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Can Ebola be treated with the blood of survivors?

As part of its bid to tackle Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a potential Ebola treatment that involves using the blood of people who have recovered from an infection to treat those still fighting the virus.

Remarkable biology of the crayfish revealed

The blood cells in adult crayfish can form neurons, according to a new paper. The research supports the theory of trans-differentiation, in which cells of one type contribute to tissues that originate from a different part of an animal's body.

China gang forced children to donate blood: Xinhua

Beijing - Police arrested seven people in northwest China allegedly involved in a scheme that forced school children to donate blood, state media reported.

What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Athletes and Hollywood celebrities (like Kobe Bryant, Angelina Jolie, Courtney Love and Tiger Woods) are increasingly turning to platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) therapy to improve their health and turn back the clock. What is this new craze?

Gene treatment for rare blood disorder

The blood disorder β-thalassemia is caused by a mutation in the HBB gene, which results in a severe hemoglobin deficiency. Researchers have successfully corrected the mutation in human induced stem cells.

Fukushima radiation linked to Japanese monkeys’ blood count

Fukushima - A new report suggests that Japanese monkeys have suffered health issues likely attributable to the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

Not such a bitter taste for Vampire bats

Wuhan - Vampire bats exist on a diet mainly made up of blood. Due to this, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors, according to a new study.

Drug Safety: Pradaxa risk for GI bleeding

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have undertaken a review of the drug Pradaxa. The Agency concludes that there is a lower risk for stroke and death, but a higher risk for GI bleeding compared to warfarin.

Super plastic mimics blood clotting

Chicago - A new high tech plastic has been developed which "heals itself," meaning that a cracked phone screen could be self-mended.

Op-Ed: Brazilian cancer patient and daughter grateful for alkaline diet

A few years ago, a young Brazilian woman working and studying in Italy left the country to return to Brazil, so that she could care for her father who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Before she left, she met a woman who told her about alkaline diets.

Gene within a gene contributes to aggressive leukemia

A small gene that is embedded in a larger gene plays a role in promoting acute myeloid leukemia, according to a new study. The research also identified a drug that inhibits expression of the smaller gene.

Link between Down syndrome and leukemia found

A link between people with Down syndrome and people at a heightened risk of developing leukemia during childhood has been uncovered through a new study harnessing advanced medical testing.

New approach for treating leukaemia

Nearly half of patients with the most common form of adult leukemia appear to have a distinct pattern of genetic abnormalities that could better define their prognosis and treatment.

Artificial arteries to monitor blood clotting

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks can also be used to assess patients for the risk of blood clotting.

Blood glucose meter recalled due to faulty results

The medical device company Abbott is conducting a recall for its range of blood glucose meters because the devices may produce mistakenly low blood glucose results.

Graphene can now clean up blood

Blood clots on medical devices, the sort used in surgery, can be reduced by using a graphene-based material. The material is light and it can be coated with a blood absorbing chemical.

New 'armor' in the battle against antibiotic resistant bacteria Special

Orlando - Out on the front lines of the battle against drug resistant microorganisms aka “super-bugs” are physicians and other health-care workers. Their uniform, the clothing that they wear, is their armor — their defense against deadly pathogens.

Blood glucose strips recalled

A recall of 20 lots of FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Test Strips from the U.S. market has been called for. This is because the strips are faulty.

Norway store withdraws Halloween severed hands

Halloween is coming up shortly, but sometimes a store can take things just a little too far. The Norwegian bargain store, Europris, had to withdraw a range of gory "body parts" from its stock after a public outcry.

Migraines linked to different sizes of brain arteries

According to a new study, the network of arteries supplying blood flow to the brain is more likely to be incomplete in people who suffer migraine.

Gold can control blood clotting

Scientists have shown that gold nanoparticles can assist surgeons to control blood clotting when patients are undergoing an operation and avoid the risk of serious bleeding.

New device detects disease from just one blood drop

A prototype device is being developed that will enable a physician to detect disease or virus from just one drop of liquid, including blood.

The glowing eel can help assess blood toxins

The Japanese freshwater eel is the only vertebrate known to produce a fluorescent protein. This protein is the basis of a new test to assess dangerous blood toxins that can trigger liver disease.

Blood protein used to rejuvenate an aging heart

Researchers have demonstrated that a protein found only in the blood of young mice reverses the effects of aging in old mice. The next step is to see if this is possible to achieve with humans.

Toddler gets HIV during blood transfusion

A toddler in Russia was accidentally infected with HIV after going to see doctors for a blood transfusion. A criminal probe has now been opened up.

'Evil Dead' hacks its way to the top

One could call it a big win for "Evil Dead 2013" as it scares up a bloody box office win with a solid $26 million haul. Whether it has legs may depend on word of mouth now.

DNA solves blood mystery of beheaded King Louis XVI

Barcelona - When French King Louis XVI went to the guillotine in 1793 eager Parisians rushed to dip their handkerchiefs into the blood, as souvenirs of the event. DNA analysis now shows fabric placed in an ornate gourd contains blood of the beheaded monarch.

Scientific breakthrough helps people live without breathing

Boston - It sounds like science fiction or magic, like when Harry Potter discovered he could breathe underwater with Gillyweed. But now scientists have developed microparticles injected into the bloodstream that can keep a person alive without breathing.

Children of obese mothers have low iron levels

A research study has indicated that children born to obese mothers tend to have a higher number of health problems than those born from mothers who are of a more healthy weight.

Study: Jehovah's Witnesses fare better after cardiac surgery

A new study shows that Jehovah's Witnesses, known for their stand on refusing blood transfusions fair better after undergoing cardiac surgery than those who accept blood transfusions.
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