36 Hours: 36 Hours in Scottsdale

Scottsdale may look like a suburb of neighboring Phoenix, but its own origins in agriculture and as a haven for culturally enlightened visitors from the East and Midwest had nothing to do with the city that would eventually eclipse it in size. The retreat vibe is still intact in Scottsdale’s shop- and gallery-filled Old Town,…

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Living With Cancer: A Cancer Rap, With Thanks to Nina Simone

Two women in my cancer support group died last year; both were considerably younger than I am. Furious at the disease, I’m starting the new year with a yowl. Survivors of patients who have not survived, people dealing with a terminal condition, and their caregivers are generally advised to seek acceptance. However, great artists of…

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Recognition for biotechnology influencer

IMAGE: Kelvin Lee, Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has received the 2019 Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology from the American… view more  As the director of NIIMBL, the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, Kelvin Lee is a changemaker in the biomanufacturing industry, which…

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NCI awards $1.7 million to UIC for research on Southeast Asian fruit

For generations, traditional healers in Southeast Asia have used the mangosteen fruit to treat skin infections, wounds, dysentery and urinary tract infections. A new $1.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will enable researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago to study the fruit and its potential as a treatment for prostate cancer.…

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New combination blood test for pancreatic cancer may catch disease earlier

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 17, 2019) — A new approach to pancreatic cancer screening may help doctors detect the disease in people at high risk before it reaches more advanced and difficult-to treat stages. A team led by Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) scientists has developed a new, simple blood test that, when combined with…

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Discovery of enhanced bone growth could lead to new treatments for osteoporosis

IMAGE: Blocking signals from a small number of neurons in the brain produces bone growth in female mice. view more  Credit: Holly Ingraham/UC San Francisco UCLA and UC San Francisco life scientists have discovered a dramatic pattern of bone growth in female mice — research that could potentially lead to stronger bone density in women and…

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Automated text messages improve outcomes after joint replacement surgery

January 17, 2019 — An automated text messaging system increases patient engagement with home-based exercise and promotes faster recovery after total knee or hip replacement surgery, reports a study in the January 16, 2019 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters…

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Bioethicists call for oversight of consumer ‘neurotechnologies’ with unproven benefits

PHILADELPHIA -The marketing of direct-to-consumer «neurotechnologies» can be enticing: apps that diagnose a mental state, and brain devices that improve cognition or «read» one’s emotional state. However, many of these increasingly popular products aren’t fully supported by science and have little to no regulatory oversight, which poses potential health risks to the public. In a…

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