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Genetic differences that make some people susceptible to meningitis revealed in major new study

August 8, 2010 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Imperial College London) Genetic differences that make some people susceptible to developing meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, and others naturally immune, are revealed in a new study of over 6,000 people, published today in Nature Genetics. The research, led by Imperial...

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Health care using telephone and telemonitoring technology benefits heart failure patients

August 7, 2010 4:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Providing patients with chronic heart failure access to remote monitoring, for example by telephone or telemonitoring using wireless technology, reduces deaths and hospitalizations and may provide benefits on health care costs and quality of life. These are the...

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Autism: Lack of evidence for antidepressants

August 7, 2010 4:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Antidepressants commonly prescribed to people with autistic spectrum disorders cannot be recommended based on current evidence, a new study by Cochrane Researchers concludes. Despite some evidence of benefits in adults diagnosed with autism, they say there is no...

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Emeritus says purchase of Sunwest homes complete

August 6, 2010 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Emeritus Corp. on Friday announced the near completion of a $1.2 billion acquisition of 144 assisted living homes from Sunwest Management Inc.The purchase was made through a joint venture that includes Emeritus, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, an affiliate of The Blackstone Group and Columbia...

Little Brown Bats Could Disappear In The Northeast

August 6, 2010 2:39 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Reporting in Science, researchers write that little brown bats, or Myotis lucifugus, are likely to disappear from the Northeast over the next 16 years. Study author Winifred Frick discusses white-nose syndrome, which is associated with die-offs and caused by a fast-moving fungus.

New Frontier For Geeks: The Kitchen

August 6, 2010 2:39 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food, software engineer Jeff Potter discusses using the hacker mindset in the kitchen, from cooking salmon in the dishwasher to a warranty-voiding experiment on his oven to get the scorching temperatures necessary for perfect pizza crust.

Register Receipts May Be A Source of Bisphenol-A

August 6, 2010 2:39 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Three studies point to receipts as a possibly significant source of the chemical bisphenol-A, according to Science News. While bisphenol-A isn't regulated, the government has suggested minimizing exposure to it. Science News senior editor Janet Raloff discusses the finding.

Actress Danica McKellar Solves For 'X'

August 6, 2010 2:39 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In her new book Hot X: Algebra Exposed, actress and math advocate Danica McKellar shares her secrets for solving algebra problems -- and navigating high school social life. McKellar discusses the book, and explains why she tailors her math teaching techniques toward girls.

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New Ruling Says Users Can Hack Their iPhones

August 6, 2010 2:39 pm | Podcasts | Comments

A new government ruling issued last month makes it legal for iPhone users to "jailbreak" their phones so they can potentially choose a different carrier. Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig discusses that and other recent changes to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

Izard Nobel LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Almost Family, Inc.

August 6, 2010 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The law firm of Izard Nobel LLP, which has significant experience representing investors in prosecuting claims of securities fraud, announces that a lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on behalf of...

Problems Delay NRU Repairs, Extend Shortage of Isotope

August 6, 2010 1:37 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

After some unforeseen delays, Canada’s National Research Universal (NRU) reactor may be able to resume production this month of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), which is used to generate a widely used diagnostic.

ARJ Takes Down Its Website Following Warning Letter

August 6, 2010 1:37 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

After receiving a warning letter citing it for marketing unapproved pregnancy and drug screening tests on its website, ARJ Medical has pulled the site off the internet.

FDA rejects orphan status for DUSA drug

August 6, 2010 11:36 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

DUSA Pharmaceuticals Inc. has failed to receive orphan drug designation from the FDA for its Levulan Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) system for multiple medical indications, with a concentration on dermatology. As a result, the company will close out the its associated pilot clinical trial.

California Home Medical Providers Call on Congress to Preserve Homecare as an Option for Seniors and People with Disabilities Under Medicare

August 6, 2010 11:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. , Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providers of home medical equipment and services across California are proposing a fiscally responsible alternative to the mislabeled "competitive" bidding scheme currently under way in Medicare that will actually discourage...

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Michigan Home Medical Providers Call on Congress to Preserve Homecare as an Option for Seniors and People With Disabilities Under Medicare

August 6, 2010 11:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. , Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providers of home medical equipment and services across Michigan are proposing a fiscally responsible alternative to the mislabeled "competitive" bidding scheme currently under way in Medicare that will actually discourage...

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