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Nutrition and Pregnancy: Scientists Challenge “Eat for Two” Myth

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Scientists have shown that women may not need to “eat for two” during pregnancy because the body adapts to absorb more energy from the same amount of food. The findings may also help to explain why some women struggle to lose weight after giving birth.

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New Technology Developed by Virginia Tech and the University of Iowa Helps Personalized Medicine by Enabling Epigenomic Analysis with a Mere 100 Cells

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A new technology, improving the efficiency of the studies in epigenomics, is the subject of a Nature Methods journal article by Chang Lu and Zhenning Cao of Virginia Tech and Kai Tan, Changya Chen and Bing He of the University of Iowa. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, following a seed grant from Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

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University of Colorado Cancer Center and Loxo Oncology Announce Publication That Provides Clinical Validation For LOXO-101 Against TRK Fusion Cancer

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Published today in Cancer Discovery, results of LOXO-101 against TRK fusion cancer confirm that stage IV patient's tumors had substantially regressed. With four months of treatment, additional CT scans demonstrated almost complete disappearance of the largest tumors.

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In Indonesia, A Major Ivory Trader Arrested by the Bengkulu Police

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Polda Bengkulu (Bengkulu Police) supported by Polres Kaur (District Police), the Government of Indonesia, WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), TRAFFIC, and the Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) announced today the arrest of an Asian elephant ivory trader.

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Closing Roads to Save Tigers

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A logging company, working with local authorities and WCS, has agreed to begin dismantling abandoned logging roads currently being used by poachers to access prime Amur (Siberian) tiger habitat in the Russian Far East.

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One in Four Patients with Defibrillators Experiences Boost in Heart Function Over Time

A Johns Hopkins-led study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators — devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms — shows that within a few years of implantation, one in four experienced improvements in heart function substantial enough to put them over the clinical threshold that qualified them to get a defibrillator in the first place. A report on the study, published in the Aug. 4 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, reveals these patients had markedly lower risk of dying and were far less likely to suffer arrhythmia-terminating device shocks, suggesting their hearts had grown less prone to developing lethal rhythms.

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Researchers Identify Protein in Mice That Helps Prepare for Healthy Egg-Sperm Union

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Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered a protein that plays a vital role in healthy egg-sperm union in mice. The protein RGS2 can delay an egg’s development into an embryo in order to allow time for sperm to arrive and merge with the egg in a healthy fertilization process. The embryo cannot survive without the male chromosomes.

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UC San Diego Health and La Jolla Institute Announce New Affiliation

UC San Diego Health, with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has entered into a multi-year affiliation agreement with La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LJI) designed to deepen existing collaborative relationships, boost basic research of diseases of the immune system and more quickly introduce new clinical treatments and therapies.

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Education Professors Taking Message of Reform on the Road

Prior to new education standards coming in 2017, two Texas Tech educators are offering advice to teacher education programs in other states on the process of reform.