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Lower East Side Institution Kossar’s Bialys Sold to New Owners

News broke last night that Kossar’s Bialys on Grand Street has been sold to new owners. The 79-year-old bare-bones bakery is pretty much the last of …

How Vinegar Could Save 73,000 Women A Year From Cancer

Almost two decades ago, a doctor named Surendra S. Shastri was put in charge of preventative oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. One of his biggest jobs: to figure out how to cut the toll from cervical cancer, which kills 200,000 women a year in the developing world but is rare in …

'Superfoods' shown to fight prostate cancer

Superfoods have been shown to fight prostate cancer, in a ground-breaking study.<p>Men who had been treated with surgery or radiotherapy for the disease were given a capsule containing essence of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli.<p>At the end of a six-month trial, their PSA levels - a …

Cancer

Scientists search for way to help burns victims regenerate skin

British scientists are hoping to find ways to help burns victims regenerate new nerves and skin so that they are only left with minimal scarring.<p>It is believed that at one point humans had the ability to regenerate skin but it was lost over time. The liver still has the ability to regenerate itself.<p>…

Evidence Mounts for Immunotherapies to Treat Cancer

CHICAGO—Researchers presented more evidence Saturday that using drugs to harness the body's immune system to fight tumors may prolong lives for certain types of cancer.<p>An experimental Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. drug, nivolumab, helped patients with a deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, live an …

Immune System

Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine is a world-leading molecular insights company, connecting physicians and their patients to the latest cancer treatment approaches …

Cancer

How Vaccines Have Changed Our World In One Graphic

The data in this graphic come from the web site of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, but a graphic designer in Purchase, N.Y., named Leon Farrant has created a graphic that drives home what the data mean.<p>Below is a look at the past morbidity (how many people became sick) of what were …

Monsanto’s growing monopoly

What the Supreme Court got wrong: Patents on self-replicating seed are unethical, dangerous and anti-competitive<p>When the Supreme Court unanimously sided with Monsanto recently, it upheld the company’s right to prohibit the replanting of patented seed – handing the biotech giant a major victory. The …

Genetics expert calls for fertility focus

A UNITED States cattle reproduction expert has urged Australian dairy farmers to take reproduction in their herds more seriously.<p>Charlie Perotti, who …

Forestry

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UPDATED: GlaxoSmithKline gains FDA OK on two genetically targeted melanoma drugs

<i>Melanoma under a microscope--Courtesy of NIH</i><p><i>By John Carroll and Ryan McBride</i><p>In an important win for GlaxoSmithKline's R&D division, the FDA today …

Genomic Medicine Centers Meeting V: Working With Federal Stakeholders

<b>On May 28-29, 2013, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)</b>, sponsored its fifth Genomic Medicine Centers meeting - <b>Genomic Medicine</b> …

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Bio-Hackers, Get Ready

When I speak to technical founders, they often look back with fondness to days of tinkering with a Commodore 64 or Hypercard.<p>But perhaps tomorrow’s founders will experiment with a very different kind of code — the genetic code that underlies how everything from one-celled organisms to humans …

Doctors turn to big data for help with cancer care

The ability to query vast swaths of data is transforming government and industry, and now doctors are beginning to apply the same ideas to cancer treatment. Today, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists is announcing that it’s completed work on a prototype for a "learning health system" …

Blackstone's Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years

I was scheduled to speak about the world outlook at an investment conference recently and shortly before my time slot the conference organizer said …

Do You Have a Right to Genetic Ignorance?

As all the world knows now, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie chose to have a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her risk of hereditary breast cancer …

Depression linked to telomere enzyme, aging, chronic disease

The first symptoms of major depression may be behavioral, but the common mental illness is based in biology — and not limited to the brain, new …

The Magic Molecule of Immunity?

It isn't often that an entire field of medical science gets turned on its head. But it is becoming clear that immunology is undergoing a big rethink thanks to the discovery that antibodies, which combat viruses, work not just outside cells but inside them as well. The star of this new view is a …

Immune System

Patents on Genes Harm Innovation

Kevin Kimberlin claims that a company has the right to prevent patients and their physicians from reading gene sequences present in the patients' bodies, despite the widespread availability of instruments that readily allow them to do so ("Gene Patents Drive Medical Innovation," op-ed, May 21). …

Innovation

How a Tornado Works

The Enhanced Fujita scale ranks tornadoes based on the amount of damage they can inflict, and an EF4 tornado (out of 5) is among the most violent. Here's how such a tornado forms and rapidly gains strength.<p><b>EF4 Tornado</b><p><b>1 | Supercell</b><p>Tornado-spawning thunderstorms, called supercells, arise where a …

"Catalytic Trigger" for Alzheimer’s Identified | GEN

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified what they’ve dubbed a “catalytic trigger” for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease—the moment …

Dementia

New model for genetic testing in cancer patients launched

Press release /<p>A research programme that will lay the foundations for anyone with cancer to have access to genetic testing has been launched with …