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Adventures in Stem Cell Land

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Two weeks ago a neurologist asked me to blog about a US-based company that is offering stem cell treatments, because it had raised hopes among some of his patients. Intrigued because I cover  “stem cell tourism” in my bioethics class and … Continue reading »The post Adventures in Stem Ce...

WHO calls for full disclosure of clinical trials

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Online commenters support a push by the World Health Organization to publish results from human medical studies.Nature News doi: 10.1038/520411f

Vaccines cause autism, says confidential document from corrupt drug company

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(NaturalNews) While the debate rages on about whether or not vaccines cause autism, a confidential document has surfaced that makes clear what science has led Natural News readers to believe: Yes, vaccines are linked to autism.The document,[PDF] which runs over 1,000...

Seven days: 17–23 April 2015

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The week in science: Nobel laureate leads stem-cell initiative; German science gets a boost; and comet spews dust from its dark side.Nature 520 412 doi: 10.1038/520412a

Cancer-inflammation 'vicious cycle' detailed in new study

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New findings hidden within the complex machinery behind the vicious cycle of chronic inflammation and cancer are presented today by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, partner with UPMC Cancer Center, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meetin...
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Scaled-up version of our solar system 130 light-years away

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Astronomers has obtained the first results from the LEECH exoplanets survey. The findings reveal new insights into the architecture of HR8799, a 'scaled-up' version of our solar system 130 light-years from Earth.

Pediatrician concedes vaccine debate to vaccine rights attorney!

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(NaturalNews) A live radio debate over whether or not vaccines should be mandated was scheduled to air on The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan of WMNF Radio in Tampa, Florida, on April 8, 2015. Both parties -- Pediatrician and Mt. Sinai Assistant Professor of Global Health...

One in four advanced lung cancer patients tested for EGFR mutations started on first-line treatment before test results available

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Lack of test results may impact treatment effectiveness and survival, survey in Europe, Asia and US reveals.

Active aging on the up in EU, despite economic crisis and austerity

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A healthy and active old age is a reality for many Europeans and is a genuine possibility for many more, despite the 2008 economic crash and years of austerity measures, according to a new report. Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Mother?s Genes Influence Baby?s Bacteria

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A breast milk-associated gene mutation impacts the establishment of a newborn’s gut microbiome, a study suggests.Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader
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Researchers find protein that may signal more aggressive prostate cancers

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University of Michigan researchers have discovered a biomarker that may be a potentially important breakthrough in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.
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Appropriate clinical frame is required to enhance the value of pre-clinical work

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Once more, the multifactorial and heterogeneous nature of breast cancer fascinates researchers and is newly confirmed and re-interpreted in light of the results of a new study. "Metformin has increasingly drawn the scientists' attention due to its anti-carcinogenetic properties relatively to seve...

Dogs trained to detect prostate cancer with more than 90% accuracy

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The ability of two German shepherds to identify the most common form of cancer in British men has sparked hopes of finding a practical application Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader
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How corporate media pushes immunizations while censoring data that would expose vaccine dangers

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(NaturalNews) The way the mainstream media continues to hype this latest measles "outbreak" is appalling, especially considering that measles is a benign condition not much different from chicken pox or the common cold in terms of mortality risk. Everywhere you look these days, the...

How Europeans evolved white skin

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Ancient DNA from skeletons shows dramatic natural selection on skin color and height in many Europeans
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Contributors

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Meet some of the people featured in the April 2015 issue of The Scientist.

From Many, One

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Diverse mammals, including humans, have been found to carry distinct genomes in their cells. What does such genetic chimerism mean for health and disease?

New concept: Can Resuscitation be delayed?

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A team of researchers has laid the foundation for new resuscitation guidelines for severely hypothermic patients in cardiac arrest. The general rule for treatment of patients in cardiac arrest is that once resuscitation measures have begun, they must be continued uninterruptedly until the patient...

Two different fat graft techniques have similar effects on facial skin

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Two approaches to fat grafting—injection of fat cells versus fat-derived stem cells—have similar effects in reversing the cellular-level signs of aging skin, reports a study. The study included six middle-aged patients who were candidates for facelift surgery. All underwent fat grafting to a ...

Color of lettuce determines the speed of its antioxidant effect

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Lettuce, one of the indispensable vegetables in the Mediterranean diet, is a food that greatly benefits health, mainly because it is rich in antioxidants. But not all lettuce varieties have the same antioxidant effect. The color of the leaves of these vegetables determines the speed at which thei...

HBV exposure matures infants' immune systems

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A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis B Virus Infection (HBV) exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. These findings radically modify the way that HBV vertical infection of...
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'MIND' Your Diet, and Protect Against Alzheimer's

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Researchers have created a new diet they call the "MIND" diet, which may lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease.Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader
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Experts warn of potential upsurge in mosquito and tick-borne diseases as UK climate gets warmer

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Vector-borne diseases, which are transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, are on the rise and have spread into new territories across Europe over the past decade (eg, malaria in Greece, West Nile virus in eastern Europe, chikungunya in Italy and France). Authors of a new study say tha...

Regaining normal sexual functioning is 'rare' after prostate operations

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Regaining normal erectile function is rare after the most common prostate operation, radical prostatectomy, new research suggests.

Changes in surgery methods significantly reduces antibiotic resistance

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A new study shows how changing working methods in surgery can significantly reduce bacterial resistance to antibiotics, while maintaining protection against infection and reducing costs by up to 60%.

Did a volcanic cataclysm 40,000 years ago trigger the final demise of the Neanderthals?

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The Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption in Italy 40,000 years ago was one of the largest volcanic cataclysms in Europe and injected a significant amount of sulfur-dioxide (SO2) into the stratosphere. Scientists have long debated whether this eruption contributed to the final extinction of the Nean...

New drug for Crohn's disease shows early promise

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(HealthDay)—An experimental drug may quickly quash symptoms of the digestive disorder Crohn's disease—at least for the short term, an early clinical trial finds.
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New molecular tool assesses vaginal microbiome health, diagnoses infections -- fast

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A new microarray-based tool, called VaginArray, offers the potential to provide a fast, reliable and low-cost assessment of vaginal health and diagnoses of infections. The research is published ahead of print March 2, in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for...
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Tumor determination in bowel cancer: Blood test replaces surgery

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A new study is assessing patients with metastasized bowel cancer to determine whether it is possible to characterize tumor and better control resistance mechanisms with a blood test. The aim of this is to spare patients the stress of having tissue removed via biopsies and to make the targeted use...

Universal public drug coverage would save Canada billions

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Canada could save $7.3 billion annually with universal public coverage of medically necessary prescription drugs, researchers say. Canada is the only developed country with a universal health care system that does not include prescription drug coverage.

Successful in vivo test of breakthrough Staphylococcus aureus vaccine

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(Medical Xpress)—One of the largest problems in clinical medicine is the growing prevalence of multidrug-resistant, disease-causing strains of Staphylococcus aureus. Penicillin resistance is now extremely common across a spectrum of staph strains, and although a few new antibiotic approaches sh...

Novel monitoring tools tackle chemical surface waters pollution

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With the socio-economic developments of the last decades, new emerging compounds have been produced, released and discharged through different point and diffuse sources in European rivers, lakes, and marine-coastal and transitional waters. Treated municipal wastewaters contain a multitude of orga...

Air quality in nursing homes affecting lung health of residents

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The indoor air quality in nursing homes has a serious effect on the lung health of elderly residents, according to the findings of a new study. The research is the first to detail the negative effects of poor air quality in nursing homes across several countries.

Morquio Syndrome: 'Without the drug, I know I don’t have long left'

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Children and adults living with this rare and debilitating disease are facing an uncertain future, as a life-changing drug has been denied NHS fundingOne child in 25 in the UK is born with a genetic disorder, many of them extremely rare. Here, families share their stories about living with unusua...

Study of fruit fly 'brain in a jar' reveals mechanics of jet lag

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Long the stuff of science fiction, the disembodied 'brain in a jar' is providing science fact for researchers, who by studying the whole brains of fruit flies are discovering the inner mechanisms of jet lag.

Researchers report new gene associated with thyroid levels

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Thyroid hormones have important and diverse roles in human health and regulate metabolic rate. Thyroid disease is common (affecting 5-10 per cent of the population) and synthetic thyroid hormones are one of the commonest drug therapies prescribed worldwide. A new study, published in Nature Commun...

Why Head Transplants Won't Happen Anytime Soon

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Although an Italian neurosurgeon recently boasted that he plans to conduct a human head transplant within two years, experts say this proposal is scientifically and ethically absurd.

Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth

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(NaturalNews) It has been more than five months since an Italian court in Milan awarded compensation to the family of a young boy who developed autism from a six-in-one hexavalent vaccine manufactured by corrupt British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and the U.S. media is still...

Women don't get to hospital fast enough during heart attack

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Women suffering a heart attack wait much longer than men to call emergency medical services and face significantly longer delays getting to a hospital equipped to care for them, putting women at greater risk for adverse outcomes.

Choice of monitoring method could be key for babies with poor growth in the womb

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In some pregnancies, there is an abnormal blood flow from the placenta and the fetus does not grow adequately in the womb, putting it at risk of being stillborn. Babies that grow poorly in the womb could have better outcomes if a method for the timing of delivery was used more widely, a study sug...
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Behind the scenes of the world's first commercial stem-cell therapy

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Graziella Pellegrini explains the 25-year struggle to develop Holoclar, a treatment for blindness.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17022