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The cure for cancer could be as simple as a vaccine

How cool would it be to stop cancer dead in its tracks using a vaccine that would work regardless of cancer type? It turns out that humanity is …

3tags.org

Scientists search for 13 people to solve genetic mutation mystery

Medical research identified individuals who have mutations for eight severe childhood conditions but showed no symptoms<p>A massive study of more than half a million people who might carry genetic mutations for 584 devastating childhood diseases has identified 13 who have mutations for severe …

Genetics

Anti-Vaccination Lunacy Won’t Stop

Robert De Niro made the right call in pulling ‘Vaxxed’ from his film festival. But the bogus message rolls on.<p>This week’s fare at the Angelika Film Center in New York City includes “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” a purported documentary that began its run on Friday. If only the theater’s …

Tribeca Film Festival

Old Vaccine, New Tricks: Revive Early Pertussis Shot, Study Says

Newer isn't always better — some researchers are proposing to bring back an older version of the whooping cough vaccine, because multiple studies …

Public Health

Molecules found to counter antibiotic resistance

Even superbugs have their kryptonite.<p>Two types of lab-made molecules make drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to antibiotics again, researchers …

More elderly using dangerous drug combinations

One in six older adults now regularly use potentially deadly combinations of prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements -- …

Scientists have discovered a new way to fight antibiotic resistance

Two types of lab-made molecules make drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to antibiotics again, researchers report March 9 in <i>Science Translational Medicine.</i><p>The discovery could provide new tools in the fight against microbes such as methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus,</i> or MRSA<i>,</i> which causes …

Why the World Needs to Quit Olive Oil (at Least a Little Bit)

I think you're using too much olive oil.<p>I don't know for sure, of course, because in all likelihood you and I have never met. But I don't need to …

15 ways to stay focused all day, according to scientists

What was I doing again?<p>We've all had days where we can't seem to focus, asking that question too many times to count. For some of us, those days are …

Energy-Efficient ‘Biocomputer’ Provides Viable Alternative To Quantum Computers

A team of international scientists from Canada, the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden announced Friday that they had developed a model …

Metabolism protein found to also regulate feeding behavior in the brain

Feeling hungry or full leads us to change how much we eat, but the molecular wiring of this process is not well understood. Scientists have …

Antibiotics hide within soil mineral layers

A Cornell study revealed the molecular mechanism of how antibiotics from human and farm animal waste become trapped in soils, findings with the …

Research

Conifer forest expansion blamed for boosting global warming

An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread …

Climate Change

Sun Pharma slumps after U.S. issues new reprimand to India drug industry | Reuters

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Shares in India’s largest drugmaker, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, skidded more than 7 percent on Monday after U.S. regulators warned of standards violations at a key plant in the latest blow to India’s generic drug industry.<p>A man carrying a gas cylinder walks out of the …

FDA

A special court rejects autism-vaccine theories.

The three federal judges who convincingly rejected the theory that vaccines cause autism delivered a devastating blow to crank science today. The …

It's a Great Day for the Antibiotic Apocalypse

Out on the weekend, where the wingo di tutti wingnuts is unlikely to get too sciencey.<p>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian)<p>DES MOINES, IA—Hey, it's really snowing here.<p>On Friday night, the Family Leader Foundation, the <i>wingo di tutti</i> …

Scientists discover new antibiotic-resistant gene MCR-1 in China

A new gene rendering bacteria immune to an antibiotic has been found in China by a Lancet research team. Doctors worry that it could roll back …

Rare TB case shows difficulty diagnosing, treating children

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a 2-year-old returned sick from a visit to India, U.S. doctors suspected tuberculosis even though standard tests said no. It …

Medicine

The Japanese Are Aging So Fast That Seniors Now Make Up Over 10% of New Prison Inmates

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Foodborne Outbreaks: More Complex, Deadlier, Harder To Stop

The complex paths that ingredients take to become the foods we eat, and that foods follow to reach our plates, are creating foodborne disease outbreaks that occur in many places at once and are more common and more deadly than ever before.<p>That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Centers for …

Public Health

Mother 'Overjoyed' After Boy Missing for 13 Years Found

The family of a boy who was missing for 13 years before being found safe in Cleveland this week said they are "overjoyed" that the child has been found.<p>Julian Hernandez was 5 years old when he was reported missing by his mother in Alabama in August of 2002. On Monday the Cleveland office of the FBI …

Crime

Why your next new car may smell -- on purpose

Opel's AirWellness is an inexpensive, yet effective, way to get your car smelling like something other than old french fries.<p>The last thing you want to hear when a passenger gets into your car is, "What smells?" However, a new cabin perfume system from General Motors' European brand Opel could turn …

Opel

Rx for America: Nearly 6 in 10 adults take prescription drugs, study says

Americans have become increasingly medicated since the turn of the century, according to a new study.<p>Fully 59% of U.S. adults were on at least one prescription drug in the years 2011 and 2012, and 15% took five or more. A dozen years earlier, 51% of adults filled at least one prescription and 8% …

Medicine

MERS, Ebola, bird flu: Science's big missed opportunities

LONDON, (Reuters) - Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug, which may or may not work, or standard advice to take bed rest and paracetamol.<p>Those who agree could be helping the world …

Disease

Dietary Supplements Send Thousands To ERs Yearly

Tens of thousands of Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for problems caused by dietary supplements, federal health officials are reporting.<p>The complications include heart problems such as irregular or rapid heartbeat or chest pain, says Dr. Andrew Geller of the federal …

Weight Loss

Deadly Pig Virus May Have Sneaked Into US On Reusable Bags

How diseases cross borders can be a dark mystery. It’s never been clear, for instance, just how West Nile virus arrived in the United States in 1999. Researchers think they know why clusters of malaria cases occur around international airports, but no one has proved the hypothesis by catching an …

Microbiology

Hormone-Blocking ‘Vaccine’ Could Sterilize Animals With Just One Shot

Good for shrinking populations of pets and pests alike<p>Scientists have long sought ways to stop animal populations from growing too large, but current methods are often expensive or labor-intensive. Now a team of researchers from the California Institute of Technology has discovered a method that …

Pets

The slow, steady battle for Guineans’ trust in the Ebola vaccine

The vaccinators stepped down a narrow alley, between mossy walls, and ventured into the tiny dirt courtyard where half a dozen families were preparing meals and washing dishes. Among them was the grieving family of Fatmata, a 10-year-old girl who had died of Ebola a day earlier.<p>The health workers …