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Elsevier, Redfox Technologies and Microsoft launch innovative e-learning nursing solution

May 5, 2011 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) Elsevier, Redfox Technologies and Microsoft today announced the launch of the iCitizen Nursing Skills Netbook, an integrated and affordable e-learning netbook for nurses and nursing students in The Philippines.

Few African-Americans call 911 immediately for stroke symptoms

May 5, 2011 6:45 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Heart Association) When given a hypothetical stroke symptoms scenario, 89 percent of African-Americans say they would call 9-1-1. But in a study of black stroke patients, only 12 percent called 9-1-1 immediately. Most African-American stroke patients surveyed called a...

Most blacks report calling a friend, not 911, when facing the symptoms of a stroke

May 5, 2011 6:45 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Georgetown University Medical Center) Most African-Americans report calling a friend instead of 911 when faced with the symptoms of a stroke, according to a new study that surveyed those hospitalized for a stroke. The findings also indicate that most people, who didn't call for...

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Natural protection against radiation

May 4, 2011 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Chemical Society) In the midst of ongoing concerns about radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, scientists are reporting that a substance similar to resveratrol -- an antioxidant found in red wine, grapes and nuts -- could protect against...

NxStage gets System One approved in Australia, New Zealand

May 4, 2011 8:48 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

NxStage Medical Inc. said it has won approval for its NxStage System One dialysis product from Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration. In addition, the company has signed a five-year agreement with Regional Health Care Group, a medical products distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

US must strengthen efforts to restrict chemicals that threaten health, say researchers

May 3, 2011 9:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Burness Communications) The Environmental Protection Agency, stymied by the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act, must seek partners in academia to help evaluate the risks of industrial chemicals on the market today, say Sarah A. Vogel of the Johnson Family Foundation and Jody...

Virtual lung models set to personalize asthma and COPD treatment

May 3, 2011 9:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Lung Foundation) A team of international experts are set to develop a pioneering tool to help tailor the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as part of a new EU project.

Optasia Medical brings data analysis to X-ray imaging

May 3, 2011 8:37 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Optasia Medical has developed three medical imaging products that use statistical analysis to convert data from medical images into digital models that the software analyzes for changes in bone and joint features. Now it is seeking $3.25 million of funding to build out distribution...

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Novel program is saving newborns? lives in developing countries

May 3, 2011 8:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Pediatrics) A program that teaches health care workers in developing countries basic techniques to resuscitate babies immediately after birth is saving lives.

Establishing the first line of human embryonic stem cells in Brazil

May 2, 2011 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair) Establishing a genetically diverse line of human embryonic stem cells for the therapeutic stem cell transplantation needs of the diverse ethnic and genetic Brazilian population has been shown to be problematic....

ENERCA clinical recommendations for sickle cell disease management and prevention in children

May 2, 2011 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer) The article published in the American Journal of Hematology is divided in three main issues: Prevention of complications, treatment and therapies for acute disease. Different aspects of each issue are exposed...

Pain and itch connected down deep

May 2, 2011 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of California - Berkeley) Despite much research on pain receptors, investigators have only recently focused on itch and how the body distinguishes between itch and pain. This research, including new findings by UC Berkeley's Diana Bautista, show that the receptors...

Ariad Pharmaceuticals shuffles board members

May 2, 2011 10:36 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Ariad Pharmaceuticals has appointed Norbert G. Riedel to its board of directors. Riedel currently serves as corporate vice president and chief scientific officer of health care company Baxter International Inc. in Deerfield, Ill.

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Advanced CT with 3-D scanning improve detection of drug trafficking and other contraband smuggling

May 1, 2011 9:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Roentgen Ray Society) With the high prevalence of drug abuse and trafficking in major cities throughout the world, one new study shows how advanced CT with 3-D scanning can help radiologists better identify ingested or hidden contraband items more effectively.

US EPA joins alliance to curb global e-waste

May 1, 2011 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(United Nations University) The US EPA is stepping up international efforts to help curb rising pollution, the waste of natural resources, and health problems associated with trashed electronics, announcing today a new agreement with the United Nations University.A five-year, $2.5...

Pediatricians examine impact of environmental disasters on children's health

April 30, 2011 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Academy of Pediatrics) In two sessions at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo., experts in pediatric health care from the U.S. and Japan will examine the toll of two recent disasters on children?s health: the...

2011 ARVO Award recipients honored at annual meeting

April 29, 2011 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is pleased to announce its 2011 ARVO Award recipients. These award recipients will be acknowledged at the ARVO 2011 Annual Meeting, May 1-5, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Folic acid for everybody -- arguments in favor of food fortification

April 28, 2011 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Neural tube defects in neonates are common in Germany compared with the rest of Europe. Extensive folic acid fortification of foods in Germany might prevent these in 85-100 percent of cases, Wolfgang Herrmann and Rima Obeid argue in this issue...

Success of First World Congress of Pediatric Urology underscores increasing importance of specialty

April 28, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier Health Sciences) The first World Congress of Pediatric Urology was held in San Francisco in May 2010, bringing together the largest and most successful international congregation of pediatric urologists ever assembled. As part of a collaborative effort, the Journal of...

Preliminary program announced for 2nd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis & Bone Meeting

April 28, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International Osteoporosis Foundation) The preliminary program has been announced for most important bone meeting in the Asia-Pacific region of 2011. IOF and the ANZBMS invite researchers and clinicians to submit their abstracts before May 17, 2011.

Guidelines on rare diseases: Methods on handling evidence neither identified nor required

April 28, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care) How the frequently poor evidence on rare diseases is to be handled has so far been scarcely addressed in manuals and methods papers for developing guidelines or HTA reports. No standardized methodological approach can be...

Mystery solved: How sickle hemoglobin protects against malaria

April 28, 2011 8:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia) At latest issue of the journal Cell, a study challenges the currently heldviews and unravel the molecular mechanism whereby sickle cell hemoglobin confers a survival advantage against malaria, the disease caused by Plasmodium infection. These...

Severity of hepatitis C and HIV co-infection in mothers contribute to HCV transmission to child

April 27, 2011 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) New research shows that high maternal viral load and co-infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are the only risk factors associated with vertical transmission of the hepatitis C virus (HCV-VT). A variation in the infant's IL28B gene is associated...

Obese adolescents lacking vitamin D

April 27, 2011 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Lifespan) A new study from Hasbro Children's Hospital has found that most obese adolescents are lacking in vitamin D. The researchers call for increased surveillance of vitamin D levels in this population and for further studies to determine if normalizing vitamin D levels will...

Tropical blueberries are extreme super fruits

April 27, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Chemical Society) The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries -- already renowned as "super...

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