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Johns Hopkins University will name building in honor of Henrietta Lacks
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Johns Hopkins University will name building in honor of Henrietta Lacks

  Her cells led to the development of the Salk Vaccine that cured polio and supported research into leukemia and AIDS By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A new building scheduled for groundbreaking in 2020 at Johns Hopkins University’s East Baltimore campus will be named in honor of the late Henrietta Lacks, who unknowingly was the source the “HeLa” cell, an […]

David slays Goliath
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David slays Goliath

And it gives Monsanto’s owner, Bayer Aspirin, a major headache after being ordered to pay $289.2 million By Frederick H. Lowe BlacksmansStreet.Today Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District, in the San Francisco Bay Area, was experiencing severe skin irritation from spraying Ranger Pro, a generic version of Roundup. The product is a weed killer […]

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings
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Cure Sought for the Soaring Cost of Insulin

By Frederick H. Lowe U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Elijah Cummings have asked the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the rise  in the price of insulin to treat diabetes. In a letter dated November 3 to U.S. Attorney General Loretta  Lynch  and FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez,  Sanders, (I., Vt.) and Cummings (D., Md.) asked […]

"There is a possibility that this virus had been moving around the Caribbean before it hit the right combination of conditions in Brazil and took off," says Glenn Morris. (Credit: Alex Proimos/Flickr)
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Zika was in Haiti before exploding in Brazil

By Evan Barton, University of Florida. The Zika virus was present in Haiti several months before the first cases were identified in Brazil, new research suggests. The finding confirms that the Zika virus was present in the Americas prior to March 2015, when the virus was first identified in Brazil, and suggests that the spread of Zika virus in the […]

O.J. Simpson may be suffering from CTE, a brain disease caused by repeated concussions
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  Doctor speculates:  O. J.  Simpson maybe suffering from CTE Forensic neurologist Bennett Omalu, MD, the first person to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of deceased football players, said he strongly believes that O. J. Simpson suffers from CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head and repeated concussions, that makes sufferers volatile […]

A diabetes pill under development could do away with needles by delivering insulin via a capsule filled with mucoadhesive patches. "People take insulin several times a day and delivery by needles is a big challenge," says Samir Mitragotri. Above, Amrita Banerjee holds a capsule. (Credit: Sonia Fernandez)
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Pill could deliver insulin without the pain

Posted by Sonia Fernandez University of California Santa Barbara Researchers are developing an insulin pill that could soon offer a pain-free blood sugar management option to people with diabetes. “With diabetes, there’s a tremendous need for oral delivery,” says Samir Mitragotri, professor in the chemical engineering department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who specializes in targeted drug delivery. “People take […]

Actress and singer Cher has donated bottled water to Flint, Michigan residents
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President Obama declares emergency in Michigan

  By Frederick H. Lowe President Barack Obama has declared an emergency exists in Michigan because of high levels of lead found in Flint’s drinking water that can cause permanent physical damage to the city’s residents. President Obama’s action on Friday authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts to alleviate hardships […]

"The new allocation policy only addresses the population of patients on the waiting list," says Dorry L. Segev. "There are still profound disparities for non-Caucasian candidates." (Credit: iStockphoto)
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New rules mean more kidney transplants for blacks, Hispanics

  Posted by Lauren Nelson Johns Hopkins University New rules for allocating donor kidneys have led to more transplants for blacks and Hispanics, whose access to donor organs had been held artificially low under an earlier eligibility formula. A recent study also identified other “winners and losers” under the new system:  Younger adults gained more access to needed organs, compared […]

More people are butting out
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U.S. adult smoking rate falls to new low

CDC says less than 17 percent are lighting up, but big gap remains between well-off and poor Less than 17 percent of adults said they smoked in 2014, down from nearly 21 percent in 2005, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report reveals. And the average number of cigarettes smoked daily fell from nearly 17 to fewer than […]