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CareFusion Launches Spinal Treatment Device

September 12, 2010 11:31 pm | by San Diego Business Journal | News | Comments

CareFusion Corp., a medical technology company based in San Diego, has launched the AVAmax Vertebral Balloon, a device designed to improve and reduce the costs of kyphoplasty, a treatment for spinal compression fractures.

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Cancer deaths fall, but prevention still lags behind

September 12, 2010 10:34 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation) Although overall mortality from cancer is decreasing in the European Union, its incidence increased by almost 20 percent, from 2.1 million new cases in 2002 to 2.5 million in 2008, says a special issue of the European Journal of Cancer (the...

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Early prostate cancer detection, screening: No benefit for men with low baseline PSA value

September 12, 2010 10:34 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Men aged 55-74 years who have low baseline blood levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) are not likely to benefit from further screening and treatment. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the...

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Pushing ions through carbon nanotubes

September 12, 2010 10:33 pm | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

The tiny, multitalented carbon tubes can carry single molecules, one at a time.

Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control

September 12, 2010 8:32 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial intelligence improves a wheelchair system that could give paralyzed people greater mobility.

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Gene discovery could yield treatments for nearsightedness

September 12, 2010 11:32 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Duke University Medical Center) Myopia (nearsightedness) is the most common eye disorder in the world and becoming more common, yet little is known about its genetic underpinnings. Scientists at Duke University Medical Center, in conjunction with several other groups, have...

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Futures in Biotech 66: The Homebrew Genomics Club

September 12, 2010 8:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Andre Nantel A first hand account on the genesis of the Human Genome Project. Guest: Dr. David Botstein, Director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes. Comments and...

Free Dog Heart Checks at McAllister Park

September 11, 2010 4:35 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 11 /- The Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour is heading south to San Antonio, Texas, for an afternoon of free heart health examinations in San Antonio's McAllister Dog Park. From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 17, certified veterinary cardiologists will be performing on site...

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Covidien Supports FDA's Patient Safety Efforts for Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents

September 10, 2010 5:36 pm | by Covidien | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS, Sep 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Covidien (NYSE:COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced it supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) labeling changes for gadolinium-based contrast agents for patients with acute kidney injury or...

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3M begins tender offer for Cogent shares

September 10, 2010 4:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

3M Co., which makes Post-Its and various other products, said Friday it has begun a tender offer for all outstanding shares of security device developer Cogent Inc. at $10.50 a share.3M agreed to buy Cogent last month for about $943 million in a bid to expand into the security market.The board...

Tracking Coastal Erosion From Storms

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Podcasts | Comments

New data from sensitive airborne altimetry combined with undersea sensors is giving scientists better insight into how major storms can rapidly reshape coastlines. Reporter Sid Perkins discusses his Science News article on the scouring power of major storms.

When To Test For Prostate Cancer?

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Ads urge men of a certain age to get screened for prostate cancer. But is "test early, test often" the best approach? Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society and Mark Scholz, author of Invasion Of The Prostate Snatchers, discuss other approaches.

Happy Birthday, Buckyballs!

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Twenty-five years ago this month, researchers first identified buckminsterfullerenes -- a previously undiscovered form of carbon shaped like a tiny soccer ball. Harry Kroto, who shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery, explains what's been learned about fullerenes since.

Scientists Study What Makes A Man A Good Dancer

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Evolutionary psychologist Nick Neave filmed men dancing, converted the videos into dancing avatars and asked women to rate the avatars' dancing ability. The researchers found that the highly rated male dancers had some moves in common. Some advice: Shake that right knee.

Does The 'Energy Star' Label Need An Update?

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Podcasts | Comments

A review in Consumer Reports says it's good news so many products have become energy efficient but calls for strengthening Energy Star standards to guide consumers to truly efficient products. Ira Flatow and guests discuss that report and overlooked ways people can save energy at home.

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