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 > >
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 > >
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