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Come for the Oz-kicking, stay for the information

Come for the Oz-kicking, stay for the information | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
This is an excellent piece on that quack, Dr Oz, by John Oliver. The first 5 minutes is spent mocking the fraud, but then, the last ten minutes are all about the real problem: the evisceration of the FDA’s regulatory power over supplements, thanks to Senators Hatch and Harkin. OK, there is a silly bit…
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Obesity Research Takes Aim at Protein Regulators

Obesity Research Takes Aim at Protein Regulators | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
You are what you eat, but researchers are beginning to realize that what and when you eat is controlled by a myriad of underlying biological triggers acting in concert.
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Alzheimer’s, Other Conditions Linked to Prion-like Proteins

Alzheimer’s, Other Conditions Linked to Prion-like Proteins | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new theory about disorders that attack the brain and spinal column has received a significant boost from scientists. The theory attributes these disorders to proteins that act like prions, which are copies of a normal protein that have been corrupted in ways that cause diseases.
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An Apple a Day, and Other Myths

An Apple a Day, and Other Myths | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The gap grows between food folklore and science on cancer.
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MRSA Genome Predicts Toxicity

MRSA Genome Predicts Toxicity | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The spread of the antibiotic-resistant pathogen MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) remains a concerning public health problem, especially among doctors trying to determine appropriate treatment options for infected patients. Bacterial pathogens, such as MRSA, cause disease in part due to toxicity, or the bacterium's ability to damage a host's tissue.
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New Discovery Gives Hope that Nerves Could be Repaired after Spinal Cord Injury

New Discovery Gives Hope that Nerves Could be Repaired after Spinal Cord Injury | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new discovery suggests it could one day be possible to chemically reprogram and repair damaged nerves after spinal cord injury or brain trauma.
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First Peanut Genome Sequenced

First Peanut Genome Sequenced | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The International Peanut Genome Initiative—a group of multinational crop geneticists who have been working in tandem for the last several years—has successfully sequenced the peanut's genome.
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Post-heart Attack Biological Events Provide Cardioprotection

Post-heart Attack Biological Events Provide Cardioprotection | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Heart attack and stroke are among the most serious threats to health.
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Should you get Vaccinated? - YouTube

Should you get vaccinated? Find out how vaccines work to protect the population and what can happen when celebrities get in the way of Science. Subscribe to ...
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On the Street: University of Victoria secures patent to help target tumours

On the Street: University of Victoria secures patent to help target tumours | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A U.S. patent has been granted for a new process developed at the University of Victoria that will help oncologists better identify and target cancerous tumours. It involves synthesizing lanthanide. . .
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Breaking News: Interactive Genetic History Map Revealed

Breaking News: Interactive Genetic History Map Revealed | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
An interactive map, produced by researchers from Oxford University and University College London (UCL), details the histories of genetic mixing between each of
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More Talking to Babies Helps Their Brains

More Talking to Babies Helps Their Brains | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Using videos that claim to teach toddlers, or flash cards for tots, may not be the best idea. Simply talking to babies is key to building crucial language and vocabulary skills — but sooner is better, and long sentences are good.
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Unmasking a Viral Invader

Unmasking a Viral Invader | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is perhaps one of the biggest pathogens you’ve never heard of—big, both proportionately and epidemiologically. If you’re healthy, it’s harmless, but if you have an impaired immune system, the virus can assert itself with a vengeance. Now, researchers have discovered a menu of tactical secrets CMV employs.
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Researchers Identify Key Mechanism in Metabolic Pathway that Fuels Cancers

Researchers Identify Key Mechanism in Metabolic Pathway that Fuels Cancers | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
In a discovery at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI), a research team has taken a significant step in cracking the code of an atypical metabolic pathway that allows certain cancerous tumors to thrive, providing a possible roadmap for defeating such cancers.
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Immune System's 'Rules of Engagement' Discovered

Immune System's 'Rules of Engagement' Discovered | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new study revealed how T cells, the immune system's foot soldiers, respond to an enormous number of potential health threats and found surprising similarities in the way immune system defenders bind to disease-causing invaders.
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Overcoming Resistance | The Scientist Magazine®

Overcoming Resistance | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
In the face of bacterial threats that can evade modern medicines, researchers are trying every trick in the book to develop new, effective antibiotics.
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Adult cancer drugs show promise against an aggressive childhood brain tumor

Adult cancer drugs show promise against an aggressive childhood brain tumor | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The quest to improve survival of children with a high-risk brain tumor has investigators to two drugs already used to treat adults with breast, pancreatic, lung and other cancers. Researchers demonstrated that the drugs pemetrexed and gemcitabine killed cells from mouse and human brain tumors, called group 3 medulloblastoma, growing in the laboratory. Medulloblastoma is diagnosed in about 400 children annually in the U.S., making it the most common pediatric brain tumor.
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Protein in Nerves Determines Which Brain Connections Stay, Which Go

Protein in Nerves Determines Which Brain Connections Stay, Which Go | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A newborn baby, for all its cooing cuddliness, is a data acquisition machine, absorbing information to finish honing the job of brain wiring that started before birth. This is true nowhere more so than the eyes, which start life peering at a blurry world and within months can make out a crisp, three-dimensional image of a mobile dangling overhead.
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Exploiting bacteriophages for human health

Exploiting bacteriophages for human health | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
This short review is worth reading because it takes a thoughtful and holistic approach to the idea of phage therapy.
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Via Alan Cann's excellent MicrobiologyBytes site

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Canada Launches Official Vaccination Smart Phone App

Canada Launches Official Vaccination Smart Phone App | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health at the Canadian Public Health Association, yesterday launched a new vaccination app for iPhone and Android: ImmunizeCA

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, March 25, 2014 7:11 AM

We need us one of those here in SA!

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Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience: A DNA Sequencing Breakthrough for Pregnant Women

Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience: A DNA Sequencing Breakthrough for Pregnant Women | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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How a Vaccine Works | MIT Video

How a Vaccine Works | MIT Video | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what exactly a vaccine does to prevent you from getting sick? Watch this video to find out how it works.
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Breaking News: Could Metabolism Play a Role in Epilepsy?

Breaking News: Could Metabolism Play a Role in Epilepsy? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers exploring a possible link between metabolic defects and seizures have determined that diet could influence susceptibility to seizures, and they have identified a common diabetes drug that could be a useful treatment.
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Scientists confirm gene mutation linked to lupus - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Scientists confirm gene mutation linked to lupus - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Japanese researchers have confirmed for the first time an association in mice between a genetic mutation and the intractable autoimmune disease lupus erythematosus.
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