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Genetic Variant Protects Some Latina Women from Breast Cancer

An international research collaboration led by UC San Francisco researchers has identified a genetic variant common in Latina women that protects against breast cancer.

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Study Shows Medication Is Frequently, Unintentionally Given Incorrectly to Young Children

A newly published study shows how often adults make mistakes when giving medication to children. The study, led by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that medication errors occur in a child every eight minutes in the United States, on average, and the numbers are increasing.

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NSF Cybersecurity Scholarships Give Students an Edge in Employment

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Students will get a foot in the cybersecurity employment door from a five-year, $4.2 million National Science Foundation-funded full cybersecurity scholarship program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), officials say.

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Research Reveals Likelihood and Onset of Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis Among Patients with Inflammatory Eye Disease

The results of the largest retrospective study of multiple sclerosis (MS) in uveitis patients has revealed that nearly 60 percent of patients with both diseases were diagnosed with each within a five-year span. The study is being presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. While it has long been known that there is an association between the eye condition and MS, this is the first study to provide a detailed description of the relative onset of uveitis and MS and to calculate the likelihood of an MS diagnosis among uveitis patients.

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Many Older People Have Mutations Linked to Leukemia, Lymphoma in Their Blood Cells

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At least 2 percent of people over age 40 and 5 percent of people over 70 have mutations linked to leukemia and lymphoma in their blood cells, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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New Insight That “Mega” Cells Control the Growth of Blood-Producing Cells

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While megakaryocytes are best known for producing platelets that heal wounds, these “mega” cells found in bone marrow also play a critical role in regulating stem cells according to new research from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. In fact, hematopoietic stem cells differentiate to generate megakaryocytes in bone marrow. The Stowers study is the first to show that hematopoietic stem cells (the parent cells) can be directly controlled by their own progeny (megakaryocytes).

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Tear Duct Implant Effective at Reducing Pain and Inflammation in Cataract Surgery Patients

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The device, known as a punctum plug, automatically delivers the correct amount of postoperative medication in patients, potentially solving the issue of poor compliance with self-administering eye drops.

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Hosts Unveiling of New Super Hero Dedicated to Children with Hearing Loss

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On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Ear Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) will host an unveiling event by the Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI) and Marvel Custom Solutions to reveal the identity of a new girl super hero with cochlear implants.

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Nominations open for $100,000 Taubman Prize

Physician-scientists worldwide are invited to apply for the 2015 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science, the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute has announced.

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