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Remarkable Breast Cancer Trial Destroys Tumors In Just 11 Days

Remarkable Breast Cancer Trial Destroys Tumors In Just 11 Days

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in both the developed and less developed world. Currently, early detection is the best way to increase survival rates in patients, and there are various treatments available designed to neutralize tumors. Despite considerable medical advances, however, over half a million women died in 2011 from breast cancer. New research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Amsterdam has revealed that a pair of drugs are able to eliminate some types of breast cancers in just 11 days. This surprisingfinding, which came out of a Cancer Research UK-funded trial, means that some women afflicted with breast cancer may never need to undergo chemotherapy. The trial aimed to investigate the effects of Herceptin and Lapatinib, two ...
Why You Need To Visit Denmark’s Hippie Commune Before You Die

Why You Need To Visit Denmark’s Hippie Commune Before You Die

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The self-governing town of Christiania has seen its share of ups and downs, but it’s still a place unlike any other in the world. 1. This is Christiania. View this image › Stig Nygaard / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: stignygaard 2. Its 84 acres sit on an abandoned military base, and it was founded in 1971 by squatters and artists as a “social experiment.” View this image › maisicon / ShutterStock 3. While it may look like just another quaint Danish city from afar, Christiania is an autonomous “free town” within Copenhagen — a hippie commune, if you will. View this image › Bucchi Francesco / ShutterStock View this image › Quistnix / Creative Commons / Via commons.wikimedia.org 5. It’s ful...
First HIV-Positive Organ Transplants Given Go Ahead In U.S.

First HIV-Positive Organ Transplants Given Go Ahead In U.S.

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Back in 2013, a bill called the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act passed the U.S. Senate, one of only 57 to do so that year. This bill reversed an almost 30-year-old law that prevented patients from receiving organs from donors with HIV. Finally, more than two years on, were seeing this put into action: Ahospital has just been given the green light to perform transplants between two HIV-positive individuals. Johns Hopkins will make history twice, marking the first institution in the country to perform a kidney transplant using a positive donorand also the first ever to use a liver from a patient with HIV. If these go well, hopefully the transplants can become more commonplace, representing an opportunity to save a significant number of lives each year. Although HIV medication has...
Piecing Together My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend’s Final Summer

Piecing Together My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend’s Final Summer

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I thought if I could figure out why he’d stabbed someone, then died in a motorcycle crash, I’d be able to find closure with our abusive relationship. But the story of his death was just as complicated as his life was. View this image › Jenny Chang/BuzzFeed I recently called the Little Rock Police Department to ask about obtaining the incident report from the night my ex-boyfriend stabbed a man with a knife. “I wasn’t involved; I’m just a writer in New York,” I told the woman who answered the phone, as if I needed to clarify my relationship to Jason’s crime: far away, removed. As if to reassure myself that I wa...
MDMA Could Help Erase Conditioned Fear

MDMA Could Help Erase Conditioned Fear

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Despite being listed as a Schedule 1 substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, MDMA has for a number of decades attracted the attention of medical experts who believe it may facilitate a range of psychotherapies. A recent study appears to lend credence to this assertion by highlighting the ability of MDMA to extinguish conditioned fear in mice, leading researchers to hypothesize that the substance could help to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is caused by exposure to disturbing events, resulting in the development of persistent and recurring distress. It is common among war veterans who may have witnessed shocking scenes on the battlefield, as well as those who have lived through a range of other upsetting episodes. Previous small-scale clinic...
Livestock Painkillers are Devastating Vulture Populations

Livestock Painkillers are Devastating Vulture Populations

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Anti-inflammatory drugs for cattle are poisoning vast numbers of vultures. In India, the drug has already devastated scavenger populations, and despite its ban, illicit use continues. What’s more, researchers conducting a forensic examination of a dead vulture in Spain are now worried that European vulture populations are about to suffer the same fate.  Across the Indian subcontinent in the last two decades, populations of Gyps vulture species have collapsed because of exposure to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called diclofenac in the livestock carcasses that the vultures feed on. Farmers in India have been using the drug as a painkiller for cattle since 1994. But because of rapidly declining scavenger populations—up to 95 percent for some now critic