Most women need mammograms every other year starting at 50

Women at average risk for breast cancer can wait to start getting mammograms until age 50 and be screened every other year, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians. Many women worry about breast cancer, but most aren’t at high risk for these tumors due to factors like a family history of … Read more

Up to 1 in 13 boys in US have sex before adolescence

While it’s possible that as many as one in 13 boys in the U.S. have sex before reaching their teens, the chance that they will do this varies widely depending on where they live, a study suggests. Researchers examined data from two nationwide surveys – one with almost 20,000 male high school students and another … Read more

Study measures gluten in gluten-free labeled restaurant food

Even tiny amounts of gluten in foods are troublesome for people with celiac disease, and restaurants may be the hardest places to avoid the protein, finds a study by Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS, Celiac Disease Center at NY-Presbyterian Hospital and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School. More than half of gluten-free … Read more

Study calculates costs associated with smoking by patients with cancer

A study released today in JAMA Network Open reported that smoking after a cancer diagnosis is associated with substantial additional costs of cancer treatment. Hollings Cancer Center researcher Graham Warren, M.D., Ph.D., says the study establishes a model to estimate the economic burden of smoking on cancer treatment, which is information that can benefit patients … Read more

Unjamming the genome after DNA damage: A gene regulatory multi-tool has yet another function

Ccr4-Not to the rescue. A) Ccr4-Not complex associates with RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) as it travels along a strand of DNA producing RNA. B) When RNAPII becomes stuck due to DNA damage, Ccr4-Not recruits factors that mark RNAPII with a small signaling molecule called ubiquitin. C) Ubiquitylation triggers degradation of RNAPII, allowing DNA repair enzymes … Read more

Digital Integration in Laboratory Practice Highlighted in LABVOLUTION 2019

This year it will celebrate the most exciting advances in digitization, automation, and increased connectivity of the modern laboratory over three days at the Hannover Exhibition Center. Technology, infrastructure, and analytics solutions will all take center stage at LABVOLUTION 2019. The event will include tech solutions for labs across the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as … Read more

High rate of sex before age 13 among boys from metropolitan areas

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Using information from two national surveys, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Guttmacher Institute have found that in some metropolitan areas, more than a quarter of young, African American men reported having sexual intercourse before age 13, and for about 45 percent of them, the sex was either unwanted or … Read more

Researchers develop treatment that turns tumors into cancer vaccine factories

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers at Mount Sinai have developed a novel approach to cancer immunotherapy, injecting immune stimulants directly into a tumor to teach the immune system to destroy it and other tumor cells throughout the body. The “in situ vaccination” worked so well in patients with advanced-stage lymphoma that it is also undergoing … Read more

Brain zaps boost memory in people over 60, study finds

This Friday, April 5, 2019 photo provided by Boston University shows a cap that administers electrical stimulation and monitors brain waves for a visual working memory test at one of the school’s laboratories. A study released on Monday, April 8, 2019, finds that zapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current … Read more

Vegans have a ‘healthier biomarker profile’

A recent study examined how dietary choices affect the levels of beneficial biomarkers in the body. The team was particularly interested in the impact of a plant-based diet. Does eating a vegetarian diet leave traces in the tissues of the body? Over recent years, vegetarianism and veganism have experienced a boost in popularity. Although people … Read more

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