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Be Wary of an Unsolicited Offer to Invest: If you receive an unsolicited message from someone you do not know regarding a “can’t miss investment,” pass up the offer and consider reporting it to the SEC.

An over-the-counter drug indicated to treat allergy symptoms limited hepatitis C virus activity in infected mice, according to a National Institutes of Health study. The results suggest that the drug, chlorcyclizine HCl (CCZ), potentially could be used to treat the virus in people. Results were published April 8 in Science Translational Medicine

A National Institutes of Health-funded study found no statistical difference in the primary clinical measure — which assessed changes in function of six organs from before to seven days after surgery — between complex cardiac surgery patients receiving transfusions of red blood cell units stored for short (up to 10 days) versus long (21 or more days) periods. These findings indicate there is no need to alter how hospitals currently transfuse blood in adults going through complex cardiac surgical procedures.

Three-part research approach focuses on communities and health.  Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters.

Researchers have begun enrolling participants in a multicenter international clinical trial to test whether statin administration can reduce the risk for major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease, in people with HIV infection. The trial is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

“Genetically modified,” and “genetically engineered.” These are the terms often heard when referring to certain foods. What do they mean for you as a consumer?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, foods that have been genetically modified, like fruits,
vegetables, oils, cereals, etc., were introduced to the market in the 1990s.  Since then, they’ve been sold in stores and supermarkets.

What is generic engineering?

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Heredity accounts for up to 35 percent of small intestinal carcinoid, a rare digestive cancer, according to findings from a team at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers examined families with a history of the disease. Because the disease has long been considered randomly occurring rather than inherited, people with a family history are not typically screened.

What if you could save the lives of up to 8 people?

Every year thousands of people receive the gift of life when they get a life-saving transplant such as a kidney, a liver, or
intestines. Most organs for transplants come from deceased donors. Did you know that?

  • 123,318 people are waiting for an organ
  • 21 people will die each day waiting for one
  • 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives

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Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking you to share pictures and video of your favorite places on Earth using social media – and tag them #NoPlaceLikeHome.

At NASA, we explore lots of planets and there’s a lot to love: the mountains on Mars, the rings of Saturn, the 99.77-degree axial tilt of Uranus. But how about a little something for the home team? It’s Earth Day. Let’s explore our home planet, too.

Scientists from NASA and around the world have now discovered more than 1,800 planets beyond our solar system. But so far, we haven’t found any that match the complexity of Earth. And it is this complexity that challenges Earth scientists as they seek to figure out how the whole planet works as a system.

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Poor quality medicines are a real and urgent threat that could undermine decades of successful efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, according to the editors of a collection of journal articles published today. Scientists report up to 41 percent of specimens failed to meet quality standards in global studies of about 17,000 drug samples. Among the collection is an article describing the discovery of falsified and substandard malaria drugs that caused an estimated 122,350 deaths in African children in 2013. Other studies identified poor quality antibiotics, which may harm health and increase antimicrobial resistance. However, new methodologies are being developed to detect problem drugs at the point of purchase and show some promise, scientists say.

Two drugs already on the market — an antifungal and a steroid — may potentially take on new roles as treatments for multiple sclerosis. According to a study published in Nature today, researchers discovered that these drugs may activate stem cells in the brain to stimulate myelin producing cells and repair white matter, which is damaged in multiple sclerosis. The study was partially funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Tell Vets and Survivors to File

Filing for veterans’ benefits, and appealing decisions on claims, can be time-consuming and confusing. But with the recent roll-out of new, streamlined claims processes, applying for veterans benefits now promises to be faster, easier and more accurate.

The changes involve:

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A yearlong residential program, the MRSP introduces medical, dental and veterinary students to cutting-edge research, part of NIH’s goal of training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers. The program places creative, research-oriented students in NIH laboratories and clinics, including within the NIH Clinical Center, to conduct basic, clinical or translational research in areas that match their career interests and research goals.

If you have been a victim of investment fraud or misrepresentation, you should file complaints with a few sources:

1)  Your state’s securities regulator: It can determine if the broker or company has violated state specific securities laws.

2) The Securities and Exchange Commission:  For violation of federal securities laws.

3) The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority: FINRA accepts complaints about brokers and their firms.

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Looking into the background of a financial advisor is one of the most important steps an investor can take toward protecting their assets.

The CFTC recently launched a new tool – SmartCheck.gov – to help make it easier to do that. Through the tool, you have access to multiple databases of federal and state agencies and self-regulatory organizations that provide background information on financial advisors. It is an easy and free process, requiring no usernames or passwords.

1) You want to be wary if an investment advisor or promoter uses wording like “risk free,” “guaranteed earnings,” “quick profits,” “the investment is government approved.” Almost all are signs of fraud.

2) Watch out for investments that are billed as “limited-time offers” or are only available to a small number of people.

3) Make sure to get everything in writing and read all documents so you know what you are agreeing to.

U.S. adults don’t feel confident in their knowledge of personal finance. Forty one percent gave themselves a C, D or F letter grade when grading their knowledge.

 

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