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Wednesday 17th October 2018

Study shows crabs larval differences are unrelated to their mothers' sizes

Like people, blue crabs aren't all the same sizes and shapes. Now Rutgers scientists have discovered substantial differences in the body structures of larval crab siblings and among larvae from different mothers.

Grants awarded to Russian scientists for new research projects in natural sciences

The employees of the Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dmitry Zaitsev and Dmitry Tsvetkov and a specialist from the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Tatyana Kalinina won the contest for the best youth teams' scientific project.

New pragmatic study launched to understand the effectiveness of new type 2 diabetes drug

HealthCore, Inc., the outcomes research subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. and Novo Nordisk Inc., which manufacturers the once weekly GLP-1 receptor agonist Ozempic (semaglutide), are working together to launch the first of its kind pragmatic study to understand the benefits of semaglutide as compared with all other available diabetes drugs in a real-world pragmatic clinical trial for Type 2 diabetes - on...

Patients once thought incurable can benefit from high-dose radiation therapy

In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggressive form of high-precision radiation therapy can greatly increase how long oligometastatic patients live and doubles how long they live without cancer.

Training young researchers to work with data volumes arising in the health sector

Investigation, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases give rise to big data volumes. Their systematic analysis may produce new findings for the diagnosis and therapy of diseases, such as cancer.

Kaplan Nursing introduces interactive virtual simulation program for nursing schools

Kaplan Nursing, which partners with nursing schools nationwide to prepare thousands of aspiring nurses to pass the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN licensing exams and be ready for their career, has launched a new interactive virtual simulation program for nursing schools to help educate their students make clinical judgments.

FDA grants Rare Pediatric Disease Designation for Immusoft’s Iduronicrin genleukocel-T

Immusoft Corporation, a Seattle-Wash.-based cell therapy company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted it Rare Pediatric Disease Designation (RPDD) for Iduronicrin genleukocel-T, Immusoft's Sleeping Beauty transposon-engineered autologous plasmablasts for the expression and delivery of alpha-L-iduronidase (IDUA) to treat Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I).

Reliable Respiratory announces acquisition of Attleboro Area Medical Equipment

Reliable Respiratory, one of New England's leading home respiratory and specialty medical equipment providers, today announced the acquisition of Attleboro Area Medical Equipment of Attleboro, Mass.

New Metrohm IC method is reliable and convenient to use for zinc oxide assay

USP has updated the General Chapter «Zinc Determination» monograph to include ion chromatography as the preferred method for measuring zinc oxide assay. USP 41–NF 36 was developed in partnership with Metrohm and replaces manual titration methods.

Metrohm software products make it easy to comply with ALOCA and ALCOA+ guidelines

Data integrity requires data to be complete, consistent, and accurate throughout their complete lifecycle, providing full transparency and traceability.

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Researchers propose skin hardness as physiological sign to estimate human thermal status

Under the same temperature and humidity, human thermal status may vary due to individual body constitution and climatic environment.

Novel method uses just a drop of blood to monitor effect of lung cancer therapy

Dr Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering the immune T-cell protein PD-1. This discovery led to a set of anti-cancer medications called checkpoint inhibitors, one of the first of which was nivolumab (Opdivo).

Study: Nurses making conscientious objections to ethically-relevant policies lack support

One-on-one interviews with eight nurses in Ontario revealed that nurses making conscientious objections to ethically-relevant policies lack concrete supports and need protection in healthcare practice settings.

Elective induction of labor at 39 weeks may be beneficial option for women and their babies

As the prevalence of maternal and fetal complications increases with advancing pregnancy beyond 39 weeks, induction of labor at 39 weeks has been proposed as a means to ensure optimal maternal and newborn health.

Preoperative weight loss may not provide health benefits after surgery

For obese and overweight patients, it is common for various surgical procedures to be deferred until they have lost weight through diet and exercise.

Study reveals link between childhood abuse and higher arthritis risk in adulthood

In a survey-based study of 21,889 adults in Canada, severe and/or frequent physical abuse during childhood and frequent childhood exposure to intimate partner violence were linked with higher risks or arthritis during adulthood arthritis, even after controlling for a range of factors. The findings are published in Arthritis Care & Research.

New blood test could spare cancer patients from unnecessary chemotherapy

Cancer patients could be spared unnecessary chemotherapy - and its side effects - by a new blood test that is in clinical trials at more than 40 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.

Environment impact of microplastics remains unclear

Scientists say there is not yet enough evidence to conclude that microplastics do or do not cause harm to the environment, following a review of more than 300 global studies.

Study identifies factors associated with prescription opioid misuse among students

In a survey-based study of 9,449 university students at a large, public Midwestern university, misusers of prescription opioid medications were more likely to live off campus, have a lower grade point average, and exhibit increased impulsivity.

Researchers find opportunity to control salt-sensitive hypertension without exercising

Couch potatoes rejoice -- there might be a way to get the blood pressure lowering benefits of exercise in pill form.

Study to explore bioethics of brain organoids

Research scientists around the world are now able to investigate the structural, cellular, and developmental intricacies of the human brain using bioengineered stem cell-based models called organoids.

MLU psychologists investigate how couples handle laughter and banter

Laughter plays an important role in romantic relationships - whether or not it's shared together or directed at the significant other. If partners handle laughter or being laughed at in a similar way, they tend to be quite content with their relationship.

Study of Nigerian breast cancer patients reveals prevalence of aggressive molecular features

A study comparing DNA and RNA data from Nigerian breast cancer patients to patients in a United States database found that certain aggressive molecular features were far more prevalent in tumors from Nigerian women than in black or white American women.

New findings reveal potential cellular players in tumor microenvironment

New findings presented today by CytoReason reveals possible new cellular players in the tumor microenvironment that could impact the treatment process for the most in-need patients - those who have already failed to respond to ipilimumab (anti-CTLA4) immunotherapy.

Video monitoring of TB therapy works well in urban and rural areas

Researchers from University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with statewide collaborators, report that patients who recorded videos of themselves taking tuberculosis medications better adhered to treatment than patients who were observed in-person.

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