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Science News and Current Events for April 15, 2018


Australia to join global health and climate change initiative
Australia is set to join a global initiative tracking progress on health and climate change, say University of Sydney and Macquarie University authors of a Perspective in today's Medical Journal of Australia.
First-in-human clinical trial of new targeted therapy drug reports promising responses for multiple
A phase I, first-in-human study led by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reveals for the first time, an investigational drug that is effective and safe for patients with cancers caused by an alteration in the receptor tyrosine kinase known as RET.
New liquid biopsy-based cancer model reveals data on deadly lung cancer
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) accounts for 14 percent of all lung cancers and is often rapidly resistant to chemotherapy resulting in poor clinical outcomes.
Breath-taking research: Throat reflexes differ in people with tetraplegia and sleep apnea
New research published in The Journal of Physiology has indicated why people with paralysis of their limbs and torso are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.
Painkillers in pregnancy may affect baby's future fertility
Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests.
Innate immune adaptor TRIF confers neuroprotection in ALS
Researchers led by Nagoya University report that deficiency of the innate immune adaptor TIR domain-containing adaptor inducing interferon-β (TRIF) significantly shortens survival time and accelerates disease progression of ALS mice.
Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes: Otago research
University of Otago researchers have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.
Using anti-PD-1 therapy pre-surgery in melanoma patients can identify those most likely to benefit
Checkpoint inhibitors that block the protein PD-1 are used in melanoma patients after they've had surgery to remove their cancer, but not all patients benefit from the immunotherapy.
Penn study finds relationship between PTEN loss, potential for immune response in BRCA 1/2-deficient ovarian cancer
he protein known as phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) is frequently mutated or affected by cancer as tumors develop.

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