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July 21, 2014

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2:12 AM | Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity
New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, […]

July 20, 2014

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11:45 PM | Public Health in the News – July 20, 2014
Global Among the victims of the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down this past week was Joep Lange, a prominent AIDS researcher. “After malaria is controlled, what’s next?” Science blog The Mermaid’s Tale discusses this question and talks about the different mindsets needed for malaria control vs. elimination. Many scientists have signed an open […]
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11:15 PM | Ex J&J VP joins board of Immune
Cameron Durrant also has senior experience at Pharmacia
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11:15 PM | NICE confirms wider statin use
Reduces threshold for risk of heart disease
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6:46 PM | Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Commander Chris Hadfield captured the world’s imagination last year, when, from 13 March to 13 May 2013, he was the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station. While aboard the ISS, Commander Hadfield did a series of “experiments,” both for scientists, but, perhaps most importantly, for youth. This included genuinely interesting questions like “How […]
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6:42 PM | Bullet Points: This article has no waiting period
In December of 2012, I was asked my thoughts on the Sandy Hook shooting on Twitter, and if I was going to write about it through a public health lens. I said no – I didn’t want to weigh in so soon, and I didn’t really know where to start. Sandy Hook capped off a […]
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4:40 PM | Drugs and Disease: A Look Forward
First published 2/18/2014. Former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing “brain disease.” What often goes unmentioned is Leshner’s far more interesting characterization of addiction as the “quintessential biobehavioral disorder.”Multifactorial illnesses present special challenges to our way of thinking about disease. Addiction and other biopsychosocial disorders […]
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3:31 PM | The foul legacy of mounting radioactive nuclear trash
Originally posted on nuclear-news:The nuclear option still dogged by waste disposal problems http://www.independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/the-nuclear-option-still-dogged-by-waste-disposal-problems,6675  Climate News Network 16 July 2014 Nuclear power is seen as one of the possible solutions to climate change, but the recent closure of five U.S. power stations is forcing the industry to face up at last to the damaging legacy of how to deal…
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3:16 PM | Tokyo in danger from Fukushima radiation, says Japanese doctor
Originally posted on nuclear-news:Japan Doctor: “Tokyo should no longer be inhabited” — Everyone here is a victim of Fukushima — People truly suffering — Bleeding under skin, urinary hemorrhaging — Children’s blood tests started changing last year — Time running short… up to physicians to save our citizens and future […]
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3:03 PM | Nuclear Hotseat #160: WIPP Radiation Accident Update w/Don Hancock, Voices from Japan w/Filmmaker Yumiko Hayakawa- Temp Mirror site
Originally posted on nuclear-news:The Nuclear Hotseat webpage is having difficulties – Podcast is available here for this week DOWNLOAD HERE: http://lhalevy.audioacrobat.com/download/audioacrobat-10760-u-1713568-s-1.audio.mp3 INTERVIEWS: WIPP ACCIDENT – Don Hancock, Director of Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque, NM, brings us up to date again about the February 14 underground explosion and radiation leak at the…
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2:33 PM | Fukushima has 9 days to prevent ‘unsafe’ overheating
Originally posted on nuclear-news:http://rt.com/news/170800-fukushima-water-leak-temperatures/ Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels. Engineers have discovered that 1,300 liters of water leaked…
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8:57 AM | Role of Astroglia in Down's Syndrome Revealed Thanks to iPSCs
David Pleasure, Chen Chen, Wenbin Deng and Peng Jiang(left to right)Researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome.After developing a new model for studying the syndrome using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells, the scientists also found that applying an inexpensive antibiotic to the cells […]

Chen C, Jiang P, Xue H, Peterson SE, Tran HT, McCann AE, Parast MM, Li S, Pleasure DE, Laurent LC & Loring JF (2014). Role of astroglia in Down's syndrome revealed by patient-derived human-induced pluripotent stem cells., Nature communications, 5 4430. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25034944

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July 19, 2014

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10:28 AM | Friends and the cheap chip
Friends, genetics and smell and the cheap golden chip for autoimmune diabetes detection A new study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that friends who are not biologically related still resemble each other genetically. Having friends … Continue reading →

July 18, 2014

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6:33 PM | To Examine or Not to Examine? That is the Question
The field of medicine has a funny way of contradicting itself. Not that it’s on purpose, mind you. Thanks to rapid-fire advances in technology and new research discoveries, medicine is in a constant state of flux, always evolving. Think about it…20 years ago, fat was the dietary demon to avoid...
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2:12 PM | It's on: Shire and AbbVie agree £32bn takeover
Companies agree deal that is set to cut US pharma company’s corporate tax bill
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1:00 PM | Stir-Fries With a Touch of Thai
The list of ingredients for a stir-fry may look daunting, but the cooking time is less than 10 minutes, barely enough to heat up the kitchen. This week’s stir-fries abound in Thai flavorings, and there’s one that puts radish greens to good use.
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12:21 PM | Mental health has led the move away from hospital care to home based treatment says guide
This guide is an excellent example of developing resources to help learn from good practice. It has been written for all commissioners and providers, but in particular clinical commissioners, and mental health commissioners and practitioners. Primary care mental health The first section of the guide gives a comprehensive overview of the state of primary care [read the full story...]
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11:00 AM | Self-Help for Schizophrenics
In spite of the existence of stigma, the first crucial step in dealing with schizophrenia is acceptance by that individual that he or she has a mental illness. This acceptance will allow him to deal more effectively with his life and move on with a lifestyle that is perhaps different from that of an ordinary […]
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10:37 AM | Scientists discover gene that links stem cells, aging and cancer
Stem cells from adult mouse epidermis (green, Cytokeratin 6; blue, cell nucleus); Sox4 protein maintains tissue homeostasis in these cells.An organism is healthy thanks to a good maintenance system: the normal functioning of organs and environmental exposure cause damage to tissues, which need to be continuously repaired.This process is not yet well understood, but it is known that stem cells in the organs play a key role, and that when repair fails, the organism ages more quickly. Researchers […]

Foronda, M., Martínez, P., Schoeftner, S., Gómez-López, G., Schneider, R., Flores, J., Pisano, D. & Blasco, M. (2014). Sox4 Links Tumor Suppression to Accelerated Aging in Mice by Modulating Stem Cell Activation, Cell Reports, DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.06.031

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10:29 AM | Discovery May Make It Easier to Develop Life-Saving Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Human oocyteNot unlike looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, a team of Michigan State University researchers have found a gene that could be key to the development of induced pluripotent stem cells, cells that can potentially save millions of lives by morphing into practically any cell in the body.The gene, known as ASF1A, was not discovered by the team. However, it is at least one of the genes responsible for the mechanism of cellular reprogramming, a phenomenon that can turn one […]

Gonzalez-Munoz, E., Arboleda-Estudillo, Y., Out, H. & Cibelli, J. (2014). Histone chaperone ASF1A is required for maintenance of pluripotency and cellular reprogramming, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1254745

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10:03 AM | Novartis' vaccine sales decline ahead of GSK transfer
Only business not to show growth during second quarter of 2014
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9:47 AM | Amgen's Sensipar follow-up clears phase III trial
AMG 416 meets objectives in hyperparathyroidism
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9:44 AM | FDA approves drug for rare swelling diseases
Salix and Pharming’s Ruconest is made from the milk of genetically-modified rabbits
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8:14 AM | HEAL membership grows
Five agencies join network healthcare media agencies
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8:04 AM | Anthea Davies joins Cello Health Communications
Agency also appoints Emma-Kate Yates
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7:00 AM | Lemons and Lyme: Bogus tests and dangerous treatments of the Lyme-literati
It’s that time of year when every day I can expect to see at least one patient with a concern about Lyme disease. In Lyme-endemic regions such as Western Massachusetts, where I practice pediatrics, summer brings a steady stream of children to my office with either the classic Lyme rash (erythema chronicum migrans, or ECM), […]
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6:30 AM | Fewer patients kill themselves in mental health units, but there are bigger benefits to home care
Suicides among mental health patients under home treatment are double the number of suicides in inpatient units, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry which looks at suicide rates in different mental health settings. The post Fewer patients kill themselves in mental health units, but there are bigger benefits to home care appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:00 AM | Review finds that oral appliances produce improvements in some obstructive sleep apnoea indicators
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can result in day-time sleepiness, neurocognitive decline and, in the long terms cardiovascular problems. While nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment for OSA oral appliances (OAs) have been used as an alternative approach. The aim of this review was to assess the effectiveness of OAs that advanced [read the full story...]

July 17, 2014

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11:45 PM | When School’s Out, Hungry Kids Miss their Meals
By: Mariel MatzeFor many American children, summer is about barbecues, corn on the cob, watermelon, and drippy ice cream cones. For others, it’s about hunger. During the school year, children from low-income families qualify for federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and sometimes the School Breakfast Program through their public schools. Under these programs, a family of four earning less than $31,005 can receive free meals and those earning under $44,123 receive […]
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6:01 PM | Lucy is Wrong; We Use Way More Than 10% of Our Brains
Scarlett Johansson as Lucy; Fandango“It is estimated most human beings only use ten percent of their brain’s capacity,” lectures Professor Norman, played by actor Morgan Freeman, in the trailer for the new thriller Lucy. “Imagine if we could access 100 percent. Interesting things begin to happen.”I know I haven’t earned my Ph.D. yet, Professor, but I beg to differ. You see, we all access 100% of our brains every day. And we don’t have to be […]
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