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Cigarette smoking increases rheumatoid arthritis risk in African-Americans

November 23, 2010 10:42 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) A new study determined that African-Americans who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA risk is more pronounced among individuals positive for the HLA-DRB1 shared epitope, a genetic risk factor for RA. Findings from this...

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Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis crucial to positive outcomes for patients(2)

November 23, 2010 10:42 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Positive outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are closely linked to early diagnosis and treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). A study by researchers in the Netherlands found that patients who are assessed by rheumatologists soon after RA...

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Aushon BioSystems appoints Beushausen as CSO

November 23, 2010 10:39 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Aushon Biosytems Inc., a biotechnology services company, has named Sven Beushausen, a former molecular medicine site lead for Pfizer Inc., as its new chief scientific officer.

Study prescribes Medicare 2011 drug plan research

November 23, 2010 9:46 am | by TOM MURPHY - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Medicare prescription drug customers should closely study 2011 coverage options before they renew their plans, according to the research firm Avalere Health, which forecasts significant changes in the coming year.Many plans have changed the drugs they cover or the amounts consumers pay, and...

TSX-listed corporate dividends and distributions declared Nov. 23, 2010

November 23, 2010 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dividends or distributions were declared or updated on the followed listed issues on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Nov. 23, 2010.Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust Units (TSX:REF.UN): $0.115. Payable Jun 14. Record May 31.Ag Growth International Inc. (TSX:AFN): $0.2. Payable Dec 30. Record...

Discera?s silicon oscillators are the first to deliver 10 ppm accuracy for consumer applications

November 23, 2010 9:37 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

Semiconductor-grade reliability of 2.6 billion hour MTBF is over 2x better than MEMS industry, over 20x better than crystal oscillators.

Vertex forwards hepatitis C treatment for FDA approval

November 23, 2010 9:36 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it has finished submitting its hepatitis C drug candidate to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval. The submission is widely seen as a watershed moment for the company because the drug, if approved, is expected to be a blockbuster.

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FDA approves BG Medicine heart failure test

November 23, 2010 9:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | Comments

BG Medicine Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its cardiac test, Galectin-3, which is designed to measure galectin-3 blood levels.

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Summary Box: Medtronic profit falls in 2nd quarter

November 23, 2010 8:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

LEGAL HIT: Medtronic, the world's largest medical device maker, reported a 35 percent drop in profit for the second quarter as legal expenses tied to defective heart devices outpaced weak gains in medical device sales.DEVICE DEMAND: The company lowered its earnings guidance for the second half of...

MEMSIC introduces METF2000 series of MEMS gas mass flow meters for industrial applications

November 23, 2010 8:37 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

MEMSIC, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!mems/quotes/nls/mems (MEMS 3.00, +0.06, +2.04%) , a leading innovator of MEMS sensors and systems solutions, today announced its first generation family of high-performance MEMS Gas Mass Flow Meters.

Analog devices wins MEMS microphone patent case

November 23, 2010 8:37 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

Knowles Electronics' patents found invalid by International trade commission judge.

MEMS microphones to map noise pollution

November 23, 2010 8:37 am | by I-Micronews | Comments

Sound engineers in the UK have developed a novel use for Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) microphones to map noise pollution.

Under suspicion: The painkiller ziconotide could increase suicidal ideation

November 23, 2010 8:34 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Ruhr-University Bochum) The active agent ziconotide, the synthetic toxin of the cone snail, was acclaimed a safe alternative to morphine when it was introduced six years ago. Now it is increasingly suspected of causing patients to commit suicide. Researchers working under the auspices of...

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Hologic gets FDA approvable letter for breast tomo

November 23, 2010 8:33 am | by Diagnostic Imaging | Comments

Hologic is on the brink of realizing its ambition to pioneer the commercial use of 3D mammography in the U.S. The company, which for 25 years has focused on women’s health, announced this morning receipt of an approvable letter from the FDA for its Selenia Dimensions digital mammography...

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