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Inhaling 'Red Mud Disaster' dust may not be as harmful to health as feared

February 16, 2011 3:47 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Chemical Society) Scientists in Hungary are reporting that the potential health effects of last October's Red Mud Disaster, one of the worst environmental accidents in Europe, may be less dangerous than previously feared. Their study, reported in ACS's journal...

Study reveals security weaknesses in file-sharing methods used in clinical trials

February 16, 2011 10:32 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute) Patients who participate in clinical trials expect that their personal information will remain confidential, but a recent study led by Dr. Khaled El-Emam, Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the CHEO...

Researchers link gene mutations to Ebstein's anomaly

February 16, 2011 8:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) Ebstein's anomaly is a rare congenital valvular heart disease. Now, in patients with this disease, researchers of the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the University of Newcastle, UK and the Max Delbrueck...

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BTER Foundation announces winners of the William S. Baer Award

February 15, 2011 8:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Monarch Labs) The BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation publicly announced the recipients of the 2010 William S. Baer Award for Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Biotherapy. The six award winners were honored at the 8th International Conference on...

Calorie labeling has no effect on teenagers' or parents' food purchases

February 15, 2011 4:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine) A new study led by an NYU School of Medicine investigator and published in the Feb. 15, 2011, advance online publication of the International Journal of Obesity, challenges the idea that calorie labeling has an...

Losing hair at 20 is linked to increased risk of prostate cancer in later life

February 15, 2011 4:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society for Medical Oncology) Men who start to lose hair at the age of 20 are more likely to develop prostate cancer in later life and might benefit from screening for the disease, according to a new study published online in the cancer journal, Annals of Oncology.

First Medical-Grade Consumer Sleep Assessment Monitor Has Wristwatch Form-Factor And Uses Nordic 2.4ghz ANT Transceivers

February 15, 2011 6:42 am | News | Comments

The ReadiBandâ„¢ from Fatigue Science is the only consumer friendly, scientifically validated sleep assessment product to provide medical grade results without requiring users to stay overnight in a specialist sleep clinic.

Updated heart disease prevention guidelines for women focus more on 'real-world' recommendations

February 14, 2011 8:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Heart Association) Updated cardiovascular prevention guidelines for women focus on what works best in the "real world" vs. clinical research settings and consider personal and socioeconomic factors that can keep women from following medical advice and treatment. The...

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Media advisory -- Partnering to Fight TB: The Role of a TB Vaccine PDP

February 14, 2011 5:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation) Speakers at an AAAS Annual Meeting exhibitor's workshop will provide an overview of the state of the global TB epidemic and efforts to develop TB vaccines; the role of non-profit product development partnerships such as Aeras; and ways that...

Bing Energy relocates to partner with FSU on high-tech fuel cells

February 11, 2011 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Florida State University) Florida Gov. Rick Scott today announced that Bing Energy Inc. of Chino, Calif., has selected Tallahassee as the new site of the company's world headquarters. The company, in collaboration with Professor Jim P. Zheng of The Florida State University, is...

New gene test offers personalized treatment for inherited neuromuscular disorder

February 11, 2011 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Newcastle University) A new genetic test will allow rapid diagnosis and earlier treatment of a debilitating neuromuscular condition.

Stroke medicines still unaffordable for some survivors, according to University of Michigan research

February 11, 2011 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Michigan Health System) Young, uninsured stroke survivors or those covered by the Medicare Part D drug benefit often can't afford medications -- increasing the risk for future strokes or other cardiovascular disease-related events, according to University of Michigan...

Vitalitec buys surgical device from Novare

February 11, 2011 9:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Vitalitec International Inc. announced it has acquired the technology and rights to a medical device that assists during coronary bypass surgery from California company Novare Surgical Systems Inc.

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Acute anemia linked to silent strokes in children

February 11, 2011 9:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Heart Association) Symptomless strokes occur in about 20 percent of children with sickle cell disease when their red blood cell levels severely drop. These silent strokes also occur in about 7 percent of hospitalized children without sickle cell who have severe drops in...

Third trimester group B streptococcus test doesn't accurately predict presence during labor

February 10, 2011 9:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine) In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that many women are having different test results for Group B...

Extensive research demonstrates fructose does not increase food intake or impact weight

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

(Kellen Communications) A new comprehensive review, recently published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, concludes that fructose does not increase food intake or impact body weight or blood triglycerides in overweight or obese individuals. These findings support...

New online tool predicts probability of death from stroke

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

(St. Michael's Hospital) Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences in Toronto have developed a new tool that will help doctors predict the probability of death in patients after an ischemic stroke.

EMD Serono opens $65M Billerica facility

February 10, 2011 9:39 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

EMD Serono Inc. today said that its new, $65 million research facility in Billerica demonstrates its commitment to growing the life sciences sector in Massachusetts.

More advantages found for new drug: McMaster study

February 10, 2011 9:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(McMaster University) New findings from a McMaster University-led study of a drug recently identified to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation have been published in the high-impact New England Journal of Medicine.

Alexion buys IP from German biotech for infant disorder

February 10, 2011 3:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. acquired patents and assets for a possible therapy for a ultra-rare genetic disorder for $3 million in cash from Germany-based Orphatec Pharmaceuticals GmbH.

Springer book awarded prestigious prize in Iran

February 9, 2011 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Springer) The Fertility Transition in Iran: Revolution and Reproduction has been selected as this year's winner of the World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Edited by Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Peter McDonald and Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, the...

ESA's sharp eyes on coastal waters

February 9, 2011 11:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Space Agency) Our growing reliance on coastal waters for food, trade and tourism means that these delicate ecosystems need to be more closely monitored to guarantee their future sustainability.

Malnutrition: A skeleton in the health care closet

February 8, 2011 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Many elderly Australians are either admitted to hospital suffering malnutrition, or become malnourished while in hospital, which increases hospital length of stay and health care costs. In her lead article in the Dietitians Association of Australia's journal,...

Major step taken toward an open and shared digital brain atlasing framework

February 8, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(INCF - International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility) Modern brain research generates immense quantities of data across different levels of detail using a wide array of methods. Integrating findings across levels of detail and from different databases is therefore...

Study suggests why HIV-uninfected babies of mothers with HIV might be more prone to infections

February 8, 2011 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Imperial College London) Babies whose mothers have HIV, but who are not HIV-infected themselves, are born with lower levels of specific proteins in their blood called antibodies, which fight infection, compared with babies not exposed to HIV, a new study has found.

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