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NT-proBNP is a predictor of CV risk in arthritis patients taking NSAIDs

June 17, 2010 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) The role of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP, a protein thought to be a regulator of cardiovascular function) as a robust, non-invasive predictor of cardiovascular risk in patients with arthritis taking cyclooxygenase...

From head to toe: Deep insights from whole body MRI

June 17, 2010 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Thanks to technical progress, there are now new areas in which whole body magnetic resonance imaging can be used. In the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Gerwin Schmidt and his coauthors present a review of possible uses,...

55th annual meeting of the Health Physics Society

June 17, 2010 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Health Physics Society) "The Future of the Nuclear Industry" will be the Plenary Session topic of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS) taking place June 28-July 1, 2010, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Honorable Gregory D....

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The experience of arterial reconstruction in adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation

June 17, 2010 10:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(World Journal of Gastroenterology) A research team from China retrospectively investigated the experience of microsurgical hepatic artery reconstruction and management of hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT) in adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation (A-A LDLT). Applying...

Smoking cigarettes is a predictor of RA and may negatively impact on efficacy of anti-TNFs

June 17, 2010 10:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Smoking cigarettes is a significant risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis and may have a negative impact on the effectiveness of anti-tumour necrosis factor inhibitors in RA patients taking these treatments, according to results of two...

New link identified for bipolar disorder

June 17, 2010 6:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cardiff University) Scientists at Cardiff University have identified a mechanism which could explain how lithium helps stabilize bipolar disorder.

Low calcium intake linked with increased risk of osteoporosis and hypertension in postmenopausal women

June 17, 2010 6:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Italian postmenopausal women who have a low calcium intake show a higher risk of developing both osteoporosis and hypertension (a chronic medical condition in which arterial blood pressure is elevated) than those who consume higher levels of...

More action needed to prevent stomach problems in NSAID users, despite recent progress

June 17, 2010 6:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Four out of ten high-risk patients prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also received appropriate measures to prevent upper-gastrointestinal problems, but the remainder did not receive adequate protection. The study covered more than 50,000 patients...

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EULAR 2010 abstracts are now online

June 16, 2010 10:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Journalist registrations are now being accepted for EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism?s eleventh annual meeting, taking place June 16-19, 2010, in Rome, Italy.

New evidence that smokeless tobacco damages DNA and key enzymes

June 16, 2010 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Chemical Society) Far from having adverse effects limited to the mouth, smokeless tobacco affects the normal function of a key family of enzymes found in almost every organ in the body, according to the first report on the topic in ACS' monthly journal Chemical Research...

Questioning the effectiveness of oil dispersants in Gulf oil spill

June 16, 2010 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Chemical Society) The widespread belief that chemical dispersants will enhance the breakdown of oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster is based on weak scientific data. That's among the topics in a comprehensive status report that is the cover story in Chemical &...

NSERC awards $3 million for UdeM and Polytechnique training programs

June 16, 2010 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Montreal) Scientists from the Universite de Montreal and its affiliated engineering school, Ecole Polytechnique, have received major funding from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Over $3 million was awarded to enable both institutions...

Call for Media: ESA's Living Planet Symposium, Bergen, June 28 - July 2

June 16, 2010 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Space Agency) The media are invited to ESA's largest scientific event of the year: the Living Planet Symposium, in Bergen, Norway. The symposium covers all areas of Earth observation, highlighting the results and ESA's planned missions, as well as bringing together the...

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Elemental bones

June 16, 2010 8:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Inderscience Publishers) Exposure to chemical pollutants is of growing concern to regulators, health workers, and environmentalist groups alike. Now, researchers in the US and Russia have demonstrated that samples of human bone can act as a biological marker for dozens of metals...

New world Helicobacter pylori genome sequenced, dynamics of inflammation-related genes revealed

June 16, 2010 8:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Virginia Tech) An international team of researchers led by scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have sequenced the genome of an Amerindian strain of the gastric bug Helicobacter pylori, confirming the out-of-Africa migration of this bacterial...

Alcohol consumption lowers risk of developing several arthritic conditions

June 16, 2010 6:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Alcohol consumption is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing several arthritic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondylarthropathy, according to results...

Almost three quarters of women with rheumatoid arthritis worldwide suffer pain daily

June 16, 2010 6:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European League Against Rheumatism) Almost three quarters (72 percent) of women with rheumatoid arthritis suffer pain daily, despite the fact that three quarters (75 percent) receive pain relief medication, according to a new study presented today at EULAR 2010, the Annual...

Tufts graduate students win $10,000 prizes

June 16, 2010 5:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Tufts University) Four Tufts graduate students have won $10,000 from the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge for their research into solutions to some of the world's most urgent social, economic and environmental challenges. Tufts is one of a select number of...

ESC supports traffic light food labeling vote

June 16, 2010 5:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Cardiology) The European Society of Cardiology and its branch, the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, are joining forces with 12 other European Health and consumer communities to urge MEPs to vote in favor of a traffic light...

New combination effective against pancreatic cancer

June 15, 2010 6:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University Hospital Heidelberg) The new cancer medication sorafenib looks promising. Sorafenib is used for advanced liver and kidney cancer and also appears to be effective against cancer stem cells in pancreatic cancer. The team led by Professor Dr. Ingrid Herr, Head of the...

Autism in a test tube?

June 15, 2010 5:43 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) In a recent study, Dr. Ditza Zachor of Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine reported a strong link between IVF and mild to moderate cases of autism.

EMBL picture release: Developing zebrafish patchwork

June 15, 2010 5:43 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Using an electron microscope, scientists at EMBL captured this snapshot of the beginnings of an organ which plays a central role in how zebrafish perceive the world around them.

Politics is key to tackling widespread obesity, studies suggest

June 14, 2010 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Edinburgh) Politicians could do more to tackle the spread of obesity, a new series of studies suggests.

Sleeping sickness study offers insight into human cells

June 14, 2010 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Edinburgh) Fresh discoveries about the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could lead to new avenues of research into treatments for the disease.

Early detection of cancer: The FDA approves procedure discovered by EPFL researchers

June 14, 2010 11:41 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have established a procedure where cancerous tumors in the bladder become fluorescent and are more easily discoverable under blue light. The FDA recently approved...

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