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Researchers take a look at first drug to forestall the onset of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a very common side-effect of chemotherapy and may eventually lead to early discontinuation of treatment.Collaboration between research and industry led to the identification and successful testing of a new molecule capable of preventing this neurological complication.This molecule could potentially become the first existing treatment to prevent this frequent adverse effect and improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

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Taming ‘wild’ electrons in graphene

Graphene — a one-atom-thick layer of the stuff in pencils — is a better conductor than copper and is very promising for electronic devices, but with one catch: Electrons that move through it can’t be stopped. Until now, that is. Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have learned how to tame the unruly electrons in graphene, paving the way for the ultra-fast transport of electrons with low loss of energy in novel systems. Their study was published online in Nature Nanotechnology.

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Exploring how herpes simplex virus adjustments when handed between members of the family

A new study offers a rare glimpse into the genetics of a herpes simplex virus transmission event — information that may prove useful in future development of therapeutics and vaccines. The study reveals nearly perfect genetic transmission of the virus from a father to his son and lays the foundation for future studies exploring the genetic diversity of this virus.

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New IOF Compendium paperwork osteoporosis, its administration and world burden

On the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has issued the first edition of a comprehensive and scientifically referenced report on osteoporosis. The ‘IOF Compendium of Osteoporosis’ will be available in five languages, is to be periodically updated, and is intended as an authoritative reference document for all key stakeholders in the field of musculoskeletal health.