News in Brief catches up today after celebrating the Fourth of July with swimming, sailing, and time with family. We hope you had as good a time relaxing as we did.
Research shows that children whose parents have cancer have more social and psychological problems, mice who are fed a high-fat Western-style diet don’t benefit from exercise and develop more colon polyps, and adding irinotecan to 5FU after surgery to remove liver mets adds no benefit but has more serious side effects.
The VA is upgrading equipment to sterilize endoscopes and train staff to clean them properly with $26 million from its reserve funds. Two scientists at MIT are sampling and freezing their own stools each day to study changing patterns of millions of microbes in the intestinal tract. Read the rest of this entry »