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FDA approves first 3-D mammography device

February 11, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first mammography device that generates 3-D images of the breast, potentially helping doctors' spot cancerous tumors.The Selenia Dimensions System from Hologic Inc. offers both 2-D and 3-D X-ray images, offering additional viewpoints of...

Roche's Genentech says Lucentis met goal in study

February 11, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drugmaker Roche said Friday a clinical trial showed its eye drug Lucentis is effective as a treatment for macular edema bought on by diabetes.Roche's Genentech unit said Lucentis was more effective than a placebo injection in the late-stage clinical study. A total of 377 patients were...

Vitalitec buys surgical device from Novare

February 11, 2011 9:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Vitalitec International Inc. announced it has acquired the technology and rights to a medical device that assists during coronary bypass surgery from California company Novare Surgical Systems Inc.

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Acute anemia linked to silent strokes in children

February 11, 2011 9:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Heart Association) Symptomless strokes occur in about 20 percent of children with sickle cell disease when their red blood cell levels severely drop. These silent strokes also occur in about 7 percent of hospitalized children without sickle cell who have severe drops in...

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Dana-Farber researchers find cause of declining health in elderly

February 11, 2011 9:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

A team of scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute led by Dr. Ronald A DePinho reports that they have identified the root cause of a variety of age-related ailments such as waning energy, heart failure, failure of other organs and metabolic disorders including diabetes.

Report: Medicare drug program vulnerable to fraud

February 11, 2011 8:45 am | by KELLI KENNEDY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Crooks are taking advantage of lax oversight in Medicare's Part D prescription drug program to obtain highly addictive drugs including oxycodone, Ritalin, and methadone, according to results of a federal probe.The report by an independent inspector says Medicare can't verify all the...

Is Preventive Medicine Actually Overtreatment?

February 11, 2011 8:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

In Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch argues that modern medicine is looking too closely for disease, and that unnecessary screenings, MRIs and CT scans turn healthy people into diseased patients, by revealing often harmless abnormalities.

Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Antibiotic'

February 11, 2011 8:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Selman Waksman, the microbiologist who discovered streptomycin, first used the word antibiotic in the medical sense in 1943. Science historian Howard Markel talks about how it was actually a Naval officer who first coined antibiotic in 1860, to describe an opposition to the belief in life...

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Defining A Data Deluge

February 11, 2011 8:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

From overflowing inboxes to portable players brimming with music, the amount of data in the world is increasing. Martin Hilbert, co-author of a paper in the journal Science on the tidal wave of information, says that in 2007, humanity was able to store some 295 exabytes of information,...

IBM Computer Faces Off Against Jeopardy Champs

February 11, 2011 8:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Four years in the works, IBM's supercomputer "Watson" will compete against Jeopardy champions from February 14th to 16th. To win, the computer will have to process often-ambiguous natural language, including irony and wordplay. Stephen Baker, author of "Final Jeopardy," talks about Watson's chances.

The 'Science Of Kissing'

February 11, 2011 8:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Socializing is found across the animal kingdom, but osculation — or kissing — seems to a human behavior. How did it start and why? 'The Science of Kissing' author Sheril Kirshenbaum discusses the history and biology behind kissing.

Cracking The Cool Science Of Ice

February 11, 2011 8:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

With winter storms continuing across the country, much of the nation may not currently have warm feelings toward the solid form of water. Physicist and water researcher Eugene Stanley and Mariana Gosnell, author of Ice: The Nature, the History, and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance,...

Tufts launches Institute for Biopharmaceutical Partnerships

February 11, 2011 8:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Tufts University has launched the Tufts Institute for Biomedical Partnerships, designed to help move the portfolio of research into commercial drug discovery and development partnerships.

Orthovita: FDA clears new version of Vitoss graft

February 11, 2011 6:45 am | by MARLEY SEAMAN - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Orthovita Inc. advanced Friday after the company said it received marketing clearance for a new version of its Vitoss bone graft product.Orthovita said it plans to start selling the product in late 2011 or early 2012.Late Thursday, the Malvern, Pa., company said the Food and Drug...

Instead of Preventing Infections, Silver Coated Needleless IV Connectors May Actually Cause Them, a Nationally-Recognized Expert Tells National Conference on Cancer Nursing Re...

February 11, 2011 6:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2011 /- Nationally-acclaimed researcher and award-winning author Dr. Cynthia C. Chernecky warned in a speech at the 11th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research that silver treated IV connectors could actually cause potentially deadly infections they were...

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