Allergan, AckmanZiff Real Estate Group, Financial Services, Reuters, Irvine, CA

Science Daily

Impact on gut microbiota of fermented milk product containing probiotics revealed by new technology

The effect of a fermented milk product containing probiotics on the gut microbiota has been demonstrated by researchers using a novel high resolution bioinformatics tool. The product affected certain gut bacteria without changing the global composition of the microbial community.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, Bioinformatics, Science

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