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NSH is providing many educational opportunities in 2014. Webinars pertaining to the Lab, Leadership, Quality and Educators are available online. In-person meetings are also available. Please check the NSH Meeting Calendar for the many topics and locations.
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Progress in stem cell biology: This could change everything about the practice of medicine
MedCityNews
As you may have heard, striking news hit recently in the field of stem cell biology. Researchers from Boston and Japan published two papers in the prestigious journal Nature in which they describe new and easy ways to transform mouse cells back into stem cells. Make no mistake, this is not mundane science news. This is big.
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New study raises questions about antioxidant use in lung cancer patients
The Washington Post
The supermarket labels touting the benefits of antioxidant-rich foods such as frozen berries and green tea are so ubiquitous that many people assume that taking extra doses in the form of supplements is beneficial. But a growing body of evidence, including a study published recently, suggests that high doses may do more harm than good in patients with certain types of cancer. Researchers in Sweden gave vitamin E supplements and a drug called acetylcysteine to mice with early stages of lung cancer, expecting them to slow the tumors’ growth. Instead, the opposite occurred — the tumors multiplied and grew more aggressively.
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1st monkeys with custom genetic mutations could revolutionize human disease research
The Verge
Mice could slowly be replaced with monkeys as the prime animal subjects for human illness research. Scientists in China have successfully bred the first monkeys with targeted genetic mutations, which could lead to primates modeling sicknesses found in humans. The team from Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University led by geneticist Xingxu Huang first targeted three specific genes in a monkey cell line in the experiment, and were able to disrupt them about 10 to 25 percent of the time.
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3-D cell culture set for space: New technology to grow bone cells on International Space Station
Phys.Org
Many people dream of blasting off into space and scientists are no different. But until space tourism becomes an affordable reality, surely the next best thing is to see your work go into orbit. That's what will happen to Professor Stefan Przyborski from Durham University when cell culture experiments using technology he's developed using funding from BBSRC will journey to the International Space Station in late 2014.
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30 years later: Are we any closer to a cure for AIDS?
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Human immunodeficiency virus was first discovered in 1983. In 1984, HIV was definitively linked to acquired immune deficiency syndrome patients and to groups whose members were at high risk for developing AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.1 million persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. But are researchers any closer to finding a cure now than when the HIV/AIDS connection was established 30 years ago?
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Researchers discover genetic mutations that cause deadly lung disease
News-Medical
A team of researchers, led by physicians and scientists at Intermountain Medical Center and ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, has made a medical breakthrough by discovering genetic mutations that cause a rare and deadly lung disease. The disease, pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis or PCH, is a rare cause of pulmonary hypertension, which occurs predominantly in young adults. PCH affects less than one in a million people, and has been extremely difficult and expensive to diagnose, as well as challenging to treat.
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The role of P2X receptors in the treatment of status epilepticus
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Status epilepticus is a neurological condition due to a state of prolonged seizures. This condition leads to neuronal loss, gliosis, cognitive deficits, hyperexcitability and ultimately morbidity and mortality. Initially, benzodiazepine drugs, such as lorazepam, were tested but such treatment did have a significant effect on the seizures control. Antiepileptic drugs, such as phenytoin, were also tested. Since the current treatments are not really successful in dealing with seizure suppression, novel targets must be identified for status epilepticus.
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Unnecessary medical radiation driving up US cancer rates, 2 physicians say
MinnPost
"We are silently irradiating ourselves to death." That's the conclusion — and warning — that cardiologist Dr. Rita F. Redberg and radiologist Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, both of the University of California, San Francisco, make in a commentary article published in the New York Times. In the article, Redberg (who is also chief editor of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine) and Smith-Bindman note how the use of medical imaging with high-dose radiation — particularly computed tomography scans — has skyrocketed during recent years.
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New method for reprogramming cells
The Scientist
Current approaches for turning differentiated adult cells back into a stem–cell-like state involve messing with the nucleus in one way or another — either swapping out nuclear contents, a process called nuclear transfer, or inducing the expression of pluripotency genes. In two papers published in Nature recently, researchers have developed an entirely different technique, this one based on exposure to environmental stimuli, including mechanical stress or a low pH.
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