Several FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs induce stem cell tumors, perhaps thwarting therapy

Drosophila intestines provide ‘ready-made stem cell microenvironments’ that are ‘difficult-to-impossible’ to create in petri dishes, offering an unconventional screen that allows researchers to test drugs in vivo. Credit: University of Massachusetts Amherst                                          Using a new approach to systematically test chemotherapy drugs in an unusual animal model, a research team led by University of…

Ancient humans ‘rampantly interbred’ with Neanderthals and a mystery species in Lord Of The Rings-style world of different creatures

Genome  analysis of Neanderthal and human-like group called  Denisovans It reveals  ancient bedfellows may have included  ‘mystery human ancestor’ Has been  likened to Lord Of The Rings world of creatures which  interbred By  Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:13 EST, 19  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:55 EST, 20 November 2013   Ancient humans rampantly indulged in …

Researchers advance toward engineering ‘wildly new genome’

Contact: David Cameron david_cameron@hms.harvard.edu 617-432-0441 Harvard Medical School In two parallel projects, researchers have created new genomes inside the bacterium E. coli in ways that test the limits of genetic reprogramming and open new possibilities for increasing flexibility, productivity and safety in biotechnology. In one project, researchers created a novel genome—the first-ever entirely genomically recoded…

83 percent of radiologists did not report seeing the LARGE gorilla in a lung nodule detection task

Contact: Jessica Maki jmaki3@partners.org 617-534-1603 Brigham and Women’s Hospital If you’re not looking for it, you probably won’t see it Brigham and Women’s Hospital study examines sustained inattentional blindness in expert observers Boston—If you were working on something at your computer and a gorilla floated across your computer screen, would you notice it? You would…

Young people who undergo CT scans are 24 percent more likely to develop cancer compared with those who do not, a study published today on bmj.com suggests

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmj.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Small cancer risk following CT scans in childhood and adolescence confirmed But the absolute excess for all cancers combined is low The researchers say that in a group of 10,000 young people, they would expect 39 cancers to occur during the next 10 years, but if they…

Folate and vitamin B12 reduce disabling schizophrenia symptoms in some patients

Contact: Kristen Stanton kstanton3@partners.org 617-643-3907 Massachusetts General Hospital Adding supplements to antipsychotic medication alleviated negative symptoms in patients with specific gene variants Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients. The study focused on negative…

Salt identified as autoimmune trigger

Contact: Bill Hathaway 203-432-1322 Yale University For the past few decades, health officials have been reporting increases in the incidence of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Now researchers at Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute have identified a prime suspect in the mystery — dietary salt. In the…

Yale study links common chemicals to osteoarthritis : perfluorinated chemicals

Contact: Michelle Bell michelle.bell@yale.edu 203-432-9869 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies New Haven, Conn. – A new study has linked exposure to two common perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) with osteoarthritis. PFCs are used in more than 200 industrial processes and consumer products including certain stain- and water-resistant fabrics, grease-proof paper food containers, personal care products,…

New study finds neither HFCS nor table sugar increases liver fat under ‘real world’ conditions !!! STUDY designed to FAIL !!!

EEV: This study must be faulted in two area’s immediately: 1. Length of Study 10 Weeks, like Huh? 2. “Not only is it safe to consume caloric sweeteners at recommended levels, it is important for consumers to understand that high fructose corn syrup and table sugar have the same amount of calories and studies like…

Skin, soft tissue infections succumb to blue light : 100% Survival of Infections Vs. 18%

Contact: Jim Sliwa jsliwa@asmusa.org 202-942-9297 American Society for Microbiology Blue light can selectively eradicate Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections of the skin and soft tissues, while preserving the outermost layer of skin, according to a proof-of-principle study led by Michael R. Hamblin of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Harvard Medical School, Boston. The research is published…