Month: February 2013

A Troubling Link Between Breast Cancer and the Environment

By Alex Bernstein In the late 1950’s, few doctors thought to take blood and urine samples for future use in long-term studies. Yet, that is exactly what Jacob Yerushalmy, a UC Berkeley biostatistics professor, began to do. These early blood samples were carefully frozen and stored with the hope to aid researchers in the future.

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Yesterday’s Future Today: L’avenir est Maintenant

Science fiction is a curious genre. Each and every written work has a certain level of time dependence with regards to its relevance; the biting social commentaries and polemics of one age become the quaint, historical oddities of the next, the groundbreaking scientific paper steadily fossilizes into the bedrock of canonical knowledge, and even the

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Call It What You Will, But Human Trafficking IS a Public Health Issue

This post comes from the Cancer InCytes Magazine Blog, a forum for news and views on public health and social justice. You can find the original post by Katherine Welch, M.D. here. By Katherine Welch, M.D. “The business of public health is to take what is accepted and make it unacceptable.” – Bill Foege, former director of

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Monet on the Brain

By Emma Meyers Lately, I’ve been making my way through Columbia alum Jonah Lehrer’s science-meets-art book Proust Was a Neuroscientist. In it, Lehrer lauds the many artists, writers, and composers who, through their art, tapped into the human brain in ways modern neuroscientists are only recently discovering. Despite whatever controversy now surrounds Lehrer’s name, the

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The Power of Peptides: Tat-beclin 1

By Ian MacArthur A new synthetic peptide may hold the key to curing some of mankind’s most tenacious illnesses. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center led by Dr. Beth Levine recently synthesized Tat-beclin 1, a molecule that shows promise as a means of developing treatments against cancer, infectious disease, and degenerative neurological

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