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April 06, 2011
NYU Cancer Institute experts present at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011
Experts from the Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center presented new research findings at the American Association for Cancer Research 102nd Annual Meeting 2011 held April 2-6, 2011 in Orlando, Fla., NYU Cancer Institute researchers discussed various breakthroughs such as a novel test for early-stage asbestos-related pulmonary cancer, a promising treatment strategy for glioblastomas, genome-wide mapping of nickel-related cancer and greater understanding of melanoma and bladder cancer.

Seeing rice with X-rays may improve crop yields
Most people experience X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanners when they are evaluated for a suspected tumor or blood clot.

Substance in tangerines fights obesity and protects against heart disease
New research from the University of Western Ontario has discovered a substance in tangerines not only prevents obesity, but also offers protection against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying disease responsible for most heart attacks and strokes.

Children relate to stepparents based on perceived financial, emotional benefits, study finds
A University of Missouri study found that stepchildren relate with stepparents based on their judgments of the stepparents' behaviors and potential benefits, such as wealth or friendship.

The self-made eye: Formation of optic cup from ES cells
Groundbreaking research from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology shows how mouse stem cells spontaneously form into optic cups, the precursors of eyes.

NDM-1-positive multidrug-resistant bacteria found in public water supplies and urban effluent in New Delhi suggesting NDM-1 is widespread in the environment
The New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM) 1 gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to almost all antibiotics has been found in bacteria in public water supplies in New Delhi, India, that are used by local residents for drinking, washing and food preparation.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to lead Immunotherapy Clinical Trials Network
Research institutions at 27 sites in the US and Canada have been selected to participate in the Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network (CITN), a new initiative in immunotherapy funded by the National Cancer Institute and headquartered at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

ONR's autonomous underwater hull inspection vehicle nearing procurement
An Office of Naval Research autonomous underwater vehicle, which can maneuver under ships to detect explosives, is closer to reality following the awarding of a production contract in March.

Biodiversity improves water quality in streams through a division of labor
Biologically diverse streams are better at cleaning up pollutants than less rich waterways, and a University of Michigan ecologist says he has uncovered the long-sought mechanism that explains why this is so.

UPCI, Pitt researchers present findings of cancer studies at AACR 102nd Annual Meeting
How do certain multiple myeloma treatment drugs cause complications? How does the immune system become dysfunctional due to cancer?

Brain development switch could affect schizophrenia, other conditions
An international team of scientists lead by researchers from Duke University and Johns Hopkins University have discovered a key

Mussel adhesive inspires tough coating for living cells
Inspired by Mother Nature, scientists are reporting development of a protective coating with the potential to enable living cells to survive in a dormant condition for long periods despite intense heat, dryness and other hostile conditions.

Off the hook! Who gets phished and why
Communication researchers at four major universities have found that if you receive a lot of email, habitually respond to a good portion of it, maintain a lot of online relationships and conduct a large number of transactions online, you are more susceptible to email phishing expeditions than those who limit their online activity.

Major breakthrough in preventing premature birth announced by NIH/WSU
A groundbreaking clinical study of a new method for preventing premature birth in millions of women each year, published in the medical journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that the rate of early preterm delivery in women (<33 weeks) can be reduced by 45 percent - simply by treating pregnant women at risk with a low-cost gel of natural progesterone during the midtrimester of pregnancy until term.

Tufts engineering professor wins NSF Career Award
Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Tom Vandervelde's studies in thermophotovoltaics could lead to development of new green technologies.

Flexible schedules, results-oriented workplaces reduce work-family conflict and turnover
New research from the University of Minnesota finds that a workplace environment that allows employees to change when and where they work, based on their individual needs and job responsibilities, positively affects the work-family interface and reduces turnover.

Archaeological whodunit from the hometown of Romeo and Juliet
Three new bright blue pigments with origins in the hometown of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet have become stars in a drama that is unsettling experts on conservation of archaeological treasures around the world.

Researchers use novel methods to identify how cigarette smoke affects smokers
Smoke from cigarettes can affect nearly every organ in the body by promoting cell damage and causing inflammation, but no one has understood which smoker is or is not susceptible to disease development.

Stephen R. Carpenter wins Stockholm Water Prize
Stephen R. Carpenter, professor of zoology and limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, has been awarded the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize.

Shopping online, privacy, data protection and third-party tracking
In the wake of yet another e-commerce data breach in which the names and email addresses of millions of online shoppers and credit card users have been accessed illegally, researchers in the US suggest that privacy discussions, and ultimately legislation must urgently focus on the expanding roles of third-parties handling pervasive online customer profiles.

Some people's climate beliefs shift with weather
In three separate studies, researchers affiliated with Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions surveyed about 1,200 people in the United States and Australia, and found that those who thought the current day was warmer than usual were more likely to believe in and feel concern about global warming than those who thought the day was unusually cold.

Neuralstem ALS trial in multiple presentations at upcoming American Academy of Neurology meeting
Neuralstem's Phase I stem cell trial in ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) is to be the subject of multiple presentations at the American Association of Neurologists conference.

New materials based on carbon nanoparticles
Tekniker-IK4 is taking part in a European project investigating new materials based on carbonaceous nanoparticles for application to sectors such as automobiles and construction.

Long-term users of ecstasy risk structural brain damage
Long term users of the popular recreational drug ecstasy risk structural brain damage, suggests preliminary research published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences April 30 to May 3
From April 30 to May 3, the National Academy of Sciences will hold its 148th annual meeting, at which new Academy members will be elected.

CMU's Takeo Kanade wins ACM/AAAI Award for career contributions to computer vision, robotics
The Association for Computing Machinery has named Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, the 2010 winner of the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for contributions to research in computer vision and robotics.

GOLFIG increased progression-free survival in colorectal cancer patients
Oncologists can use colorectal cancer patients' own immune system to boost the effects of chemotherapy and increase progression-free survival, according to Phase III study results presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held here April 2-6.

Study: Socioeconomics playing reduced role in autism diagnoses
While there is an increasing equality in terms of the likelihood that children from communities and families across the socioeconomic spectrum will be diagnosed with autism, a new study finds that such factors still influence the chance of an autism diagnosis, though to a much lesser extent than they did at the height of rising prevalence.

New mobile app gives a voice to those with communications challenges
For those living with aphasia, autism, and other conditions that affect speech ability, communicating with friends and loved ones can be a challenge.

Hypothermia proven to improve survival and outcomes following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
The successful use and evaluation of therapeutic hypothermia to improve survival and reduce the risk of neurological consequences following an out-of-hospital heart attack are explored in the premier issue of Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a new quarterly peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc.

Birds must choose between mating, migrating, study finds
Sex or nice weather. That's the agonizing choice some birds face, according to a new University of Guelph study.

Replacing batteries may become a thing of the past, thanks to 'soft generators'
Battery technology hasn't kept pace with advancements in portable electronics, but the race is on to fix this.

New prostate cancer test gives more accurate diagnosis
In a large clinical trial, a new PSA test to screen for prostate cancer more accurately identified men with prostate cancer -- particularly the aggressive form of the disease -- and substantially reduced false positives compared to the two currently available commercial PSA tests, according to Northwestern Medicine research.

AADR applauds President Obama's support for maintaining biomedical research in FY11
During yesterday's White House press briefing, President Barack Obama articulated that his administration is willing to work with leaders in Congress from both political parties in order to avoid a government shutdown later this week.

The International Sea Turtle Society in San Diego, April 10-16, 2011
The annual symposium brings people together from all around the world (more than 800 people from over 75 countries), all dedicated to the research and conservation of sea turtles.

UCSD scientists receive prestigious Hartwell Biomedical Research Awards
Three scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are among this year's 12 winners of Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards, honoring researchers whose work advances children's health.

Vision loss in eye disease slowed using novel encapsulated cell therapy
A phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of a severe form of age-related macular degeneration called geographic atrophy (GA) has become the first study to show the benefit of a therapy to slow the progression of vision loss for this disease.

Refusal skills help minority youths combat smoking, study finds
A University of Missouri study found that the ability to refuse smoking is related to non-smoking in minority youths.

Control the cursor with power of thought
Researchers in America have used a technique, usually associated with identifying epilepsy, for the first time to show that a computer can listen to our thoughts.

New fusion gene plays role in some stomach cancers
A newly discovered hybrid gene appears to play a direct role in some stomach cancers, according to an international team of scientists led by researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.

Quality health care delivery key election issue, says CMAJ
Delivering quality health care rather than health care sustainability is a key issue for Canada's federal election, and Canadians need a vision from federal leaders to radically transform our health care system, states an editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Physical health scores predict breast cancer outcomes
Breast cancer survivors with poor physical health scores had an elevated risk of poorer cancer outcomes, including recurrence and death, according to the results of an observational study presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held April 2-6.

Novel association between Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer
University of Utah School of Medicine researchers have found compelling evidence that Parkinson's disease is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer and melanoma, and that this increased cancer risk also extends to close and distant relatives of individuals with Parkinson's disease .

Robotic surgery put to the test for bowel cancer
A robotic system that promises to improve the quality of

The use of drones against Al-Qaeda is inefficient to prevent new attacks in Europe and USA
Javier Jordan, an expert in jihadism and a University of Granada professor states that, although drones are not efficient in preventing terrorist attacks in Europe and USA, they are the only instrument that USA has to undermine Al-Qaeda's leadership and operations in Pakistan.

World's information consumption: 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes per year
The world's roughly 27 million computer servers processed 9.57 zettabytes of information in 2008, according to a paper to be presented April 7 at Storage Networking World's (SNW's) annual meeting in Santa Clara, Calif.

New Caltech research suggests strong Indian crust thrust beneath the Tibetan Plateau
For many years, most scientists studying Tibet have thought that a very hot and very weak lower and middle crust underlies its plateau, flowing like a fluid.

New drug shrinks cancer in animals, U-M study shows
A study led by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center showed in animal studies that new cancer drug compounds they developed shrank tumors, with few side effects.

Genetic variants associated with caffeine intake identified
Two genes in which variation affects intake of caffeine, the most widely consumed stimulant in the world, have been discovered.

2 dying stars reborn as 1
White dwarfs are dead stars that pack a Sun's-worth of matter into an Earth-sized ball.

Progesterone reduces rate of early preterm birth in at-risk women
A National Institutes of Health study has found that progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone, reduced the rate of preterm birth before the 33rd week of pregnancy by 45 percent among one category of at-risk women.

New discovery proves cause of weight problems in Huntington's disease
Huntington's disease has long been linked to jerky movements. Now, researchers in Lund, Sweden, have shown that the metabolism can also be seriously affected by the hereditary disease.

Older age memory loss tied to stress hormone receptor in brain
Scientists have shed new light on how older people may lose their memory with a development that could aid research into treatments for age-related memory disorders.

Adolescent body mass index can predict young adulthood diabetes and heart disease
A large cohort study following 37,000 teenagers for 17 years found that an elevated, yet normal range body mass index constitutes a substantial risk factor for obesity-related disorders in young adults (age 30-40).

Tungsten may not be the best shot for making 'green' bullets
With efforts underway to ban lead-based ammunition as a potential health and environmental hazard, scientists are reporting new evidence that a prime alternative material for bullets -- tungsten -- may not be a good substitute.

Neural guidance gene regulates liver development
Scientists of the Max Delbrueck Center in Berlin have demonstrated for the first time that a gene regulating neuronal cell migration during embryogenesis also plays a role in liver development.

New study solidifies role of DISC1 in risk for schizophrenia and other mental illness
Johns Hopkins researchers report the discovery of a molecular switch that regulates the behavior of a protein that, when altered, is already known to increase human susceptibility to schizophrenia and mood disorders.

Common nanoparticles found to be highly toxic to Arctic ecosystem
Queen's researchers have discovered that nanoparticles, which are now present in everything from socks to salad dressing and suntan lotion, may have irreparably damaging effects on soil systems and the environment.

Reliance on medical journals, deadlines can predict journalists' attitudes toward press releases
Sun-A Park, a researcher at the University of Missouri School of Journalism surveyed more than 300 health journalists and found that those who cover strokes and stroke prevention tend to hold negative views of corporate pharmacy media relations, while those who regularly read medical journals tend to cover more stories based on corporate press releases.

Breast cancer patients' persistent fatigue is real, may actually speed up aging
The persistent fatigue that plagues one out of every three breast cancer survivors may be caused by one part of the autonomic nervous system running in overdrive, while the other part fails to slow it down.

New poll suggests leaders need to listen more closely to Americans
With Congress at a budget impasse, a new poll suggests the nation's leaders should look more deeply at the public's priorities, particularly regarding proposed cuts to medical, health and scientific research.

Nobel Laureate center of economics conference
Leading labor economists from around the country will come together at a conference April 15-16 to honor Northwestern University's Dale Mortensen, who, with fellow economists Peter Diamond and Christopher Pissarides, received the 2010 Nobel Prize for Economics.

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation announces new grants to further NYC scientists' leadership in lupus research
New York City's S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is pleased to name the latest recipients of its Career Development and Basic Science Fellowships: Josephine Isgro, M.D., of Hospital for Special Surgery, Dipyaman Ganguly, Ph.D., of Columbia University Medical Center, and Yi Yan, Ph.D., of the Feinstein Institute at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital.

Development of protocols for future disasters urgently called for
Dr. Howard Osofsky, Chair of Psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, is an author of an article in the April 7, 2011, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that urgently calls for the development of protocols dealing with the health effects of disasters -- before the next one occurs.

2 new studies link hunting to lead in scavenger birds
Two new UC Davis studies add scientific evidence that hunters' lead ammunition often finds its way into carrion-eating birds, such as eagles and turkey vultures.

Most recent mammography recommendations confuse public
When the USPSTF released its recommendations on mammography screenings for US women on Nov.

New device promises safer way to deliver powerful drugs
A new drug delivery device designed and constructed by Jie Chen, Thomas Cesario and Peter Rentzepis promises to unlock the potential of photosensitive chemicals to kill drug-resistant infections and perhaps cancer tumors as well.

Frailty not a factor in adverse drug reactions among seniors, study finds
Contrary to popular belief among physicians, frailty in elderly patients is not associated with an increased risk of adverse reactions to medications, according to a study led by Michael Steinman, M.D., a geriatrician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Researchers find link between common dietary fat, intestinal microbes and heart disease
A new pathway has been discovered that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora with an increased risk of heart disease, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published in the latest issue of Nature.

Chimpanzees' contagious yawning evidence of empathy, not just sleepiness, study shows
Contagious yawning is not just a marker of sleepiness or boredom.

Fox Chase researchers find that fish oil boosts responses to breast cancer drug tamoxifen
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women.

Here's looking at you!
Learning how babies communicate can teach us a lot about the development of human social interactions.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Indian public water supply
Disease-causing bacteria carrying the new genetic resistance to antibiotics, NDM-1, have been discovered in New Delhi's drinking water supply.

Having trouble sharing or understanding emotions? MU researcher believes affection could help
One University of Missouri researcher's latest study indicates that affectionate communication, such as hugging, could help those who have high levels of alexithymia lead more fulfilling lives.

Simple chemical cocktail shows first promise for limb re-growth in mammals
Move over, newts and salamanders. The mouse may join you as the only animal that can re-grow their own severed limbs.

Strawberries may slow precancerous growth in esophagus
Freeze-dried strawberries may be an alternative to drugs for the prevention of esophageal cancer, according to research presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held here April 2-6.

Chemical engineers at UCSB design molecular probe to study disease
Chemical engineers at UC Santa Barbara expect that their new process to create molecular probes may eventually result in the development of new drugs to treat cancer and other illnesses.

Body mass index in adolescence associated with early occurrence of diabetes and heart disease
A study of 37,000 teenagers found that diabetes risk is mainly associated with increased body mass index close to the time of diagnosis at early adulthood, while coronary heart disease risk is associated with elevated BMI both at adolescence and adulthood.

International organizations join forces to promote cardiovascular health
This year's EuroPRevent meeting, April 14-16, is taking full advantage of its Geneva location and the close proximity to the European Headquarters of the World Health Organization, the World Heart Federation, the United European Football Association and the International Olympics Committee.

Better treatment sought for blinding traumatic optic nerve damage
Scientists want to protect the optic nerve when the eye takes a blow on the battlefield or in a car wreck.

Regular retail therapy prolongs life
A spot of regular retail therapy really does seem to help people live longer, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

An international study in China finds strawberries may slow precancerous growth in the esophagus
Eating strawberries may be a way to help people at risk of esophageal cancer protect themselves from the disease, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G.

MIT biologists pinpoint a genetic change that helps tumors move to other parts of the body
MIT cancer biologists have identified a genetic change that makes lung tumors more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Third dimension of specific cell cultivation
At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, researchers of the DFG Center for Functional Nanostructures succeeded in specifically cultivating cells on 3-D structures.

Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson breast cancer symposium features latest in research, treatment
The latest advances in both breast cancer treatment and research -- including innovations in diagnostic, surgical, chemotherapy and radiation approaches -- will be discussed Friday, April 8, 2011, at a breast cancer symposium at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia.

Fatty liver -- how a serious problem arises
If there is an oversupply of energy-rich fat molecules, liver cells reduce the production of an important regulatory protein.

Conference highlights graduate student research in education, health and criminal justice
The annual spring conference showcases the research of students representing UC, University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Healthy welders may be at increased risk for early brain damage
New research suggests that workers exposed to welding fumes may be at risk for developing brain damage in an area of the brain also affected in Parkinson's disease.

NIDCD research at AChemS Annual Meeting
NIDCD-supported scientists will present latest research findings at the 2011 Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) Meeting.

Vegans' elevated heart risk requires omega-3s and B12
People who follow a vegan lifestyle -- strict vegetarians who try to eat no meat or animal products of any kind -- may increase their risk of developing blood clots and atherosclerosis or

Chimpanzees' contagious yawning evidence of empathy, not just sleepiness, study shows
Contagious yawning is not just a marker of sleepiness or boredom.

Wiley hosts developmental psychology roundtable at SRCD
On Thursday, March 31, John Wiley & Sons Inc. hosted a Wiley Psychology Roundtable focused on developmental psychology, entitled Putting Research into Practice.

MEMS Materials and Processes Handbook -- a comprehensive, practical resource
Academic and industrial research scientists and engineers, as well as students working in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), commonly encounter a steep learning curve when developing common MEMS fabrication processes.

Human taste cells regenerate in a dish
Following years of futile attempts, new research from the Monell Center demonstrates that living human taste cells can be maintained in culture for at least seven months.

Georgia Tech faculty share prestigious computing award
Mark Guzdial and Barbara Ericson, the husband-and-wife pair who together are reinvigorating computing education for a generation of Georgia students, have received the Association for Computing Machinery's 2011 Karl V.

Sniffing out lymphoma by turning dogs into humans
Researchers at North Carolina State University are narrowing the search for genes involved in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- by turning dogs into humans.

Treating newborn horses: A unique form of pediatrics
Like any other newborn, the neonatal horse can be a challenging patient.

Researchers ID microbe responsible for methane from landfills
Researchers have long known that landfills produce methane, but had a hard time figuring out why -- since landfills do not start out as a friendly environment for the organisms that produce methane.

Precedent-setting evidence of the benefits of biodiversity
Frequent reports of accelerating species losses invariably raise questions about why such losses matter and why we should work to conserve biodiversity.

Research into batteries will give electric cars the same range as petrol cars
Li-air batteries are a promising opportunity for electric cars.

Under pressure: Germanium
Although its name may make many people think of flowers, the element germanium is part of a frequently studied group of elements, called IVa, which could have applications for next-generation computer architecture as well as implications for fundamental condensed matter physics.

Structure formed by strep protein can trigger toxic shock
Strep can turn deadly when a protein found on its surface triggers a widespread inflammatory reaction.

Micro aircraft IMPULLS improves avionic systems and sensors
Myriad sensors and systems provide modern aircraft with data for flight control.

Using MRI, researchers may predict which adults will develop Alzheimer's
Using MRI, researchers may be able to predict which adults with mild cognitive impairment are more likely to progress to Alzheimer's disease, according to the results of a new study.

Epileptic seizures linked to significant risk of subsequent brain tumor
Epileptic seizures can precede the development of a subsequent brain tumor by many years, suggests research published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Researchers develop golden window electrodes for organic solar cells
Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a gold plated window as the transparent electrode for organic solar cells.

Nano fit-ness: Helping enzymes stay active and keep in shape
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens has developed a new technique for boosting the stability of enzymes, making them useful under a much broader range of conditions.

Fox Chase researchers report that naproxen reduces tumors in a mouse model of colon cancer
Numerous studies show that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Livermore researchers develop battery-less chemical detector
Unlike many conventional chemical detectors that require an external power source, Lawrence Livermore researchers have developed a nanosensor that relies on semiconductor nanowires, rather than traditional batteries.

Research identifies on-off switch for key 'factor' in heart disease and cancer
Scientists at the University of Hull, UK, have identified a cellular

High levels of toxic compounds found on coasts of West Africa
An international team of scientists has found very high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) along the coasts of West Africa.

Latin American effort to rejuvenate crop collections rooted in the origins of agriculture
Crop specialists in Central America announced today that a major rescue effort is underway in one of the heartlands of ancient agriculture to regenerate thousands of unique varieties of coffee, tomatoes, chili peppers, beans and other major crops through a partnership between the Global Crop Diversity Trust and 19 Latin American genebanks.

Amount of AIDS virus in genital secretions predicts risk of heterosexual transmission
In a study that took place in seven African countries, higher concentrations of the AIDS virus in genital secretions were linked to a greater risk of virus transmission between opposite-sex couples.

Smell and taste experts at international conference -- April 13-17, 2011
Members of AChemS are arriving in St. Pete Beach to present the latest findings generated from research on taste, smell and related issues.

What the world needs now? More wisdom
Concordia researchers have compiled data to assess how wisdom shapes life.

Some diabetes drugs are better than others, according to new study
New research, published online in the European Heart Journal, suggests that several commonly prescribed drugs for Type 2 diabetes may not be as effective at preventing death and cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and stroke, as the oral anti-diabetic drug, metformin.

Gene linked to severity of autism's social dysfunction
With the help of two sets of brothers with autism, Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a gene associated with autism that appears to be linked very specifically to the severity of social interaction deficits.

Placing value, price on new drugs: The challenge facing new UK policy, say Hopkins bioethicists
The United States should pay close attention to how the United Kingdom carries out plans to assess a new drug's worth using factors that go beyond clinical and cost effectiveness, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

New survey: 72 percent of Americans think health-care system needs major overhaul
Seven of 10 adults think the US health-care system needs to be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey released today.

Female deer confirm bigger is not always better when choosing a mate
Female deer do not always choose the bigger and dominant males to mate with, scientists from Queen Mary, University of London and Hartpury College have found.
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