Monthly Archives: August 2011

Grant To Study Breast Cancer Reconstruction Received By Clemson Researchers

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded the Clemson University Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering a $195,000 grant to support research to develop new ways to improve reconstructive breast surgery using engineered tissue that contains anti-cancer properties. “We’re working … Continue reading

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The Multi-Tasking Reovirus Kills Cancer Cells And Primes The Immune System

In the past couple of years, researchers at Oncolytics Biotech have been developing a harmless virus as a potent cancer killer, but they have also been accumulating data that suggests in addition to directly killing tumor cells, the reovirus may … Continue reading

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Bone Building Bisphosphonates Reduce Colon Cancer Risk

A new study shows that bisphosphonates such as Fosamax and Boniva may reduce patients’ risk of developing colon cancer. Women in particular tend to take these prescriptions after menopause and now have up to a 59% reduced risk of colon … Continue reading

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Testosterone And Paternal Care In East African Foragers And Pastoralists

High testosterone levels in birds reduce male investment in offspring while increasing mate seeking and competitive behaviors. Testosterone may have similar effects in humans, as married fathers in many western populations maintain lower levels than single men, but studies in … Continue reading

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NSF Funding To Advance Research On Interplay Between Biology And Society

Scientists will find new ways of understanding the interactions of the biological sciences with society, as a result of awards from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) directorates for biological sciences and for social, behavioral, and economic sciences. The awards are … Continue reading

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Scottish Medicines Consortium Approves Bonviva(R) – Scottish Women To Have Access To New Once-monthly Treatment

Several thousand women across Scotland will now have access to a new drug called Bonviva(R) (ibandronic acid also known as ibandronate), following its approval for NHS prescription in Scotland.1,2 Bonviva is the first ever once-monthly treatment for post-menopausal osteoporosis. Osteoporosis … Continue reading

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Water, Water, Everywhere… But Is It Safe To Drink?

“Over the last couple of generations, there has been a huge amount of groundwater pollution worldwide, and this has had a negative impact on our drinking water supply,” says Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Canada Research Chair in Isotope Geochemistry of the … Continue reading

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Sex Hormones Not A Useful Predictor Of Breast Cancer Risk

Sex hormone levels in the blood are not associated with the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal women who are in high-risk groups, according to a new study. Several studies have suggested that increased levels of the sex hormones … Continue reading

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Study Shows Decreasing HRT Use And Fewer Australian Breast Cancer Cases

A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has shown that from 2001 to 2003 there was a 40 per cent decrease in the number of Australian women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and a 6.7 per cent reduction … Continue reading

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New Way To Prevent Infections In Dialysis Patients Discovered By Canadian Researchers

Researchers have discovered that a drug used to treat dialysis catheter malfunction in kidney dialysis patients may now also help prevent both malfunction as well as infections. Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn from the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine and her … Continue reading

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