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Published: 04/29/11

Appeals Court Overturns Stem Cell Research Ban

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Appeals Court Overturns Stem Cell Research Ban

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research lost a key round in a federal appeals court Friday. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. court of appeals in Washington overturned a judge's order that would have blocked taxpayer funding for stem cell research. The judges ruled that opponents of taxpayer-funded stem cell research are not likely to succeed in their lawsuit to stop it. The panel reversed an opinion issued last August by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, who said the research likely violates the law against federal funding of embryo destruction. "We're thrilled...

Published: 02/27/11

The GOP Budget and Cancer -- Why New Research Is at Risk

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
The GOP Budget and Cancer -- Why New Research Is at Risk

The budgetary hot-air wars gripping Washington have spotlighted all the elements that have degraded of 21st century politics: Apocalyptic threats of a government shutdown, high-decibel debates over budgetary irrelevancies (the drive to defund Planned Parenthood), angry denunciations of do-nothing government bureaucrats and vapid presidential slogans ("Win the Future"). Even when the congressional fiscal follies momentarily take a serious turn, an abstract tone dominates these floating numbers games involving slashing tens of billions. Budget arithmetic turns into an alternative reality as...

Published: 02/25/11

Parry-Romberg Syndrome: 5 Facts on the Rare Facial Disorder

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Parry-Romberg Syndrome: 5 Facts on the Rare Facial Disorder

For 11-year-old Christine Honeycutt, the mirror presented an unwanted reflection. Afflicted with Parry-Romberg syndrome, one half of Honeycutt's face seemed to age faster than the other, leaving a whole that was visibly out of sync with itself. Her story, reported by CNN, has drawn attention to the facial disorder that affects a small number of children each year. Using information provided by the National Institutes of Health, Surge Desk has a handy primer on Parry-Romberg syndrome: 1. What is Parry-Romberg syndrome? "Slow progressive deterioration of the skin and soft tissues of the face"...

Published: 01/10/11

Study: Spacing Babies Close May Raise Autism Risk

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Study: Spacing Babies Close May Raise Autism Risk

CHICAGO -- Close birth spacing may put a second-born child at higher risk for autism, suggests a preliminary study based on more than a half-million California children. Children born less than two years after their siblings were considerably more likely to have an autism diagnosis compared to those born after at least three years. The sooner the second child was conceived the greater the likelihood of that child later being diagnosed with autism. The effect was found for parents of all ages, decreasing the chance that it was older parents and not the birth spacing behind the higher...

Published: 10/15/10

FDA: Popular Autism Treatment 'Dangerous and Illegal'

By  Katie Drummond - AOL News
FDA: Popular Autism Treatment 'Dangerous and Illegal'

(Oct. 15) -- Those desperate to treat chronic health conditions, including autism and heart disease, can buy chelation products online with a few clicks of the mouse. But that might be changing, now that the Food and Drug Administration is launching a crackdown on the popular treatment, which the agency alleges is "dangerous and illegal" -- not to mention unproven to make any meaningful difference in the ailments it's purported to help heal. The agency this week sent warning notices to eight purveyors of chelation products, which are not FDA approved for over-the-counter sales (that goes for...

Published: 10/11/10

Kathy Ireland: The Tragic Shortfall in Down Syndrome Research

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Kathy Ireland: The Tragic Shortfall in Down Syndrome Research

Courtesy Kathy Ireland Kathy Ireland (Oct. 11) -- Three months ago, my niece Polly was born. In the short time since, she's already undergone one extensive surgery to repair two holes in heart. And we've now learned that she has one additional opening on her heart that may or may not close without further surgery. Like one out of every 800 babies born in the U.S., Polly has Down syndrome. But despite the fact that DS is a top genetic issue, perhaps the top genetic issue in the country, funding for it has been consistently reduced. This year, the National Institutes of Health expects to spend...

Published: 10/2/10

Study: US Food Waste Is a Huge Energy Drain

By  Hugh Collins - AOL News
Study: US Food Waste Is a Huge Energy Drain

(Oct. 2) -- Forget drafty windows and aging cars -- a new study says one of the biggest wastes of energy in America could be the food in your garbage can. Every rotten tomato or unwanted chicken wing represents wasted energy, since the calories in the food are never consumed. And the energy that went into growing the food, processing it, packaging it and transporting it to the consumer is also wasted. Each year, American food waste represents the energy equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil, according to new research from the University of Texas. That's enough to power the whole...

Published: 09/28/10

Appeals Court OKs US-Funded Stem Cell Research for Now

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Appeals Court OKs US-Funded Stem Cell Research for Now

WASHINGTON (Sept. 28) -- An appeals court ruled Tuesday that government funding of embryonic stem cell research can continue for now. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington granted the Obama administration's request to allow the funding from the National Institutes of Health while it appeals a judge's order blocking the research. The administration had argued that stopping the research while the case proceeds would irreparably harm scientific progress toward potentially lifesaving medical treatment. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth had blocked President Barack Obama's research funding...

Published: 09/16/10

E-Cigs: Popular With Kids, but What's in Them?

By  Andrew Schneider - AOL News
E-Cigs: Popular With Kids, but What's in Them?

Editor's note: This is the first article of an AOL News special report. Read the second part here. (Sept. 16) -- Two eighth-grade girls carrying their pink cell phones and a tan envelope with cash stopped at a stand in a far corner of the sprawling Union Station in Washington, D.C. The one-table kiosk offered individual electronic cigarettes for $20 and "complete starter packs" with multiple flavors for $140. The girls, who had ridden Amtrak from Philadelphia, bought an assortment for themselves and some friends. "They're very grown-up, you know," one girl said. There is a nationwide...

Published: 09/10/10

Fruit Fly Gene Could Unlock the Mysteries of Human Memory

By  Katie Drummond - AOL News
Fruit Fly Gene Could Unlock the Mysteries of Human Memory

(Sept. 10) -- A breakthrough finding in the common fruit fly could help explain how humans learn and remember -- or why some suffer from conditions that limit both capacities. A team of Scripps Research Institute scientists, funded by the National Institutes of Health, used a cutting-edge method, developed in their own lab, to target and manipulate specific brain cells within the Drosophila, better known as a fruit fly. They found one gene, known as gish, whose mutations are responsible for "olfactory sensory learning" -- the link between odors and short-term memories. "This is the first...

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