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April 11, 2014

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2:52 PM | BrainStorm granted additional patent for its autologous stem cell technology
BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, a developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company an additional patent for its autologous stem cell technology. The patent covers the production method of the company's proprietary stem cells induced to secrete significantly elevated levels of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.Read More
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2:46 PM | Yale researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders
Credit: Michael HelfenbeinNewborns whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to any one of a variety of environmental stressors -- such as trauma, illness, and alcohol or drug abuse -- become susceptible to various psychiatric disorders that frequently arise later in life. However, it has been unclear how these stressors affect the cells of the developing brain prenatally and give rise to conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and some forms of autism and bipolar […]

Hashimoto-Torii, K., Torii, M., Fujimoto, M., Nakai, A., El Fatimy, R., Mezger, V., Ju, M., Ishii, S., Chao, S., Brennand, K. & Gage, F. (2014). Roles of Heat Shock Factor 1 in Neuronal Response to Fetal Environmental Risks and Its Relevance to Brain Disorders, Neuron, DOI:

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2:36 PM | Researchers identify transcription factors distinguishing glioblastoma stem cells
The activity of four transcription factors – proteins that regulate the expression of other genes – appears to distinguish the small proportion of glioblastoma cells responsible for the aggressiveness and treatment resistance of the deadly brain tumor. The findings by a team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators, which will be published in the April 24 issue of Cell and are receiving advance online release, support the importance of epigenetics – processes […]

Suvà, M., Rheinbay, E., Gillespie, S., Patel, A., Wakimoto, H., Rabkin, S., Riggi, N., Chi, A., Cahill, D., Nahed, B. & Curry, W. (2014). Reconstructing and Reprogramming the Tumor-Propagating Potential of Glioblastoma Stem-like Cells, Cell, DOI:

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1:52 PM | Men, women in more satisfying relationships have lower testosterone
Many people assume that the more testosterone, the better, but […]
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1:52 PM | Nutrition for the Masters Athlete: Protein
Masters Athletes may have some nutritional needs that differ from those of younger athletes.  Here’s what we know about Masters: Masters athletes may need more protein than younger athletes regardless of sport. Consuming more protein may slow normal loss of muscle mass that occurs over time. Masters athletes doing resistance training may need more protein […] The post Nutrition for the Masters Athlete: Protein appeared first on WODMasters.
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1:43 PM | How the brain pays attention
Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that’s key to shifting our […]
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1:39 PM | Inspired by a music box, engineer creates $5 chemistry set
Manu Prakash won a contest to develop the 21st-century chemistry […]
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1:37 PM | Study proposes new treatment method for alcohol problems
A study published by University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on […]
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1:34 PM | Online food reviews reveal inner self, Stanford researcher finds
Stanford scholar Dan Jurafsky found that the words used in […]
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1:33 PM | Water: Too much, too little
Climate change may accentuate seasonal differences in moisture availability Climate […]
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1:29 PM | How widespread is tax evasion?
New study puts a cost on “round-tripping,” a method investors […]
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12:43 PM | A Mad Man, Indeed: Don Draper on the Couch
AMCWhen last we saw our fearless antihero, Don Draper, he was standing face-to-face with his crumbling, dilapidated childhood home. Surprisingly, his three children were by his side as he took these first tentative steps towards admitting his past life. In the episode's final moments, he shared a knowing glance with his oldest (and somewhat estranged) daughter, Sally.In Season 7 of Mad Men, which launches this Sunday on AMC, we hope for some closure on the real Don Draper and the secret life he […]
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12:09 PM | Exporting higher education management studies to Uganda
The School of Management at the University of Tampere is engaged in long-term cooperation with two Ugandan higher education institutions. These projects are funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...
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11:30 AM | Does Spirituality and Religion Guard Against Depression?
There has long been anecdotal evidence that sustained spiritual or religious practice can help improve people’s mood and general sense of well-being. For the first time, we may be on the cusp of understanding the neurological mechanisms underlying these long reported effects. A recent study from Columbia University has found that there is a strong […]
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11:03 AM | Why Runners Sweat More
(And why that's a good thing.)
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10:10 AM | Pharma shares data on cancer projects
Project Data Sphere involves AZ, Bayer, Celgene, Janssen, Pfizer and Sanofi
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9:52 AM | Herceptin could face biosimilars in UK later this year
Court overturns patents protecting Roche’s cancer drug
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9:50 AM | Lilly to use real-world data in diabetes collaboration
Partners with T1D Exchange to research ways to provide type 1 diabetes care
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7:00 AM | Amber Waves of Woo
As a pediatrician I have an opportunity to observe a wide variety of unusual and sometimes alarming parental efforts meant to help children through illness or keep them well. I have recently noticed one particular intervention that seems to be becoming more prevalent, at least in my practice. I’ve begun to see more and more […]
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5:00 AM | Bill Introduced to Stop State Laws Requiring GMO Labeling
Reps. Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield have introduced The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act— a bill specifically aimed at halting individual state laws requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.
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4:01 AM | Ask Well: Walking vs. Elliptical Training
A reader asks: How does a brisk two-mile walk compare to a two-mile run on an elliptical machine? How effective is exercise on an elliptical machine as a weight-bearing workout?
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12:09 AM | What does the new Tamiflu data really tell us?
Does Tamiflu have any meaningful effects on the prevention or treatment of influenza? Considering the drug’s been on the market for almost 15 years, and is widely used, you should expect this question has been answered after 15 flu seasons. Answering this question from a science-based perspective requires three steps: Consider prior probability, be systematic […]

Jefferson T., Jones M., Doshi P., Spencer E.A., Onakpoya I. & Heneghan C.J. (2014). Oseltamivir for influenza in adults and children: systematic review of clinical study reports and summary of regulatory comments, BMJ, 348 (apr09 2) g2545-g2545. DOI:

Freemantle N., Shallcross L.J., Kyte D., Rader T. & Calvert M.J. (2014). Oseltamivir: the real world data, BMJ, 348 (apr09 2) g2371-g2371. DOI:

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April 10, 2014

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11:16 PM | Publicis boosts South Africa presence
Agency acquires local creative agency OwenKessel
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11:16 PM | Pharma deals during March 2014
Deal Watch: Major pharma collaborations, acquisitions and agreements in the past month
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11:15 PM | Deal Watch table for March 2014
Table listing all the major pharma mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in the past month
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11:15 PM | inVentiv Health appoints head of commercial and consulting
Michael Griffith is former CEO of Laureate Biopharma
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10:24 PM | Stag Parties: Awareness and Elegant Solutions
Kiddo spills her milk. We lock eyes, and she dissolves in a puddle of sadness, crying about how it’s all her fault and she feels SO BAD. “Kiddo, honey, it’s really okay. Let’s get a towel and wipe it... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:47 PM | Ancient spider had two sets of eyes, all the better to see you with
Stunning images of a 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil reveal ancestors of […]
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9:12 PM | Appearance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased
First spotted in 1885, silvery blue clouds sometimes hover in […]
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9:09 PM | Should you start out slow in a 10K?
Conventional wisdom is that you can get your best time in a race by starting off a little slower than your goal pace: “Negative splits” are the ideal — times for each mile run should decrease over the course of the race. So, for example, if you were running a 10k and had a goal […]

Reardon J. (2013). Optimal pacing for running 400- and 800-m track races, American Journal of Physics, 81 (6) 428. DOI:

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