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Are patients sufficiently shielded against stray radiation during CT scans?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Radiation exposure during diagnostic imaging such as computed tomography (CT) contributes to a small, but potentially preventable percentage of cancers, yet a new study reports that 40 percent of hospitals surveyed do not routinely utilize CT shielding.

Are lipid-based products more effective for treating dry eye disease?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) New treatments for dry eye disease that deliver lipids to the ocular surface are designed to more closely mimic the important tear film lipid layer at the air-water interface in the ...

Can social media users prevent use of online information to characterize and target them?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study examines how organizations use information people disclose on social network sites (SNS) to predict their personal characteristics and whether SNS users can successfully block certain information (and how much) to better protect their privacy.

Do women receive appropriate counseling when they freeze their eggs?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Oocyte cryopreservation is on the rise, and whether a woman freezes her eggs before undergoing medical treatment that could leave her infertile or undergoes an elective procedure to avoid concerns about reproductive aging, extensive counseling should be the norm.

Yerba mate's beneficial effects on cellular energy and lipid metabolism linked to weight

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers have shown that use of the dietary supplement yerba mate over an extended period had significant effects on body weight and weight gain and was associated with lower levels of blood lipids and insulin in obese mice fed a high-fat diet.

New study compares sexual practices among older and younger HIV-infected women

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study that compared HIV-positive women over 50 years of age with their younger HIV-infected cohorts found that while the older women were less likely to be sexually active and to...Show More Summary

Study on integrative medicine in military health finds extensive offerings, widespread use

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study evaluating the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) across the military health system shows that the large majority of military treatment facilities offer at least one type of CAM, and an estimated 76,000 military patients receive integrative health services each month.

Combating Trump administration threat to environmental justice data: A progress report

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) was formed in November 2016 to respond to the threat posed by the new Trump Administration to environmental data, environmental policies, and federal environmental agencies.

New Stanford University study reports sex differences in lupus-related premature death

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers have shown that women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the US have an average 22-year shorter life expectancy compared to the general population, versus a 12-year average reduced life-span for men with SLE.

Are women and minorities adequately represented in new drug testing?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study to assess the effects of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and guidance, intended to encourage greater inclusion of women and minorities in clinical drug trials, has shown appropriate levels of female participation based on the estimated sex ratio of people affected by a particular disease.

Can cannabinoids be used to treat cancer?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) When cannabinoids activate signaling pathways in cancer cells they can stimulate a cell death mechanism called apoptosis, unleashing a potent anti-tumor effect.

Researchers achieve 4-D printing of programmable shape-changing structures

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study describes 3-D printing of Shape Memory Polymers to produce active meta-materials that can be programmed to form versatile shapes and are then able to recover their original state when heated to above their activation temperatures.

How berberine works to slow diabetes-related cognitive decline in Rejuvenation Research

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers studying the mechanism of action of the natural, plant-derived compound berberine have linked its anti-inflammatory activity and ability to regulate levels of stress-response proteins including sirtuin to berberine positive effects on memory loss and impaired learning in an aging diabetic mouse model.

Chinese scientists genetically engineered a low-fat pig. But for whose benefit?

In days since the paper was published, media outlets from New York to London have trumpeted the news that Chinese scientists have genetically engineered a pig that can better regulate its body temperature by burning fat in cold months. The side benefit? The hog ends up with leaner meat. The genetic...

Albert Einstein teams find 89 percent of hispanic women use herbal remedies

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study comparing use of herbal remedies among Hispanic women and non-Hispanic white women showed higher than expected use of herbal treatments by both groups, 89% and 81%, respectively.

Health care access improves with state-level medicaid expansion

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study has shown that low-income US residents living in Medicaid expansion states are significantly more likely to have health insurance and to receive a routine check-up compared to low-income residents of non-expansion states.

Animal models in regenerative medicine in upcoming special issue of tissue engineering

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Novel approaches to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are first evaluated and optimized in animal models before making the leap to clinical testing in human subjects.

Does stem cell therapy offer the best hope for neurodegenerative diseases?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) As the brain has limited capability for self-repair or regeneration, stem cells may represent the best therapeutic approach for counteracting damage to or degeneration of brain tissue caused by injury, aging, or disease.

Integrative health group visit reduce chronic pain in underserved Spanish-speaking Latinos

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Spanish-speaking Latinos suffering from chronic pain, who typically lack access to effective treatments due to insurance, income, and language barriers, showed significant benefits from an Integrative Medical Group Visit (IMGV) approach that was adapted for this population.

German research advances in cancer and blood disorders reported in human gene therapy

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Virotherapy capable of destroying tumor cells and activating anti-tumor immune reactions, and the use of engineered hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to deliver replacement genes that have the potential to cure blood diseases are among the key areas of gene therapy being advanced by German researchers.

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