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Young Scientists to Advocate for Biomedical Research Funding on Capitol Hill

Young scientists from colleges and universities across the United States will arrive on Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with senators and representatives about the value of biomedical research. Now in its seventh year, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s (ASBMB) Hill Day will give 20 young researchers the chance to participate in up to 90 meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff about the work they are doing.

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New Study on Research Reproducibility Proposes Fixes for $28 Billion Problem

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Approximately $28 billion per year is spent on preclinical research that is not reproducible AND the cumulative prevalence of irreproducible preclinical research exceeds 50 percent. The study, The Economics of Reproducibility in Preclinical Research, by Drs. Leonard P. Freedman, Iain M. Cockburn and Timothy S. Simcoe, outlines a framework for solutions and a plan for long-term improvements in life science research reproducibility rates.

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Nation’s Research Funding Squeeze Imperils Patient Care, Say Top Medical School Deans

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Constraints in federal funding, compounded by declining clinical revenue, jeopardize more than the nation’s research enterprise. These twin pressures have created a “hostile working environment” that erodes time to conduct research, “discourages innovative high-risk science” and threatens to drive established and early-career scientists out of the field. And this, in turn, undermines patient care, proclaimed deans of leading academic medical centers from across the U.S. The group commentary was published in Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday.

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Trending Stories Report for 21 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: gun regulation, psychology and altruism, big data, threats to coral reefs, extra-terrestrial life, personalized diets, metabolic syndrome and heart health, new drug target to treat arthritis, and archeologists find oldest tools.

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Trending Stories Report for 30 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: new biotech treatment for radiation proctitis, 3D printing in children's health, work and brain health, the importance of medical research, multi-institute collaboration on medical education technology, tax cuts and the economy, cancer survival, and Alzheimer's research.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Proposed Budget Cuts Put Women at Risk

Gov. Rauner recently shared his proposed budget that included drastic funding cuts to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, to Medicaid and the complete elimination of Illinois Medicaid’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program. These cuts put women at risk.

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State Funding Boosts Stem Cell Research in California, Other States

A new study analyzed stem cell funding programs in four states and found that in both California and Connecticut, state programs have contributed to an increase in the share of publications in the field produced in these states.

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Research Finds Little Public Support for Benefit Principle Taxation to Fund Roads

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Benefit principle taxes, such as a mileage tax, have the potential to replace fuel taxes and make up for falling revenues. But new Indiana University research shows that, at best, only one in three Americans believe roads should be financed with benefit-based taxes.

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Cost of Meeting Basic Needs Rising Faster Than Wages in Washington State

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2014 report finds that the costs of meeting basic needs have far outstripped wages statewide, particularly for families.