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LCA-Vision sees 15 pct drop in 2Q procedures

July 6, 2010 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

LCA-Vision Inc., which operates laser vision surgery centers, said Tuesday that 15 percent fewer Lasik procedures were performed in the second quarter compared with the same time last year when the company operated more sites.The economic downturn has hit the company hard, leading to sharp...

FLIR releases uncooled, longwave thermal camera

July 5, 2010 11:35 pm | by I-Micronews | Comments

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR; Portland, OR, USA) announced the release of the new 640 × 480 resolution member of its popular Tau family of uncooled longwave camera cores. Still the smallest, lightest, lowest-power uncooled longwave thermal camera cores in their class, Tau 640 delivers...

Biosensors Comfortable Enough to Wear 24-7

July 5, 2010 8:36 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

A new kind of sensor could allow for long-term medical monitoring--without direct skin contact.

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Targeting a Master Regulator of Disease

July 5, 2010 8:36 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Drugmakers place big bets on the emerging science of microRNA.

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News briefs from the July issue of Chest

July 5, 2010 8:35 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(American College of Chest Physicians) News briefs from the July issue of Chest feature studies related to how weekend ICU admissions may be linked to increased risk of death and how biomass smoke may be linked to COPD.

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Diagnostic blood test can identify rare lung disease

July 5, 2010 8:35 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have found that a certain blood test can successfully identify lymphangioleiomyomatosis in some patients, eliminating the need for...

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Antagonizing atherosclerosis

July 5, 2010 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Rockefeller University Press) Antibody-producing B cells promote atherosclerosis in mice, according to a study to be published online on July 5 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. These findings came as a surprise, as prior studies had suggested that B cells help protect...

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Kids now see fewer television ads for sweets and beverages, but more for fast food

July 5, 2010 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(JAMA and Archives Journals) Children saw fewer television advertisements for certain foods, including those for sweets and beverages, in 2007 compared with 2003, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the September print issue of Archives of Pediatrics &...

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Circadin is Approved in the EU for Treatment of Primary Insomnia in Patients Aged 55 or Over for up to 3 Months

July 5, 2010 3:38 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

TEL AVIV, Israel , July 5, 2010 /- Neurim Pharmaceuticals ( http://www.Neurim.com ) confirmed today that the European Commission (EC) has approved a change in treatment duration with Circadin from 3 to 13 weeks (3 months). Circadin is indicated for the treatment of primary insomnia in...

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New tool to rule out coronary heart disease in primary care

July 5, 2010 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) A simple new rule can help primary care physicians rule out coronary heart disease in patients with chest pain, states a study published in CMAJ.

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Depression symptoms show little change during the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease

July 5, 2010 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Rush University Medical Center) Researchers at Rush University Medical Center found that depressive symptoms show little change during the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease. The study suggests that depression is truly a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease and not...

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Heart patients with anxiety disorder experience more cardiovascular events, deaths

July 5, 2010 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(JAMA and Archives Journals) Among patients with heart disease, anxiety disorders appear to be associated with a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and death, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Digital embryo gains wings

July 5, 2010 12:38 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have captured fruit fly development on film, creating the Fly Digital Embryo. In work published today in Nature Methods, they were also the first to clearly record how a zebrafish's eyes...

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FDA Approves Strativa Pharmaceuticals' Zuplenz® (ondansetron) Oral Soluble Film

July 2, 2010 8:36 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. , July 2 /- Strativa Pharmaceuticals today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zuplenz® (ondansetron) oral soluble film for the prevention of postoperative, highly and moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy-induced, and...

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Cepheid Xpert MRSA-SA Blood Culture Assay for Use with the GeneXpert Dx System: Class I Recall

July 2, 2010 8:31 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The firm received increasing numbers of complaints for false negative MRSA results. False negative could result in incorrect treatment or delay of care for patients with MRSA infection.

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