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Mass. state agencies, local companies shoot to make a splash at BIO show

April 12, 2011 8:41 pm | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Massachusetts state officials, industry groups, life sciences companies and educational institutions will have a dual purpose when they go to the BIO International Convention in Washington, D.C., in June. They will be promoting the 2012 version of BIO, which will be returning to Boston,...

Changing trends in hip fracture incidence around the world

April 12, 2011 11:42 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International Osteoporosis Foundation) A review by a scientific working group of the IOF shows that age-specific hip fracture rates have changed during recent decades -- decreasing in some countries or regions while increasing in others. The review examines some possible reasons...

Use of combination drug regimen for treating TB may represent an effective treatment option

April 12, 2011 6:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(JAMA and Archives Journals) In patients with newly diagnosed tuberculosis, use of a combined 4-drug fixed-dose regimen was found to have comparable outcomes to drugs administered separately, according to a study in the April 13 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on infectious disease...

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Smokers believe 'silver', 'gold' and 'slim' cigarettes are less harmful

April 11, 2011 8:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Despite current prohibitions on the words 'light' and 'mild', smokers in Western countries continue falsely to believe that some cigarette brands may be less harmful than others.

Scientists find method to probe genes of the most common bacterial STI

April 11, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) In a new study from the NIAID, scientists describe successfully mutating specific genes of Chlamydia bacteria, which cause the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States as well as a type of blindness...

Glaucoma patients report a wide range of emotional and psychological changes

April 11, 2011 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Fear of the unknown is one of the greatest issues facing patients with glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness worldwide after cataracts. Researchers spoke to 24 people with glaucoma, which can lead to severe restriction of the visual field and...

Increased life expectancy discourages religious participation

April 10, 2011 5:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of East Anglia) Churches will continue to attract older congregations as increasing life expectancy encourages people to put off involvement in religion, according to new research.

Green tea and tai chi enhance bone health and reduce inflammation in postmenopausal women

April 10, 2011 9:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) There is a favorable effect of modest green tea consumption on bone remodeling in this pre-osteoporotic population.

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Center to revolutionize chemical manufacture is open for business

April 8, 2011 8:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Strathclyde) A center for revolutionizing the way pharmaceuticals and other chemicals are made is being officially launched.

Digestive experts grade treatment options for inflammatory bowel disease

April 7, 2011 8:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American College of Gastroenterology) The American College of Gastroenterology published a new evidence-based systematic review on the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as a supplement to The American Journal of Gastroenterology for April 2011, a special issue...

At EB2011: The role of metabolism in disease

April 7, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Experts on metabolism will convene for a thematic program, at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's annual meeting at the Experimental Biology 2011 conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss...

Texas researcher Arthur E. Johnson to give prestigious ASBMB-Lipmann Lectureship

April 7, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Arthur E. Johnson, a distinguished professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center's College of Medicine, has been chosen to give the Fritz Lipmann Lectureship at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology...

Hot topics in chemical biology and drug development at EB2011

April 7, 2011 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) In the coming days, as part of the Experimental Biology 2011 conference in Washington, D.C., two dozen researchers will go public about their ongoing work aimed at improving our understanding of biological systems and...

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Findings may help keep pancreatic disease off the menu

April 7, 2011 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) On Wednesday, April 13, an international research team determined to figure out and eventually manipulate the activation of enzymes created by the pancreas will present an important new finding at the Experimental Biology...

More smoke water pipes -- family habits significant

April 7, 2011 7:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Uppsala University) The number of people smoking water pipes is rising dramatically throughout the world. A large proportion of new users are young, and many believe -- contrary to facts -- that water pipe smoking is less dangerous than cigarettes. Research into why people start...

What the world needs now? More wisdom

April 6, 2011 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Concordia University) Concordia researchers have compiled data to assess how wisdom shapes life. The result? Wisdom has an impact on how people cope in situations and whether they are more or less satisfied with life.

New England Biolabs, Sequenom form licensing deal

April 6, 2011 11:38 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

New England Biolabs Inc. (NEB) has signed a licensing and co-marketing deal with Sequenom Inc. to commercialize the EpiMark Methylated DNA Enrichment Kit.

International organizations join forces to promote cardiovascular health

April 6, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Cardiology) This year's EuroPRevent meeting, April 14-16, is taking full advantage of its Geneva location and the close proximity to the European Headquarters of the World Health Organization, the World Heart Federation, the United European Football Association...

CMU's Takeo Kanade wins ACM/AAAI Award for career contributions to computer vision, robotics

April 6, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Carnegie Mellon University) The Association for Computing Machinery has named Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, the 2010 winner of the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for contributions to...

High levels of toxic compounds found on coasts of West Africa

April 6, 2011 9:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) An international team of scientists has found very high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) along the coasts of West Africa. Production of these extremely toxic compounds has been banned in Europe and the United States...

Neural guidance gene regulates liver development

April 6, 2011 8:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) Scientists of the Max Delbrueck Center in Berlin have demonstrated for the first time that a gene regulating neuronal cell migration during embryogenesis also plays a role in liver development. Using zebrafish as a model organism,...

Most recent mammography recommendations confuse public

April 6, 2011 8:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier Health Sciences) When the USPSTF released its recommendations on mammography screenings for US women on Nov. 16, 2009, there was immediate and considerable controversy. In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, investigators report that these...

An international study in China finds strawberries may slow precancerous growth in the esophagus

April 6, 2011 7:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ohio State University Medical Center) Eating strawberries may be a way to help people at risk of esophageal cancer protect themselves from the disease, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer...

Diabetes treatment may also provide protection against endometrial cancer

April 5, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Warwick) Research led by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick has found that metformin, a drug treatment used to treat diabetes and also in women with polycystic vary syndrome, may potentially provide protection against endometrial cancer.

Study provides first link between 2 major Parkinson's genes

April 4, 2011 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) As Parkinson's Awareness Month gets underway, a Canadian-led international study is providing important new insight into Parkinson's disease and paving the way for new avenues for clinical trials. The study, led by Dr. Michael Schlossmacher in...

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