BIO Hails Court Of Appeals Action To Lift Injunction On Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement on action by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last night to stay the lower court’s injunction on federally funded embryonic stem cell research: “We are pleased that the Court of Appeals lifted the lower court’s injunction which, in effect, allows the […]
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Studies Reveal Trends In Survival, Targeted Breast Cancer Care

New studies on breast cancer screening, treatment, genetics and survival were released in advance of the 2010 Breast Cancer Symposium. The symposium is being held October 1-3, 2010, at the Gaylord National Hotel in Suburban Washington, DC (National Harbor, Md.). Four major studies were highlighted in today’s presscast: – Review of data over six decades […]
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Women With Both Triple Negative Breast Cancer And BRCA Mutations Have Lower Risk Of Recurrence

Patients with triple negative breast cancer that also have mutations in the BRCA gene appear to have a lower risk of recurrence, compared to those with the same disease without the deleterious genetic mutation, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The findings may offer a direction for study of […]
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Results Of Global Team’s Investigation Into The Genetics Of Height

A seemingly simple inherited trait – height – springs from hundreds of genetic causes, according to an international team of scientists. Robert Kaplan, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology & population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, is co-author of a paper on the group’s findings published in the September 29 online edition […]
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Tanezumab Found To Reduce Osteoarthritis Knee Pain In Phase II Study

Just months after a pharmaceutical company halted studies of tanezumab, a drug used in reducing pain and improving function in people with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis of the knee, the results of a small, phase II clinical trial found only a few minor side effects and substantial improvement in patient conditions. The results of the 16-week study […]
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A Small Blood Sample Is All That’s Needed To Detect Colorectal Cancer With New Screening Tool

A new microRNA (miRNA) screening assay detected the majority of early-stage colorectal cancers with good specificity and sensitivity. “Our test has the potential to be safe, cheap, robust, accurate and of little or no inconvenience to the individual, and could, therefore, easily be integrated into national screening programs as part of an annual checkup,” said […]
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Type 2 Diabetes Study – International Scientific Forum On Alcohol Research

In a very large cohort of African-American women in the US, the association between the consumption of alcohol, tea, and coffee and the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (late onset diabetes) was studied for 12 years. Tea and decaffeinated coffee showed no relation with diabetes, but the regular moderate intake of both caffeinated coffee […]
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Mining The ‘Wisdom Of Crowds’ To Attack Disease

Crowdsourcing, the act of contracting out problems to large groups rather than tapping individual experts, has solved puzzles in fields such as marketing, engineering and computer software. But can the wisdom of crowds help cure disease? A large, multidisciplinary panel has recently selected 12 pioneering ideas for attacking Type 1 Diabetes, ideas selected through a […]
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Absent Mothers Can Cause Hyperactivity And Anxiety Later In Life

In mice, early weaning and separation from their mothers promotes long-lasting hyperactivity and anxiety. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Neuroscience describe the development of this new behavioral model, which they hope to use to investigate the long-term effects of early childhood neglect in people. Arthur Simen and a team of researchers from […]
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Significant Development In Parkinson’s Research Announced At World Parkinson Congress Today

Today at the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Glasgow, Scotland, researchers reported a significant development that suggests that the genetic makeup of a person with Parkinson’s may determine how well they will respond to drugs such as caffeine. This is one of the first genome wide association studies (GWAS) that looked at genetic and environmental […]
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Microfluidics Device For Identifying Aggressive Breast Cancers

A new disposable device based on advances in microfluidics may help identify advanced breast cancer patients who are candidates for therapy with the drug trastuzumab (Herceptin). The device is described in the American Institute of Physics’ journal Biomicrofluidics. Aggressive breast cancers with poor prognosis typically have abnormal levels of the protein HER2 (the tyrosine kinase […]
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The Key To Good Health Locally, Globally Is Immunization Coverage

The outbreak of whooping cough in Texas, California, and other states this year underscores the critical importance of widespread vaccination coverage, both locally as well as around the world, said a leading global health official attending conferences on world affairs and immunization in Fort Worth this week. Alex Palacios, a special representative of the GAVI […]
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