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New Court Ruling Could Cripple Stem-Cell Research

August 29, 2010 8:31 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Once again, federal funding restrictions cast uncertainty over the field.

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Sanofi-aventis Announces Non-Binding Offer to Acquire Genzyme

August 29, 2010 1:31 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

PARIS, Aug. 29 /- Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY ) announced today that it has submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire Genzyme (Nasdaq: GENZ ) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $18.5 billion. Under the terms of the proposed acquisition, Genzyme...

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McMaster study contradicts reports of problems with blood-thinner

August 29, 2010 7:32 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(McMaster University) New findings by McMaster University researchers contradict earlier reports that people with a certain genetic make-up don't benefit from the blood-thinner clopidogrel, also known as Plavix.

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Genetic Substudy Shows Fewer Major Cardiovascular Events With Ticagrelor (BRILINTA) Regardless of Relevant Genetic Variability in ACS Patients

August 29, 2010 7:31 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 29 /- A new genetic substudy of PLATO (A Study of PLAT elet Inhibition and Patient O utcomes) showed that the effects on a combined primary endpoint of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or stroke seen in Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) patients who...

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Developmental gene-environment interactions: A model for psychosis

August 29, 2010 3:32 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Recent research findings in psychiatry indicate that genes are likely to influence disorder mostly indirectly, via their impact upon physiological pathways, and work by increasing the likelihood of developing a psychiatric disorder,...

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Schizophrenia and psychotic syndromes

August 29, 2010 2:31 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Even today psychotic disorders remain highly stigmatized, and despite the young age of the patients and the long-term service dependence often are not prioritized in the agenda of public health.

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Huge verdict shakes up nursing home industry

August 28, 2010 8:45 am | by PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

During Cindy Cool's almost daily visits to the nursing home, she would routinely find her Alzheimer's-suffering father wearing urine-soaked clothes.The Blue Lake, Calif. resident said it would take upwards of 20 minutes for the apparently short-handed staff of Eureka Healthcare and...

What Now For Federally Funded Stem Cell Work?

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

A federal judge has blocked President Obama's 2009 executive order expanding embryonic stem cell research. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGett (D-Colo.) and stem cell researcher Rudolph Jaenisch discuss the ruling's impact on scientists, and whether Congress can pass stem cell legislation.

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Regulators Give Green Light To Solar, Wind

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Construction is now under way on the world's biggest wind farm in California's Mojave Desert. Federal and state regulators have given the green light to several large solar thermal projects in the Mojave as well. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the future of clean energy in the U.S.

Conquering Your Fear Of Bedbugs

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

With daily reports of bedbugs in movie theaters and clothing stores -- let alone apartment buildings -- bedbug hysteria seems to be reaching new heights. Psychologist Kevin Ochsner studies how people regulate emotion and shares tips for how to get your bedbug fear under control.

Sci-Fi High Tech Comes To Life

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

The future as imagined in science fiction sometimes becomes a reality. Michael and Denise Okuda, graphic designers for Star Trek, and John Underkoffler, science adviser on Minority Report , talk about envisioning the future.

Gulf Spill Reveals New Oil-Eating Bacteria

August 27, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Researchers reporting in the journal Science say they have discovered a new species of oil-eating bacteria living half a mile down in the Gulf of Mexico. Study author Terry Hazen discusses the finding and what these bacteria might mean for future oil spills.

Sniffing Out The Science Of Smell

August 27, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

There are hundreds of receptors in the human nose that can pick up thousands of odors with each sniff. But how do we make sense of the scents? Smell researchers Stuart Firestein and Donald Wilson discuss the complexities of olfaction and how the brain sorts out what the nose picks up.

Lawmakers: Better 510(k) Process Key to Keeping Device Jobs in US

August 27, 2010 4:31 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Trying to keep devicemakers, and the jobs they provide, in the U.S., two senators are urging the FDA to be more transparent and predictable in its review of 510(k)s.

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FDA Expects to Publish an RFP Soon to Begin Developing UDI Database

August 27, 2010 4:30 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

After years of promises, the FDA says it plans to publish, within the next few months, a request for proposals (RFP) to begin the development and building of a unique device identifier (UDI) database.

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