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NHS drug decisions ‘are flawed’

NHS drug decisions ‘are flawed’

24 January 2013 Last updated at 18:59 ET By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News The formula used by the NHS to recommend which drugs should be funded is “flawed” and should be scrapped, researchers say. The European Commission-funded study tested the assumptions of the system used by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). Continue reading

Genes provide clues to gender disparity in human hearts

Genes provide clues to gender disparity in human hearts

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Fetal exposure to tributyltin linked to obesity

Fetal exposure to tributyltin linked to obesity

Jan. 24, 2013 — Exposing pregnant mice to low doses of the chemical tributyltin (TBT) — which was used in marine antifouling paints and is used as an antifungal agent in some paints, certain plastics and a variety of consumer products — can lead to obesity for multiple generations without subsequent exposure, a UC Irvine study has found Continue reading

Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

24 January 2013 Last updated at 07:06 ET A drug that can potentially cause cancer in humans may have entered the food chain via horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour claims. Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said “several” UK-slaughtered horses had tested positive for the carcinogen phenylbutazone. Agriculture minister David Heath said all meat was checked to ensure it was fit for human consumption. Continue reading

Pavlov’s rats? Rodents trained to link rewards to visual cues

Pavlov’s rats? Rodents trained to link rewards to visual cues

Jan. 23, 2013 — In experiments on rats outfitted with tiny goggles, scientists say they have learned that the brain’s initial vision processing center not only relays visual stimuli, but also can “learn” time intervals and create specifically timed expectations of future rewards Continue reading

Modifications of a nanoparticle can change chemical interactions with cell membranes

Modifications of a nanoparticle can change chemical interactions with cell membranes

Jan. 23, 2013 — Researchers at Syracuse University’s Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science are studying the toxicity of commonly used nanoparticles, particles up to one million times smaller than a millimeter that could potentially penetrate and damage cell membranes Continue reading

Modifications of a nanoparticle can change chemical interactions with cell membranes

Modifications of a nanoparticle can change chemical interactions with cell membranes

Jan. 23, 2013 — Researchers at Syracuse University’s Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at L.C Continue reading

AMs vote on food hygiene rating

AMs vote on food hygiene rating

22 January 2013 Last updated at 02:40 ET A vote in the National Assembly later could see Wales a step closer to becoming the first part of the UK to force restaurants and cafes to display their hygiene ratings. AMs will vote on the Food Hygiene Rating Bill, which will require businesses to carry a rating of 0-5. Continue reading

Light shed on complexity of gene therapy for congenital blindness

Light shed on complexity of gene therapy for congenital blindness

Jan. 21, 2013 — Independent clinical trials, including one conducted at the Scheie Eye Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine, have reported safety and efficacy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a congenital form of blindness caused by mutations in a gene (RPE65) required for recycling vitamin A in the retina. Inherited retinal degenerative diseases were previously considered untreatable and incurable Continue reading

New way to kill lymphoma without chemotherapy: Golden nanoparticle starves cancer cell to death

New way to kill lymphoma without chemotherapy: Golden nanoparticle starves cancer cell to death

Jan. 21, 2013 — How do you annihilate lymphoma without using any drugs? Starve it to death by depriving it of what appears to be a favorite food: HDL cholesterol Continue reading