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12/02/2016

Bad hair day? ‘Uncombable hair syndrome’ traced to gene mutations

Science

Scientists have now pinpointed the three genes that cause so-called “uncombable hair syndrome”

12/01/2016

Congress poised to pass sweeping biomedical innovation bill

Science

$4.8 billion over the next decade for a set of research initiatives, including brain and cancer research and efforts to develop so-called precision medicine treatments

11/30/2016

Once underfed, Brazil’s poor have a new problem: obesity

Washington Post

Brazil has been bogged down in a recession for more than two years but one business is still growing. Fast food.

11/29/2016

Malaria vaccine, peatland protection and a string of satellites

Nature

Vaccinations against malaria will begin in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018, the World Health Organization announced

11/28/2016

Climbing the social ladder can strengthen your immune system, monkey study suggests

Science

Immune cells from low-ranking monkeys were less effective at fighting the infection.

11/24/2016

Carbon is not the enemy

Nature

A new language of carbon recognizes the material and quality of carbon so that we can imagine and implement new ways forward

11/23/2016

Young African women are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

Science

91% of new infections in the 15- to 19-year-old group were in adolescent girls.

11/22/2016

Missouri appeals court rules frozen pre-embryos are marital property

Jurist

Any frozen pre-embryos, fertilized eggs that are not implanted in the uterus, are legally classified as marital property

11/21/2016

With Trump, Gingrich and GOP calling the shots, NASA may go back to the moon

Washington Post

The new administration will insert a mission to the lunar surface, probably international in character, as a step on the way to Mars

11/18/2016

In bold new step, Dutch science academy holds women-only elections

Science

Sorry guys—this time it’s women only. In order to reduce its perpetual gender imbalance the academy seeks to recruit 10 new members, all with two X chromosomes.

11/17/2016

CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time

Nature

A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique.

11/16/2016

Too many people are being told they have a vitamin D deficiency

Washington Post

Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it’s not the “we need more” news you might expect.

11/15/2016

West Nile virus may be Deadlier than Thought

Science Magazine

Since West Nile fever first appeared in the United States in 1999, more than 45,000 people have been infected. A new study shows that the fatality rate may be higher than researchers previously thought.

11/11/2016

Trump win raises questions about UN climate deal

CBS News

The election of a U.S. president who has called global warming a “hoax” alarmed environmentalists and climate scientists Wednesday and raised questions about whether America, once again, would pull out of an international climate deal.

11/11/2016

Colorado passes medical aid in dying, joining five other states

Denver Post

Colorado passed a medical aid in dying measure Tuesday that will allow adults suffering from terminal illness to take life-ending, doctor-prescribed sleeping medication.

11/10/2016

U.S. watchdog told Medicare, Medicaid that EpiPen was misclassified in 2009: senator

Reuters

The internal watchdog at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warned the office tasked with administering federal health insurance programs that Mylan NV’s EpiPen was improperly classified as a generic drug in 2009, Senator Charles Grassley said on Tuesday.

11/09/2016

Why the FDA wants to know how much Nutella you scoop out of the jar

Washington Post

11/08/2016

The average U.S. family destroys a football field’s worth of Arctic sea ice every 30 years

Science

The jet fuel you burned on that flight from New York City to London? Say goodbye to 1 square meter of Arctic sea ice.

11/07/2016

Putting Sugary Soda Out of Reach

NY Times

Can public health officials force Americans to break their soda habit?

11/07/2016

Has a new mutation in the Ebola virus made it deadlier?

Science

The sheer size of the Ebola epidemic that began in 2013 and engulfed West Africa is still a bit of a riddle for scientists. Previous Ebola outbreaks had never sickened more than 600 people. But the outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea infected more than 28,000 before it was finally brought under control. Part of the explanation was that the virus had suddenly surfaced in major cities, making it harder to stamp out than in the isolated rural locales where it had struck before. The countries’ poor public health infrastructure and other environmental factors played roles as well.

11/04/2016

Beyond Trump vs Clinton: A scientist’s guide to the US election

Nature

The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is dominating the discussion about the upcoming US election, but it’s not the only contest to watch on 8 November. Choices that voters make will influence other levels of government — and some of these decisions will steer the course of science and science policy.

11/03/2016

More Children Are Being Poisoned By Prescription Opioids

NPR

Young children and teenagers are increasingly likely to be poisoned by opioid painkillers that are often prescribed for other family members, a study finds.

11/02/2016

Male Birth Control Injections Found Effective, But Study Cut Short Due to Side-Effects

US News

New research published Thursday in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolismshows hormonal birth control injections for men could be effective. But don’t expect to see them on the market anytime soon. The study was cut short due to side effects including depression, mood changes and libido issues – in short, side effects similar to those experienced by women who take hormone-based birth control.

11/02/2016

Publisher pulls 58 articles by Iranian scientists over authorship manipulation

Nature

A tranche of 58 articles authored by 282 Iran-based researchers were retracted today by a leading scientific publisher, which said it had found signs that the peer review and publication processes had been compromised.

11/01/2016

Young scientists ditch postdocs for biotech start-ups

Nature

Vindication was three years coming for Ethan Perlstein. On 19 October, his California biotechnology company, Perlara, announced a deal with Novartis. The Swiss drug giant will test a compound that Perlara has identified as a possible treatment for a rare childhood disease, and will invest an undisclosed sum in the smaller firm.

10/31/2016

The controversial DNA search that helped nab the ‘Grim Sleeper’ is winning over skeptics

LA Times

The “Roaming Rapist” is one of a handful of cases that California authorities have quietly solved in recent years using a controversial technique that scours an offender DNA database for a father, son or brother of an elusive crime suspect.

10/28/2016

Big pharma is gearing up to defend drug prices

Washington Post

The skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs has been noticeably absent from discussion in the presidential debates — even as bipartisan anger about price gouging has united Congress. But the trade group for the pharmaceutical industry, PhRMA, is gearing up to defend drug prices after the election, seeking an additional $100 million in annual dues from its members, according to a report from Politico.

10/27/2016

How drugs intended for patients ended up in the hands of illegal users: ‘No one was doing their job’

Washington Post

For 10 years, the government waged a behind-the-scenes war against pharmaceutical companies that hardly anyone knows: wholesale distributors of prescription narcotics that ship drugs from manufacturers to consumers.

10/26/2016

How Reliable Are Smartphones and Wearables for Monitoring Your Heart?

NPR

Digital gizmos can monitor your heart, whether it’s a wrist-worn fitness tracker or a smartphone app to help cardiologists analyze diagnostic tests. The question is whether they’re going to do your heart any good. The short answer: It depends.

10/26/2016

Cardiac Patient Aided by Bystanders Who Were Alerted by App

NPR

If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it. And if 41 people within a 330-yard radius have a cellphone app alerting them to your distress, so much the better.