Rates of diabetes rise dramaticallyAbout 24 million people in the United States have diabetes, an increase of more than 3 million in two years, according to government estimates. Most of those afflicted have type-2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity, poor diet, and a lack of exercise, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. The estimates, based on 2007 data, also show that 57 million people have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. (Reuters)
Protein raises hope for cancer vaccineA protein found only in the intestines could help lead to a vaccine that can treat colon cancers and perhaps other tumors, researchers reported yesterday. Mice immunized with the protein, guanylyl cyclase C, and then infected with colon tumors had fewer tumors spread to the lung and liver, the researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Many cancer vaccines are in the early stages of development, but researchers are struggling to find the right targets, called antigens. (Reuters)
Professor is fired in plagiarism caseNEW YORK - A Columbia University professor who received widespread attention when a noose was discovered hanging from her office door has been fired over allegations of plagiarism. Administrators at Columbia's Teachers College said in a letter to faculty Monday that Madonna G. Constantine also obstructed the school's investigation into the allegations and made accusations of plagiarism against those whose work she had plagiarized. Her attorney, Paul Giacomo, called the firing "purely retaliatory." Constantine was a tenured professor of education and psychology and had written extensively about race. The plagiarism investigation began in 2006. The noose, a symbol of lynchings, was discovered on her door Oct. 9. (AP)
Man convicted of torturing studentNEW YORK - An ex-convict has been found guilty of raping and torturing a Columbia University graduate student over 19 hours. Robert Williams was pronounced guilty in a Manhattan courtroom of 44 of 46 counts. The verdict followed dramatic testimony from the victim. She identified her attacker down to his scars and gold tooth and tearfully recalled how the attack was so agonizing that she begged him to kill her. She also said the 31-year-old Williams made her swallow fistfuls of painkillers, ordered her to gouge out her eyes with scissors, and sealed her lips with glue before torching her apartment. She spent weeks in hospitals. (AP)
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