Immune-repelling protein prolongs function, survival of human stem-cell-derived beta cells

Encapsulating human stem-cell-derived beta cells in microcapsules made with a protein that repels key immune cells restored glucose metabolism in diabetic mice and protected the cells from immune system attack, preventing the buildup of inflammatory fibrotic tissue that has plagued previous trials of encapsulated beta cells. A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators reports…

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Future Science Group launches new journal Future Drug Discovery

Led by an expert international Editorial Advisory Board, Future Drug Discovery is a peer-reviewed, open access journal covering the latest breakthrough science in drug discovery, research & development. “The field of drug discovery has historically been troubled by high failure rates, and multidisciplinary research and access to data are being increasingly embraced in order to…

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Duke University to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle Claims of Research Misconduct

Duke University will pay $112.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that researchers submitted applications and reports containing falsified data to win more than two dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department said on Monday. “Taxpayers expect and deserve that federal grant dollars will…

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Two Top Medical Groups Call for Soda Taxes and Advertising Curbs on Sugary Drinks

Two of the country’s leading medical groups on Monday issued a call to arms against the soda industry, urging legislators and policymakers to embrace taxes, warning labels and advertising restrictions to deter young people from consuming the sugary beverages that are increasingly linked to the nation’s crisis of obesity and chronic disease. Describing sweetened drinks…

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Adventurous. Alone. Attacked.

Carla Stefaniak did everything “right,” her best friend said. On a five-day vacation to Costa Rica in November to celebrate her 36th birthday, Ms. Stefaniak, a dual Venezuelan-American citizen, chose a gated Airbnb villa near the airport. It had a security guard. It was in a safe neighborhood. And she made sure to get home…

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