‘Wild west’ of social media for medical journals needs more support to succeed

'Wild west' of social media for medical journals needs more support to succeed

Much of the published medical research goes unread by the general public and medical community, despite being largely funded by the federal government and private foundations. To reach more people, medical journals have begun using social media to promote new research. A new Northwestern Medicine study has found social media editors lack established best practices and support from their journals and home institutions, making it difficult for them to successfully promote new research.

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3-year-old cancer survivor serves as flower girl in her bone marrow donor’s wedding

3-year-old cancer survivor serves as flower girl in her bone marrow donor’s wedding

Last month, Skye Savren-McCormick got to be the flower girl in a wedding. To prepare, she practiced walking with a little basket in her living room. Even so, on the day of the wedding the 3-year-old still took a big fistful of petals and dropped them on the ground before taking her first step down the aisle. And the wedding guests could barely hold it together.

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Unexpected role of enzyme may help develop anti-cancer drugs

Unexpected role of enzyme may help develop anti-cancer drugs

A newly discovered role for the enzyme glutamine synthetase could have important implications for developing anti-cancer drugs according to a new UCL study. An intrinsic part of tumour growth is the sprouting of blood vessels, which supply cancerous tumours with the blood and energy that they need to survive.

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Spanish doctors ‘eliminate’ HIV from patient in stem cell transplant trial

Spanish doctors 'eliminate' HIV from patient in stem cell transplant trial

SPANISH scientists believe they may have managed to eliminate HIV from a patient using stem cell transplant treatment.  Scientists from the Institute for AIDS Research IrsiCaixa in Barcelona and the Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid have managed to remove the virus from the blood and tissues of six patients using the treatment.

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Abortion will no longer be a crime in Queensland after historic vote

Abortion will no longer be a crime in Queensland after historic vote

Abortion will no longer be a crime in Queensland, after state MPs voted on Wednesday night to remove the procedure from the criminal code. The historic reforms were passed in the Queensland Parliament on Wednesday night via a conscience vote, with the support of LNP members Tim Nicholls, Jann Stuckey and Steve Minnikin helping to ensure its success at the second reading and final vote.

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