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PNAS lifts embargo on cancer detection study after reporting by Sunday Times, Daily Mail

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early yesterday on a study of a potential new blood marker for cancer after two newspapers reported on the findings before the scheduled lift time of 3 p.m. Eastern today.

Here’s the top of an email sent to reporters yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

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eReader bedtime study subject of 11th embargo break at PNAS this year

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pnas juneThe top of an email from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to reporters this morning: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

December 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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Colon cancer study embargo lifted early after “gremlin in the machinery” leads to break

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eortcThe embargo on a colon cancer presentation at a Barcelona conference was lifted early Thursday after inadvertent breaks.

On Thursday morning, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) media consultant Emma Mason sent the following message to her press list: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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Triclosan study marks PNAS’s tenth embargo break this year

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pnas juneAlthough it didn’t lead to an early embargo lift, a university press office and a local news site broke the embargo today on a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) study of whether the soap ingredient triclosan causes liver damage in mice.

A press release from the University of California, Davis, where the researchers are based, went live before the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern embargo, as did a story in San Diego Metro.

PNAS tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

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Embargo on liberal-conservative disgust paper lifted early after Newsweek break

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current biologyA message to journalists today from Cell Press, publishers of Current Biology:

Cell Press has lifted the embargo on the following press release due to early reporting. The paper is publishing online in the journal Current Biology on Thursday October 30 at 12:00pm NOON EDT.

Liberal or Conservative? Reactions to Disgust Are a Dead Giveaway

The “early reporting” began with a break by Newsweek and cascaded from there. Cell Press tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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PNAS suffers ninth embargo break this year

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early yesterday on a paper because of an embargo break — the ninth time this year they’ve had to do that.

Here’s what went to the journal’s press list yesterday afternoon, days before the embargo was scheduled to lift on Monday afternoon: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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Who’d have thunk it? Embargo broken on announcement of first U.S. case of Ebola

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cdc_logoPeople have been asking me whether I can explain why the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has had so many embargo breaks this year (8, for those of you keeping score at home). Although I suspect that it has to do with the fact that PNAS has been publishing a lot of studies on hot-button issues such as climate change, and that the stories land on the desks of editors who aren’t familiar with embargoes, I really don’t know.

But here’s an embargo break that I don’t need any help explaining.

Here’s what was at the top of the media alert the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out at about 4:30 Eastern today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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