UCLA researchers find chronic inflammation contributes to cancer metastasis

FINDINGS The study reveals a detailed epigenetic mechanism for how interleukin-1-beta, a common cytokine that helps fight infections during inflammation, plays a critical role in cancer metastasis. The researchers found that chronic exposure to interleukin-1-beta can promote lung cancer metastasis through inheritable changes of gene expression without altering DNA sequence. Because of these gene alterations,…

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Researchers seek to solve decades-long Baja California peninsula mystery

There’s something weird going on inside the plants and animals that call the Baja California peninsula home. On the surface, everything looks as expected, but close genetic inspection of many individuals reveals a genomically distinct split between the northern and southern populations of dozens of species. A cross-disciplinary team of researchers from the University of…

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Gut reaction: How immunity ramps up against incoming threats

A new study has revealed how the gut’s protective mechanisms ramp up significantly with food intake, and at times of the day when mealtimes are anticipated based on regular eating habits. Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute found, in laboratory models, that eating sets off a hormonal ‘chain reaction’ in the gut. Eating…

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Medicaid expansion reduce cancer, saves black lives

Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina could sharply lessen the burden of colon cancers in the state and save the lives of thousands of Black men as well as improving access to care for men of all races, researchers report in the 27 January issue of PLOS ONE. Cancers of the colon and rectum kill tens…

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Researchers Are Racing to Make a Coronavirus Vaccine. Will It Help?

In the early days of January, as cases of a strange, pneumonia-like illness were reported in China, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland readied themselves to hunt for a vaccine to prevent the new disease. They had clues that a coronavirus, similar to ones that caused the SARS outbreak in 2003 and…

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F.D.A. Warns Purell to Stop Claiming It Can Prevent Ebola or Flu

The Food and Drug Administration has warned the maker of Purell hand sanitizers to stop claiming its products can prevent people from catching the flu, Ebola virus, the MRSA superbug and norovirus. In a notice dated Jan. 17, the F.D.A. told Purell’s maker, Gojo Industries, that its unsubstantiated claims that Purell could reduce the potential…

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J. Crew Names Former Victoria’s Secret Executive Its C.E.O.

J. Crew, the preppy retailer that has fallen out of favor in recent years, finally has a new leader who will be charged with reviving its brand. Jan Singer, a former chief executive of Victoria’s Secret’s lingerie division and Spanx, will start as J. Crew’s C.E.O. on Sunday, the retailer said in a statement on…

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‘Housewives’ Star and Dogs Toast Avenue Magazine

Kristina Stewart Ward, the newish editor of Avenue, stood in the lobby of a Hudson Yards tower last Wednesday, greeting party guests and reintroducing the society magazine after a yearlong hiatus. She wore a vintage satin trench coat by Tom Ford for YSL, provocatively embroidered with breasts and buttocks. “Woven in by busy little atelier…

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