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IVF Fails to Improve Pregnancy Odds After 5 Failed Cycles; U.S. couples spend an average of $12,400 on each cycle of IVF treatment

IVF Fails to Improve Pregnancy Odds After 5 Failed Cycles

IVF is unlikely to be successful for any woman regardless of age after five failed rounds, researchers in Australia found in the first national study of pregnancy rates from in vitro fertilization. The chance of delivering a live baby over the first five cycles reaches 40 percent for women of all ages and about 50 percent for women younger than 35, a study by the University of New South Wales’s National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit found. The probability of a live delivery was negligible beyond five cycles, or rounds of drug-treatment used to achieve an IVF pregnancy. Read more of this post

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Scientists discover key to normal memory lapses in seniors

Scientists discover key to normal memory lapses in seniors

Wed, Aug 28 2013

By Sharon Begley

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists have good news for all the older adults who occasionally forget why they walked into a room – and panic that they are getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Not only is age-related memory loss a syndrome in its own right and completely unrelated to that dread disease, but unlike Alzheimer’s it may be reversible or even preventable, researchers led by a Nobel laureate said in a study published on Wednesday. Using human brains that had been donated to science as well as the brains of lab mice, the study for the first time pinpointed the molecular defects that cause cognitive aging. Read more of this post

The hopes and perils of betting on cancer treatments

The hopes and perils of betting on cancer treatments

Aug 31st 2013 | NEW YORK |From the print edition

NEW weapons are emerging in the war on cancer. That is good news not just for patients but also for drug companies. The biggest ones, faced with falling sales as their existing medicines go off-patent, are investing in smaller firms with promising cancer treatments under development, hoping to secure the next blockbuster. On August 25th Amgen, the world’s biggest biotechnology company by sales, said it would pay $10.4 billion for another American firm, Onyx. The target firm’s crown jewel is Kyprolis, a treatment for multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. The next day AstraZeneca, a British drugs firm, said it would snap up Amplimmune, an American firm working on ways to trigger the immune system to fight cancer. Read more of this post

PandoMaps: An interactive map of the Netscape Mafia

PandoMaps: An interactive map of the Netscape Mafia

BY DAVID HOLMES 
ON AUGUST 27, 2013

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This is the third in a four-part series of startup visualizations built by the students of Jay Rosen’s Studio 20 journalism program at NYU. Read the first post in the series which introduces the tool and maps out Silicon Valley’s “first family,” the Fairchild Mafia, and read the second post in the series, which maps out Larry Ellison and the Oracle Mafia.

Click here to see every startup that sprung out of the Netscape Mafia (startup descriptions pulled from Crunchbase) [Visualization built by Simran Khosla, Jesse Kipp, Nuha Abujaber, and Jonathan Soma] Is your company or a company you know missing? Click here to submit your information and get on the map!

Netscape’s circle of influence

Before Chrome, before Firefox, even before Internet Explorer, there was Mosaic. Read more of this post

With Sinofsky On Board, Box Is Now Capable Of Mounting The First Credible Threat To Office

With Sinofsky On Board, Box Is Now Capable Of Mounting The First Credible Threat To Office

ALEX WILHELM

posted 8 hours ago

Today Box announced that Steven Sinofsky hasjoined its operations as an adviser. The relationship was kicked off via Facebook message, consummated over pho, and gives Box key talent and experience that it needs to grow its enterprise-facing document storage solution. And to build its next set of products. The race to store your files online is not a mere struggle for dominance of low-margin cloud document management. Price pressure via increasing competition from wealthy technology companies is already leading to, in some cases, the elimination of consumer storage costs. For example, Flickr will give you a terabyte of space for your pictures, and Outlook.com has essentially unlimited storage. Read more of this post

Why Amazon Is on a Warehouse Building Spree; To speed delivery and fend off EBay and Wal-Mart, Amazon has spent $13.9 billion on warehouses since 2010

Why Amazon Is on a Warehouse Building Spree

By Danielle Kucera August 29, 2013

For a company whose showrooms are all online, Amazon.com (AMZN) spends a staggering amount on bricks and mortar. The e-commerce giant has invested roughly $13.9 billion since 2010 to build 50 new warehouses, more than it had cumulatively spent on storage facilities since its 1994 founding, bringing the total to 89 at the end of 2012. (It’s announced five more in the U.S. this year.) Amazon aims to be able to deliver most items the day they’re ordered, so it can keep rivals such as EBay (EBAY) and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) from peeling off customers. EBay offers same-day delivery in some cities, and Wal-Mart is moving more sales online. “What Wal-Mart and EBay are working on is, can they be faster than Amazon?” says Wells Fargo (WFC) analyst Matt Nemer. “It might not be the highest-margin sale in the world, but they can potentially get something to you in an hour.” Read more of this post

Vending Machines Get Smart to Accommodate the Cashless

Vending Machines Get Smart to Accommodate the Cashless

By Olga Kharif August 29, 2013

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More than 40 percent of U.S. adults say they can go a week without paying for something with cash, according to a survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports last year, but most of the roughly 5 million vending machines in the U.S. still accept only coins or bills, even as prices rise. Vending industry sales fell 18.3 percent between 2007 and 2011, to 1990s levels, before recovering slightly last year, to $19.3 billion. Read more of this post

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