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European Swine Flu Vaccine Linked to Narcolepsy

July 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect— the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now, new research offers a clue to what happened.

Escape Attempt: Vapor Uses Bottle to Get Away

July 2, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Alexander, Technical Process Director, Inorganic Ventures | Articles | Comments

Transpiration is an issue that has gone relatively unnoticed when in the market for reliable...

Researcher Who Faked HIV Vaccine Gets Prison Term, Millions in Fines

July 2, 2015 11:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A scientist who faked results of an experimental HIV vaccine in rabbits to make it appear he had...

Q&A: Annalena Venneri and Blood Type’s Relation to Health

July 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Annalena Venneri from the University of...

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'Safe Alternative' St. John's Wort Has Same Side Effects as Antidepressants

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have compared the pattern of spontaneous reported adverse drug reactions to St. John’s Wort— a herbal treatment for depression— and fluoxetine— a commonly prescribed antidepressant. They found that St. John’s Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as the drug, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together.

Twitter Can Be Early Warning System for Drug Interactions

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Vermont | News | Comments

Scientists have invented a technique for discovering potentially dangerous drug interactions and unknown side-effects— before they show up in medical databases. The far-seeing tool? A computer program that can efficiently search millions of tweets on Twitter for the names of many drugs and medicines— and build a map of how they’re connected, using the hashtags that link them.

California Vaccine Bill Clears Legislative Hurdle

June 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A split California Assembly has approved a bill that would require nearly all public school kids to get basic vaccines. The bill passed on a bipartisan 46 to 30 vote and, if signed by the governor, would give California one of the strictest vaccine requirements, by eliminating the “personal belief” exemption used by anti-vaccine parents.

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ICYMI: Failed GM Wheat, Urine in the Pool, Nike Raises $1 B for Cancer Research

June 26, 2015 8:17 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. A failed, costly GM wheat project from the UK, unhealthy pool conditions, and a huge donation for early cancer detection research are on the menu this week. 

Researchers Watch How Anthrax Spores Grow in Cultured Human Tissues

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Cultured human lung cells infected with a benign version of anthrax spores have yielded insights into how anthrax grows and spreads in exposed people. The study will help provide credible data for human health related to anthrax exposure and help officials better understand risks related to a potential anthrax attack.

How to Start a Life Science Company

June 25, 2015 8:18 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, most recognized for developing the methodology behind the Lean Startup movement. Recently, Blank adapted this method specifically for life science companies, which he says are among the hardest to start. 

Q&A: Emmanuel Asante, Brain-eating and Prion Diseases

June 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Emmanuel Asante from University College London. He and a team, inspired by brain-eating cannibals from Papua New Guinea who survived a scourge of brain disease, used genetically engineered mice to study resistance to mad cow disease.

U.S. Army Conducted Race-based Mustard Gas Trials During WWII

June 24, 2015 4:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Like other nations, the U.S. has engaged in human medical experimentation, some of which clearly violated the Hippocratic Oath. But, as years go by and more documents become available, the scope of the projects in the 20th Century only continues to grow. The latest revelation is a race-based series of experiments using mustard gas on American soldiers during World War II.

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Teens Invent Condom that Glows to Show STDs

June 24, 2015 10:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A group of teenage inventors in the United Kingdom has invented a condom that changes colors to warn of STDs, according to multiple reports. The three teenagers from the Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, Essex, won the Teen Tech awards with their novel innovation.

Medical Marijuana May Not Help Many Illnesses

June 24, 2015 8:52 am | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses for which state laws have approved its use. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to a review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders and Tourette's syndrome.

Researchers Find New Class of Antifungal Agents

June 23, 2015 2:46 pm | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a new class of antifungals to treat the more than 300 million people worldwide who develop serious fungal infections. In test tube and animal studies, the compounds were highly effective against several pathogenic fungi and were well tolerated in animals.

North Korea Says it Cured Cancer, AIDS, Ebola with Wonder Drug

June 19, 2015 2:41 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Korea— which has allegedly starved millions of its people and is unable to treat even modest medical problems such as cataracts— has a new drug on the market that claims it can cure AIDS, Ebola and some cancers.

100,000 Californians Donate Genetic, Health Data for Research

June 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Genetics Society of America | News | Comments

By volunteering to mail saliva to researchers working with their health care provider, thousands of Californians have helped build one of the nation's most powerful research tools. Scientists have published the first reports describing these volunteers' genetic characteristics, how their self-reported ethnicity relates to genetic ancestry and details of the innovative methods that allowed them to complete DNA analysis within 14 months.

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Study of Single Molecule Explains Gene Expression

June 18, 2015 2:20 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

By measuring the motion of single molecules, scientists have discovered how specialized proteins control gene expression by binding and compacting discrete parts of DNA inside the cell. The find has significant implications for genetics and cancer research.

Simple Nanoparticles Hold Biomedical Potential

June 18, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.

Dog, Human Cancer Similarities Drive Innovative Treatment for Both

June 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Pet dogs may be humans’ best friends in a new arena of life: cancer treatment, said a veterinary clinical medicine professor. Physiological similarities between dogs and humans, and conserved genetics between some dog and human cancers, can allow pet dogs to serve as useful models for studying new cancer drugs.

Discovery Prompts Redesign of Mosquito-based Malaria Vaccine

June 16, 2015 2:20 pm | by Monash Univ. | News | Comments

A promising type of vaccine designed to eradicate malaria by blocking parasite transmission could be a step closer, as a result of experts uncovering new information about the targeted protein.

Avocados May Be Key to Beating Leukemia

June 16, 2015 9:29 am | by Univ. of Waterloo | News | Comments

Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research has discovered a lipid in avocados that combats acute myeloid leukemia by targeting the root of the disease– leukemia stem cells. Worldwide, there are few drug treatments available to patients that target leukemia stem cells.

Transplant Drug May Help Elderly Lose Weight

June 16, 2015 9:24 am | by Univ. of Florida Health | News | Comments

Aging can cause many changes to the body, including obesity and a loss of lean mass. Now, researchers have discovered that an existing drug reduces body fat and appetite in older rats, which has intriguing implications for aging humans. Rapamycin, a pharmaceutical used to coat coronary stents and prevent transplant rejection, reduces obesity and preserves lean body mass when given intermittently to older rats.

Method Synthesizes Potential Brain-protecting Compound

June 15, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Chemists have invented the first practical, scalable method for synthesizing jiadifenolide, a plant-derived molecule that may have powerful brain-protecting properties.

MERS Not Given Same Vaccine Attention as Ebola, Other Viruses

June 15, 2015 2:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Authorities are scrambling to control the spread of MERS. But a vaccine is not among their tools– since it doesn’t yet exist, and is probably not close to being developed.

Mass. Prisoners Sue for Hepatitis Treatments

June 15, 2015 1:37 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two prisoners have sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to get access to the latest Hepatitis treatments.

System Spots Patients’ Antibiotic Resistance in 30 Minutes

June 11, 2015 2:20 pm | by St George’s, University of London | News | Comments

A new device being developed by medical experts will transform the time it takes to detect antibiotic resistance in patients from several days to just half an hour. The development will allow doctors to effectively treat patients with infections known to have high levels of antibiotic drug resistance.  

Cancer Patient Treated as ‘Lab Rat’ Speaks Out After Duke Lawsuit

June 11, 2015 1:42 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A woman who was a patient in a series of clinical trials called one of the biggest cases of medical fraud in history has spoken out about the devastation it wrought on her life. Joyce Shoffner, one of eight plaintiffs on a lawsuit over the bogus research by former Duke University researcher Anil Potti, said she was, “nothing but a laboratory rat,” to justify research.

J&J Announces Project to Prevent Diabetes

June 11, 2015 9:58 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Johnson and Johnson has announced a partnership with a renowned immunologist to find a way to stop the root cause of Type 1 diabetes before it fully develops in young patients. The project, one of 17 new endeavors announced by the pharmaceutical giant today, could potentially improve treatment for millions of Americans.

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