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  • July 31, 2015
  • 04:13 AM
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Everolimus: a new treatment for BHD renal cancer?

by Danielle Stevenson in BHD Research Blog

Last week the US National Cancer Institute announced a phase II clinical trial to test everolimus, a derivative of rapamycin, in BHD patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The trial is also open to sporadic chromophobe RCC (chRCC) patients. Approximately 85% of BHD-RCC is either chRCC or a chromophobe-oncocytoma hybrid (Pavlovich et al., 2002), but there are no effective treatments available for this RCC subtype. Instead BHD patients undergo partial nephrectomies to excise tumours – whi........ Read more »

  • July 31, 2015
  • 03:34 AM
  • 140 views

Careful now: oral colostrum MAF and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I should perhaps begin this slightly longer than usual post by reiterating my well-trodden caveat on this blog about not giving anything that looks, sounds or smells like medical or clinical advice during my musings. This is a blog [mainly] about peer-reviewed science, nothing more. Added to that, I'm not your Dr Ross and you are not my patient.So... I've been seeing quite a bit about Gc-MAF (Gc Macrophage Activating Factor) in the news recently. The various headlines about autism and Gc-MAF (se........ Read more »

  • July 30, 2015
  • 08:02 PM
  • 57 views

How To Handle ICD If Patient’s Heart Function Improves?

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Alan Cheng, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics Director, Arrhythmia Device Service Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main … Continue reading →
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Alan Cheng, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS. (2015) How To Handle ICD If Patient's Heart Function Improves?. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 30, 2015
  • 07:39 PM
  • 54 views

7 Cancers May Occur More Frequently In LGBTQ Community

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Ph.D. Moffitt Cancer Center University of South Florida MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Quinn: Our research group has been conducting studies of the LGBTQ community … Continue reading →
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Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Ph.D. (2015) 7 Cancers May Occur More Frequently In LGBTQ Community. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 30, 2015
  • 05:21 PM
  • 55 views

Plasma Biomarker May Be Independent Risk Predictor of Breast Cancer In Women Without Family History

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Karla M. Gonye, MBA President, sphingotec LLC Cambridge, Massachusetts MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Response: Met- and Leu-Enkephalin: are endogenous pentapeptides of the family of opioid peptides known as opiod-growth factors (OGF) Enkephalins have … Continue reading →
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Karla M. Gonye, MBA. (2015) Plasma Biomarker May Be Independent Risk Predictor of Breast Cancer In Women Without Family History. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 30, 2015
  • 04:10 PM
  • 133 views

Lax standards at PLOS One for peer review of CAM research papers?

by Kausik Datta in In Scientio Veritas

Serious question: has the peer review system at the PLOS journals been doing a less-than-stellar job when it comes to evaluating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research for publication? If the answer is 'yes', why? Or if 'no', how does a paper like this go through PLOS ONE without some serious revisions?... Read more »

  • July 30, 2015
  • 02:26 PM
  • 52 views

Socially Isolated Women Have Greater Risk of Suicide

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Alexander C. Tsai, MD, PhD Center for Global Health Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies Cambridge, Massachusetts Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Tsai: Suicide … Continue reading →
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Alexander C. Tsai, MD, PhD. (2015) Association Between Social Integration and Suicide Among Women in the United States. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 30, 2015
  • 01:55 PM
  • 109 views

Paralyzed men move legs with new non-invasive spinal cord stimulation

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords. The strategy, called transcutaneous stimulation, delivers electrical current to the spinal cord by way of electrodes strategically placed on the skin of the lower back.... Read more »

Gerasimenko, Y., Lu, D., Modaber, M., Zdunowski, S., Gad, P., Sayenko, D., Morikawa, E., Haakana, P., Ferguson, A., Roy, R.... (2015) Noninvasive Reactivation of Motor Descending Control after Paralysis. Journal of Neurotrauma, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1089/neu.2015.4008  

  • July 30, 2015
  • 01:10 PM
  • 137 views

A tough bacterium that lives in poisoned soils and pulls gold out of water

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

Cupriavidus metallidurans (roughly translated: lover of copper, enduring metal) is a bacterium of the class Betaproteobacteria known for its ability to withstand high concentrations of numerous metals that would be toxic to most other living things. These metals, which include Ag, Au, Bi, Cd, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Sr, Tl, U, and Zn, tend to cause problems for bacterial cells by binding to DNA or proteins, which can disrupt important stuff like obtaining energy or reproducing.The bacterium ........ Read more »

  • July 30, 2015
  • 11:08 AM
  • 94 views

What is going on with invasive knapweed? OR How I spent my PhD

by Kathryn Turner in Alien Plantation

Over the course of my PhD work (published here, and most recently here), I have found evidence for evolved differences in phenotype (in other words, in their morphology, development, phenology, stress responses) between native and invasive populations of diffuse knapweed. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 30, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
  • 135 views

New Insights into Human De Novo Mutations

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

De novo mutations — sequence variants that are present in a child but absent from both parents — are an important source of human genetic variation. I think it’s reasonable to say that most of the 3-4 million variants in any individual’s genome arose, once upon a time, as de novo mutations in his or her ancestors. […]... Read more »

Francioli LC, Polak PP, Koren A, Menelaou A, Chun S, Renkens I, Genome of the Netherlands Consortium, van Duijn CM, Swertz M, Wijmenga C.... (2015) Genome-wide patterns and properties of de novo mutations in humans. Nature genetics, 47(7), 822-6. PMID: 25985141  

  • July 30, 2015
  • 07:12 AM
  • 68 views

To keep your memories alive, it's better to write a diary in the evening than in the morning

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

By guest blogger Jordan Gaines LewisFor over 15 years now, I’ve faithfully kept a diary. Every night, from age 11 until my senior year of university, I snuggled into my bedsheets and rehashed the day’s events before nodding off to sleep. Even though I’m more likely to scribble down my thoughts just once or twice a week nowadays, I’ve found that writing in a diary before bed is a fun way to capture my memories – no matter how frivolous – to enjoy again years down the road.Now a new st........ Read more »

  • July 30, 2015
  • 04:06 AM
  • 152 views

Inflammatory bowel disease and autism: increased prevalence

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

A quote to begin today's post:"Across each population with different kinds of ascertainment, there was a consistent and statistically significant increased prevalence of IBD [inflammatory bowel disease] in patients with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] than their respective controls and nationally reported rates for pediatric IBD."That was the conclusion reached in the paper published by Finale Doshi-Velez and colleagues [1] including one very notable name on the authorship list, Is........ Read more »

Doshi-Velez F, Avillach P, Palmer N, Bousvaros A, Ge Y, Fox K, Steinberg G, Spettell C, Juster I, & Kohane I. (2015) Prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Inflammatory bowel diseases. PMID: 26218138  

  • July 29, 2015
  • 09:07 PM
  • 41 views

Single Use Sharps Recycling Many Reduce C. diff Infections

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz PhD MPH Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson School of Nursing Philadelphia, PA 19107 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Pogorzelska-Maziarz: Sharps disposal containers are ubiquitous in healthcare … Continue reading →
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Dr. Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz PhD MPH. (2015) Single Use Sharps Recycling Many Reduce C. diff Infections. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 29, 2015
  • 08:46 PM
  • 43 views

Topical and Injected Placebos More Effective Than Pills

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Raveendhara R Bannuru MD, PhD, FAGE Director, Center for Treatment Comparison and Integrative Analysis (CTCIA) Asst Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine Special & Scientific Staff, Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases Tufts Medical Center … Continue reading →
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Raveendhara R Bannuru MD, PhD, FAGE. (2015) Topical and Injected Placebos More Effective Than Pills. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 29, 2015
  • 08:29 PM
  • 38 views

Patients With Health Insurance Receive Up To Triple Amount Of Preventive Care

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jared Fox, PhD CDC Office of the Associate Director for Policy Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Fox:  Increasing the number of people who get preventive care is … Continue reading →
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Jared Fox, PhD. (2015) Patients With Health Insurance Receive Up To Triple Amount Of Preventive Care. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 29, 2015
  • 08:08 PM
  • 148 views

We can build it better: The first artificial ribosome

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes within the cell. The engineered ribosome may enable the production of new drugs and next-generation biomaterials and lead to a better understanding of how ribosomes function.... Read more »

Orelle, C., Carlson, E., Szal, T., Florin, T., Jewett, M., & Mankin, A. (2015) Protein synthesis by ribosomes with tethered subunits. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature14862  

  • July 29, 2015
  • 07:48 PM
  • 139 views

Prostate cancer is 5 different diseases

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Cancer Research UK scientists have for the first time identified that there are five distinct types of prostate cancer and found a way to distinguish between them, according to a landmark study. The findings could have important implications for how doctors treat prostate cancer in the future, by identifying tumours that are more likely to grow and spread aggressively through the body.... Read more »

  • July 29, 2015
  • 04:44 PM
  • 42 views

Walking While Texting Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Conrad Earnest, PhD, FACSM Texas A&M University College Station, TX Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Earnest: The study presented here is a thesis project performed by Robbyne Smith and Sammy Licence, under … Continue reading →
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Conrad Earnest, PhD, FACSM. (2015) Walking While Texting Can Be Dangerous To Your Health. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 29, 2015
  • 02:17 PM
  • 51 views

Elevated Neurotensin Level May Predict Breast Cancer in Women

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Karla M. Gonye, MBA President, Sphingotec LLC Cambridge, Massachusetts MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Response: In experimental studies, Neurotensin and neurotensin expression was highly associated to breast cancer tissue Dupouy et al (2009) investigated … Continue reading →
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Karla M. Gonye, MBA. (2015) Elevated Neurotensin Level May Predict Breast Cancer in Women. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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