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 •  February 16

Originally published by Endpoints News For years now the gold standard for R&D in Alzheimer’s disease has focused on generating convincing evidence that any new therapy being studied could slow the cognitive decline of patients and help preserve their ability to perform the kind of daily functions that can keep a patient independent for a longer...

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 •  February 12

It took last week’s budget agreement to rescue the National Science Foundation (NSF) from being an unimportant piece of the nation’s research enterprise in the eyes of the White House. That’s the key message gleaned from today’s rollout of the president’s 2019 budget request. The request came in two pieces. The first called for NSF’s budget to be...

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 •  February 12

Biomedical research funding was one of the budget lines saved from cuts by last-minute adjustments to President Donald Trump’s administration’s 2019 budget proposal released today. Still, advocates say they had hoped for more. Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), initially slated to be slashed by 27%, instead would total $34.7...

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 •  February 7

Top lawmakers in Congress today announced a budget agreement that could produce substantial spending increases for research at key U.S. science agencies—and avoid a partial government shutdown on Friday. But the deal must still clear a few hurdles before it is finalized. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) and Senator Chuck Schumer (NY),...

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 •  February 6

Puerto Rico’s legislature is set to consider a bill that critics say would hobble the collection and analysis of statistical data on the island. Scientists, business groups, and even some U.S. congressional representatives contend that a proposed overhaul of the Puerto Rican Institute of Statistics (PRIS) in San Juan, an independent agency, would...

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 •  February 3

Two long-awaited studies of how cellphone radiation affects the health of mice and rats, released yesterday, are giving scientists plenty to think about—but the findings won’t resolve the decades-old uncertainty surrounding the issue. The voluminous but sometimes puzzling results also aren’t likely to prompt U.S. agencies or other bodies to...

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 •  February 2

It’s week 10 of a flu season that may only be half over, and a wave of influenza across the entire United States has led to an alarmingly high number of sick people. Last week, 7.1% of all outpatient visits were for what’s classified as influenzalike illness (ILI), said Anne Schuchat, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

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 •  February 2

NEW DELHI—When the Indian government rolled out its national budget for 2018–19 here yesterday, many researchers could breathe a sigh of relief: Most science agencies got modest but inflation-beating increases. Not the 4600 scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) here. The national network of 38 premier scientific...

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 •  January 31

Dozens of countries add folic acid to flour to ensure that women receive the vitamin, which reduces the risk of babies being born with spina bifida. However, the United Kingdom has resisted calls to follow suit—and may have done so on the basis of flawed research, The Telegraph reports. Researchers examined a 1998 report that set a safe daily upper...

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 •  January 25

When treating stroke victims, time is of the essence—but doctors may have more time than previously thought, The Washington Post reports. In many cases, surgeons can save brain tissue that’s on the brink of death by removing clots in the brain. That treatment option is normally only performed within 6 hours of a stroke, but a pair of new studies...