Mammograms Go Glam (Abstract Science June 3-7)
Also, lab generated lymph nodes connect to lymphatic system in mice and the a lid is put on federally-funded fetal transplant research
(The Scientist, Ashley P. Taylor, 6/5/19)
Researchers have developed lab-generated lymph node–like organoids that, when transplanted into mice in place of lymph nodes that have been removed, drain fluid and connect to the animals’ original lymphatic plumbing, as reported May 30 in Stem Cell Reports. The researchers from the IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy who developed the technology hopes it will be developed to the point that lympho-organoids can serve as a treatment for lymphedema, swelling that can result from radiation damage to lymph nodes or their removal as part of cancer treatment.
(Nature, Sara Reardon, 6/5/19)
The Trump’s administration is ending fetal-tissue research by government scientists and placing restrictions on academic researchers seeking grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for studies involving fetal tissue. The administration said on 5 June that it will set up an ethics-review board to evaluate each NIH grant application that would support research with fetal tissue, which is collected from elective abortions. But the government has already decided against renewing its contract with a laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), that uses fetal tissue to study HIV.
(New York Times, Stephanie Clifford, 6/6/19)
Mammograms are a literal pain — unless you are the kind of person who likes having her breast smashed against squeezing plate. To ease the experience, and get more women to take the recommended screening for breast cancer, medical clincs are trying to make mammograms more appealing by sweetening appointments with beverage bars, warm robes and soothing sound baths. Call it the dawning of the age of the “mammoglam.”
—Compiled by Senior Scientific Writer Regina Kelder