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FDA Issues Complete Response Letter for Lorcaserin New Drug Application

October 23, 2010 12:31 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO and WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Oct. 23, 2010 /- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA ) and Eisai Inc. announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Complete Response Letter (CRL) regarding Arena's New Drug Application (NDA) for lorcaserin. Lorcaserin is...

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VCA Antech 3Q profit drops, misses expectations

October 22, 2010 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VCA Antech Inc., which owns and operates veterinary hospitals and laboratories and sells premium and therapeutic pet food, said Friday that its third-quarter profit fell 25 percent as costs and expenses rose, missing analyst expectations.For July through September, VCA Antech earned $27.4...

Ventas to buy Atria real estate assets for $1.5B

October 22, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ventas Inc. said Friday it is buying the real estate assets of Atria Senior Living Group for $1.5 billion in cash and stock, giving it a portfolio of 118 homes located in wealthy coastal regions.The healthcare real estate investment trust is also assuming $1.6 billion in debt.Ventas said the...

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Health insurers help GOP after dalliance with Dems

October 22, 2010 10:45 am | by JIM KUHNHENN - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.They may get more than they're wishing for.The...

Decoding Lunar Crash Data

October 22, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Just over a year ago, the LCROSS mission deliberately crashed into a lunar crater, kicking up a cloud of debris --and signs of water. Michael Wargo, NASA's chief lunar scientist, describes other ingredients scientists have identified in lunar soil, a material called regolith.

Dean Kamen Explores Invention

October 22, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

His personal list of inventions includes everything from an insulin pump to the Segway Transporter. He started the FIRST Robotics engineering challenges for students. Now, inventor Dean Kamen also has his own television show, aimed at spreading the excitement of invention.

Physics Of Giant Pumpkins

October 22, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Pumpkins of the Atlantic Giant variety can weigh more than 1,800 pounds. For a mechanical engineer with an interest in plus-sized fruit, like Georgia Tech's David Hu, this raises an interesting physics question: How can the pumpkin get so big without breaking?

Ira Asks: How Are Eyeglasses Made?

October 22, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

After a prescription leaves the optometrist's office, how are eyeglasses actually made to order? Larry Enright, general manager of Perferx Optical, talks about the shaping, sanding, polishing, cutting and beveling behind each lens' journey into a pair of finished frames.

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'Yellow Dirt': The Legacy of Navajo Uranium Mines

October 22, 2010 10:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

In her book Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed, former Los Angeles Times reporter Judy Pasternak documents the toxic legacy of uranium mining in the Navajo lands of northeastern Arizona, where radioactive dust wound up in Navajo homes and drinking water.

Geek Out To Freak Out On Halloween

October 22, 2010 10:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

Halloween may be the biggest do-it-yourself holiday in America, where creative types turn their cars into Batmobiles and their jack-o'-lanterns into computerized Silly String squirters. Instructables founder and CEO Eric Wilhelm talks about these and other crafty projects for Halloween.

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Cancer'

October 22, 2010 10:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates is said to have named masses of cancerous cells karkinos -- Greek for crab. Science and medical historian Howard Markel discusses a few hypotheses on why Hippocrates named the disease after a crab, and how well cancer was understood in the ancient world.

Puzzling Over A Man And His Cube

October 22, 2010 10:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

Professor Erno Rubik's iconic puzzle, a simple, yet complex multicolored cube, took the world by storm in the 1980s and sold millions of copies. The inventor will receive a Lifetime Science Education Achievement Award from the USA Science & Engineering Festival this weekend.

Boston biotech finance head Baia dies

October 22, 2010 10:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Anne Baia, financial advisor and interim chief financial offier for several venture-backed Boston-area life sciences companies, died on Oct. 20 from cancer. She was 54 years old.

Europe approves expanded use of Boston Scientific stent

October 22, 2010 10:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corp. has received CE approval in Europe for expanded use of its WallFlex Biliary RX Fully Covered Stent for the treatment of benign bile duct strictures.

Fentanyl Transdermal System: Recall - Potential for Active Ingredient to Release Faster Than Specified

October 22, 2010 10:33 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Accelerated release of Fentanyl can lead to adverse events for at-risk patients, including excessive sedation, respiratory depression, hypoventilation, and apnea.

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