China to Send More Medics in Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone

The UN said that China will send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174. "The most urgent immediate need in the Ebola response is for more medical staff," World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said in a statement, hailing the Chinese commitment. China has said it will dispatch a mobile laboratory team to Sierra Leone, where more than ...
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Learning to Talk is in Our Genes: Study

Scientists have found evidence that genetic factors may contribute to the development of language during infancy. Scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol worked with colleagues around the world to discover a significant link between genetic changes near the ROBO2 gene and the number of words spoken by children in the early stages of language development. Children produce words at ...
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100 Million People Saved from Hunger Over the Last 10 Years

The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years but one in nine are still undernourished, with Asia home to the majority of the underfed, says UN. The UN's food agencies said the global number was down over 200 million since the early 1990s, but warned that despite the progress made, "about 805 million people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from hunger." But the battle to reduce hunger is being made more ...
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Syrian Opposition Halts Measles Vaccinations

The Syrian opposition said that it halted a measles vaccination campaign in the northeastern Idlib province following reports children had died after being innoculated. The announcement was posted on the websites of the Syrian opposition National Coalition and the rebel interim government. The "interim government's health ministry has instructed a halt to the second round of the measles vaccination campaign, which began Monday... following several fatalities ...
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World Bank Approves (Dollar) 105 Mn Grant for Ebola Fight in Africa

To bolster the fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus epidemic raging in west Africa, the World Bank approved a (Dollar) 105 million grant. The funding is part of a (Dollar) 200-million World Bank pledge approved in early August to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to contain the outbreak, which has killed more than 2,400 people in the region. "The world needs to do much, much more to respond to the Ebola crisis in these three countries," World Bank President ...
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Benefit of Endocrine Therapy in Women With Hormone Receptor Positive Breast Cancer

For women with hormone-receptor positive (HR+) invasive breast cancer, treatment with endocrine therapy and radiation therapy as part of breast conservation is the current standard of care. A new study by researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center, however, shows that combination may not be necessary for all patient populations with the disease. The results, which Fox Chase researchers presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual ...
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Epigenetic Drugs: A Hope to Reduce Cancer Relapse

Biology in high school taught us that we inherit certain traits from our parents that are pre-determined. But what if you could change how these genes play out by taking certain drugs or better yet, just changing your diet? That's exactly what a team of researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have proposed through their research of epigenetics research. Epigenetics regulates gene expression in a reversible manner by chemically ...
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Many Throat Cancer Patients can Skip Neck Surgery, Says Study

Patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) positive oropharyngeal cancer see increased rates of complete response on a post-radiation neck dissection than those with HPV-negative oropharyngeal cancer, finds new research. "For patients that achieve a complete response, neck surgery is probably unnecessary," says Thomas J. Galloway, MD, Attending Physician and Director of Clinical Research at Fox Chase and lead author on the study. After radiation and chemotherapy ...
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Motion Patterns of Bacteria Studied

Motion patterns of bacteria were studied in real time to determine how these motions related to communication within a bacterial colony, by a team of researchers. The members of this team were from Boston University and Stanford University School of Medicine who developed a new model to study this. The researchers chemically attached colonies of iEscherichia coli/i bacteria to a microcantilever - a microscopic beam anchored at one end, similar to a diving board ...
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