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Scientists deem new super toxin too dangerous to make public

Botulinum toxin type H has no known antibodies<p>A new type of botulinum toxin — the most toxic substance known to man — has been discovered in the feces of a child. Botulinum toxin type H is the eighth type (types A-G being the first seven) to be detailed by scientists; the naturally occurring toxin …

Major U.S. Company Makes A Breast Cancer Risk Test Using Once-Patented Genes

Just four months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled genes can't be patented, Myriad Genetics is seeing some competition.<p>Remember when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled genes can't be patented? Well, now we're seeing the consequences. A major U.S. medical testing company—it's America's largest by …

Worming Our Way Towards New Therapies for Chronic Disease

Over the last five decades, the prevalence of chronic conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and autism spectrum disorders have grown significantly. Public health research has been working fervently to find a way to treat and hopefully cure the ailments. Yet the …

Medical journal: 'Case closed' against vitamin pills

Vitamin industry and some researchers disagree that 'enough is enough' when it comes to supplement studies.<p>The latest studies on vitamins have some medical experts saying "case closed" — it's time for most consumers to stop wasting money on multivitamins and other supplements, because they have no …

Surgeons to Put Gunshot Victims Into Suspended Animation

Study will see if supercooling allows wounds to be repaired quickly enough to preserve brain function.<p>Surgeons at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will soon try to save the life of a gunshot victim by killing him first—or almost.<p><b>When a shooting or stabbing victim goes into cardiac arrest due</b> …

Osteoid is a 3D-printed cast that uses ultrasound to heal your bones 40% faster

If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know firsthand just how horrible traditional casts are. Hell, even if you <i>haven’t</i> broken a bone, you still probably …

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First Reported Case Of MERS In Spain

The first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, has been identified in Spain, according to news reports.<p>The Associated Press reported that the case is a woman, who was born in Morocco but lives in Spain, and that she likely contracted the virus while traveling in Saudi …

WHO Informed of Five Additional Cases of MERS-CoV

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed of two laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) …

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Millions of dollars wasted on flu drug Tamiflu, review finds

Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said on Thursday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt.<p>In a review of trial data on Tamiflu, and on GlaxoSmithKline's flu drug Relenza, …

West Nile spreads across US but don't expect a hurricane effect, CDC says

West Nile virus is now in 48 states, has made nearly 1,600 people ill and killed 66 of them, federal health officials said on Wednesday. But don’t expect Hurricane Isaac, which is now dumping tons of rain on Louisiana, to make matters any worse, they said.<p>The case count keeps 2012 on track to be …