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Loud snoring and insomnia symptoms predict the development of the metabolic syndrome

November 30, 2010 9:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) A study in the Dec. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP found that loud snoring and two common insomnia symptoms -- difficulty falling asleep and unrefreshing sleep -- each significantly predicted the development of the metabolic syndrome. The study...

Alternative therapies may leave asthmatics gasping

November 30, 2010 11:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Montreal) Approximately 13 percent of parents turn to alternative therapies to treat their children's asthma, according to a new study from the Universite de Montreal. The findings, published recently in the Canadian Respiratory Journal, suggest that this trend is...

Pitt researcher receives NIH funding for technology-enhanced weight-loss program

November 30, 2010 11:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Pittsburgh) Pitt's study is one of seven NIH-funded clinical trials -- receiving a total of $36 million over five years -- which will use the Web, cell phones, wearable technology, and social networking to promote good health in young adults.

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ImmunoGen testing lung cancer treatment

November 30, 2010 10:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

ImmunoGen Inc. has begun a clinical trial of its small-cell lung cancer treatment, IMGN901, noting its goal endpoint for the trial – progression-free survival.

People with sleep apnea at higher risk for aggressive heart disease

November 29, 2010 8:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Radiological Society of North America) People with obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder associated with obesity, have more non-calcified or "bad" plaque in their coronary arteries, according to a new study.

Prescriptions for teens and young adults on the rise

November 29, 2010 10:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Rochester Medical Center) Adolescents and young adults are most likely to abuse prescription medications. Yet prescription rates for controlled medications have nearly doubled for those age groups in the past 14 years, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics.

Military experts provide civilian surgeons with guidance on handling bomb blast injuries

November 22, 2010 9:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) "The recent international security alerts provide a timely reminder that surgeons could be called on at a moment's notice to deal with blast injuries" says consultant surgeon Jonothan Earnshaw, joint editor-in-chief of BJS, the British Journal of Surgery. BJS has just...

VeriStrat® Test Identifies Lung Cancer Patients Benefiting from Combination Therapy

November 19, 2010 4:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 19, 2010 /- Results from the VeriStrat analysis of a phase II trial of first line erlotinib in combination with sorafenib in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were presented today at the 22nd EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets in...

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Masimo to Present at Piper Jaffray 22nd Annual Healthcare Conference

November 19, 2010 4:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2010 /- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI ) today announced that its management is scheduled to present at the Piper Jaffray 22nd Annual Healthcare Conference at The New York Palace in New York City on Tuesday, November 30, at 12:30 p.m. ET.  A live audiocast of the...

Modulating a protein in the brain could help control Alzheimer's disease

November 18, 2010 9:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Temple University) A protein known to exist in the brain for more than 30 years, called 5-lipoxygenase, has been found to play a regulatory role in the formation of the amyloid beta in the brain, the major component of plaques implicated in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Elsevier launches HESI QuizMe nursing app series

November 18, 2010 9:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that the new HESI QuizMe app series for nursing students is available from the Apple App Store. These apps familiarize nursing students with clinically based...

Shockwaves work better than surgery for smaller kidney stones trapped in the ureter

November 18, 2010 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Surgeons are recommending two different techniques for removing single kidney stones that have become lodged in the ureter, based on results from 273 patients. Noninvasive shockwaves worked best for stones of up to 1 cm, while larger stones were more effectively removed...

Philips and Atom Medical Corporation Announce Strategic Alliance to Provide a Complete Neonatal and Perinatal Offering

November 18, 2010 5:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 18, 2010 /- Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and Atom Medical Corporation, a major manufacturer of neonatal medical equipment, announced today that they are expanding their relationship to serve customers with a more complete portfolio of perinatal care...

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Lung Cancer Patients the Centerpiece for Northwestern Medicine Quality of Care Study

November 18, 2010 5:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of six national participants in a pilot study that will test whether operable lung cancer patients and their families have a smoother care experience and better outcomes by hardwiring data systems to...

Draeger Teams Up with International Aid to Supply Medical Equipment for Use in Developing Countries

November 18, 2010 5:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

TELFORD, Pa., Nov. 18, 2010 /- Draeger Medical, Inc., a subsidiary of Draegerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, a leading international company in the fields of medical and safety technology, has teamed up with the global humanitarian healthcare agency International Aid (IA) to donate used medical...

MedImmune Announces Winners of the 5th Annual Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity Research Abstract Competition

November 17, 2010 7:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Nov. 17, 2010 /- MedImmune announced the winners of its 5th Annual Research Abstract Competition highlighting the work of the next generation of scientific leaders performing research in areas of respiratory, inflammation and autoimmune (RIA) disease. Graduate students...

Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty System Named 'Best of What's New' By Popular Science

November 17, 2010 5:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NATICK, Mass., Nov. 17, 2010 /- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) today announced that its newly acquired subsidiary, Asthmatx, Inc., was awarded the 2010 Popular Science "Best of What's New" Award in the Health category for its Alair ® Bronchial Thermoplasty System....

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital Commences Treating Cancer Patients Using New TrueBeam™ System for High-Precision Image-Guided Radiotherapy and Radiosurgery

November 17, 2010 5:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

DENVER, Nov. 17, 2010 /- Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver is among the first medical centers in the world—and the first in Colorado—to commence treating cancer patients using the new TrueBeam™ system for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, a revolutionary...

Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty System Named 'Best of What's New' By Popular Science

November 17, 2010 3:33 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

NATICK, Mass., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that its newly acquired subsidiary, Asthmatx, Inc., was awarded the 2010 Popular Science "Best of What's New" Award

Nation's top hospital organ transplant centers identified by HealthGrades

November 17, 2010 12:32 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(HealthGrades) HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent ratings organization, today made available to organ transplant patients a list of those hospitals with the best track record for survival and chances of receiving a donor organ. HealthGrades annual evaluation of the nation's...

Preterm birth rates improve in most states

November 16, 2010 8:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(March of Dimes Foundation) The United States received a "D" on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, when national preterm birth rates are measured against the Healthy People 2010 goals. The United States has a high rate of preterm birth compared to top scoring states and,...

New dry powder antibiotic targets tuberculosis, reduces treatment time

November 16, 2010 4:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) New research being presented at the 2010 International Pharmaceutical Federation Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress in association with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting and Exposition will feature...

Smoke from fireworks is harmful to health

November 16, 2010 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) The metallic particles in the smoke emitted by fireworks pose a health risk, particularly to people who suffer from asthma. This is the conclusion of a study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water...

Using plants against soils contaminated with arsenic

November 16, 2010 11:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Zurich) Two essential genes that control the accumulation and detoxification of arsenic in plant cells have been identified. This discovery is the fruit of an international collaboration involving laboratories in Switzerland, South Korea and the USA. The results presented...

Pfizer Launches Global Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, a Network of Research Partnerships, With University of California, San Francisco

November 16, 2010 4:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2010 /- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE ) today announced the establishment of the Global Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, an entrepreneurial network of partnerships with leading academic medical centers to transform research and development by accessing leading translational...

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