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Circadian embargo clock malfunctions as press release is published ahead of schedule

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Melatonin, anyone?

PNAS lifted the embargo early on a study today following the publication of a university press release on a website some time before the embargo was scheduled to lift. This was the top of a PNAS press office email to reporters just before noon Eastern today, three hours before the embargo was scheduled to lift: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

May 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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PNAS lifts fructose-appetite study embargo early after realizing media had covered presentation months ago

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pnas junePNAS sent a message to its media list on Friday that began:

PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo:

Glucose, fructose, and appetite

Fructose may enhance the reward value of high-calorie food and promote eating, compared with glucose, according to a study. Differences in metabolism of fructose and glucose may lead to differential effects on physiological and behavioral responses to food. To assess the different effects of the two sugars on hunger and food cue responses in the brain, Kathleen A. Page and colleagues conducted fMRI scans on 24 people who had been given drinks sweetened with fructose on one day and glucose on another day.

The journal tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

May 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

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PNAS lifts narcissism embargo early after wire service story breaks it

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Is breaking an embargo a symptom of narcissism?

From the top of an email sent at 2:14 p.m Eastern Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to its media list Monday, 46 minutes before the embargo on the study in question was scheduled to lift: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

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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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