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ESMO honours outstanding oncology professionals
(European Society for Medical Oncology) The European Society for Medical Oncology announced today the names of three outstanding individuals receiving the Society's esteemed annual awards. The awards will be presented to Carsten Bokemeyer, Heikki Joensuu and Peter Boyle on the occasion of the ESMO 2014 Congress, 26-30 September, Madrid, Spain.

Scientists map risk of premature menopause after cancer treatment
(Institute of Cancer Research) Women treated for the cancer Hodgkin lymphoma will be able to better understand their risks of future infertility after researchers estimated their risk of premature menopause with different treatments.The findings, set out in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, are based on the experience of more than 2,000 young women in England and Wales treated for the cancer over a period of more than 40 years.

Study identifies challenges faced by NYU nurses after Hurricane Sandy
(New York University) A study published in The Journal of Urban Health examines the impact on NYULMC nurses' post-Sandy deployment to help address patient surge in eight local hospitals and health facilities that had not been as affected by the storm.

Scientists uncover why major cow milk allergen is actually allergenic
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) A specific protein in milk known as beta-lactoglobulin is able to initiate an allergy only when being devoid of iron. Loaded with iron, the protein is harmless. The scientists discovered the same mechanism recently with regard to birch pollen allergy. Their findings help to decipher allergic reactions and were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Research underway to create pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
(University of Huddersfield) The onset of Alzheimer's disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced, according to the findings of a two-year project headed by University of Huddersfield scientist Dr. Olumayokun Olajide, who specialises in the anti-inflammatory properties of natural products.

The striatum acts as hub for multisensory integration
(Karolinska Institutet) A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden provides insight on how the brain processes external input such as touch, vision or sound from different sources and sides of the body, in order to select and generate adequate movements. The findings, which are presented in the journal Neuron, show that the striatum acts as a sensory 'hub' integrating various types of sensory information, with specialized functional roles for the different neuron types.

Study shows epigenetic changes in children with Crohn's disease
(Wolters Kluwer Health) A new study finds a wide range of epigenetic change -- alterations in DNA across the genome that may be related to key environmental exposures -- in children with Crohn's disease, reports Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, official journal of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Many patients are discharged without a diagnosis
(Aarhus University) New research shows that one out of four acutely admitted medical patients leave the hospital again without getting a diagnosis.

Smokers consume same amount of cigarettes regardless of nicotine levels
(University of Waterloo) Cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may reduce addiction without increasing exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

Calcium and reproduction go together
(Carnegie Institution) Everyone's heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized. The fertilization process for flowering plants is particularly complex and requires extensive communication between the male and female reproductive cells. New research reports discoveries in the chemical signaling process that guides flowering plant fertilization.

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