The News Review:
- Production of key Alzheimer’s protein monitored for first time in…
- Dana Farber and 454 Life Sciences Announce Breakthrough in DNA…
- Economic equality is best medicine
- Race as a social conception.(Interview)
- UT Southwestern Biochemist Wins $1 Million Research Prize For Cell…
- Funds no problem, so what ails AIIMS?
Production of key Alzheimer’s protein monitored for first time in…
EurekAlert – EurekAlert (press release) – Jun 25, 2006
Bateman RJ, Munsell LY, Morris JC, Swarm R, Yarasheski KE, Holtzman DM. Human amyloid-b synthesis and clearance rates as measured in cerebrospinal fluid in vivo. Nature Medicine, June 25, 2006. Funding from the American Academy of Neurology and the National Institutes of Health supported this research.
Dana Farber and 454 Life Sciences Announce Breakthrough in DNA…
Free with registration – PR Newswire – AccessMyLibrary.com – Jun 25, 2006
–> COPYRIGHT 2006 PR Newswire Association LLC – Sequencing Method Detects Cancer Mutations at the Molecular Level – BRANFORD, Conn. The research, published online (ahead of print) in the journal Nature Medicine, describes how the 454 Sequencing(TM) method identifies rare cancer-associated genetic variations at the molecular level, potentially enabling the personalization of targeted therapies. The title of the article is: ‘Sensitive mutation detection in heterogeneous cancer specimens by massively parallel picoliter reactor sequencing. ‘ 454 Sequencing(TM) technology was used to analyze mutations in five exons of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) gene in tumor samples from 22 patients with lung cancer. The EGFR gene is the target for several new anti- cancer drugs called EGFR inhibitors. This research proposes that 454 Sequencing(TM) may help to validate the ability of EGFR mutations to predict patient responsiveness to treatment with an EGFR inhibitor.
Economic equality is best medicine
nwsource.com – Jun 25, 2006
Our newborns die at the highest rates of any rich country, even with our ever-advancing medical technologies. The feds report our mortality rates have never been lower. The United Kingdom study director suggests it is the nature of an unequal society in the United States that affects everybody, while experts over here are puzzled. What is going on?
Thomas Pynchon wrote in “Gravity’s Rainbow” that “if they can get you asking the wrong question, they don’t have to worry about the answers. ” Which medical care drug plan to choose is the wrong question. Instead let’s ask, “What makes a society healthy?”
An MDeity can’t answer that, nor can most people working in public health departments. One reason for their ignorance: It is very difficult to get people to understand something when their salary depends on their not understanding it… Anyone who does is marginalized for acting stupid. I was told “Medical care, of course, that’s why we are teaching you to be a good doctor. ” Our federal government, in its Institute of Medicine 2003 report “The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century,” states on page 59: “more egalitarian societies (i. those with a less steep differential between the richest and the poorest) have better average health. ” This remarkable finding has emerged from research carried out over the last 25 years, and the science is as good as that linking smoking and poor health. Why aren’t the media broadcasting this news? For the last quarter century it has become unpatriotic to believe in economic justice.
Race as a social conception.(Interview)
Free with registration – News & Observer – AccessMyLibrary.com – Jun 25, 2006
So there are races in nature. We just don’t have any. Q: There are races in nature? A: In any other organism, such as gray wolves or big horned sheep, you can find geographic or biological races. There are a number of large-bodied mammals where you can find biological races using the biological definition. That’s how we know that modern humans don’t have biological races. Q: What’s the biological definition of race? A: That has changed through time. It uses elements of geography, it uses elements of physical features and it uses genetic analysis.
UT Southwestern Biochemist Wins $1 Million Research Prize For Cell…
Medical News Today – Jun 25, 2006
The research environment here, my mentors and especially my outstanding postdoctoral students – they have as much to do with winning this honor as I do. The Shaw Prizes were established under the auspices of Sir Run Run Shaw, a Hong Kong film producer and chairman of Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), the largest Chinese program producer in the world. The Shaw Prize is accompanied by a medal displaying a portrait of Sir Run Run Shaw and the imprint of a Chinese phrase that translates as “Grasp the law of nature and make use of it. “This is an extraordinary, distinguished prize,” said Dr. Steven McKnight, chairman of biochemistry at UT Southwestern. “Xiaodong Wang is a genuine scientific pioneer who has used hard-core biochemistry to resolve the pathway controlling programmed cell death, a process that is liberally relevant to human disease, especially cancer.
Funds no problem, so what ails AIIMS?
Times of India – Jun 25, 2006
In the eight year period between 1987-94,
AIIMS topped medical colleges in India in the list of publications. Between
1987-1994, it topped the list of institutes conducting medical research in India
with 1,630 Medline-listed
publications. “But some are in
journals of repute like the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature or Science. In comparison, Indian Institute of Science regularly has six publications in
such journals,” said another
doctor. Funds, doctors say, are
not the problem. “Higher allocation would also not improve matters until the
institute’s arrangements improve and projects are monitored. The institute needs
to re-invent itself as a superspeciality referral hospital,” the report