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January 20, 2015

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9:36 PM | If any of these signs are true, you might not have a gluten issue
Although it may seem like I write only about the lies and ignorance of the antivaccination cult, I truly despise all kinds of pseudoscience. It’s just that refusing vaccines that prevent real diseases, based on antivaccine misinformation (OK, lies), relates directly to the health of real children everywhere. Most (but certainly not all) other pseudosciences are not […]Continue reading «If any of these signs are true, you might not have a gluten issue»
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4:30 PM | futurescope: Robot paralysed by choice of who to save New...
futurescope: Robot paralysed by choice of who to save New Scientist has a story about a new experiment that tests Asimov’s fictional First Law of Robotics in which ethical robots prevent humans from coming to harm. CAN we teach a robot to be good? Fascinated by the idea, roboticist Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK built an ethical trap for a robot – and was stunned by the machine’s response… [read more] This is a pretty amazing video, and may […]
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2:53 PM | Call for GSK and Pfizer to reduce vaccine price
MSF campaigns to lower cost of pneumococcal shot to $5 per child in developing countries
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1:00 PM | Luck is on their side in “bad luck” cancer study
. Before you read my blog, I recommend that you first read Sara Nolte’s blog “Bad luck, bad science, or bad reporting?” In it, Sara does an excellent job explaining and commenting on Drs. Cristian Tomasetti’s and Bert Vogelstein’s study “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell...Read more
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12:25 PM | Sleep the flu away
Flu season is upon us. With all that coughing and spluttering it may seem that there is little to ease the pain. But, some of the clever scientists at Washington State University have found a brain protein that boosts the healing power of sleep and speeds an animal’s recovery from the flu. Research led byRead More
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11:53 AM | Novartis' Cosentyx cleared for psoriasis in Europe
First of the IL-17 inhibitor class of drug to receive European approval
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11:50 AM | CDF chair regrets undermining NICE
But Prof Clark says he wholeheartedly supports the Institute
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11:32 AM | J&J gets quicker review for schizophrenia depot in US
Could be ready to market by the middle of this year
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10:16 AM | Regulators to improve cooperation on generic drugs
EMA to spearhead information sharing initiative
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1:40 AM | Watch an “A.I. Mario” Learn to Interact with People...
Watch an “A.I. Mario” Learn to Interact with People and his Digital World It may not look like much (and the aesthetics of the game and video could be much better), but this is actually pretty damn amazing. (And it’s obviously an early phase in the technology.) Personally, I’d love to see a virtual brain (e.g. this robo-worm brain) explore a digital landscape we all know, and maybe even invent some novel strategies and solutions. Plus, I’m sure it’ll make […]
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1:20 AM | MHRA names vice-chair of Commission on Human Medicines
Angela Thomas is a consultant paediatric haematologist
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12:15 AM | Eric Terhaerdt leaves AZ for Astellas
Joins as senior VP of global development operations
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12:00 AM | Is obesity really a problem in Brazil?
Obesity is on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings

January 19, 2015

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7:09 PM | El trabajo de la Sección Clínica del Departamento de Genética en 2014
Con el equipo del Departamento de Genética que tengo el placer de coordinar realizamos tareas de asistencia, docencia e investigación, centrados en el Hospital Pereira Rossell.El equipo lo integramos:Prof. Dra. Leda RocheProf. Agdo. Dr. Víctor RaggioProf. Adj. Dra. Rosario GueçaimburúAsist. Dra. Alejandra TapiéDra. María BoidiDr. Nicolás CurbeloNota: LR es la directora del Departamento, pero no participa directamente en las actividades […]
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5:49 PM | Can I Get This Steak Cloned To Go?
Scientists in the United States have successfully cloned cattle from a beef carcass, in an attempt to replicate Prime, Yield Grade 1 meat. The endeavour began when West Texas A&M University (WTAM) scientist Ty Lawrence saw two carcasses, rare for their level of quality, going through a packing plant in close succession.
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4:30 PM | 3D Printing Homes I’ve written about 3d printing houses...
3D Printing Homes I’ve written about 3d printing houses before (in space, actually - x), but I’m psyched seeing the developments, such as one company in China printing large pieces of houses with a good amount of recycled material and only costing $5,000 for a simple home! Not to mention the pace at which they work, apparently printing 10 homes in one day using four printers! Really huge part of this will be the ability to not just print homes inexpensively and quickly, but to […]
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4:12 PM | General Considerations for Transfection
Many studies, from reporter assays to protein localization to BRET and FRET, require successful transfection first. Yet, transfection can be tricky and difficult. There are many considerations when planning transfection of your cells including reagent selection, stable or transient experiment, type of molecule and endpoint assay used. Here we discuss these considerations to help you […]
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2:40 PM | Aetna picks Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs
Health insurance firm favours Sovaldi and Harvoni after negotiating discount
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2:28 PM | ABPI: Put value-based assessment back on the agenda
Industry body calls on government to revive stalled project
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1:00 PM | Bad luck, bad science, or bad reporting?
. If you’ve been on the Internet at all in 2015, you’ve probably stumbled across headlines like “Two-thirds of cancers are due to ‘back luck,’ study finds” (CBSNews), “Most cancers are caused by bad luck not genes or lifestyle say scientists” (The Telegraph), “Cause of cancer revealed: majority of cases down to ‘bad luck’ rather...Read more
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1:00 PM | Illumina's new sequencers - what will we do now?
I was as surprised as everyone else with the most recent announcements by Illumina (JP Morgan post), especially their rapidity given that V4 chemistry is just 6months old; and I quickly sketched out my initial thoughts at the beginning of the week. There's been lots of other coverage, posts (MassG,  Omics O, Mick, LabSpaces), and activity on Twitter.I've now had a chance to digest my thoughts and plan out what I hope we can do here at the CRUK Cambridge Institute - "I'll take two […]
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11:31 AM | RCGP animation to improve patient care
Encourages doctors to consider a holistic approach to care planning
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10:46 AM | Boehringer drug approved in EU for rare lung disease
Nintedanib is already available as cancer treatment
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10:45 AM | Novo Nordisk's Xultophy debuts in Switzerland
It is the first market for the Tresiba and Victoza combination
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10:06 AM | Roche buys rare disease firm Trophos in €470m deal
Will take control of olesoxime for spinal muscular atrophy
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8:15 AM | Needle free glucose monitoring
This week research from a group of UCSD scientists has been getting a lot of attention. They have designed a clear patch that can monitor blood glucose. This is important, and could be very lucrative, because the number of people with Type II Diabetes mellitus is steadily rising thanks to our sedentary over-fed lifestyles. Currently, […]
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12:16 AM | A baptism of fire for Europe's new health commissioner
Controversial trade deals, the spread of Ebola and the threat of austerity are just three of the issues facing Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis
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12:15 AM | MedDay appoints former Sanofi VP to board
Philippe Goupit joins French biotech

January 18, 2015

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11:46 PM | Smart Air Vents - One Step Further for the Smart Home While...
Smart Air Vents - One Step Further for the Smart Home While products like the Nest thermostat are helping make houses smarter on the whole - and saving money and energy - they could go farther. That’s where “Keen Home” comes in. This system helps intelligently regulate the temperature in each individual room, which is terrifically useful, since one doesn’t need, nor necessarily want, every room in a building to have the same temperature. I wouldn’t call this a […]
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10:42 PM | Dr. Robert Sears misleads parents about measles and vaccines
Published 18 January 2015 This article was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA.  Dr. Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. She is also member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates […]Continue reading «Dr. Robert […]
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