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Controlling Dengue Fever In A Novel Way

November 22, 2017

The spread of Dengue fever in northern Australia may be controlled by a bacterium that infects mosquitoes that harbor the virus, Australian and U.S. researchers report in two papers published in the journal Nature. The result grew out of work more than 20 years ago by population biologist Michael Turelli, professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, and Ary Hoffmann, now at the University of Melbourne, Australia, who are among the coauthors of one of the new Nature papers. Turelli and Nick ...

Stem Cell Chicken And Egg Debate Moves To Unlikely Arena: The Testes

November 21, 2017

Logic says it has to be the niche. As air and water preceded life, so the niche, that hospitable environment that shelters adult stem cells in many tissues and provides factors necessary to keep them young and vital, must have emerged before its stem cell dependents. A team of scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies led by Leanne Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Laboratory of Genetics, now suggests that this is not always the case. They report in the July 20 advance onli...

Soy Estrogens And Breast Cancer: Researcher Offers Overview

November 20, 2017

Are soy products healthy additions to a person's diet, safe alternatives to hormone-replacement therapy or cancer-causing agents" The answer, according to University of Illinois food science and human nutrition professor William Helferich, is, "It depends." He reviews the science linking breast cancer, soy and dietary supplements that contain soy phytoestrogens this month at a conference on "Diet and Optimum Health" sponsored by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Helferich...

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Advises On Counterfeit Casodex, UK

November 19, 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has today issued a recall on a counterfeit batch of Casodex Tablets 50 mg (Bicalutamide) with the lot number 65520. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) advises pharmacists to check their stock for the counterfeit and to consult guidance available on the Society's website (www.rpsgb/pdfs/counterfeitmedsguid.pdf). Pharmacists who identify counterfeit Casodex (used for the treatment of prostate cancer) should cont...

Recent Smoking-Cessation Research Highlights Importance Of Keeping Teens From Smoking

November 18, 2017

Despite the efforts of college students to quit smoking, recent research conducted by Joyce M. Wolburg at Marquette University suggests that an extended trial and error period is necessary. Given that most college students begin smoking in high school, another study by faculty at HEC Montreal and University of Texas at San Antonio provides insights into how graphic cigarette warning labels impact intentions of American and Canadian teens. Both studies appear in the Summer 2009 issue of the Journ...