For one health-care venture capitalist, the search for ‘another miracle’ turns personal

For one health-care venture capitalist, the search for ‘another miracle’ turns personal

It’s been less than a year since Jonathan Silverstein, a venture capitalist at health-care fund OrbiMed, received the diagnosis that changed everything. Parkinson’s disease at age 49. A potentially more aggressive, inherited form, driven by a mutation in a gene called GBA. It affects up to 10 percent of Americans with Parkinson’s, and — as for other forms of the neurodegenerative disease — there is no cure, or even treatments that slow its course. In recent months, Silverstein and his wife, Natalie, set up the Silverstein Foundation, raised $6 million…

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Panjab University: Pay another Rs 25,000 per year if you don’t finish PhD in 6 years

Panjab University: Pay another Rs 25,000 per year if you don’t finish PhD in 6 years

The Panjab University (PU) issued a circular across all departments by which research scholars now have to complete their PhDs in a maximum of six years beyond that they will have to pay Rs 25,000 for each year. Also, the PhDs cannot be extended beyond eight years in case of men and 10 years in women, failing to do so their registration will automatically be cancelled. However, earlier exceptional circumstances condonation beyond eight years used to be considered by the university’s governing bodies on the recommendation of the supervisor and…

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Gian Sagar row: BFUHS shifts 200 MBBS students, another 300 to be adjusted on Tuesday

Gian Sagar row: BFUHS shifts 200 MBBS students, another 300 to be adjusted on Tuesday

Faridkot-based Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Monday shifted 200 MBBS students of Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, to other colleges across the state. The Punjab government had on May 10 withdrawn permission to Gian Sagar Trust to run medical, dental, nursing and physiotherapy colleges. The classes in the college remained suspended since February 1 after the staff went on indefinite strike against the management for not clearing their dues. Of the 1,437 MBBS, BDS and nursing students of the 2012-2013 batch, 200 were shifted to government medical…

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Another Reason to Never Eat Fast Food Again (That Has Nothing to Do With Fat)

Another Reason to Never Eat Fast Food Again (That Has Nothing to Do With Fat)

Add this to the list of reasons a drive-thru meal isn’t good for you: the paper it comes packaged in may contain chemicals linked to serious health problems, according to a new study. The Silent Spring Institute, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and the Green Science Policy Institute teamed up with researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze more than 400 wrappers and containers from 27 fast-food chains throughout the country. About half the wrappers tested contained flourine, a marker for fluoridated compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl…

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Another reason not to smoke while pregnant

Another reason not to smoke while pregnant

Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range of birth defects. The current study offers fresh evidence that the kidneys are among the organs at risk for damage, said lead author Dr. Maki Shinzawa, a public health researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. “Cigarette smoking releases nicotine and other harmful or potentially harmful substances, such as nitrogen…

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