The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic left a troubling legacy in Europe: More than 1,300 people who received a vaccine to prevent the flu developed narcolepsy, an incurable, debilitating condition that causes overpowering daytime sleepiness, sometimes accompanied by a sudden muscle weakness in response to strong emotions such as laughter or anger. The manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has acknowledged the link, and some patients and their families have already been awarded cpmpensation. But how the vaccine might have triggered the condition has been unclear. read more
After taking second place among Republicans in the latest New Hampshire polls, Donald Trump is also claiming the silver in Iowa -- where he traveled hot off his announcement -- claiming 10% of support among likely caucus-goers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to lead the Republican field in the Hawkeye state with 18%, while Ben Carson tied with Trump for second. Walker has yet to announce he is running for president, but is expected to launch his campaign this month.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns on Tuesday, showing that his personal wealth has skyrocketed since he left the Florida governor's office in 2007. The White House hopeful earned about $29 million during that time, a substantial jump from his income before becoming governor -- helped by a mix of speaking fees, investments, his capital investment company Jeb Bush and Associates, work with Barclay's and consulting for the now-defunct Lehman Brothers. read more
The email that arrived in Richard Young's inbox in October 2013 was polite but firm. The writer was part of a group of researchers who "are conducting a study to investigate the reproducibility of recent research findings in cancer biology." A paper that Young, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, had published inCell in 2012 on how a protein called c-Myc spurs tumor growth was among 50 high-impact papers chosen for scrutiny by the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. The group might need help with materials and advice on experimental design, the message said. It also promised that the project would "share our procedure" to ensure "a fair replication."
Young wrote back that a European lab had already published a replication of his study. No matter, the project's representative replied, they still wanted to repeat it. read more
Senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul launched a "filibuster" Wednesday afternoon in protest of the renewal of the Patriot Act, his latest stand against the federal government's invasive surveillance procedures.
The post-9/11 Patriot Act, which allows for the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency, is set to expire on June 1 if Congress takes no action. Paul's remarks are technically not a "filibuster" because there is no bill currently being considered.