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15 Percent of Cigarettes Sold in NYC Have Illegal Tax Stamps, Study Finds

Licensed tobacco retailers throughout New York City are selling a substantial number of cigarette packs carrying either counterfeit or out-of-state tax stamps, finds an investigation by NYU public health researchers.

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American College of Rheumatology Applauds FDA Draft Guidance Requiring Distinct Naming for Biosimilars

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today praised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for issuing draft guidance requiring separate and distinct names for biosimilars and biologic therapies.

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UT System and Mexican Technology Council Form Partnership

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UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven officially signed a memorandum of understanding with the council — also known as CONACYT — at a ceremony at UT San Antonio. The agreement provides a legal framework for the System’s 14 institutions to collaborate with CONACYT to develop a wide variety of STEM-related research and academic programs for faculty and students. Several UT System institutions currently have existing relationships with CONACYT for research collaboration and graduate student funding.

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An Ounce of Prevention: Research Advances on ‘Scourge’ of Transplant Wards

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The fungus Cryptococcus causes meningitis, a brain disease that kills about 1 million people each year. It’s difficult to treat because fungi are genetically quite similar to humans, so compounds that affect fungi tend to have toxic side effects for patients. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified 18 proteins that play a role in spore formation and germination. The findings raises the possibility of preventing the disease by blocking the spores’ germination.

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Epidemiologist Available to Discuss Medical Overuse

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Back to School is Getting Healthier

From American Heart Association News: U.S. schools have significantly improved school nutrition practices and should continue striving to provide a quality nutrition environment for students.

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Women with Hypertension in Pregnancy and Their Siblings Face Increased Risk of Heart Disease

• Compared with their sister(s) who had normal blood pressure during pregnancy, women who had hypertension in pregnancy were more likely to develop hypertension later in life. • Brothers and sisters of women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy were at increased risk of developing high blood pressure later in life. • Brothers, but not sisters, of women who had high blood pressure in pregnancy were also at increased risk of developing heart disease.

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Going Through College with No Textbooks

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UT System launches first all-digital, no-paper textbook degree program at UT Rio Grande Valley.

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Immunotherapy Agent Benefits Patients with Drug-Resistant Multiple Myeloma in First Human Trial

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In its first clinical trial, a breakthrough antibody therapy produced at least partial remissions in a third of patients with multiple myeloma who had exhausted multiple prior treatments, investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and other organizations report.

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