This is an MRI of a person with multiple sclerosis. White areas show permanent scarring caused by the disease. (Image by UBC)

Blood stem-cell transplant to delay MS progression

JAMA: preliminary communication; original investigation; editorial Published January 15, 2019  11:00 ET (News release from JAMA) Researchers compared the effect of a stem cell transplant using a lower-dose, short course of more tolerable immune-specific chemotherapy and antibodies to suppress the immune system versus continuing disease-modifying therapy in 110 patients with relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis. The stem cell transplant performed better than continued drug therapy for patients […]

Expert Comments – Carbon Impact of Keystone XL

A study published Sunday in Nature Climate Change uses an economic model to quantify the potential impact on greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from Canadian oil sands projects to refineries in the US. The authors say that previous analyses did not adequately account for the ways […]

GM rats and maize | Expert Comments

Expert Comments – GM maize and rats   In 2012, a study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology by Séralini et al. titled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize.” The paper’s design, methodology and use of statistical tools attracted a great deal of criticism from the scientific […]

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