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The National Institutes of Health want to end a long-standing bias in biomedical research, towards men. It turns out when researchers do what are called pre-clinical studies, most of the time they’re using male animals and male cells. Today the NIH announced that it has awarded an extra $10 million to help bring more balance into the lab.

Many U.S. scientists had hoped to ride out the steady decline in federal funding for biomedical research, but it's continuing on a downward trend with no end in sight. So leaders of the science establishment are now trying to figure out how to fix this broken system.

It's a familiar problem. Biomedical science has a long history of funding ups and downs, and, in the past, the system has always righted itself with the passage of time and plumper budgets.

Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research.

In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist.

There's a funding crunch for biomedical research in the United States — and it's not just causing pain for scientists and universities. It's also creating incentives for researchers to cut corners — and that's affecting people who are seriously ill.

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Candace Croney, director of the new Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare, speaks on the importance of health in lab and farm animals. Key points of the interview:

Twitter is constantly overloaded with tweets about people getting sick or having the flu. Could researchers use Twitter to track and map flu patterns?

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George Thomas, M.D., discusses renal nerve ablation, a new procedure for uncontrollable high blood pressure that shows promising results.

What You And Your Pet Have In Common

Jun 3, 2014

Host Barbara Lewis speaks with Elizabeth Murphy, DVM, about the book “Zoobiquity” and how similar pets are to their owners.

Should Cancer Patients Exercise?

Jun 3, 2014
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While receiving chemotherapy and radiation, cancer patients are encouraged to rest and take it easy. However, according to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients who exercised regularly after receiving a diagnosis of colon cancer had a lower mortality rate than those who didn’t exercise. Julie Flucht, field producer, explores the exercise options for people receiving cancer treatments.

According to Laure Rittié, Ph.D., sweat glands are major contributors to wound closure in humans, including scrapes, burns and even persistent skin ulcers. Before Dr. Rittié’s research, it was thought that hair follicles and the migration of cells inward toward the wound helped skin abrasions heal. This discovery is a very important first step in the process of wound closure.