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Critique 029: What should we advise about alcohol consumption? A debate amongst scientists

January 18, 2011 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Boston University Medical Center) A letter to the editor titled "What should we advise about alcohol consumption?" was recently published by Maurizio Ponz de Leon in Internal and Emergency Medicine. Dr. de Leon argues that the message of health benefits of moderate drinking "seems...

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NuVasive: Procedure now covered by Cigna, Humana

January 18, 2011 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NuVasive Inc. said Tuesday that insurers Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc. recently changed their lumbar spinal fusion policy to include coverage for the company's eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion procedure for spinal surgery.The procedure also is covered by Aetna Inc., United Healthcare and Health...

Bus and tram passengers warned to keep their germs to themselves

January 18, 2011 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of Nottingham) You are six times more likely to end up at the doctors with an acute respiratory infection if you have recently used a bus or tram -- but those who use buses or trams daily might well be somewhat protected compared with more occasional users.

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Remote-controlled capsule endoscope safely examines the stomach

January 18, 2011 11:46 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) A new study showed that magnetic maneuvering of a modified capsule endoscope in the stomach of healthy volunteers under clinical conditions is safe, well-tolerated and technically feasible. Maneuverability of the capsule within the...

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Functional boost for magnetic resonance imaging

January 18, 2011 10:55 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Inderscience Publishers) Over the last few years, researchers have used a type of brain scanning, known as functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI, to help them map changes in blood flow in the brain and to correlate this with thoughts and behavior. A new way to analyze fMRI...

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Australian Elected as Society of Manufacturing Engineers

January 18, 2011 10:54 am | by Society of Manufacturing Engineers | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., January 18, 2011 — Reaching beyond the North American borders for the first time, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has elected Paul D. Bradley, PE, managing director, Peterson Industries out of Adelaide, South Australia, as its 2011 president. Bradley...

Wingrove to head regulatory affairs at ImmunoGen

January 18, 2011 10:53 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

ImmunoGen Inc. has brought in a new leader to aid the Waltham biotech in its regulatory development of products. Theresa Wingrove has been named vice president of regulatory affairs for the company.

Ariad sees positive results on pivotal sarcoma trial

January 18, 2011 10:53 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Cambridge said the pivotal Phase 3 safety and efficacy trial of ridaforolimus, its drug candidate for metastatic soft-tissue or bone sarcomas, met its primary endpoint.

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A Nanoscale Rope, and Another Step Toward Complex Nanomaterials That Assemble Themselves

January 18, 2011 10:50 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Berkeley Lab scientists have coaxed polymers to braid themselves into wispy nanoscale ropes that approach the structural complexity of biological materials. Their work is the latest development in the push to develop self-assembling nanoscale materials that mimic the intricacy and...

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Pharmacists Offer Recommendations to Guide Public Through Cold and Flu Season

January 18, 2011 10:43 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Pharmacists Association would like to remind the public about the importance of speaking with their pharmacist during cold and flu season. A pharmacist can help patients with such things as getting a flu shot, identifying...

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Co-Promotion of a New Medical Device for Female Infertility Announced

January 18, 2011 10:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

SPARTANBURG, S.C., Jan. 18, 2011 /- Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, LLC ( www.norgenixpharma.com ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Spartanburg-based J M Smith Corporation, and Fertility Focus Limited ( www.fertility-focus.com ) today announced a partnership for the co-promotion of the...

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The 515 Program Initiative: Reclassification of preAmendments Class III 510(k)s

January 18, 2011 10:31 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

FDA regulates medical devices and categorizes them into one of three classes (I, II or III) based on their level of risk. Class I and II devices are generally considered to be lower risk and require FDA clearance of an application referred to as a...

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AP Exclusive: Insurers profit on Medicare float

January 18, 2011 9:46 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Private health insurance plans catering to Medicare recipients are making millions by taking money the government sends in advance — but isn't immediately needed — and using it to make investments, federal investigators say in a report obtained by The Associated Press.In financial parlance,...

Brookdale announces 12 completed acquisitions

January 18, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Senior living facility operator Brookdale Senior Living Inc. said Tuesday it paid $31.3 million for 12 previous long-term lease communities in Oklahoma and Texas.The communities have 421 units overall.Meanwhile, the company said it will buy two other communities for a total of $19 million....

Analyst keeps 'attractive' view of health insurers

January 18, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Goldman Sachs analyst said Tuesday he remains bullish on the managed-care sector for several reasons and sees earnings growth topping 10 percent through 2019 as health care spending rises and more people gain insurance coverage.Analyst Matthew Borsch also cited "diminishing fear" from the...

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