Note that some links may require subscriptions. One might say some Brazilian gangsters are pro-vaxxers, as a group held two nurses hostage so that their impoverished community in Rio de Janeiro could receive yellow fever vaccinations. (International Business Times) The first transgender woman to breastfeed managed to do so exclusively for 6 weeks after months […]Continue Reading ...
Doctoral students Alan Chiu, left, and Duo An hold a sample of TRAFFIC (Thread-Reinforced Alginate Fiber for Islets enCapsulation). In the background, left to right, are Minglin Ma, Dan Luo, Meredith Silberstein and Dr. James Flanders. Credit: Cornell University For the more than 1 million Americans who live with type 1 diabetes, daily insulin injections […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points A maltreatment risk score was able to identify which children were more likely to be in danger of post-neonatal death and hospitalization. The “very high risk” group of children were more likely to have a single mother, a mother ageContinue Reading ...
An interview with Lisa G. Lawson, MS- Global Pharma GMP Advisor at Particle Measuring Systems. Please define the meaning of “risk” from the perspective of environmental monitoring. Risk assessment consists of the identification of hazards and the analysis and evaluation of risks associated with exposure to those hazards. The risk assessment of particle and microbiological […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points Note that this randomized trial found that the addition of the somewhat “gentle” chemotherapy metronomic oral cyclophosphamide to pertuzumab and trastuzumab increased progression-free survival among older women with HER-2 positive breast cancer. Be aware that these patients were all either over 70 years old, or over 60 with certain functional limitations. A combination […]Continue Reading ...
Targeted therapies for Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis & other inflammatory diseases are urgently needed.Mr Che Stafford (left), Dr Ueli Nachbur and colleagues from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have discovered how inflammation linked to these diseases is initiated, a crucial next step for discovering new drugs. Credit: Walter and Eliza Hall […]Continue Reading ...
The European League Against Rheumatism/American College of Rheumatology (EULAR/ACR) has developed new classification criteria for idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) that generally perform better than existing criteria. The most common subgroups of IIMs in adults are dermatomyositis (DM), polymyositis (PM), and inclusion body myositis (IBM). In children, juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is most common. The International Myositis […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points The use of proton therapy to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) does not result in decreased toxicity compared with intensity-modulated (photon) radiotherapy (IMRT). These findings challenge what is considered to be the major advantage of proton therapy — i.e., superior dose distribution that avoids healthy tissues and reduces toxicity. The use of […]Continue Reading ...
Section through a zebrafish heart after injury. Cardiomyocytes of the external heart wall are shown in blue. The regenerated tissue visible at the bottom of the image contains some green-stained cardiomyocytes, indicating their origin in the internal part of the heart (red) and their conversion to cells of the myocardial wall. Credit: CNIC Some animals, […]Continue Reading ...
Immunohistochemistry for alpha-synuclein showing positive staining (brown) of an intraneural Lewy-body in the Substantia nigra in Parkinson’s disease. Credit: Wikipedia With the aid of a PET camera, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new method for investigating the dopamine system in the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The method measures […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Drexel University To reach your New Year’s fitness goals, a bit of reverse psychology might be in order. Telling people that weight loss is extremely challenging—rather than imparting a “You can do it!” mantra—motivated them to shed more weight, according to a new study by psychologists at Drexel University. However, the strategy did not […]Continue Reading ...
In approximately 15 percent of cases where couples are unable to conceive, the underlying cause of infertility is not known. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego have identified a protein in mice that must be present in eggs for them […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points Genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could potentially identify smokers at high risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Note that central airway branch variants, which are easily detected with standard clinical CT, were associated with higher odds of COPD later in life, suggesting that the central airway tree may […]Continue Reading ...
Left: “Negative” scan, without Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Right: “Positive” scan of patient eligible for Solanezumab clinical trial. Credit: Columbia University Medical Center A paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that solanezumab, a monoclonal antibody-based treatment for Alzheimer’s disease developed by Eli Lilly that targets amyloid plaques, did not significantly slow […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Happiness is not a warm phone, according to a new study exploring the link between adolescent life satisfaction and screen time. Teens whose eyes are habitually glued to their smartphones are markedly unhappier, said study lead author and San Diego State University and professor of psychology Jean M. Twenge. To investigate […]Continue Reading ...
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