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  • Coca-Cola Attempts to Guide Obesity Research

Coca-Cola Attempts to Guide Obesity Research

Obesity and nutrition researchers have expressed alarm over a non-profit group, led by scientists, that downplays the risks of junk food and sugary drinks in favor of exercise in the fight against obesity—and receives funding from the soft-drink giant Coca-Cola. The Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), a non-profit group promoting

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  • Liver Stem Cells Identified

Liver Stem Cells Identified

Scientists have identified stem cells in the liver that give rise to functional liver cells. The work solves a long-standing mystery about the origin of new cells in the liver, which must constantly be replenished as cells die, even in a healthy organ. “We’ve solved a very old problem,” senior author

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  • Website Flags Low-quality Research Reagents

Website Flags Low-quality Research Reagents

A group of more than 50 scientists has created a website to help biologists avoid poor-quality chemical reagents that undermine experiments in molecular biology and drug discovery. The Chemical Probes Portal was recently created as a community-driven wiki site that recommends appropriate chemical probes for biological targets, provides guidance on

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  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on Chopping Block

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on Chopping Block

The US House of Representatives Appropriations committee has aimed to get rid of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), long disliked by some members of Congress. Last month, the House committee approved a spending bill that would give the NIH a $1.1 billion raise next year. However, some

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  • An Accurate Biomarker for Early-stage Pancreatic Cancer

An Accurate Biomarker for Early-stage Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers have developed an assay that identifies patients with late-stage pancreatic cancer with 100% accuracy. It also distinguishes people with precancerous pancreatic lesions from those with benign pancreatic diseases or healthy individuals. Exosomes are lipid bilayer-enclosed extracellular vesicles that contain proteins and nucleic acids, and circulate in the blood. In

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  • Is it Time to Treat Most Cases of Appendicitis With Antibiotics?

Is it Time to Treat Most Cases of Appendicitis With Antibiotics?

Researchers have provided the best evidence yet that most cases of appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics alone. For more than 100 years, the standard treatment for appendicitis has been surgery. In the June 16 issue of JAMA, Paulina Salminen et al report that most patients who received antibiotic treatment

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Hepatitis C Epidemic, Associated with Intravenous Drug Use, in Appalachian States

An increase in the abuse of injectable drugs has caused rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to more than triple in 4 Appalachian states, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rates were highest among people under age 30 in rural areas of Kentucky, Tennessee,

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FDA Puts NIH’s Pharmaceutical Development Section on Hold

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center suspended operations of its Pharmaceutical Development Section (PDS) following the discovery of serious manufacturing problems and lack of compliance with standard operating procedures. A June 4 press release explained that, upon receipt of a complaint, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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  • New Approaches to IBS and IBD, But Concerns About PPIs, Highlighted at DDW

New Approaches to IBS and IBD, But Concerns About PPIs, Highlighted at DDW

A new test to identify diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS) and a new class of drugs to treat ulcerative colitis were presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in Washington DC, May 15–19. Researchers also warned that many residents of nursing homes are being inappropriately given proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Mark Pimentel

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Neuro-gastroenterology Researcher Receives VA’s Middleton Award

Yvette Taché was given the 2014 William S. Middleton Award on May 15 at a ceremony in Washington DC, for her research into the relationship between stress and gastrointestinal function. The award is the highest honor awarded by the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service to senior US Veteran’s Administration

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