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Air pollutants from fireplaces and wood-burning stoves raise health concerns

February 5, 2011 4:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Chemical Society) Danish scientists, in a study published in American Chemical Society's journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology, found that the invisible particles inhaled into the lungs from breathing wood smoke from fireplaces have multiple adverse effects.

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American Regent Injectable Products: Recall - Visible Particulates in Products

February 5, 2011 5:31 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Some vials exhibit translucent visible particles consistent with glass delamination.

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Guidance Gives Application Tips to PET Scan Drug Sponsors

February 4, 2011 1:31 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The FDA has issued a draft guidance on the required content and format of applications for the drugs used in positron emission tomography (PET) diagnostic scans.

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IRBs Warned for Written Procedures, Member Issues

February 4, 2011 1:31 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Two institutional review boards (IRBs) have received warning letters for failure to follow written procedures and maintain member quorums during clinical trials for devices.

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Merit Prelude Short Sheath Catheter Introducer: Class I Recall - Tip May Detach During Use

February 4, 2011 1:31 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Use of recalled product may lead to arterial injury, hemorrhaging, blood clots (thrombosis), or other serious events.

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Stocks shrug off mixed unemployment report

February 4, 2011 12:45 pm | by DAVID K. RANDALL - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Stocks eked out modest gains on Friday after the government reported a sharp drop in the unemployment rate.The Labor Department said the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in January, the lowest rate since April 2009 and a sharp fall from 9.4 percent in December. Economists had expected the...

Summary Box: Aetna 3Q profit jumps 30 percent

February 4, 2011 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

THE RESULTS: Aetna earned $215.6 million, or 53 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. That was up from $165.9 million, or 38 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenue fell 2 percent to $8.54 billion.THE OUTLOOK: The health insurer forecast a 2011 operating profit between $3.70 and...

Stiefel Launches Most-Prescribed BPO Wash Formulations Over-the-Counter

February 4, 2011 9:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 4, 2011 /- Stiefel, a GSK company, today announced the launch of the most-prescribed BPO Acne Wash formulations for over-the-counter (OTC) use in the United States. The launch will occur in the technical exhibit at the American Academy of Dermatology...

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Drug Approved to Help Prevent Preterm Birth

February 4, 2011 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

-- Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy in women who have had at least one prior early delivery.Makena, however, is not intended for women who are at greater-than-average risk for...

Taking The Politics Out Of Climate Science

February 4, 2011 8:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

According to a 2009 Pew survey, 35 percent of Republicans say they saw no solid evidence of global warming, the lowest number of any political group. Climate scientist and conservative Kerry Emanuel discusses why he thinks political views shouldn't sway scientific thinking.

Why The Former Planet Pluto Got Demoted

February 4, 2011 8:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

In 2006 the former ninth planet in the solar system, Pluto, got demoted to a mere Kuiper Belt object. The man who was in large part responsible for that demotion, Caltech planetary scientist Mike Brown, discusses the status of Pluto and why it doesn't qualify as a planet.

Recipe For Turning Skin Cells Into Heart Cells

February 4, 2011 8:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

Reporting in Nature Cell Biology, researchers say they have turned mouse skin cells directly into beating heart cells — skipping the stem-cell stage that has been required in the past. Leonard Zon, director of the Stem Cell Program at Children's Hospital Boston, explains the findings.

Growing A Bigger Brain Is A Walk In The Park

February 4, 2011 8:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that adults who walked for 40 minutes three times a week for a year had brain growth in the hippocampus — an area of the brain associated with spatial memory. Study author Arthur Kramer and psychologist Margaret Gatz...

Plumbing The Depths Of Aquarium Science

February 4, 2011 8:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

What happens if you mix fat puffers with sponges? Do clownfish do better alone or in pairs? What's the best way to prune staghorn coral? Joseph Yaiullo, co-founder of Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, N.Y., and the curator of the aquarium's 20,000-gallon tank, shares tank tips.

Can Dogs Smell Cancer?

February 4, 2011 8:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Writing in the journal Gut, researchers in Japan say they've trained a dog to detect bowel cancer in humans. Monell Chemical Senses Center Director Gary Beauchamp describes how odor and disease may be related, and why he thinks dogs probably won't be used for diagnosing.

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