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Electrical stimulator helps paralyzed men feel their legs again

NBC News: Researchers are shocked after an electrical stimulator has allowed men who were left paralyzed following spinal cord injuries to move their legs again.

Photo: Kent Stephenson raises his leg after undergoing stimulation of the spinal cord surgery (Courtesy of the University of Louisville)

Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to 2 Americans and a German

AP: Scientists from Yale, Stanford and UC Berkeley have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine for research into the transport system of our cells.

The recipients of the prize are Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof

Photo: A screen displays photos of the winners of the 2013 Medicine Nobel Prize (Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP - Getty Images)

Japan approves stem cell clinical trials

AFP: Japan’s government on Friday gave its seal of approval to the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura signed off on a proposal by two research institutes that will allow them to begin tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common medical condition that causes blindness in older people, using “induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells”.

Stem cell research is a pioneering field that may offer a cure for conditions that are presently incurable, and scientists hope these clinical trials on a treatment for AMD may offer hope to millions of people robbed of their sight.

Photo: This file photo, released from Japan’s Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) on January 23, 2013, shows part of the renal tubule cells (red part) which were differentiated from human stem cells at the CiRA in Kyoto.

Treated for cancer, two men now appear free of HIV

NBC News: Two men who had grueling bone marrow treatments for cancer are enjoying a happy side effect: They appear free of the AIDS virus, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The doctors are not quite ready to call it a cure, but they say the men have stopped taking HIV drugs and have remained free of the virus for almost four months in one case and almost two months in another.

“While these results are exciting, they do not yet indicate that the men have been cured,” says Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Photo: Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, speaking at an AIDS research conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Steve Forrest / International AIDS Society)

Flu season getting worse across US; 29 children killed so far
The flu season is getting worse across the United States with 48 states reporting widespread geographic influenza activity, the Centers for Disease Control said in its weekly report. The season is hitting the elderly the hardest, but 29 children have also died so far. More than 5,000 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, NBC News reports.More on the 2012-2013 US flu season on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Phamacist Prakash Deshpande injects Judith Echevarria with influenza vaccine at a Manhattan pharmacy. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Flu season getting worse across US; 29 children killed so far

The flu season is getting worse across the United States with 48 states reporting widespread geographic influenza activity, the Centers for Disease Control said in its weekly report.

The season is hitting the elderly the hardest, but 29 children have also died so far. More than 5,000 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, NBC News reports.

More on the 2012-2013 US flu season on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Phamacist Prakash Deshpande injects Judith Echevarria with influenza vaccine at a Manhattan pharmacy. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

ER visits tied to energy drinks doubles since 2007, survey finds
AP: A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.
From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of emergency room visits involving the neon-labeled beverages shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000. Most of those cases involved teens or young adults, according to a survey of the nation’s hospitals released late last week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Photo: Reza Estakhrian / Getty Images stock via NBCNews.com

ER visits tied to energy drinks doubles since 2007, survey finds

AP: A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.

From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of emergency room visits involving the neon-labeled beverages shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000. Most of those cases involved teens or young adults, according to a survey of the nation’s hospitals released late last week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Photo: Reza Estakhrian / Getty Images stock via NBCNews.com

CDC: Flu spreads to 47 US states, but may be starting to wane
Flu activity remains high across the US, but there are signs this year’s bad season may be waning in some areas, NBC News reports.Forty-seven states reported widespread flu activity as of the week ending Jan. 5, up from 41 the previous week. Twenty-four states and New York City reported high levels of flu, but that was down from 29 states the week before, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Photo: Russell Waddley of Miami receives a flu shot in early December from Alina Pastoriza Garcia at a CVS pharmacy’s MinuteClinic. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images file)

CDC: Flu spreads to 47 US states, but may be starting to wane

Flu activity remains high across the US, but there are signs this year’s bad season may be waning in some areas, NBC News reports.

Forty-seven states reported widespread flu activity as of the week ending Jan. 5, up from 41 the previous week. Twenty-four states and New York City reported high levels of flu, but that was down from 29 states the week before, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Photo: Russell Waddley of Miami receives a flu shot in early December from Alina Pastoriza Garcia at a CVS pharmacy’s MinuteClinic. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images file)

Britain’s John Gurdon, Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka win Nobel prize in medicine
AP:

British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells — a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments.

Photo: An undated handout photo shows iPS cells derived from adult human dermal fibroblasts released by Kyoto University Professor Shinya Yamanaka. (Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University via Reuters)

Britain’s John Gurdon, Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka win Nobel prize in medicine

AP:

British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells — a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments.

Photo: An undated handout photo shows iPS cells derived from adult human dermal fibroblasts released by Kyoto University Professor Shinya Yamanaka. (Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University via Reuters)

Conclusion: Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use was not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function.

"Association Between Marijuana Exposure and Pulmonary Function Over 20 Years," a new study just published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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(Source: jama.ama-assn.org)