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Cuts and red tape are gagging US and Canadian science / Only 14 per cent said they felt they would be able to share a concern about public health and safety

Cuts and red tape are gagging US and Canadian science / Only 14 per cent said they felt they would be able to share a concern about public health and safety

14 April 2014 by Rachael Jolley

Politicians in the US and Canada are undermining scientific freedom through cuts, shutdowns and media policies

ON 1 October last year, the US federal government shut its doors after Congress failed to agree a budget. For 16 days, around 800,000 government employees twiddled their thumbs. Many of them were scientists.

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Saffron shows promise in preventing liver cancer

Saffron shows promise in preventing liver cancer

Public release date: 22-Aug-2011

Spice promotes apoptosis and inhibits growth of cancerous cells in animal models

New research suggests that saffron provides a significant chemopreventive effect against liver cancer in animal models. When saffron was administered to rats with diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced liver cancer an inhibition of cell proliferation and stimulation of apoptosis was…

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17 percent of cancer nurses unintentionally exposed to chemotherapy, U- M study finds

17 percent of cancer nurses unintentionally exposed to chemotherapy, U- M study finds

Public release date: 22-Aug-2011

Researchers stress importance of implementing nurse safety measures around these highly toxic drugs

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nearly 17 percent of nurses who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers reported being exposed on their skin or eyes to the toxic drugs they deliver, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. (m…

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Coriander oil could tackle food poisoning and drug-resistant infections

Coriander oil could tackle food poisoning and drug-resistant infections

Public release date: 23-Aug-2011

Coriander oil has been shown to be toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria. Its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the authors of a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

The researchers from the University of Beira Interior in Portugal tested…

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Deaths from strong prescription painkillers are on the increase / now more common than deaths from skin cancer, HIV and alcoholic liver disease

Deaths from strong prescription painkillers are on the increase / now more common than deaths from skin cancer, HIV and alcoholic liver disease

Public release date: 23-Aug-2011

Analysis: Facing up to the prescription opioid crisis

Action is needed to tackle the increasing number of deaths in the United States and Canada from prescription painkillers known as opioids, say experts on bmj.com today. (more…)

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Eradicating dangerous bacteria may cause Permanent harm

Eradicating dangerous bacteria may cause Permanent harm

- By the time a child in the US or other developed countries reaches the age of 18, s/he has already had on average 10-20 doses of antibiotics

Public release date: 24-Aug-2011

Researcher urges immediate investigation of widespread antibiotic use and overuse

New York, August 25, 2011 – In the zeal to eliminate dangerous bacteria, it is possible that we are also permanently killing off beneficial…

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Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents

Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents

Public release date: 24-Aug-2011

The same University of Washington researcher who used chemical sleuthing to deduce what’s in fragranced consumer products now has turned her attention to the scented air wafting from household laundry vents.

Findings, published online this week in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, show that air vented from machines using the top-selling scented…

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Vitamin A supplements for children could save 600,000 lives a year / reduced child mortality by 24%

Vitamin A supplements for children could save 600,000 lives a year / reduced child mortality by 24%

Public release date: 25-Aug-2011

Children in low and middle income countries should be given vitamin A supplements to prevent death and illness, concludes a study published on bmj.com today.

The researchers argue that the effectiveness of vitamin A supplementation is now so well-established that further trials would be unethical, and they urge policymakers to provide supplements for all children…

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Omega-3s reduce stroke severity

Omega-3s reduce stroke severity

Public release date: 25-Aug-2011

Quebec City, August 25, 2011—A diet rich in omega-3s reduces the severity of brain damage after a stroke, according to a study conducted by Université Laval researchers. The team, co-directed by professors Jasna Kriz and Frédéric Calon, showed that the extent of brain damage following a stroke was reduced by 25% in mice that consumed DHA type omega-3s daily.…

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Aerobic exercise bests resistance training at burning belly fat

Aerobic exercise bests resistance training at burning belly fat

Public release date: 25-Aug-2011

DURHAM, N.C.— Aerobic exercise is your best bet when it comes to losing that dreaded belly fat, a new study finds.

When Duke University Medical Center researchers conducted a head-to-head comparison of aerobic exercise, resistance training, and a combination of the two, they found aerobic exercise to be the most efficient and most effective way to lose the belly…

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Research shows heat in chili peppers can ease sinus problems

Research shows heat in chili peppers can ease sinus problems

Public release date: 25-Aug-2011

CINCINNATI—Hot chili peppers are known to make people “tear up,” but a new study led by University of Cincinnati allergy researcher Jonathan Bernstein, MD, found that a nasal spray containing an ingredient derived from hot chili peppers (Capsicum annum) may help people “clear up” certain types of sinus inflammation.

The study, which appears in the August 2011…

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Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

Public release date: 25-Aug-2011

UCLA-Harvard study highlights 3 types of confusing outcome measures

Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results, new research suggests.

Investigators from the medical schools at UCLA and Harvard analyzed all the randomized medication trials published in…

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Study finds exposure to magnetic fields in pregnancy increases asthma risk

Study finds exposure to magnetic fields in pregnancy increases asthma risk

Public release date: 1-Aug-2011

OAKLAND, Calif., August 1, 2011 – Women with high exposure to magnetic fields during pregnancy may have a higher risk of asthma in their children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study appearing online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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In this prospective study, researchers compared the daily magnetic field exposure of 801 pregnant women in…

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Study finds exposure to magnetic fields in pregnancy increases asthma risk

Study finds exposure to magnetic fields in pregnancy increases asthma risk

Public release date: 1-Aug-2011

OAKLAND, Calif., August 1, 2011 – Women with high exposure to magnetic fields during pregnancy may have a higher risk of asthma in their children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study appearing online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

In this prospective study, researchers compared the daily magnetic field exposure of 801 pregnant women in…

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