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Enzyme May Be Key to Cancer Progression in Many Tumors

A new University of Iowa study provided a deeper understanding of how KRAS turns off tumor suppressor genes and identifies a key enzyme in the process. The findings, published online Nov. 26 in the journal Cell Reports, suggest that this enzyme, known as TET1, may be an important target for cancer diagnostics and treatment.

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Research on a Rare Cancer Exposes Possible Route to New Treatments

A study by researchers at the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute has discovered the unusual role of lactate in the alveolar soft part sarcoma, while also confirming that a fusion gene is the cancer-causing agent in the disease

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Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts’ Brain Function

Penn Medicine researchers have developed a cognitive test battery, known as Cognition, for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to measure the impact of typical spaceflight stressors (like microgravity, radiation, confinement and isolation, exposure to elevated levels of CO2, and sleep loss) on cognitive performance. This computer-based test has already been tested by astronauts on Earth. It will be performed for the first time in a pilot study on the International Space Station (ISS) on November 28.

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Dr. Denham Harman – Legendary Scientist – Dies at Age 98

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Denham Harman, M.D., Ph.D., the man who correctly theorized that free radicals cause aging and that antioxidants can reduce the effects of free radicals, died Tuesday at the age of 98.

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Milken Institute School of Public Health Launches Lecture Series on Health Policy Topics

Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) in collaboration with the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy today launched a new seminar series on pressing topics in the arena of health policy. The dialogue series will include nationally-recognized speakers along with reaction and commentary by other leaders in the field as well as audience participation.

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Geriatricians and Surgeons Develop Guideline for Prevention and Treatment of Postoperative Delirium in Older Patients

A new guideline is available to help health care providers prevent and treat one of the most common postoperative complications in older patients, delirium, which is an episode of sudden confusion.

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Study Examines Communication and End-of-Life Decisions

A recent study by Allison Scott, assistant professor in the UK College of Communication and Information, examines how the quality of communication among family members and care givers impacts end-of-life decisions. Scott says family communication holds a great deal of potential for improving end-of-life health care.

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Process Converts Human Waste Into Rocket Fuel

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste – yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel.

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Minimally Invasive Disc Surgery Is a Pain in the Neck

In comparison with open surgery, while minimally invasive surgery for cervical or lumbar discectomy may speed up recovery and reduce post-operative pain, it does not improve long-term function or reduce long-term extremity pain.

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It’s Particle-Hunting Season! NYU Scientists Launch Higgs Hunters Project

New York University scientists and their colleagues have launched the Higgs Hunters project, which will allow members of the general public to study images recorded at the Large Hadron Collider and to help search for previously unobserved particles.

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