It used to be that publishing a scientific journal was a significant undertaking, requiring infrastructure for peer review, printing, and distribution, and the costs were often defrayed by charging authors for the honor of publishing. Now, it’s possible to simply convert submissions to PDFs and throw them online. With those barriers gone, science quickly became plagued by predatory publishers who…
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If you’re looking to live somewhere where innovation is king, Washington should be a strong candidate. The Evergreen State was recently named as the second-most innovative state in the U.S. by WalletHub, ranking only behind Massachusetts and just ahead of the “other” Washington — the District of Columbia. Maryland and Colorado rounded out the Top 5. The study evaluated all 50 states plus the…
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The measles outbreak has U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., visiting Washington state to get a better understanding of the problem here. “I appreciate what you do each and every day,” Adams said to staff at Seattle’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic on Thursday. outbreak. “Did you gain any insight on what’s causing so many parents there to opt out?” KIRO7’s Deedee…
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Most cancer clinical trials don’t meet their enrollment targets and it has been previously thought that patient reluctance was behind this. Now a new study published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, led by researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle challenges that by suggesting that other factors are primarily responsible. “Patients are often fearful of…
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With less than two days to go before the US government runs out of money, lawmakers in Congress are scrambling to pass a budget deal that would give small increases to NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many other science agencies. The Senate and the House of Representatives approved the legislationon 14 February — clearing…
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Researchers at German institutions that have let their Elsevier subscriptions lapse while negotiating a new deal are hitting the paywall for the publisher’s most recent articles around 10,000 times a day, according to Elsevier — which publishes more than 400,000 papers each year. But at least some German libraries involved in negotiating access to Elsevier say they are making huge…
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When the US government was partially shut down for 35 days starting December 22, work at several government agencies ground to a halt, with a total of 800,000 federal employees furloughed. The National Science Foundation, one of the sidelined science agencies, is now addressing all that went undone during that time, NSF officials told reporters this morning (February 1). During…
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New Year, New Federal Policies for Clinical & Translational Research

Many researchers are tucking in to finish their first National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposals or IRB applications of the year. A number of changes to federal regulations and NIH policies relevant to clinical and translational research take effect in January 2019. The Common Rule has been a fundamental part of clinical and translational research for decades. This set…
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