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    We Have to Ban Iona From Treats... In Case She Eats Herself to Death

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Alan and Elaine Auld would love nothing more than to be able to give their 22-month-old daughter Iona an occasional sweet treatBut the proud parents have been forced to chuck out chocolate and bin biscuits - because they could kill the toddlerLittle Iona suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare

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    Combined Drug Therapy to Treat TB and HIV Significantly Improves Survival

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) during tuberculosis therapy significantly reduced mortality rates by 56 percent in a randomized clinical trial of 642 patients co-infected with HIV and tuberculosisThe study, which provides further impetus for the integration of TB and HIV services, lays to

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    New Study Casts Doubt Over ME Virus Link

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    A new study published on bmj.com today casts doubt on recent claims that a human retrovirus known as XMRV is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome or ME (myalgic encephalitisThis is the third study to refute the original US study reporting the linkChronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating condition

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    Multiple Sclerosis, Italian Researchers Discover a Possible Onset Mechanism for the Disease

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    A non-pathogenic bacterium is capable to trigger an autoimmune disease similar to the multiple sclerosis in the mouse, the model animal which helps to explain how human diseases work. This is what a group of researchers from the Catholic University of Rome, led by Francesco Ria (Institute of Multi

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    Alexion Joins NORD, EURORDIS and Other Patient Advocacy Groups in Supporting the Goals of Rare Disease Day 2010

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    CHESHIRE, Conn. & SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (Nasdaq: ALXN) has joined the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and the European Organization for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS) in supporting the goals of the third annual Rare Disease Day, February 28, 2010Rare Dise

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    Rare Disease Advocates Unite to Translate Slogan of Global Genes Project in Time for World Rare Disease Day!

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    DANA POINT, CA -- The Global Genes Project (www.globalgenesproject.org), today announced that its rare disease campaign slogan, “Hope It’s In Our Genes ,” has been translated into multiple international languages and Braille by rare disease patient advocates and supporters from T

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    MeCP2 Goes Global -- Redefining the Function of the Rett Syndrome Protein

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    A paper published online today in Molecular Cell proposes that Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) impacts the entire genome in neurons, rather than acting as a regulator of specific genesMutations in MeCP2 cause the autism spectrum disorder Rett Syndrome as well as some cases of neuropsychiatric

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    New Strategy Develops 2 Prototype Drugs Against Cancer, Retinal Diseases

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    HOUSTON -- A comprehensive drug development strategy that starts with extensive screening of potential targeting agents and then narrows down to a small-molecule prototype has yielded two potential drugs that block cancer-promoting pathways in novel ways, a team led by scientists at The University

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    Emerging Tick-Borne Disease

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Stories of environmental damage and their consequences always seem to take place far away and in another country, usually a tropical one with lush rainforests and poison dart frogsIn fact, similar stories starring familiar animals are unfolding all the time in our own backyards — including g

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    'Rookie' Republican Plans to Challenge Pashinski in Fall

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    There was a time more than six months ago when Jim O'Meara feared ordering at the deliHe wrote his order for lunch meat on a slip of paper and hoped the people behind the counter didn't ask questionsIf the clerks did, chances were O'Meara had no idea what they were asking. He couldn't hear themO

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