Thu April 24, 2014

Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations

The bottling line at F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Federal food regulators are backing off of proposed changes to what craft brewers can do with the leftover grains from the beer making process.

Craft brewers in New York have said the proposal would hurt their businesses.

Sen. Charles Schumer had called for the Food and Drug Administration to abandon the change. He announced Thursday FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg agreed to revise the rule to avoid "unintended consequences" that would harm brewers and farmers.

Brewers provide spent grain to dairy farmers as a low-cost or free source of cow feed.

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Tue January 24, 2012

Buffalo's Roswell Park to test cancer fighting vaccine

A vaccine pairing dendritic cells (above) with a specialized protein has shown promise in treating cancer and preventing relapses, in pre-clinical trials.
AJC1 via Flickr

Can a vaccine treat cancer?

That’s the question behind new clinical tests, soon to begin at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The medicine in question is not your average vaccine: Each dose is customized for each cancer patient.

Researchers will draw healthy cells from each study participant, attach a specialized protein in a sterile lab environment and then inject the mixture, now known as a dendritic cell vaccine, back into the body.

“You can see that these cells now come back. They have memory. They’re able to remember that cancer cells are bad. They need to be destroyed. They need to be killed,” says Kunle Odunsi, chair of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology.

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Thu September 2, 2010
Radiation Exposure

Exposed to radiation - now what?

A cooling tower at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant remains incomplete. Checkpoints at the plant still keep tourists away from the heaviest areas of radiation. The facility and the surrounding town still sport unsafe levels of radioactivity.
Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr

Most people probably don’t think about radiation poisoning like they do the flu, a cold, etc. You don’t just catch it by failing to sing the entire Happy Birthday song while washing your hands. Radiation exposure usually happens during cancer treatment or by exposure to a nuclear or dirty bomb explosion.

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