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Optasia gets FDA clearance on spinal imaging analyzer

February 8, 2011 8:41 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Radiological imaging software company Optasia Medical of Sudbury has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its SpineAnalyzer systems in the U.S.

Late nights can lead to higher risk of strokes and heart attacks(2)

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

(University of Warwick) New research from Warwick Medical School published today in the European Heart Journal shows that prolonged sleep deprivation and disrupted sleep patterns can be linked to strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular disorders which often result in early death.

Expanding drug development horizons: Receptor behaviors observed in living cell membranes

February 7, 2011 5:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University) Unprecedented single molecule imaging movies of living cell membranes, taken by a research team based at Kyoto University and the University of New Mexico, have clarified a decades-old enigma surrounding receptor...

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Rural underage binge drinkers put their health at risk

February 6, 2011 5:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(BioMed Central) Binge drinking is often considered to be a problem of towns and cities but new research published in BioMed Central's open-access journal BMC Public Health shows that binge drinking in rural areas is more of a problem than previously thought.

Native American ancestry linked to greater risk of relapse in young leukemia patients

February 6, 2011 9:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) The first genome-wide study to demonstrate an inherited genetic basis for racial and ethnic disparities in cancer survival linked Native American ancestry with an increased risk of relapse in young leukemia patients.

Using a generic blood pressure and heart drug could save the UK $324 million in 2011

February 3, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Using a generic drug to treat hypertension and heart failure, instead of branded medicines from the same class, could save the UK's National Health Service at least £200 ($324) million in 2011 without any real reduction in clinical benefits. That is the key...

Death in the bat caves: Disease wiping out hibernating bats

February 3, 2011 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Conservationists across the United States are racing to discover a solution to white-nose syndrome, a disease that is threatening to wipe out bat species across North America. A review published in Conservation Biology reveals that although WNS has already killed...

Lilly and JDRF partner to fund regenerative medicine research in type 1 diabetes

February 3, 2011 5:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International) Eli Lilly and Company and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation today announced that they have signed an agreement to fund early-stage research that could enable patients with type 1 diabetes to regenerate insulin-producing...

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Adapting technology to elderly people

February 3, 2011 5:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(EUREKA) With the numbers of people aged 65 and over growing, the costs to the state to care for or assist them are set to continue rising across the European Union. With this backdrop, two companies have combined their differing expertise, with the help of Eureka funding, to...

Oysters at risk: Gastronomes' delight disappearing globally

February 2, 2011 7:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Institute of Biological Sciences) Oysters are in "poor" condition globally, according to a new global assessment. In most of the "bays" and ecoregions where the mollusks were once abundant, reefs are at less than 10 percent of their former extent, the victims of...

Lampreys give clues to evolution of immune system

February 2, 2011 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Emory University) Biologists have discovered that primitive, predatory lampreys have structures within their gills that play the same role as the thymus, the organ where immune cells called T cells develop in mammals, birds and fish. The finding suggests that in vertebrate...

PanCareSurFup: Major EU project to tackle complications of childhood cancer treatment

February 2, 2011 8:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Lund University) An increasing number of children survive cancer. However, many of them pay a high price. The harsh treatment can lead to hormone imbalances that affect sexual and physical development. Others are affected by infertility, cardiovascular or kidney problems or...

Early detection of lung cancer

February 2, 2011 8:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The earlier cancers can be detected, the better the chances of a cure. Researchers are now working to develop a new diagnostics platform with which the illness can be diagnosed in its early stages, even during a visit to the general practitioner: protein...

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Maturitas publishes important position statements from European Menopause and Andropause Society

February 1, 2011 10:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) Elsevier announced today the publication of two further important position statements from the European Menopause and Andropause Society in the journal Maturitas on common management problems in the post-reproductive health of women.

Researchers test inhalable measles vaccine

February 1, 2011 10:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Sustained high vaccination coverage is key to preventing deaths from measles. Despite the availability of a vaccine, measles remains an important killer of children worldwide, particularly in less-developed regions where...

3rd international conference on innovative approaches in head and neck oncology

February 1, 2011 8:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society for Medical Oncology) The European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the European Head and Neck Society and the European Society for Medical Oncology in collaboration with other European partners, have the pleasure of inviting you to report on the...

Race gap narrows for some cancers in African-Americans; continues to increase for others

February 1, 2011 6:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Cancer Society) While the overall death rate for cancer continues to drop among African-Americans, the group continues to have higher death rates and shorter survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. The findings come from Cancer Facts & Figures...

Young rats given polyphenols show less endothelial function deterioration with aging

January 31, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Boston University Medical Center) This study examined whether intake of red wine polyphenols, a rich source of natural antioxidants, prevents aging-related impairment of vascular function and physical exercise capacity.

Springer to publish Cellular Oncology

January 31, 2011 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Springer) Springer and the International Society of Cellular Oncology (ISCO) will collaborate to publish Cellular Oncology starting this year. Cellular Oncology is the official journal of ISCO and publishes original papers and reviews on the latest advances in cancer research. It...

Southampton scientists begin patient trials of new leukemia cancer vaccine

January 31, 2011 8:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Southampton) A new cancer treatment which strengthens a patient's immune system and enables them to fight the disease more effectively is being trialled on patients for the first time in the UK.

Study finds little decline in hepatitis C infections among injection drug users

January 30, 2011 9:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Infectious Diseases Society of America) A recent 20-year study of injection drug users in Baltimore found a significant decline in new cases of HIV infection but only a slight decline in new cases of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The findings suggest that efforts to curb...

Vitamin D deficiency alters lung growth and decreases lung function

January 28, 2011 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Thoracic Society) Previously linked to the severity of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in humans, vitamin D deficiency has now been shown to alter lung structure and function in young mice. The new study, conducted by researchers in Australia, offers the...

Ben-Gurion U. and PTT Chemical sign R & D agreement to commercialize green algae strain

January 28, 2011 4:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) The agreement is for the production of dihomo gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA- Omega 6) using BGU's mutant strain of the green microalgae Parietochloris incise. The joint research will focus on optimizing DGLA production through...

Discovery could lead to new therapies for asthma, COPD

January 27, 2011 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Researchers have proved that a single "master switch" enzyme, known as aldose reductase, is key in producing excess mucous that clogs the airways of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Researchers uncover link to increased atherosclerosis risk in lupus patients

January 27, 2011 10:33 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Researchers in China have demonstrated interferon-alpha (IFN-a) is associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. For the first time, IFN-a priming was shown to promote lipid uptake and foam cell formation -- a...

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