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Revolutionary Technique That Could Reduce Lifelong Drugs For Transplant Patients Shows Promising Findings

August 26, 2019

Researchers have developed a ground-breaking procedure that could avoid the need for transplant patients to spend the rest of their lives taking a cocktail of drugs to stop their system from rejecting their new organ, according to a series of papers in the August issue of Transplant International. The team, led by Professor Fred Fandrich from the University of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, Germany, has developed a technique based on tailor-made regulatory cells. This involves taking infectio...

U.S. Catholic Church Has $8.7B Unfunded Liability For Care Of Future Retirees

August 25, 2019

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church has an unfunded liability of $8.7 billion for the future care of elderly priests, nuns and brothers, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. That figure is expected to reach $20 billion by 2023, according to a consulting firm's estimates. Eighty-two percent of Church retirees are nuns, and -- with the majority of nuns now older than 70 -- they are "especially vulnerable," the AP/Post-Intelligencer reports. The National Religious Retirement Office for the U.S. C...

OFT Investigation Highlights Tobacco Industry Hypocrisy, UK

August 24, 2019

Today's allegation by the Office of Fair Trading that British tobacco companies have been involved in a price cartel follows a recent study conducted for ASH showing that the tobacco prices have risen considerably higher than inflation in recent years due to tobacco industry price increases. [1] For example, in the years under investigation from financial year 2000-03 the Retail Price Index (on which the tobacco tax increase is based) increased by 6.46% while the retail price of cigarettes overa...

WHO Releases New Malaria Guidelines For Treatment And Procurement Of Medicines

August 23, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidelines for the treatment of malaria, and the first ever guidance on procuring safe and efficacious anti-malarial medicines. In recent years a new type of treatment called artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs) has transformed the treatment of malaria, but if not used properly the medicine could become ineffective. Guidelines emphasize testing The Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria (second edition) provide evidence-based and cu...

More Than Half Of Infertile Couples May Be Willing To Donate Unused Embryos To Stem Cell Research

August 22, 2019

In a survey of over a thousand patients who have created and frozen embryos as part of fertility treatment, 60 percent said they would be likely to donate unused embryos for stem cell research, according to a study led by researchers at Duke University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University. The researchers published their findings online in Science Express, the online component of the journal Science, and the study will be published in the journal's July 6, 2007 print issue. These finding...