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April 22, 2014

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10:23 AM | EMA warns on stolen Herceptin
Says vials of cancer drug have been tampered with and re-introduced into supply chain
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9:16 AM | Lilly's stomach cancer drug cleared by FDA
Antibody is tipped to reach blockbuster status depending on approvals
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9:06 AM | Number of healthcare professionals on Twitter tops 75,000
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and consultants posting more than 152,000 tweets a day
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9:03 AM | Pfizer rumoured to be after AstraZeneca
Is this the return of the pharma mega-merger?
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7:30 AM | The Chronic Fatigue Initiative and Interview with Mady Hornig
In a follow-up article to the recent IACFS/ME conference presentation in San Francisco, and after speaking at length with Dr. Mady Hornig, ‘searcher’ delves deeper into the impressive work being completed by the Chronic Fatigue Initiative, and focuses in on those cytokine results … Members of the Chronic Fatigue Initiative (CFI) and Scott Carlson, the executive director of the Hutchins Family Foundation, gave a talk at lunch-time on the second day of IACFS/ME to share […]
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7:00 AM | Curing Hepatitis C: A Success Story and a Price Tag
Most people know about hepatitis B; babies get vaccinated for it at birth. But fewer people know about hepatitis C. C is actually more common than B, but most chronically infected people don’t know they have it. You might think ignorance is bliss, but patients who have no symptoms today may have liver cancer or […]
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5:00 AM | Higher Fiber Intake May Lead to Lower Healthcare Costs
If U.S. adults increase dietary fiber to about 25 grams daily, there is a potential of $12.7 billion in healthcare savings annually.

April 21, 2014

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11:34 PM | Spectrum appoints Dr Dalna Harvey as regulatory project manager
She brings experience gained at firms such as Parexel, Chiron and Wyeth
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11:01 PM | Sex is a good trick
But pharma companies - and payers - should stop incestuous ‘best practice’ behaviours and look for new ways of comparing options
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10:57 PM | Tweet: Well, that’s not a good start to the day. http://t…
Well, that’s not a good start to the day. http://t.co/yb4x4JI7xm
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9:21 PM | The Lure of Forbidden Food
Researchers found that during experiments, “reactive eaters,” those willing to put forth the most effort for food rewards, had the strongest response to forbidden food.
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9:02 PM | Passing Down Healthy Paternal Genes, One Green Leafy Vegetable At A Time
Every woman dreams about giving birth to a healthy baby. A new study shows men who eat their green leafy vegetables can make those dreams come true. In the study published in Nature Communications, researchers from McGill University in Montreal … Continue reading →
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8:50 PM | New Painkiller Rekindles Addiction Concerns
Given the mounting death toll related to painkillers, many state health officials and advocacy groups fear Zohydro has a high potential for abuse.
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8:28 PM | Today’s Antarctic region once as hot as California, Florida
Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today’s California […]
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7:21 PM | Unlocking a Mystery of Human Disease…in Space
An experiment just launched into orbit by a team of […]
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7:15 PM | Physicists push new Parkinson’s treatment toward clinical trials
The most effective way to tackle debilitating diseases is to […]
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4:01 PM | SIRT1 protein equired for integrity of induced pluripotent stem cells
This image shows chromosome abnormalities in reprogrammed cells in which SIRT1 protein has been removed (in red).Credit: Centro Nacional de Investigaciones OncologicasCell reprogramming converts specialised cells such as nerve cells or skin cells towards an embryonic stem cell state. This reversal in the evolutionary development of cells also requires a reversal in the biology of telomeres, the structures that protect the ends of chromosomes; whilst under normal conditions telomeres […]

De Bonis, M., Ortega, S. & Blasco, M. (2014). SIRT1 Is Necessary for Proficient Telomere Elongation and Genomic Stability of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Stem Cell Reports, DOI:

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3:53 PM | Developing bulletproof vests using stem cells?
Stem cells demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a new study published today by researchers at the University of Cambridge. The property -- known as auxeticity -- is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests.Most materials when stretched will contract. For example, if one pulls on an elastic band, the elastic itself will get thinner. The opposite is also true: squeeze a material and […]

Pagliara, S., Franze, K., McClain, C., Wylde, G., Fisher, C., Franklin, R., Kabla, A., Keyser, U. & Chalut, K. (2014). Auxetic nuclei in embryonic stem cells exiting pluripotency, Nature Materials, DOI:

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3:43 PM | Researchers pinpoint the role of cancer stem cells in drug resistance
Credit: UC San Diego School of MedicineMost drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors that appears responsible for inducing tumor metastasis by enhancing the stem cell-like properties of cancer cells.The findings, published in the April 20, 2014 online […]

Seguin, L., Kato, S., Franovic, A., Camargo, M., Lesperance, J., Elliott, K., Yebra, M., Mielgo, A., Lowy, A., Husain, H. & Cascone, T. (2014). An integrin β3–KRAS–RalB complex drives tumour stemness and resistance to EGFR inhibition, Nature Cell Biology, DOI:

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1:40 PM | Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue
Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels […]
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1:39 PM | A new key to unlocking the mysteries of physics? Quantum turbulence
The recent discovery of the Higgs boson has confirmed theories […]
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1:37 PM | People selectively remember the details of atrocities that absolve in-group members
Conversations about wartime atrocities often omit certain details. According to […]
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1:18 PM | Shaving nanoseconds from racing processors
The computer is one of the most complex machines ever […]
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1:17 PM | Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality
On Earth Week–and in fact, every week now–trees in mountains […]
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1:15 PM | Scientists re-define what’s healthy in newest analysis for Human Microbiome Project (VIDEO)
As scientists catalog the trillions of bacteria found in every […]
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1:13 PM | Link found between Down syndrome and leukemia
Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome […]
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1:10 PM | ‘Chaperone’ compounds offer new approach to Alzheimer’s treatment
A team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), […]
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1:08 PM | New approach may help manage the most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs
A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted […]
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1:04 PM | NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’
Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first […]
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1:00 PM | Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability
Every year, I make a point of rounding up students in my department and encouraging them to volunteer one evening judging our local science fair. This year, the fair was held at the start of April, and featured over 200 judges and hundreds of projects from young scientists in grades 5 through to 12, with […]
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