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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...
  • Experts Reveal the Secret Powers of Grapefruit Juice

    03/21/2006 11:20:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 4,528+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2006 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    In 1989, a group of Canadian researchers studying a blood pressure drug were astonished to discover that drinking a glass of grapefruit juice dangerously increased the drug's potency. They were testing the effects of drinking alcohol on a medicine called Plendil. The scientists needed something that would hide the taste of alcohol so that subjects would know only that they were taking the drug and not know whether they were drinking alcohol with it. "One Saturday night, my wife and I tested everything in the refrigerator," said David G. Bailey, a research scientist at the London Health Sciences Center in...
  • Fake findings used to secure $16M grant(stem cell research fraud)

    02/22/2006 7:35:22 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 4 replies · 615+ views ^ | 2 22 06 | Jennifer Bails
    A University of Pittsburgh reproductive biologist relied on the now-discredited stem-cell findings of a disgraced Korean scientist to win a $16.1 million federal grant last fall, according to federal documents and letters obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pitt's Gerald Schatten will use the money for an ambitious stem-cell research program that will occupy four of seven floors of Magee-Womens Research Institute's building, now under construction in Oakland, the documents show. The five-year grant, awarded to Schatten in September by the National Institutes of Health, is based in part on cloning experiments deliberately falsified by Hwang Woo-Suk, the documents show.
  • NIH Uses Live Viruses for Bird Flu Vaccine

    12/17/2005 4:40:52 PM PST · by Brilliant · 1 replies · 190+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | December 17, 2005 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON - In an isolation ward of a Baltimore hospital, up to 30 volunteers will participate in a bold experiment: A vaccine made with a live version of the most notorious bird flu will be sprayed into their noses. First, scientists are dripping that vaccine into the tiny nostrils of mice. It doesn't appear harmful — researchers have weakened and genetically altered the virus so that no one should get sick or spread germs — and it protects the animals enough to try in people. This is essentially FluMist for bird flu, and the hope is that, in the event...
  • 35 million Americans suffer from insomnia

    11/08/2005 7:51:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 650+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/08/2005 | Carey Hamilton
    Research has not found a cure-all for everyone While many of her constituents slept soundly, former Utah Gov. Olene Walker often would wander the governor's mansion in the middle of the night, responding to e-mails, reading or watching TV.    Walker suffers from insomnia, which afflicts about 35 million Americans, according to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research.    "I've kind of reached a formula," said Walker, who is now in New York City representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an ambassador to other countries. "If after an hour of sleeplessness you can't fall asleep, get...
  • NIH Finds Ethics Violations in 44 Cases

    07/15/2005 5:31:07 AM PDT · by tucker93 · 3 replies · 268+ views
    Newsday ^ | July 14, 2005 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON -- Forty-four government scientists who also worked as consultants for drug companies violated agency regulations designed to prevent conflicts of interest, a review by the National Institutes of Health shows. The review centered on whether the scientists had properly disclosed their work for the drug companies on financial disclosure forms, whether they had prior approval to do such work from their superiors and whether they took personal leave to do private work. In the 44 cases, scientists were found to have violated one or more existing NIH rules. In an additional 37 cases reviewed, scientists did have prior approval...
  • Human embryonic stem cells have the potential to develop into eggs and sperm in the laboratory

    06/19/2005 10:54:47 PM PDT · by Selkie · 19 replies · 607+ views
    Copenhagen, Denmark: Scientists in the UK have proved that human embryonic stem cells can develop in the laboratory into the early forms of cells that eventually become eggs or sperm. Their work opens up the possibility that eggs and sperm could be grown from stem cells and used for assisted reproduction, therapeutic cloning and the creation of more stem cells for further research and for the improved treatments for patients suffering from a range of diseases. Behrouz Aflatoonian will tell the 21st annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Monday 20 June) that the research...
  • NIH encouraging stem-cell banks for teeth

    06/11/2005 9:28:28 AM PDT · by Founding Father · 6 replies · 462+ views
    Science Daily ^ | June 9, 2005 | Steve Mitchell
    WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. medical officials are encouraging private companies to create banks for stem cells obtained from baby and wisdom teeth that one day could prove useful for regenerating diseased or damaged tissue. "A few companies have contacted us about using the technology ... but none have come forward and said they want to bank these cells," Pamela Gehron Robey, of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., told United Press International. "We're hoping that some of this media attention will bring companies forward," Robey...
  • The Medical CIA, Part 1 & 2 (agree or disagree, fascinating story!)

    06/01/2005 4:47:29 PM PDT · by BringBackMyHUAC · 31 replies · 1,438+ views
    AttacReport ^ | December 1993 | Bryan Ellison
    The Medical CIA Part I (Published in drastically rewritten, condensed form as “AIDS: Words from the Front,” Spin Magazine, Dec. 1993) “This is the epidemic of the century, and every qualified person should want to have a piece of the action.” Donald Francis was not known for his subtlety. When he wanted something, he would make demands while pounding the table with his fist. This time he was giving a speech to his fellow officers of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Federal agency charged with handling public health issues. Speaking at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, he was...
  • Lifestyle Causes AIDS (2003)

    05/04/2005 5:14:59 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 27 replies · 1,207+ views
    Journal of BioScience ^ | 2003 | PETER DUESBERG, CLAUS KOEHNLEIN and DAVID RASNICK
    The chemical bases of the various AIDS epidemics: recreational drugs, anti-viral chemotherapy and malnutrition Why is there no HIV in most AIDS patients, only antibodies against it? Why would HIV take 10 years from infection to AIDS? Why is AIDS not self-limiting via antiviral immunity? Why is there no vaccine against AIDS? Why is AIDS in the US and Europe not random like other viral epidemics? Why did AIDS not rise and then decline exponentially owing to antiviral immunity like all other viral epidemics? Why is AIDS not contagious? Why would only HIV carriers get AIDS who use either recreational...
  • WHAT CAUSES AIDS? It's An Open Question (June 1994)

    05/04/2005 10:41:14 AM PDT · by TapTheSource · 170 replies · 4,581+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | June 1994 | Charles A. Thomas Jr., Kary B. Mullis, & Phillip E. Johnson
    WHAT CAUSES AIDS? It's An Open Question By Charles A. Thomas Jr., Kary B. Mullis, & Phillip E. Johnson Reason June 1994 Most people believe they know what causes AIDS. For a decade, scientist, government officials, physicians, journalists, public-service ads, TV shows, and movies have told them that AIDS is caused by a retrovirus called HIV. This virus supposedly infects and kills the "T-cells" of the immune system, leading to an inevitably, fatal immune deficiency after an asymptomatic period that averages 10 years or so. Most people do not know-because there has been a visual media blackout on the subject-about...
  • The Hidden Agenda Behind HIV (Conservatives Dupped into Supporting Socialist Public Health Agenda)

    05/01/2005 9:59:01 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 25 replies · 1,382+ views ^ | 1994 | Bryan Ellison
    The Hidden Agenda behind HIV by Bryan J. Ellison Despite all assurances to the contrary, the AIDS establishment continues to fund only research on HIV. Peter Duesberg inadvertently proved this blackout on all alternative research when he recently submitted a grant proposal to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Institute’s clinical director of AIDS research had personally invited the proposal, which outlined a plan to test the long-term effects of nitrite inhalants, or “poppers,” on the immune systems of mice. The answer came back in December: the anonymous referees had not only turned it down, but had even refused...
  • AIDS: Scientific or Viral Catastrophe?

    05/01/2005 8:45:23 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 36 replies · 1,633+ views
    Jounal of Scientific Exporation ^ | 2003 | NEVILLE HODGKINSON
    Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 87-120, 2003 AIDS: Scientific or Viral Catastrophe? NEVILLE HODGKINSON Nuneham Park, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford OX44 9PG, UK Abstract - Despite more than $100 billion spent on AIDS by US taxpayers alone, scientists have not been able to ascertain how HIV causes the AIDS syndrome. Predictions about the course of the epidemic have proved inaccurate. While millions are said to be infected and dying in Africa, AIDS deaths have fallen in Europe and the USA and now total fewer than 250 a year in the UK, which has a population of...
  • The Fabricated Epidemic

    05/01/2005 7:00:00 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 19 replies · 1,460+ views ^ | Bryan Ellison
    The Fabricated Epidemic (The New American, Jan. 15, 1990) “This epidemic has just started…” This grim statement was made by Dr. Johnathan Mann of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 and quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Only a few months earlier, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop had announced to a terrified nation that a minimum of 100 million humans would be dead by the end of this century. Worse still, this disaster had cruelly chosen the form of a progressive, absolutely fatal disease that killed only with extreme suffering — a disease that had come to be known...
  • AIDS: The Left: 1, Conservatives: 0

    05/01/2005 6:25:13 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 45 replies · 924+ views ^ | Bryan Ellison, Phillip Johnson, Kary Mullis, Charles Thomas
    This post is not for the faint of heart or the faint of mind. Conservatives have been on a losing streak re: AIDS ever since HIV was declared the cause of AIDS (without any scientific evidence whatsoever). If you are unaware of the controversy click on the excerpt link. Then read post #1 to see how the political Left used AIDS--and dupe well-meaning conservatives--to advance their own political agenda worldwide. Then listen to the audiofiles in Post #2 and you'll know what to do!!!
  • AIDS: the Fabricated Epidemic (audio lecture by authour whose book was banned in NY Federal Court)

    05/01/2005 10:00:15 AM PDT · by TapTheSource · 98 replies · 7,260+ views ^ | Bryan Ellison
    Everthing you thought you knew about AIDS is about to change!
  • Stanford scientists protest bio-terror research priority

    03/03/2005 6:15:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 364+ views
    Palo Alto Online ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2005
    Ten Stanford University faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner, have signed a letter with 700 other scientists nationally protesting a federal policy that prioritizes bio-terrorism research over public-health issues. The letter was sent to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Elias Zerhouni on Monday, Feb. 28. “The diversion of research funds from projects of high public-health importance to projects of high biodefense but low public-health importance represents a misdirection of NIH priorities and a crisis for NIH-supported microbial research,” the letter states. Stanford scientists who signed the letter include Arthur Kornberg, a Nobel Prize winner, and Charles Yanofsky, who...
  • Gene Therapy Is Facing a Crucial Hearing

    03/03/2005 3:46:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 1,149+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 3, 2005 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON, March 2 - Fifteen years after experiments with human gene therapy began in earnest, a federal drug advisory panel on Friday will discuss the death of a French child in one such experiment and why, after so many years of hope, the technology has been such a disappointment. Three major gene therapy trials in the United States have been suspended pending the outcome of the meeting. Dr. Donald Kohn, the principal investigator in one of those trials, said, "I'm going to tell the committee that there is a significant difference between the French trial and ours." Dr. Kohn, a...
  • U.S. Belt Tightening Could Hit AIDS Efforts -Official

    02/21/2005 4:48:16 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 16 replies · 350+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2-21-05 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tighter 2006 budget for the National Institutes of Health could force the world's No. 1 funder of medical research to pull the plug on some AIDS research and other projects that don't prove their value, a top official said on Monday. The Bush administration's 2006 budget calls for a $163 million, or 0.5 percent, increase in the NIH's $28.8 billion budget, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID. That compares with a doubling of the overall budget between 1997 and 2003. "Our belt is being tightened for...
  • Homosexual Researcher Claims Genome Scan Of Sexual Orientation

    02/03/2005 4:20:37 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 77 replies · 1,883+ views
    TraditionalValuesCoalition ^ | February 3, 2005 | Staff
    A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have just published a study that claims to have mapped the human genome and discovered chromosomes related to sexual orientation in males. The study, "A genomewide scan of male sexual orientation," was led by homosexual researcher Dr. Dean Hamer and other pro-homosexual associates. Dr. A. Dean Byrd, a member of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) Scientific Advisory Committee reviewed the study and concluded: "The researchers' attempt to manipulate the data to come up with something meaningful was not realized. They find nothing and...
  • Human "Embryonic" stem cells trigger immune attack, may be useless for therapeutic applications

    01/24/2005 8:24:51 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies · 3,370+ views
    Nature ^ | 01.24.05
    Human stem cells trigger immune attackJessica Ebert Doubt cast on therapeutic use of embryonic cell lines. Exposure to molecules from animals might have made human stem cells unacceptable.© ANDREW LEONARD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Most human embryonic stem-cell lines, including those available to federally funded researchers in the United States, may be useless for therapeutic applications. The body's immune defences would probably attack the cells, say US researchers. When embryonic stem cells are added to serum from human blood, antibodies stick to the cells. This suggests the cells are seen as foreign, and that transplanting them into the body would...
  • Stem Cell Lines Reported Contaminated

    01/24/2005 6:35:29 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 13 replies · 770+ views
    Associated Press via Great Falls Tribune ^ | January 24, 2005 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The human embryonic stem cells available for research are contaminated with nonhuman molecules from the culture medium used to grow the cells, researchers report. The nonhuman cell-surface sialic acid can compromise the potential uses of the stem cells in humans, say scientists at the University of California, San Diego. Their study was published Sunday in the online edition of Nature Medicine. Stem cells form very early in an embryo's development. They can develop into numerous types of cells to form organs and other parts of the body. Researchers hope to use these cells to repair damaged organs...
  • NIH Revises Plan for Quick, Free Access to Study Results

    01/18/2005 5:51:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 168+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2005 | Rick Weiss
    An ambitious proposal to make the results of federally funded medical research available to the public quickly and for free has been scaled back by the National Institutes of Health under pressure from scientific publishers, who argued that the plan would eat into their profits and harm the scientific enterprise they support. The initial plan, encouraged by Congress and hailed by patient advocacy groups, called for the results of NIH-funded research to be posted on a publicly accessible Web site within six months after they are published in a scientific journal. Most research results now are available only by subscription...
  • Some Gene Research Just Isn't Worth the Money

    01/17/2005 5:07:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 480+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 18, 2005 | KEITH HUMPHREYS and SALLY SATEL
    ESSAY How should we set priorities in medical research? Officials at the National Institutes of Health will grapple with this question as they allocate billions of dollars from the agency's budget this year. Two geneticists, Dr. Kathleen Merikangas of the National Institute of Mental Health and Dr. Neil Risch of Stanford University, have taken on this challenge by introducing an intriguing framework for setting priorities for genetic research. The best candidates for genetic research, they believe, are disorders whose emergence and course cannot be derailed by changes in personal habits or manipulation of the environment. Examples are autism, Type 1...
  • A World of Hurt

    12/27/2004 10:54:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 524+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 27, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Washington — As a primary human drive, not even the pursuit of prolonged pleasure can compete with the avoidance of pain. That is why the sudden emergence of the painkiller issue strikes home to so many who are afflicted with pain ranging from splitting headache to crippling arthritis. In recent weeks, people seeking relief have been afflicted by the overreaction to reports that several new pain alleviators, taken in large doses by especially vulnerable patients, may increase the risk of heart problems. These new, expensive medicines were developed to reduce pain without the risk of side effects like ulcers that...
  • Good Pill, Bad Pill: Science Makes It Hard to Decipher

    12/21/2004 10:16:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 817+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 22, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    In one of the great examples of the mixed messages of science, the same study that killed the blockbuster arthritis drug Vioxx after showing that it had heart risks also found that the drug had a significant benefit: it prevented precancerous colon polyps in some patients, one of the study's principal researchers said. But the drug's maker, Merck, and the researcher, Dr. Robert Bresalier, said that neither Merck nor the researchers had known that Vioxx prevented polyps when Merck stopped the study and withdrew the drug from the market. "At the time we made our decision to voluntarily withdraw Vioxx,...
  • NIH Suspends Study of Celebrex, Naproxen

    12/21/2004 3:35:15 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 13 replies · 900+ views
    Times Leader/AP Wire ^ | 12/21/2004 | PAUL RECER
    WASHINGTON - An Alzheimer's disease prevention trial was suspended after researchers said there were more heart attacks and strokes among patients taking naproxen, an over-the-counter pain reliever in use for 28 years and commonly known under the brand name Aleve. The study, involving some 2,500 patients, was to test whether naproxen or Celebrex, both pain relievers, could reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease among healthy elderly patients who were at an increased risk of the disease. Officials at the National Institutes of Health said the study was suspended after three years when it was found that patients taking naproxen had...
  • A Fourth Painkiller Is Linked to Increases in Heart Problems

    12/20/2004 8:12:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 3,966+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 21, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    A new study has found that Aleve, a popular over-the-counter painkiller made by Bayer, could increase heart problems, and federal officials are warning patients not to exceed the recommended dose of two 200-milligram pills a day or continue therapy for more than 10 days without consulting a physician. It was the fourth big-selling pain medicine in recent months to be suspected of hurting the heart, and federal drug officials said that similar drugs, like Advil, might also increase heart risks. The study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, was intended to measure whether Aleve and Celebrex, made by Pfizer,...
  • !!!NIH Halts Study on Naproxen!!! (Aleve Ingredient)

    12/20/2004 7:29:28 PM PST · by crushelits · 6 replies · 529+ views ^ | Tuesday, December 21, 2004 | Rick Weiss
    Another Painkiller Linked to Heart RiskNIH Halts Study On Aleve Ingredient The epidemic of bad news about the potential risks of popular anti-inflammatory medications expanded yesterday as federal officials announced that naproxen, a painkiller sold by prescription and also over the counter as Aleve, might increase people's risk of having a heart attack or stroke. <> The new findings bring to three the number of widely used anti-inflammatory drugs suddenly in the spotlight for their potential health risks. Vioxx was pulled from the market this fall, and its sister drug Celebrex, the blockbuster arthritis drug, was linked to heart attacks...
  • Parking Garage Collapses at National Institutes of Health Campus in Bethesda, Md.

    11/29/2004 8:04:34 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 33 replies · 1,176+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 29, 2004
    A six-story parking garage under construction at the National Institutes of Health collapsed Monday, pinning one person in the debris, authorities said. Authorities don't yet know what caused the top three floors of the structure to collapse around 9 a.m., said NIH spokesman John Burklow. Besides the person pinned in the debris, several people had been trapped, but were being freed, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear, he said. The sprawling campus of the federal agency covers more than 300 acres on the outskirts of Washington.
  • Publishers wary of NIH plan

    11/16/2004 6:58:31 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 202+ views
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2004 | Klaus Marre
    Publishers, patient advocates and fiscal conservatives are balking at a government transparency plan on healthcare research, claiming it would put publications out of business, hamper medical research and waste taxpayer money. The public-comment period closed this week on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposal that would create a database that includes all NIH-funded research studies. These data would have to be made available no later than six months after their publication. The NIH said the plan would make research funded through taxpayer money available “in a timely fashion to other scientists, healthcare providers, students, teachers, and the many millions...