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  • Those with rare diseases offered a chance for free treatment (Diagnosis first, please?)

    05/19/2008 10:39:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 121+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | May. 19, 2008 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    They're the cold cases of medicine, patients with diseases so rare and mysterious that they've eluded diagnosis for years. The National Institutes of Health is seeking those patients - and ones who qualify could get some free care at the government's top research hospital as scientists study why they're sick. "These patients are to a certain extent abandoned by the medical profession because a brick wall has been hit," said Dr. William Gahl, who helped develop the NIH's new Undiagnosed Diseases Program. "We're trying to remove some of that." The pilot program, announced Monday, can only recruit about 100 patients...
  • Bush asks for more physics — again

    02/05/2008 8:48:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 94+ views
    Nature News ^ | 5 February 2008 | Eric Hand, Meredith Wadman, Rachel Courtland, Mitch Waldrop & Jeff Tollefson
    President seeks competitive edge with final budget request. In his final year as president, George W. Bush has put forward a budget wish-list that looks to restore his priorities in science and research, with solid increases for some physical sciences and pretty much no new money for the biomedical sector. Whether Congress will go along with this remains to be seen. In terms of research and development, the budgetÂ’s most pronounced feature is a 15% (US$1.6 billion) increase in physical-sciences spending year on year (see Table 1). In December 2007, last-minute negotiations in Congress derailed the second year of BushÂ’s...
  • NIAID experts see dengue as potential threat to US public health

    01/09/2008 5:37:51 PM PST · by Flavius · 7 replies · 126+ views
    niaid ^ | 1/8/08 | na
    disease most Americans have never heard of could soon become more prevalent if dengue, a flu-like illness that can turn deadly, continues to expand into temperate climates and increase in severity, according to a new commentary by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and David M. Morens, M.D., Fauci’s senior scientific advisor. Their commentary appears in the January 9 and 16 double issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • The Government Grant System (Twisting science to serve the state)

    12/09/2007 9:42:48 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 443 replies · 449+ views ^ | May 16, 2007 | Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD
    Flush with success in creating an atom bomb, the U.S. federal government decided it should start funding nonmilitary scientific research. A government report titled "Science, the Endless Frontier" provides the justification for doing this. It makes the case that "science is the responsibility of government because new scientific knowledge vitally affects our health, our jobs, and our national security" (Bush, 1945). Accordingly, the government established a Research Grants Office in January, 1946 to award grants for research in the biomedical and physical sciences. It received 800 grant applications that year. The Research Grants Office is now known as the Center...
  • A Radical Revamp of Peer Review?

    12/07/2007 8:58:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 140+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 7 December 2007 | Jennifer Couzin
    Cause for celebration? UCSF's Keith Yamamoto is leading a committee to reimagine peer review at NIH.Credit: UCSF BETHESDA, MARYLAND--Scientists conducting a sweeping examination of the peer-review system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are considering some radical ideas to revamp the process, they revealed today. At a meeting here of the advisory committee to NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, members debated everything from doing away with the current scoring system on grant proposals to incentives that might improve the quality and motivation of reviewers. Although peer review is still considered a cornerstone of science, it is experiencing new pressures. The...
  • NIH Mass Produces 'Human' Mouse

    12/01/2007 6:47:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 259+ views & Human Events ^ | 2001 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Institutes of Health has spent millions of dollars over the past decade funding the mass production of a creature that is part mouse and part human.  Every one of these most peculiar rodents requires live tissue extracted from the liver and thymus of a human child–and every child who donates tissue to create such mice is first killed by a medical doctor. They are victims of abortions that cannot take place until at least the eighth week of pregnancy, when the fetal liver is finally formed.  Although history may someday record the saga of this mouse as...
  • Tax-Funded Research Implants Aborted Fetal Tissue in Mice

    12/01/2007 5:24:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 113+ views
    CNS News ^ | November 28, 2007 | Pete Winn
    American scientists are using tissue from aborted babies in genetically engineered mice to study how certain diseases are spread, and the experiments are being paid for with U.S. tax dollars.  It's not clear how much fetal tissue is used or how it is supplied. Scientists involved in some of the research at the National Institutes of Health refused to speak with Cybercast News Service about their work. The experiments started 20 years ago, when scientists first began implanting or injecting a mouse without an immune system with human cells or tissue to study diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and certain cancers....
  • Study of Bush's Psyche Touches a Nerve (August 13, 2003)

    09/09/2007 1:22:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,077+ views
    Guardian ^ | August 13, 2003 | Julian Borger
    A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction. All of them "preached a return to an idealised past and condoned inequality". Republicans are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public...
  • Hillary Clinton: President Bush Has Launched 'War on Science'

    08/27/2007 2:02:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 1,254+ views
    Hillary Clinton: President Bush Has Launched 'War on Science' Monday , August 27, 2007 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Sen. Hillary Clinton said Monday that President Bush's approach to health care, including in his spending and research priorities, has resulted in a "war that has been waged by this administration against science." "It's not only in their budget priorities. I mean, think about it: The two priorities of this president have been the war in Iraq and tax cuts for the wealthy, neither of which he's paid for, while he has cut the budgets for the National Institutes of Health and...
  • Conflict-of-Interest Inquiry May Be Reopening at NIH

    03/31/2007 9:49:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 283+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 31, 2007 | Rick Weiss
    Federal investigators are reviewing the activities of 103 scientists who may have had improper links to pharmaceutical companies while they were employed at the National Institutes of Health, apparently resurrecting a conflict-of-interest inquiry that many in the agency thought was closed. In a letter sent to several members of Congress on March 23 and made public yesterday, Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, said his office is looking into the cases "to determine whether investigation is warranted." Levinson also wrote that his office is reviewing whether NIH is adequately monitoring potential conflicts of...
  • Aldagen To Launch Clinical Trial Using ADULT Stem Cells To Combat Disease In Arms, Legs

    12/17/2006 9:13:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 350+ views ^ | 12.15.06
    Aldagen, a company focused on stem cell research, and the Texas Heart Institute are teaming up for a clinical trial in which humans will be tested for a potential treatment of limb ailments brought on by blood vessel problems. The treatment is based on the use of purified adult stem cells drawn from bone marrow. The Food and Drug Administration approved the launch of the Phase II trial earlier this year. The stem cells are prepared for use by Aldagen’s proprietary technology known as Aldesort. The National Institutes of Health has said stem cells have the "remarkable potential" to develop...
  • Stem Cells Sell

    10/03/2005 10:41:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 598+ views
    Reason ^ | October 3, 2005 | Ronald Bailey
    There's no shortage of private funding for research The National Institutes of Health spent $24.3 million dollars on human embryonic stem-cell research last year. Critics of President Bush's policy of limiting federal funding to only those stem-cell lines derived before August 2001 worry that this amount—relative to NIH's annual $30 billion budget—is not enough. Persuaded of the importance of this research, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in May to lift President Bush's funding restrictions. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced this summer that he supported that legislation. The Senate is poised to vote on the issue later this fall....
  • Stem Cell Innovations Produces Human Stem Cells; for Use in Government Funded Laboratories

    04/22/2006 9:17:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 430+ views
    Press Wire ^ | 03.29.06 | Varsha Gupta
    SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J.-- Dr. James H. Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Stem Cell Innovations, Inc. (OTCBB: SCLL), will present data today at the Keystone Symposium on Stem Cells in Vancouver demonstrating that the Company has produced multiple lines of human pluripotent stem cells. Because these cells are derived from fetal tissue, not early embryos, they are eligible for use in laboratories funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Stem cells are cells that can produce additional stem cells as well as one or more other types of cells. Pluripotent stem cells can develop into most, if not all, of the...
  • Former UVM Researcher Sentenced for Falsifying Work

    07/01/2006 5:38:29 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 474+ views
    Boston Globe/AP ^ | June 28, 2006
    BURLINGTON, Vt. --A former University of Vermont College of Medicine professor was ordered Wednesday to serve a year and a day in federal prison for using false data to obtain federal research grants. Eric Poehlman, 50, who left UVM in 2001 for the University of Montreal and was fired from there amid revelations about his scientific misconduct, will serve the sentence at a federal prison work camp in Maryland. An official with the National Institutes of Health said Poehlman's case marked the first time a researcher would serve time in prison for falsifying data to obtain federal grants. (snap) Poehlman,...
  • NIH panel split on vitamin benefits

    05/18/2006 1:16:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 945+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 17, 2006 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    AP MEDICAL WRITER WASHINGTON -- Over half of U.S. adults use multivitamins, mostly the pretty healthy people who also eat nutrient-fortified foods. Yet there's little evidence that most of the pills do any good - and concern that some people may even get a risky vitamin overload, advisers to the government said Wednesday. Worried about bottles that promise 53 times the recommended daily consumption of certain nutrients, specialists convened by the National Institutes of Health called Wednesday for strengthened federal oversight of the $23 billion dietary supplement industry - especially efforts to pin down side effects. For the average healthy...
  • Schizophrenia as Misstep by Giant Gene

    04/17/2006 8:06:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 431+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers have made progress in understanding how a variant gene linked to schizophrenia may exert its influence in the brain. The findings are tentative but, if confirmed, could yield deep insights into the biological basis of the disease. The gene, called neuregulin-1, was first implicated in schizophrenia in 2002 by DeCode Genetics, a Reykjavik company that looks for the genetic roots of common diseases... But how the variant form of the gene contributed to the disease was far from clear, in part because even the normal gene's function is far from understood. A team led by Amanda J. Law of...
  • Blasting of Kidney Stones Has Risks, Study Reports

    04/10/2006 3:16:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 747+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 10, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    WASHINGTON, April 9 — The use of shock waves to pulverize kidney stones into sand-like material significantly increases the risk for diabetes and high blood pressure later in life, according to the longest follow-up study of the popular therapy. In the study, which is to be published on Monday from the Mayo Clinic, patients who underwent the pulverizing procedure, known as lithotripsy, developed diabetes at almost four times the rate of those whose kidney stones were treated by other methods. The lithotripsy group also developed high blood pressure about 50 percent more often than a group treated by other methods,...
  • U.S. Research Funds Often Lead to Start-Ups, Study Says

    04/10/2006 12:54:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,148+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 10, 2006 | STEVE LOHR
    A new study of university scientists who received federal financing from the National Cancer Institute found that they generated patents at a rapid pace and started companies in surprisingly high numbers. The study, the authors say, suggests that the commercial payoff for the government's support for basic research and development in the life sciences is greater than previously thought. The paper, to be published today, comes at a time when politicians and policy makers in the United States and Europe are questioning the value of government funds invested in fundamental research. In theory, those investments should be a wise use...
  • Caesarean risks hard to pin down

    03/30/2006 9:59:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 467+ views ^ | 30 March 2006 | Helen Pearson
    Meeting stirs debate over rocketing rate of C-sections. An expert panel convened to advise healthy women about the risks of caesarean sections concluded that they cannot do so, because there is so little hard evidence. But at least some specialists feel that the procedure should be discouraged. Nearly 30% of babies born in the United States today arrive by caesarean section, compared to some 20% a decade ago, and many other countries are seeing similar rises. The common perception is that more and more women are demanding elective C-sections to fit their busy schedules and bypass the pain of labour....
  • NIH looks at issue of elective C-sections

    03/27/2006 9:40:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 492+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | March 27, 2006 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    AP MEDICAL WRITER WASHINGTON -- Nearly three in 10 U.S. mothers are giving birth by Caesarean section - a record number - and more and more of them seem to be choosing a surgical birth even when there's no clear medical need. No one knows exactly how many C-sections are purely elective. It's an intense controversy: Some estimates suggest there could be tens of thousands annually, and critics say many of those women were pressured into surgery or didn't know the risks. Amid the uncertainty, the National Institutes of Health opened a three-day meeting Monday to determine just how much...