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Researchers report that predominant CA-MRSA strain migrated from sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers report that predominant CA-MRSA strain migrated from sub-Saharan Africa

The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers reported this week in mBio-, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. [More]
Reduce inflammatory reaction by losing weight, says researcher

Reduce inflammatory reaction by losing weight, says researcher

Researchers have found a possible molecular explanation for why overweight is harmful. This new knowledge may provide new drugs for heart attack, stroke, cancer and chronic intestinal inflammation. [More]
Viewpoints: 'Raw judicial politics' on health law; Texas abortion trial; suicide and gender

Viewpoints: 'Raw judicial politics' on health law; Texas abortion trial; suicide and gender

The Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- has endured so many near-death experiences that digging into the details of still another effort to demolish it is admittedly not an inviting prospect. (My own reaction, I confess, to hearing some months back about the latest legal challenge -- this one aimed at the supposed effect of a single word in the 900-page statute -- was something along the lines of "wake me when it's over.") But stay with me, because this latest round, catapulted onto the Supreme Court's docket earlier this month by the same forces that brought us the failed Commerce Clause attack two years ago, opens a window on raw judicial politics so extreme that the saga so far would be funny if the potential consequences weren't so serious (Linda Greenhouse, 8/20). [More]
Lilly’s ixekizumab superior to placebo, etanercept on all skin clearance measures in Phase 3 studies

Lilly’s ixekizumab superior to placebo, etanercept on all skin clearance measures in Phase 3 studies

Eli Lilly and Company's investigational medicine ixekizumab was statistically superior to etanercept and placebo on all skin clearance measures in Phase 3 studies, the company said today in disclosing top-line results from its pivotal UNCOVER studies in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. [More]
How Chinese hackers stole patient data

How Chinese hackers stole patient data

The hackers exploited 'Heartbleed' -- a hole in widely used data-protection technology -- to steal data on 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems, according to Bloomberg News. Another report looks at why your medical information might be vulnerable. [More]
US Fitness adds Sport & Health to its portfolio of clubs

US Fitness adds Sport & Health to its portfolio of clubs

US Fitness Holdings, LLC announced today it has added Sport & Health to its portfolio of clubs, creating one of the largest health club companies in the country. [More]
First Edition: August 21, 2014

First Edition: August 21, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about a new "Obamacare" ad in the Arkansas Senate race and a California poll measuring how the state's voters feel about a ballot initiative that would expand the state's ability to regulate health insurance rates. [More]
Research: Seals and sea lions may spread tuberculosis to humans

Research: Seals and sea lions may spread tuberculosis to humans

Tuberculosis is one of the most persistent and deadliest infectious diseases in the world, killing one to two million people each year. [More]
New study shows how immune system developed in the course of evolution

New study shows how immune system developed in the course of evolution

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg re-activated expression of an ancient gene, which is not normally expressed in the mammalian immune system, and found that the animals developed a fish-like thymus. [More]
Researchers identify microRNAs that differentiate male and female fruit flies

Researchers identify microRNAs that differentiate male and female fruit flies

Men and women differ in plenty of obvious ways, and scientists have long known that genetic differences buried deep within our DNA underlie these distinctions. In the past, most research has focused on understanding how the genes that encode proteins act as sex determinants. [More]
Dopamine therapy linked to increased impulse control disorders, daytime sleepiness in early PD patients

Dopamine therapy linked to increased impulse control disorders, daytime sleepiness in early PD patients

New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients compared to the general population. [More]
Study identifies genetic basis for Tibetan adaptation

Study identifies genetic basis for Tibetan adaptation

In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air on the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. [More]
Microbes influence human eating behavior, dietary choices

Microbes influence human eating behavior, dietary choices

It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity. [More]
Dopamine replacement therapy increases impulse control disorders in newly diagnosed PD patients

Dopamine replacement therapy increases impulse control disorders in newly diagnosed PD patients

New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients compared to the general population. [More]
Viewpoints: Enrollment 'plummeting'?; Arkansas' 'boondoggle'; move Medicare to Obamacare exchanges

Viewpoints: Enrollment 'plummeting'?; Arkansas' 'boondoggle'; move Medicare to Obamacare exchanges

In the latest leg of their endless journey to find bad news about the Affordable Care Act, conservative analysts and websites have seized on some ambiguous figures to declare that enrollment is "plummeting," "shrinking," "sinking rapidly"--choose your headline. The most charitable interpretation of this claim is that it's based on extreme cherry-picking. The most accurate interpretation is that it's wrong (Michael Hiltzik, 8/13). [More]
HCN to acquire HealthLease REIT and 17 of Mainstreet's Next Generation properties

HCN to acquire HealthLease REIT and 17 of Mainstreet's Next Generation properties

The nation's largest post-acute health care developer and one of the world's largest health care real estate companies have agreed to join forces to lead the evolution of post-acute care, an emerging solution in the changing health care landscape. [More]
Complete analysis of the growing manufacturing market of HPAPIs and cytotoxic drugs

Complete analysis of the growing manufacturing market of HPAPIs and cytotoxic drugs

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: HPAPIs and Cytotoxic Drugs Manufacturing Market, 2014 - 2024 [More]

New report provides in-depth analysis of non-life insurance segment in Brazil

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Non-Life Insurance in Brazil, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018. [More]
Chiltern earns Gold Membership in CDISC

Chiltern earns Gold Membership in CDISC

Chiltern International Limited (Chiltern), a global contract research organization (CRO) has earned a Gold Membership in CDISC, the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium. [More]
Isoform: New protein offers novel therapeutic approach for patients with DMD

Isoform: New protein offers novel therapeutic approach for patients with DMD

Scientists have discovered a new form of dystrophin, a protein critical to normal muscle function, and identified the genetic mechanism responsible for its production. [More]