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Study: Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA ‘Superbug’ Found In US Homes
 By News on the Net   --Medical News

Atlanta (CBS ATLANTA) – An anti-biotic resistant “superbug” that has long affected hospitals and other health care locations around the world has now found a new “reservoir” location: inside U.S. homes.



In lab tests, the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan spurs growth of breast cancer cells
 By American Chemical Society   --Medical News

Some manufacturers are turning away from using triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products over health concerns. And now scientists are reporting new evidence that appears to support these worries. Their study, published in the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, found that triclosan, as well as another commercial substance called octylphenol, promoted the growth of human breast cancer cells in lab dishes and breast cancer tumors in mice.



Toward unraveling the Alzheimer’s mystery
 By American Chemical Society   --Medical News

Getting to the bottom of Alzheimer’s disease has been a rapidly evolving pursuit with many twists, turns and controversies. In the latest crook in the research road, scientists have found a new insight into the interaction between proteins associated with the disease. The report, which appears in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience,  could have important implications for developing novel treatments.







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Catch some Zzz’s to control cancer
 By Guest Column

Dr. Fahed Hakim laughs while admitting that he is remiss at taking his own advice about getting a good night’s sleep. As is the case with so many of us, his grueling work schedule, coupled with a full family life, takes its toll on his ability to get sufficient shut-eye.



Potassium: Like Sex and Money, Just the Right Amount
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

“Why would anyone be so foolish to carry on this asinine habit for so long?” This was my immediate reaction to an article, published by LiveScience and reported at the European Heart Rhythm Association. In effect, the article shows how a most innocent habit, carried out for a long period, can send you to hospital.



‘3D’ test could reduce reliance on animals for testing asthma and allergy medications
 By American Chemical Society

To determine whether new medicines are safe and effective for humans, researchers must first test them in animals, which is costly and time-consuming, as well as ethically challenging. In a study published in ACS’ journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, scientists report that they’ve developed a simple, “3D” laboratory method to test asthma and allergy medications that mimics what happens in the body, which could help reduce the need for animal testing.







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Death by Measles??
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

How would you react if your unvaccinated child or grandchild died from measles? No doubt your response would be one of agonizing grief. What you wouldn’t know is that this personal tragedy did not have to happen in 2014. Unfortunately, I bet not one doctor in a thousand knows how Dr. Frederick Klenner successfully treated this viral infection over 60 years ago.



Pharma firms turn attention to hearing loss
 By American Chemical Society

Hearing loss affects 36 million Americans to some degree, often leaving them feeling isolated, but it has received little attention from the pharmaceutical industry — until now. Small firms have brought a handful of potential therapies to the development pipeline, and pharmaceutical heavyweights are taking notice, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society.



Promising agents burst through ‘superbug’ defenses to fight antibiotic resistance
 By American Chemical Society

In the fight against “superbugs,” scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.



Toward a faster, more accurate way to diagnose stroke
 By American Chemical Society

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone is having a stroke and what kind. Their report appears in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry.



Top 10 Israeli advances in autism
 By Guest Column

In recent years Israel has become a major hub for studies on autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is today the second most prevalent among children.



Why do we get allergies? The science of springtime sniffling and sneezing (video)
 By American Chemical Society

WASHINGTON,  — Spring has sprung, and with it comes blooming flowers, shorts and t-shirts and, for the millions who suffer from allergies, a runny nose, puffy eyes and general misery. In the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) latest Reactions video, we explain the science behind the allergies that spoil spring for so many people.



How Safe Are Your Drugs?
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Have you ever wondered about the safety of drugs that you’ve purchased? Are you concerned that they have in the bottle what’s indicated on the package? Or worried that they contain dangerous substances that shouldn’t be present? So is there any way to be sure we’re getting what we pay for?




















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