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Flame retardant linked to altered thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy

June 20, 2010 8:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of California - Berkeley) A new UC Berkeley-led study of pregnant women links higher blood levels of PBDEs, a common type of flame retardant, with altered thyroid hormone levels. Normal maternal thyroid levels are important for healthy fetal neurodevelopment.

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Drug Targets Lupus by Tricking Immune System

June 20, 2010 8:35 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new approach shows early promise in fighting the devastating disease.

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Targeting disease remission has socio-economic benefits over low disease activity

June 19, 2010 2:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Achieving disease remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) provides superior outcomes across measures of socio-economic importance including work productivity and quality of life according to results presented today at EULAR 2010,...

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Blood deficiencies are strong predictors of poor outcome

June 19, 2010 2:33 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) For health care professionals diagnosing primary Sjogren's Syndrome (pSS, an autoimmune disorder in which immune cells attack and destroy moisture-producing glands), the incidence of blood based deficiencies is the strongest predictor of a poor...

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A Man-Made, Plastic Antibody Works In Mice

June 18, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Researchers say they've created nano-sized antibodies out of chemical components and used them to clear a toxin injected into mice. The antibodies latched on to and "disarmed" the toxin in much the same way natural antibodies do. Chemist Kenneth Shea describes the work.

The History And Future Of Blimp Technology

June 18, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Airships were once the giants of the skies. They were soaring before the airplane and were used as the first strategic bombers in World War I. What happened? Blimp technology has come a long way since the Hindenburg. Ira Flatow and guests discuss airships of the past and future.

Geek Your Father's Day

June 18, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

This Sunday, forget the BBQ and try constructing a balloon-powered sky-cam or folding some electronic origami. Ken Denmead, author of Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share, describes projects for science enthusiasts of all ages.

In Afghanistan, High-Tech Tools Replace The Hammer

June 18, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Geology surveys in Afghanistan don't just rely on the trusty map and hammer. John Brozena of the Naval Research Laboratory discusses how geologists there have mapped mineral deposits from planes carrying various sorts of cameras as well as gravity and magnetic sensors.

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Can The Gulf Spill Push Americans To Rethink Oil?

June 18, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In The Fate of Nature, former Anchorage Daily News reporter Charles Wohlforth writes that cleaning up oil spills is impossible, saying they're merely the cost of doing business. But how much destruction will it take to persuade Americans to embrace energy alternatives?

New Film Investigates 'Fracking' For Natural Gas

June 18, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

The natural gas industry says hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," could supply the U.S. with domestic energy for almost 100 years. But environmentalists are worried it may not be safe. Josh Fox, the director of the new documentary Gasland, talks about the potential dangers of fracking.

Science Diction: How 'X-Ray' Got Its 'X'

June 18, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Dr. Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, discusses how the German physicist William Roentgen stumbled across the phenomenon of X-rays while playing with a cathode tube in his lab, and why Roentgen gave the electromagnetic beams the name "X-rays."

Sex lives of patients are negatively affected by rheumatoid arthritis and SLE

June 18, 2010 4:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients from Brazil and Rheumatoid Arthritis patients from France report that their rheumatic conditions negatively affect their emotional relationships and sex lives, according to research presented today at EULAR...

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UPDATE: Congress set to restore Medicare reimbursement next week

June 18, 2010 4:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Congress is set to restore Medicare reimbursement for physicians next week, after a 21 percent cut went into effect June 18. Congress is set to restore Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians next week, meaning a de facto 2.2 percent pay raise, after a 21 percent cut went...

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Delcath CEO Hobbs takes top spot on Capella's board

June 18, 2010 4:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Eamonn Hobbs, CEO of Delcath Systems, is tapped to be Irish stent maker Capella Inc.'s chairman of the board. Eamonn Hobbs took over as board chairman for Irish stent-maker Capella Inc. Hobbs is CEO of Delcath Systems Inc. (NSDQ:DCTH), a New York-based manufacturer of...

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CytoPherx drums up $11.7 million for dialysis development

June 18, 2010 4:35 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

CytoPherx Inc. raises $11.7 million in equity, debt and options to develop a device that filters the blood of kidney-disease patients. By Brandon Glenn CytoPherx Inc. raised $11.7 million for the development of a device that filters the blood of kidney-disease patients. The Ann...

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