Analysis of 1976 Ebola outbreak holds lessons relevant today

With the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa reviving interest in the first outbreak of the virus 40 years ago, a new report highlighting the lessons learned from the smaller, more quickly contained 1976 outbreak has been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Blood, Heart and Circulation

A minute of secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels

•Rats’ blood vessels took at least three times longer to recover function after only a minute of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke, compared to recovery after a minute of breathing secondhand ... Full story

Bones and Muscles

Scientist develops gene therapy for muscle wasting

PULLMAN, Wash. – A discovery by Washington State University scientist Dan Rodgers and collaborator Paul Gregorevic could save millions of people suffering from muscle wasting disease. ... Full story

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physio intervention helps arthritis pain management

Pain, it turns out, is not a terribly accurate measure of whether or not something is wrong with our body, says Associate Professor Romy Parker of UCT’s Division of Physiotherapy. ... Full story

Skin Cancer

Combining Ipilimumab With Local Treatments Improved Survival for Patients With Melanoma

PHILADELPHIA — Among patients with melanoma, those who received both ipilimumab (Yervoy) and local peripheral treatments such as radiotherapy or electrochemotherapy had significantly prolonged overall survival compared with those who ... Full story

Lung Cancer

Scientists discover new therapeutic target for lung cancer driven by KRAS

DALLAS – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a new way to target lung cancer through the KRAS gene, one of the most commonly mutated genes in human cancer ... Full story

Child health

Research note: Yale team identifies common pathway involved in childhood vascular tumors

By Ziba Kashef Vascular tumors are the most common abnormal growths in infants and children, affecting 5%-10% of newborns. Most are benign infantile hemangiomas (strawberry birthmarks) which spontaneously regress or respond ... Full story

Drugs Approvals and Trials

Proposals to revise guidance on first-in-human clinical trials

Comments invited on a concept paper on changes intended to support best practices The European Medicines Agency (EMA), in cooperation with the European Commission and the Member States of the European ... Full story

Environmental Health

Human activities harm water quality, raise treatment costs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Julie Padowski, clinical assistant professor at Washington State University, has found that the loss of land cover around cities has increased pollution and raised the cost of ... Full story

Life style and Fitness

Women planning pregnancy urged to consider BMI

Women are being encouraged to ensure their body mass index (BMI) is within a healthy range before pregnancy to ensure the best outcomes for their babies. ... Full story

Lungs and Breathing

Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

Neuherberg - Ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. This was the main finding of a study on the influence of ship engine emissions on macrophages ... Full story


Why do antidepressants take so long to work?

Sharon Parmet An episode of major depression can be crippling, impairing the ability to sleep, work, or eat. In severe cases, the mood disorder can lead to suicide. But the drugs ... Full story

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