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Priming the Body to Tackle Cancer

April 27, 2011 8:36 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Immune therapy proves effective against melanoma in an early trial.

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Community Health 1Q profit falls 12 percent

April 27, 2011 5:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc., which is trying to buy rival Tenet Healthcare Corp., said Wednesday that its profit fell 12 percent in the first quarter on losses related to a physician clinic it recently sold and a hospital it is selling.Community Health Systems said net...

Severity of hepatitis C and HIV co-infection in mothers contribute to HCV transmission to child

April 27, 2011 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) New research shows that high maternal viral load and co-infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are the only risk factors associated with vertical transmission of the hepatitis C virus (HCV-VT). A variation in the infant's IL28B gene is associated...

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Obese adolescents lacking vitamin D

April 27, 2011 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Lifespan) A new study from Hasbro Children's Hospital has found that most obese adolescents are lacking in vitamin D. The researchers call for increased surveillance of vitamin D levels in this population and for further studies to determine if normalizing vitamin D levels will...

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Tropical blueberries are extreme super fruits

April 27, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(American Chemical Society) The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries -- already renowned as "super...

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Dramatic Price Increases in Brand Name Drugs Spur Shareholders to Action

April 27, 2011 12:37 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

NEW YORK, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the skyrocketing costs of brand name drugs leave millions of Americans skipping doses or abandoning their prescriptions, investors representing 14 faith and health care organizations are petitioning the nation's top pharmaceutical...

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Patient Advocates File FOIA Request to FDA on Avastin

April 27, 2011 12:36 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2011 /- Leaders in the battle with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to retain metastatic breast cancer (mbc) as an indication for the drug Avastin today filed a Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request with the FDA. The filers include noted attorney David...

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Select Medical 1Q outlook exceeds estimates

April 27, 2011 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Select Medical Holdings Corp. issued preliminary first-quarter results on Wednesday, and the hospital and rehabilitation clinic operator forecast a larger profit and greater revenue than Wall Street had anticipated.Select Medical said it expects to report a profit of 21 to 22 cents per share...

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Study suggests lower risk of coronary heart disease from alcohol, even with hazardous drinking

April 27, 2011 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Boston University Medical Center) A study suggests a lower risk of coronary heart disease from alcohol, even with hazardous drinking.

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Large differences in mortality between urban and isolated rural areas

April 27, 2011 11:34 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Norwegian Institute of Public Health) In urban communities, less than 1 in 100 inhabitants died from Spanish flu in 1918, but in isolated communities up to 9 out of 10 died. This could be due to different exposure to influenza in the decades before Spanish flu. People in urban...

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A less painful colonoscopy

April 27, 2011 10:40 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Tufts University) Colonoscopy is regarded as the most thorough way to screen for colon cancer but it can be a painful procedure. Tufts researchers have developed a technique that could potentially reduce patient discomfort while also ensuring the accuracy of the exam.

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Mass. House votes to repeal gift ban on pharma, med devices

April 27, 2011 10:39 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted to overturn the 2008 gift ban that regulates interactions between doctors and medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

NxStage Medical names Miller to new international growth role

April 27, 2011 10:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

NxStage Medical Inc., a Lawrence maker of dialysis products, has named Michael Miller Jr. to the new post of president, international. In the new position, he will be charged with promoting NxStage's global growth in the European Union, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

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Summary Box: WellPoint 1Q profit rises about 6 pct

April 27, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

THE RESULTS: Health insurer WellPoint Inc. earned $926.6 million, or $2.44 per share, in the first quarter, up from $876.8 million, or $1.96 per share, a year earlier. Total revenue fell slightly to $14.89 billion.THE REASONS: The insurer cut selling, general and administrative expenses more than 4...

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. to Host First-Quarter 2011 Earnings Conference Call

April 27, 2011 9:37 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 27, 2011 /- Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: MTD ) today announced it will host a conference call to discuss the Company's first-quarter results on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To hear a live webcast of the call, visit...

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