April 15, 2013

Gene Swapping Makes New China Bird Flu A Moving Target - an analysis

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LONDON (Reuters) - A new bird flu virus that has killed 13 people in China is still evolving, making it hard for scientists to predict how dangerous it might become.

April 11, 2013

Improving Long Term Memory From What We Eat

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A flavonoid found in cocoa beans could mean the difference between remembering and forgetting, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Scientists from the Hotchkiss Brain Insitute in Calgary linked the flavonoid (-)epicatechin (or epi for short) to the formation of long-term memory.

April 09, 2013

New Gene Therapy Causes Fears About 'Designer Babies'

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Fertility regulators in the UK have paved the way for the introduction of a radical form of gene therapy in which babies are created using cellular material from three people.

April 04, 2013

Q&A: Causes Of Eosinophilia

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Peripheral blood eosinophilia (≥500 eosinophils/microL) may be caused by numerous conditions, including allergic, infectious, inflammatory, and neoplastic disorders. The cause of eosinophilia is best identified by the patient's history, clinical presentation, and specific laboratory testing, and it is important to be aware of the absolute eosinophil count (AEC). The evaluation should seek to identify the cause of eosinophilia and assess the patient for associated organ involvement.