Latest Medical research News

University study says wind turbines threaten migrating bats

Sep. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest bat that that migrates south for the winter faces a serious threat from wind turbines, according to a study by the by Oregon State University-Cascades. The study concludes that the hoary bat faces an uncertain future because its numbers have declined by 2% per year,...

University of Maryland gets $200M contract for flu research

Sep. 20, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The University of Maryland has received a $200 million contract to research seasonal flu vaccines. The university's School of Medicine said in a statement Friday that the research is aimed at testing vaccines and conducting controlled studies. The money is coming from the federal...

US awards $3M to fill gaps in medical marijuana research

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high. Nine research grants announced Thursday are for work on CBD, the trendy ingredient showing up in cosmetics and foods, and hundreds of less...

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

Sep. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone's health, and during pregnancy...

Disease council helps ensure families aren't 'afterthought'

Sep. 16, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In 2008, Erica Barnes welcomed a new member of the family. Fourteen months into her daughter Chloe's life, Barnes started to notice she had some neurological abnormalities. She was reassured by the pediatrician that everything was fine, but after a year the signs persisted. Chloe had a...

Study shows hockey great Stan Mikita suffered from CTE

Sep. 13, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A posthumous study of Stan Mikita's brain shows the hockey Hall of Famer suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death a year ago. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the BU CTE Center, announced the findings during the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Chicago Honors...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 13, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows former President Ronald Reagan meeting with Taliban...

College professor pleads not guilty to stealing cancer funds

Sep. 12, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Stony Brook University professor pleaded not guilty Thursday to stealing tens of thousands of dollars of government cancer research funds to pay personal bills, including his mortgage. Geoffrey Girnun, 48, of Woodmere, New York, was released on $250,000 bail after an...

Author JK Rowling makes huge gift for MS research

Sep. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation for research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis at a center named after her late mother. The 15.3 million-pound ($18.8 million) donation announced Thursday will be used for new facilities at a research center based at the...

A gene-editing first: scientists tried CRISPR to fight HIV

Sep. 11, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

Scientists are reporting the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient's HIV infection by providing blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS virus. The gene-editing tool has long been used in research labs, and a Chinese scientist was scorned last year when he revealed he used it...