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Discovery of taste receptors in the lungs could help people with asthma breathe easier

October 24, 2010 11:31 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Maryland Medical Center) Taste receptors in the lungs? Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have discovered that bitter taste receptors are not just located in the mouth but also in human lungs. What they learned about the role of the...

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NCPA Announces Kathleen Jaeger as CEO

October 24, 2010 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced the appointment of Kathleen Jaeger as Executive Vice President and CEO, heralding her as an ideal choice to build on the association's recent accomplishments and lead...

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Hyland’s Teething Tablets: Recall - Risk of Harm to Children

October 23, 2010 8:32 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

FDA laboratory analysis found product to contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna, which can cause harm at larger doses.

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Optimer Pharmaceuticals Announces Combined Data From Fidaxomicin Phase 3 Trials for the Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Presented at IDSA

October 23, 2010 9:31 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23 /- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTR ) announced today the presentation of combined data from its two fidaxomicin Phase 3 trials in patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America...

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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...

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...

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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.

'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.

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