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Panel Predicts Whether Rare Leukemia Will Respond to Treatment

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Patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia have limited treatment options, and those that exist are effective only in fewer than half of patients. Now, a new study identifies a panel of genetic markers that predicted which tumor samples would likely respond to treatment.

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Clinical Trial Tests Two Physical Therapies for Plantar Fasciitis

Loyola University Medical Center is conducting a clinical trial on two physical therapy regimens to treat plantar fasciitis, which causes stabbing heel pain. Hand manipulation therapy is being compared with instrument-assisted therapy (Gaston technique).

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For Soybean Growers, Hidden Cost of Climate Change Tops $11 Billion

Even during a good year, soybean farmers nationwide are, in essence, taking a loss. That's because changes in weather patterns have been eating into their profits and taking quite a bite: $11 billion over the past 20 years, according to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison agronomists published last month in Nature Plants.

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Ready, Aim, Fire! Cancer-Targeting Mechanism Underlies Promising UW-Madison Spinoff

A spinoff called Cellectar Biosciences is developing molecules that bind to more than 60 types of cancer. Several are being tested in early-stage clinical trials, including one for brain cancer. These custom-made molecules can carry either a "flag" that shines brightly in standard medical scanners or a bit of radiation to kill the targeted cancer cells.

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Hormone Known for Mother's Milk Also Fosters Bond Between Parents

Research has discovered a role for prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production in nursing mothers, in the bond between parents. The study on cotton-top tamarins found a link between prolactin levels and sexual activity and cuddling among paired adults. Although this was a first for prolactin, it has previously been found for oxytocin, a hormone that stimulates childbirth and is linked to a range of pleasurable emotions.

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Sex Trafficking Invades March Madness

Cities hosting NCAA March Madness Tournament games and other major sporting events will also see a rise in illegal sex trafficking, according to a recent 15-month study.

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Sharpening the Focus of Sexual Consent

Two Texas Tech University professors have developed a student-driven campaign designed to erase the confusion and lack of communication regarding sexual consent.

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Lung Transplant at UT Southwestern Breathes New Life Into Father’s World

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At 77, John Bunton rode a ski lift up a mountain near Ogden, Utah, and spent an hour hiking around at 11,000 feet, admiring the craggy scenery and breathing in deeply the crisp mountain air. In June, he plans to walk his daughter down the aisle

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Stormy Weather Ahead for Wind Farms?

Virginia Tech and Austral de Chile researchers will study the vibrations of wind turbines at a large Chilean wind farm along with health impacts on nearby residents. The goal is to make wind turbines more acceptable.

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Marketing of Energy Drinks Placed on TV Channels that Appeal to Teens

Though the Academy of Pediatrics advises against the consumption of energy drinks by teens, research finds that manufacturers market the bulk of their products on TV channels that likely appeal to teens.