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December 19, 2014

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5:00 AM | ADM Sells Cocoa Business to Olam International for $1.3 billion
More than 1,500 ADM Cocoa employees including 30 R&D professionals will join the combined cocoa entity.
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1:06 AM | Mix of Bacteria in Gut May Depend More on Diet than Genes
Genes are important, but diet may be even more important in determining the relative abundance of the hundreds of health-shaping bacterial species comprising an individual’s gut microbiota, according to UC […]
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1:04 AM | Breastfeeding past two months helps babies avoid obesity
Infants at risk for childhood and adult obesity have a better chance of not becoming overweight if breastfeeding continues beyond two months, nutritional scientists at Cornell have discovered. “Children at […]
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12:16 AM | Pink Carrots appoints art director
Tani Martin joins from Spark44
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12:16 AM | Roche leads pharma R&D spend for 2013
Top 30 pharma companies spent a total of $112bn on research
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12:15 AM | Creating a 21st century life sciences ecosystem
The UK’s life sciences minister on how government and pharma can encourage NHS uptake and innovation
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12:15 AM | New medical communications head for S&H
London-based agency appoints Dr Jo Pearson

December 18, 2014

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9:16 PM | Mutations prevent programmed cell death
ByThe Toombst New research uncovers previously signal path used to make cells commit suicide. Changing a protein in this pathway a.k.a. mutations prevent programmed cell death, attacking this process might lead to a new way of treating cancer. Apoptosis is the body’s own defense mechanism from rampaging cells creating tumors in the body. This system means that a damaged cell can be told to commit suicide for the good of the body as a whole. This system is not perfect and can be stopped by […]
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6:42 PM | Ask Well: Wild Fish vs. Farmed Fish
A reader asks: Is eating farm-raised fish better than eating no fish at all?
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6:42 PM | Weight Gain During Pregnancy Is Especially Good for Boys
The less weight a woman gains during pregnancy, the less likely she is to have a boy, an analysis found.
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4:22 PM | Cannabis Drugs Reduce Intestinal Inflammation
ByThe Toombst Continuing the role of the cannabinoid receptors from yesterday, research show that cannabis drugs reduce intestinal inflammation in mice given colitis, inflammation of the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two major bowel diseases characterized by chronic inflammation to parts of the intestines. The diseases can be somewhat tricky to distinguish in diagnoses but both are charachterized by inflammation in the gut. Using mice as a disease model […]
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3:15 PM | Expectant fathers experience prenatal hormone changes
Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones–testosterone and estradiol–for men, even before their babies are born, a new University of Michigan study found. Other studies indicate that men’s hormones change once […]
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3:14 PM | Wild blueberries (bilberries) can help tackle the adverse effects of a high-fat diet
Eating bilberries diminishes the adverse effects of a high-fat diet, according to a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. For the first time, bilberries were shown to have […]
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2:50 PM | 3 tricks for preventing holiday weight gain
Although only 1 in 10 individuals will gain 5 lbs or more during the holidays, most of us will put on some weight that tends to stay with us during the course of the following year. Thus, to help you … Continue reading »
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2:44 PM | Study Hints that Ancient Earth Made Its Own Water—Geologically
Evidence that rock circulating in the mantle feeds world’s oceans even today A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of […]
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2:42 PM | Healthy brain development balanced on edge of a cellular ‘sword’
A new Yale-led study of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities of the brain identifies a “cutting” enzyme crucial to the shaping and division of brain cells as well as the replenishment […]
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2:39 PM | Our chief executive Steve Ford looks back on 2014
Our chief executive Steve Ford looks back on 2014 18 December 2014 Steve Ford our chief executive reflects on all the great things we have achieved thanks to your support in 2014. This post has been generated by Page2RSS
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2:36 PM | Probing bacterial resistance to a class of natural antibiotics
Antimicrobial peptides are a distinctive class of potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics produced by the body’s innate immune system – the first line of defense against disease-causing microbes. In a new study, […]
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2:32 PM | Stem cells faulty in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
In a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, muscle stem cells express connective-tissue genes associated with fibrosis and muscle weakness, according to a new study. Like human patients, mice with […]
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2:28 PM | Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk
Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy—particularly during the third trimester—may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers […]
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1:02 PM | Pfizer teams up with snowboarder in meningitis campaign
Amy Purdy won bronze medal at 2014 Paralympic games
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12:58 PM | Using Collaboration and Innovation to Counteract Flat Federal Research Funding
With such astounding shortfalls in funding for biomedical research, Penn Medicine, a key stakeholder of the new Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), is looking for fresh ways to fund research and partner with the private sector. The PCI consolidates and unifies the enterprise previously known as the Penn Center for Technology Transfer with other campus entities charged with commercializing Penn research and Development into license agreements, sponsored research agreements, startup companies and […]
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12:00 PM | Does High IQ Increase the Risk of Depression and Mental Disorders?
Blame it on movies or books, but we have fallen into the habit of stereotyping. Popular culture portrays highly intelligent men and women as moody, secretive people who have so much going on in their minds that they are mentally always on the edge. There is probably a point here because psychiatrists are tinkering with […]
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12:00 PM | No, the HPV vaccine does not cause promiscuity
Today’s post isn’t about the flu vaccine, but that vaccine played a part in bringing you today’s topic. It seems that this year’s vaccine is a mediocre match for the circulating strains of influenza, and I was one of the unlucky ones in whom it didn’t appear to provide much protection. After spending several days […]
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11:53 AM | Amgen sets premium price for Blincyto
Leukaemia drug becomes one of the most expensive pharma products on the market
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11:48 AM | Industry welcomes UK’s £6bn science strategy
It will provide funding for projects including a big data collaboration and an ageing-focused innovation centre
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11:45 AM | AZ's Lynparza cleared for ovarian cancer in Europe
Comes three years after company ditched drug due to poor trial results
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8:00 AM | Kings Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration
This new report from the King’s Fund is timely, given the emphasis on the need for transformation in current policy (for example, the new care models proposed in the Five Year Forward View in England).  The climate of financial pressures alongside increasing demand is driving the need for change at a system level.  However, despite the [read the full story...] The post Kings Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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7:35 AM | Obesity causes inflammation
Hormones produced by the adipose tissue can cause diseases. The risk of arthritis is much higher among the obese than people of normal weight, and one reason for this is...
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7:30 AM | Medication for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder
Elena Marcus summarises a recent network meta-analysis published in The Lancet of the comparative efficacy and tolerability of medication for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. The post Medication for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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