April 2 is World Autism Day.
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) shines a bright light on autism as a growing global
health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism
epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early
Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with
autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and
embraced in community events around the globe.
LifeScience Moment: Results of the Breast Cancer Prevention Trial were announced.
On April 6, 1998, results of the National Cancer Institute's Breast Cancer Prevention Trial, testing the effectiveness of tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) to
prevent the disease, were announced 14 months earlier than expected: women taking tamoxifen had 45% fewer breast cancer diagnoses than women on the placebo,
proving that breast cancer can be prevented.
Rare but serious side effects—endometrial cancer and blood clots—were shown to occur in some postmenopausal women on tamoxifen. A study to
compare tamoxifen to another, potentially less toxic drug was planned for fall 1998.
Life Science Evolution Posters
It's a Small World
Lassa Fever Virus
"Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science."