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Cancer Pain, Terminal, Intractable

New Approach May Allow Faster Spinal Anesthesia for Cancer Patients at End of Life

For patients with uncontrolled pain from terminal cancer, a new approach to calculating initial dosage may allow a quicker start of spinal analgesia—and less time in the hospital, according to a study in the June issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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green plastics, green chemicals, Biomass

Chemical Engineers Discover ‘Ultraselective’ Process to Make Valuable Chemical from Biomass

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Chemical engineers have discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of plastics for products such as soda bottles and packaging, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date. Details are in the current issue of Green Chemistry.

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Dr. Ganesh Raj, Prostate Cancer, Ut Southwestern Medical Center, prostate cancer drugs, Nature Communications, Peptidomimetics

Researchers Identify Novel Class of Drugs for Prostate Cancers That Disrupts Growth Signaling

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A new study on prostate cancer describes a novel class of drugs developed by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers that interrupts critical signaling needed for prostate cancer cells to grow.

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Climate Change, skepticalscience, Anthropogenic, scientific consensus, Global Warming

Most Scientists Agree: Humans are Causing Global Climate Change

An analysis of peer-reviewed articles by climate scientists over 20 years shows that a vast majority believe that human activities are the primary cause of global climate change.

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Gender, Sexual Behavior, Gender Roles, Cultural Expectations

Men, Women Lie About Sex to Match Gender Expectations

People will lie about their sexual behavior to match cultural expectations about how men or women should act – even though they wouldn’t distort other gender-related behaviors, new research suggests.

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Asthma, Exercise-induced asthma, omega-3, New Zealand Green-lipped mussel, Fitness, Sports Medicine

Unique Omega-3 Supplement Effective at Reducing Exercise-Induced Asthma Symptoms

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An Indiana U. study found that an omega-3 supplement derived from the New Zealand green-lipped mussel improved lung function and reduced airway inflammation in asthmatics with exercise-induced asthma.

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ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Stem Cells, Animal Research, Bioscience, Veterinary Medicine, Neuron, Nerve Cells, Transplant, Muscle

Engineered Stem Cell Advance Points Toward Treatment for ALS

Transplantation of human stem cells in an experiment conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison improved survival and muscle function in rats used to model ALS, a nerve disease that destroys nerve control of muscles, causing death by respiratory failure.

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Scientists Identify Possible KRAS Downstream Target for Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

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While the mutated KRAS oncogene is associated with many cancers, it has not yet been successfully targeted by a therapeutic agent. Scientists are trying to find another way to target the gene by blocking signals from another protein downstream.

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Stem Cells, Neuroscience, Spinal Cord Injury, Trauma

Stem Cell Injections Improve Spinal Injuries in Rats

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An international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that a single injection of human neural stem cells produced neuronal regeneration and improvement of function and mobility in rats impaired by an acute spinal cord injury (SCI).

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shared decision making, Health Care Costs, doctor-patient communication, provider incentives

When Doctors and Patients Share in Decisions, Hospital Costs Go Up

Doctors and patients are encouraged to share decision making. This enhances communication, satisfaction and outcomes, and may lower cost. Yet a new study found that patients who want to participate in their medical decisions end up spending more time in the hospital and raising costs of their stay.







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