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February 24, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 4

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Abnormal chromosomes in a plasma cell from a patient with multiple myeloma (Image courtesy of Drs. Bart Barlogie and Jeffrey Sawyer of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy)

Years Before Myeloma, Blood Shows Changes

The vast majority of patients with multiple myeloma develop signature changes in their blood that can be identified years before symptoms of the cancer appear, new research suggests. Using rare prediagnostic blood samples, the researchers were able to detect this precursor stage in some patients up to a decade before multiple myeloma was diagnosed. The findings provide important clues for understanding how the disease begins and progresses, the study authors said. Read more > >


Director's Update: Moving Ahead with the Stimulus Funds

With President Barack Obama's signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on February 17, 2009, came newfound hope in many circles that our economy can start down the road to recovery. As the President himself has said, it will not be easy. This recovery package is just the first step and, undoubtedly, just one of many interventions.

The economic stimulus package presents a tremendous opportunity for the biomedical research establishment. Under the new law, NIH will receive approximately $10.4 billion for use in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, $8.2 billion of which is specifically tagged for research. Of that $8.2 billion, approximately $1.26 billion will go to NCI. NCI's leadership is working under an accelerated timetable to create a spending plan that meets the stimulus package goals.  Read more > >



  • CMS Update

    • CMS Proposes No Medicare Coverage for Virtual Colonoscopy
  • Update

    • Tainted Peanut Products Pose Special Concerns for Cancer Patients
  • Notes

    • Cancer Community Loses Two Leaders
    • Gail Selected for ASPO Award
    • CCR's Gottesman Elected to AAM Board, Three Others Named AAM Fellows
    • HINTS Identifies Hispanic Information-seeking Trends

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