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10:45:44 PM Tonsils Make T-Cells, Too, Ohio State Study Shows

- T lymphocytes, or T cells, are essential for effective immune responses. - T cells were thought to be produced only in the thymus gland. - This study shows that T cells are also produced in the tonsils, a discovery that could improve stem-cell ... [more]

10:37:21 PM Merck: FDA won't OK its combo cholesterol drug now
Austin American-Statesman - Austin,TX,USA

It combines generic Lipitor, the top-selling drug of all time, with Merck's cholesterol medicine Zetia. Approval could boost Merck's sagging cholesterol franchise by essentially replacing its existing combo pill, Vytorin, with one likely to be seen a [more]

10:12:04 PM Pathfinder Hires Medical Device Veteran as President and CEO
PR Newswire (press release) - USA

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Pathfinder Therapeutics, a medical device company with first to market products for "surgical GPS" of the abdomen, is pleased to announce that it has hired Jim Cloar as President and CEO, ... [more]

10:12:04 PM Houston Medical Robotics, Inc. Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for
MarketWatch - USA

MarketWatch (press release) Houston Medical Robotics, Inc. raised $2.2 million from CitareTx Investment Partners I, LP, a Texas based medical device investment fund and business incubator, also founded and managed by Mr. Sheldon. Contact: Jeffery J.  [more]

9:10:50 PM PPD Scientist Recognized for Contributions in Clinical Research
MarketWatch - USA

"We heartily congratulate Gabor for this outstanding recognition of his expertise, teamwork and client-focused philosophy in clinical research," said Elena Logan, PPD senior vice president, global central laboratory services. [more]

9:10:50 PM No impact from safe alcohol use campaign
Digital Life - Sydney,NSW,Australia

Only 5 per cent of the population can identify safe drinking levels nominated in the National Health and Medical Research Council's guidelines for reducing health risks from alcohol consumption. The latest guidelines, which were published in 2009, .. [more]

9:10:50 PM Walgreens Research Demonstrates How Face-to-Face Pharmacy and Take Care
MarketWatch - USA

MarketWatch (press release) LAS VEGAS, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- At the IMS Managed Markets Services/Data Niche Conference in Las Vegas on March 1, Walgreens National Medical Director Robert London, MD, outlined how Walgreens research has demon [more]

9:10:50 PM Bioforce Receives American Botanical Council's Tyler Award
MarketWatch - USA

Bioforce AG is a Swiss herbal products manufacturer that spends approximately $1 million on pharmacological and clinical research each year, according to company sources. "We were surprised and honored to receive this prestigious award and, ... [more]

8:46:46 PM FDA Clears Varian's Transponder
Zacks.com - Chicago,IL,USA

Varian Medical Systems (VAR) recently announced 510(k) clearance, granted by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), for its surface beacon transponder, which can be utilized with the company's Calypso know-how as a timely tracking device. [more]

8:46:46 PM BioDrain Installs Five STREAMWAY Units at Unity Health System
MarketWatch - USA

MINNEAPOLIS, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- BioDrain Medical, Inc. (OBB:BIOR) (otcqb:BIOR), producer of the FDA cleared STREAMWAY System for automated surgical fluid disposal, announced today that the Company has installed five units of the [more]

8:46:46 PM Medical Innovation and Safety: A Delicate Balance
Forbes - USA

The pharmaceutical industry has worked hard to proactively address this problem by working closely with FDA and supply chain partners to address disruptions, and by making continual investments in technology and manufacturing processes to improve ... [more]

8:17:53 PM Nuvilex overcomes fundamental challenges faced in stem cell therapy
News-Medical.net - World

Nuvilex, Inc. (OTCQB:NVLX), an emerging biotechnology provider of cell and gene therapy solutions, released information today about the company's cell encapsulation technology and the breakthrough in stem cell research which overcomes specific ... [more]

8:17:03 PM Finding the Right Fit in Respiratory Protection Training and Awareness
EHS Today - Cleveland,OH,USA

According to Manning, the committee's concerns and initiatives include raising awareness surrounding fit testing, the need for respirator program administrator training, respirator use in the medical community and more. Here's what Manning had to say [more]

8:17:03 PM Younger kids in the class may be overdiagnosed with ADHD
Global Montreal

While children may appear to have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers at the University of British Columbia say the medical community may be overdiagnosing the condition and that young kids may be “inappropriately [more]

7:00:41 PM Breast cancer research breakthrough
Herald Sun - Melbourne City,Victoria,Australia

A BREAKTHROUGH by Australian scientists could lead to more women beating breast cancer. The density of breast tissue will be measured by microwave technology under the new research initiative. A partnership between the University of Sydney's Charles  [more]

6:41:10 PM Principles of Biomedical Sciences class provides ...
The Voice

The students who have enrolled in the Principles of Biomedical Sciences class for the next school year will have to solve imaginary situations like the one above. They will explore and learn about the possible reasons behind the death using the clues [more]

6:41:10 PM Boston Biomedical, Inc. to be acquired by DSP for up to $2.63 billion
Healthcare Finance News

BOSTON – The Life Sciences Practice of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC represented its client, Boston Biomedical, Inc. (BBI), in the company's definitive agreement to be acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. (DSP). [more]

6:41:10 PM New nanoglue is thin and supersticky
UC Davis (press release) - Davis,CA,USA

“The material itself (say, semiconductor wafers) would break before the glue peels off,” said Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering. He and his fellow researchers have filed a provisional patent. Conventional glues form a thick layer betwe [more]

6:34:38 PM Medical Device Tax: Repeal efforts in Senate lacking momentum
Mass Device - USA

Opponents of the 2.3% medical device tax may have found some momentum in the GOP-led US House of Representatives, but efforts in the US Senate are moving much slower. A pair of bills to repeal the levy, which will go into effect in 2013, are currentl [more]

6:34:38 PM Biomerics Announces Plant Expansion
MarketWatch - USA

SALT LAKE CITY, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Biomerics LLC, a leading supplier of polymer solutions to the medical device and healthcare industries, recently completed a 10000-square-foot expansion at its Salt Lake City, Utah, plant. [more]

6:34:38 PM Problems with TGA transparency, says Australian study
Medical Xpress

The Therapeutic Goods Administration's record on medical device regulation lacks transparency according to research led by the University of Sydney. "The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published no data on incidents involving medical ... [more]

5:24:40 PM LaserGen Receives SBIR Grant from the US Army to Develop Portable NGS
MarketWatch - USA

MarketWatch (press release) HOUSTON, Mar 5, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- LaserGen, Inc. today announced receiving a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). The [more]

5:24:40 PM Hypothetically seeking: State lawmaker hunting for cash to get Anschutz ...
The Aurora Sentinel Daily Sun - Aurora,CO,USA

Malik Kahook, associate professor and director of clinical research, talks in his office Feb. 17 at the University of Colorado Hospital Eye Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. (Heather L. Smith/Aurora Sentinel) Posted: Thursday, March 1, [more]

5:24:40 PM North Shore-LIJ, HackensackUMC Announce Strategic Alliance
Sacramento Bee - Sacramento,CA,USA

The partnership opens a new and exciting chapter in Hackensack University Health Network's 124-year history, further elevating its national reputation for clinical quality and innovative research. Through its growing regional network of affiliated an [more]

5:24:40 PM Teen Binging Tied to Drinking on Silver Screen
MedPage Today - Little Falls,NJ,USA

By Todd Neale, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Explain that young people who are exposed to alcohol use in movies may be more likely  [more]

5:03:01 PM HAAD issues new guidelines on use of PET/CT
Khaleej Times - Dubai,United Arab Emirates

Developed in collaboration with Tawam Molecular Imaging Centre in Al Ain the new guidelines were first introduced to the medical community in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during a one-day Continuing Medical Education event entitled “HAAD Breast Cancer .. [more]

4:37:34 PM FDA clears UELS contactless breast cancer imaging tool
News-Medical.net - World

UE LifeSciences Inc. (UELS), a medical device manufacturer focused on providing novel breast cancer screening solutions, announced today that it has received market clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its NoTouch BreastScan™  [more]

4:37:34 PM Thrombotech receives FDA IND approval for THR-18 Phase IIa clinical trial
News-Medical.net - World

News-Medical.net Hadasit Bio-Holdings (TASE: HDST, OTC: HADSY) a publicly traded portfolio of biotech companies, all based on intellectual property developed and owned by Hadassah University Hospital, Israel's foremost medical research center, today  [more]

4:37:34 PM Medical Gas Guidelines are outlined in Welding and Gases Today.
Industrial News Room - New York,NY,USA

March 5, 2012 - "Recent FDA Enforcement Activities" article in Welding and Gases Today features GAWDA's FDA and Medical Gases Consultant Thomas L. Badstubner discussing FDA inspection trends and preparation. Noting increased inspection activity in 20 [more]

4:37:34 PM FDA confirms FluCide pre-IND meeting date with NanoViricides
News-Medical.net - World

NanoViricides, Inc. (OTC BB: NNVC) (the "Company") announced today that March 29th, 2012 has been confirmed by the US FDA as the date for its initial meeting with the Company's scientists. This pre-IND meeting will focus on FluCide™, designated as .. [more]

4:37:34 PM Wrong Rx for the FDA
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA

The office would need independence from the agency and the FDA commissioner; access to independent expertise in relevant disciplines, including medicine, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, regulation and law; and the power to levy sanctions against F [more]

4:37:34 PM Galderma Receives FDA Approval for New Convenient Pump Dispenser of
MarketWatch - USA

MarketWatch (press release) FORT WORTH, TX, Mar 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Galderma Laboratories, LP received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a pump dispenser for Differin(R) (adapalene) Gel, 0.3%, a retinoid indi [more]

4:37:34 PM FDA approves 2 new pancreatic enzyme products for treatment of digestive
HealthJockey.com - Mumbai,Maharashtra,India

HealthJockey.com Considering the commonness of digestive disorders, new drugs could be duly welcome in the medical arena. On this note, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 2 new pancreatic enzyme products namely Ultresa and Viokace [more]

4:37:34 PM FDA approves first influenza vaccine that protects against 4 strains
KBZK-TV - Bozeman,MT,USA

... chosen annually by medical experts based on their potential to spread the virus. Having an extra strain of influenza B increases the likelihood that the vaccine will protect against illness, the FDA said in a statement. Skip the flu vaccine? [more]

4:23:08 PM Pivotal heart disease stem cell trial launched

By Cathy Holding A major clinical trial to investigate a stem cell treatment for chronic ischemic heart disease (IHD) – a leading cause of death around the world – has begun in the US. The treatment – developed by the life sciences company Baxter ... [more]

3:49:19 PM Nuvilex Announces Major Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research
MarketWatch - USA

Stem cell therapy is believed by many medical researchers as holding a key to treating cancer, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Celiac Disease, cardiac failure, muscle damage, neurological disorders, ... [more]

3:26:42 PM Scientists lead biomedical study into orthopaedic implants
Siliconrepublic.com - Dublin,Ireland

The UL research team is looking to further this work by exploring its translation in further biomedical research as well as automotive materials and electronics. They said today that preliminary results from their experiment are now been prepared for [more]

3:25:28 PM 10 Biotechs Targeting Cancer Stem Cell Destruction
Minyanville.com - New York,USA

As spring is around the corner, it seemed an appropriate time to examine Wall Street's latest tulip obsession, which relates to the potential of targeting cancer stem cells [CSCs] as a novel approach to eradicating the disease. Stem cells are unique  [more]

3:25:28 PM Dental stem cells converted by bad breath chemical

By Kimberley Bryon A chemical that causes bad breath may help convert stem cells into liver cells, according to scientists in Japan. Hydrogen sulphide causes unpleasant-smelling breath and small amounts are naturally produced by the body. [more]

3:25:28 PM Stem Cell Discovery Could Put Cloning on the Fast Track
LifeNews.com - Helena,MT,USA

by Rebecca Taylor | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/5/12 11:07 AM Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have announced they have found stem cells in ovaries that may be able to generate egg cells. It was previously thought that women are bo [more]

3:25:28 PM VistaGen Therapeutics and Duke University Enter Into Strategic Research ...
MarketWatch - USA

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Mar 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (OBB:VSTA) (otcqb:VSTA), a biotechnology company applying stem cell technology for drug rescue, and Duke University, one of the country's premier academic .. [more]

3:21:00 PM Home Medical Device Firm to Grow Indianapolis Headquarters

Indianapolis -- Home Health Depot, Inc., a home medical equipment company, plans to expand its Indiana operations, creating up to 80 new jobs by 2016. The company, which specializes in mobility, rehab, respiratory, aging-in-place and retail services, [more]

3:21:00 PM Axendia Seeks Industry Input on Medical Device Research Study
PR Web (press release) - Ferndale,WA,USA

The increasing pace of globalization and outsourcing in the Medical Device industry has created demanding challenges for brand owners, their partners, and regulators alike. Axendia is launching a new research study to identify key pain-points and ... [more]

3:21:00 PM UE LifeSciences Inc. Announces FDA Clearance for Complementary Breast
MarketWatch - USA

MarketWatch (press release) PHILADELPHIA, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- UE LifeSciences Inc. (UELS), a medical device manufacturer focused on providing novel breast cancer screening solutions, announced today that it has received market clearance f [more]

3:21:00 PM UBM Canon, The Global MedTech Authority, Launches MedTech in an Election
Sacramento Bee - Sacramento,CA,USA

Sacramento Bee By UBM Canon LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- As the authority within the medical device space, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), UBM Canon's leading brand is helping to foster key discussions within the medi [more]

2:15:59 PM Future Stem Cell-based Therapies for Treating Epilepsy Explored in 3
Wesleyan Connection

Wesleyan Connection (blog) (Photos by Olivia Drake) For the roughly one-third of temporal lobe epilepsy patients for whom drugs are not an option, researchers at Wesleyan are paving the way for alternative therapies using stem cells. Biology Departme [more]

2:08:26 PM New Stem Cell Research Shows Promising Results -- Advanced Cell Tech and ...
MarketWatch - USA

NEW YORK, NY, Mar 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- February was a challenging month for stem cell stocks. TickerSpy's Stem Cell Stocks Index (RXSTM) has slipped nearly 13 percent over the last month -- underperforming the S&P 500 by close to 17 .. [more]

2:03:33 PM Novella Clinical Resourcing Announces New Leadership
MarketWatch - USA

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Novella Clinical Resourcing, a division of Novella Clinical, Inc., today announced Rob Stallings has joined the company as executive vice president. Stallings joins to lead Novella Clinical  [more]

2:03:33 PM Phosphate Therapeutics Takes Over Phosphate Binder from Medical Research
Genetic Engineering News - Larchmont,NY,USA

Genetic Engineering News Published 21 times a year and with additional exclusive editorial content online, GEN's unique news and technology focus includes the entire bioproduct life cycle from early-stage R&D, to applied research including omics, bio [more]

2:03:33 PM Cytokinetics Announces Fundamental Research in the Field of Fast
With ...

SYS-CON Media (press release) "This publication summarizes pioneering work performed by our dedicated research team that has supported the progression of CK-2017357 into Phase II clinical development for the potential treatment of patients with neuro [more]

1:33:30 PM OncoSec Medical (ONCS) Targets $47 Billion Cancer Market
With ...

OncoSec Medical, a biopharmaceutical company developing advanced-stage OMS ElectroOncology therapies to treat solid tumor cancers and metastatic diseases, recently announced that the company has been highlighted in the March issue of Medical Device . [more]

1:33:30 PM IMDS(R) Expands Into General Surgery Market
MarketWatch - USA

FORT WORTH, Texas, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- IMDS(R) (Innovative Medical Device Solutions) announced this week that for the first time in the company's history, they will be exhibiting at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic  [more]

1:31:13 PM Covidien Revascularization Device Receives FDA Clearance
MarketWatch - USA

In this clinical study comparing two devices, the Solitaire FR device demonstrated superior performance to the Concentric Medical Merci Retriever(TM) device, a commercially available mechanical clot retriever. The SWIFT clinical study was the first . [more]

1:31:13 PM Salonpas Provides Powerful Relief When and Where It's Needed With the
MarketWatch - USA

MarketWatch (press release) FLORHAM PARK, NJ, Mar 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Institute of Medicine reports that nearly a third of Americans experience long-lasting pain, which is costing the nation at least $558 billion per year in medic [more]

1:21:06 PM CEO: Yadkinville hospital doing 'much better'
Yadkin Ripple - Yadkinville,NC,USA

“The medical community that was here back when Hoots Hospital was very active died or retired and didn't replace itself,” Soule said. “The whole nature of medicine has changed and physicians today and in the last 20 years have wanted to join a group  [more]

1:21:06 PM PHAP agrees: No more free meds, junkets for docs
ABS CBN News - Philippines

In a statement, PHAP executive director Reiner W. Gloor said: “Interactions between the medical community and pharmaceutical industry are crucial to advance medical knowledge and improve public health. In all these interactions, integrity as well as  [more]

1:17:46 PM Blood transfusion saviour nearer thanks to fluid-warming device
NEWS.com.au - Australia

Flinders Biomedical Enterprises (FBE) is working with a product development firm to refine prototypes of its Intraheat device, which was taken to proof-of-concept stage by a team at the teaching hospital's Flinders Biomedical Engineering group. [more]

12:31:00 PM U.S. Navy Advances Dengue DNA Vaccine Using Vical's Vaxfectin(R) Adjuvant
MarketWatch - USA

SAN DIEGO, Mar 5, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ:VICL) today announced that the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) has initiated a Phase 1 human clinical trial of a tetravalent dengue DNA vaccine formulated with the . [more]

12:31:00 PM Phosphate Therapeutics acquires novel phosphate binder (PT20) from the
PipelineReview.com (press release) - Barcelona,Spain

PipelineReview.com (press release) Discovered and initially developed through clinical Phase 1 by MRC scientists based at the Human Nutrition Research Unit in Cambridge, UK; PT20 exhibits high specificity and efficacy in phosphate binding both in vit [more]

12:09:38 PM Iran treats animals' burning by hair follicles stem cells
ISNA - Iran

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Wound healing and burning treatment with hair follicles' stem cells were practiced in animals for the first time in Iran which can also be used in treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Anatomy specialist Maliheh Nobakht told ISNA the ... [more]

12:02:31 PM GVDI develops PERCUGUARD needlestick prevention device
News-Medical.net - World

PERCUGUARD is an inexpensive plastic medical device to prevent such accidental injuries and disease transmissions. Designed to be worn over a latex glove, PERCUGUARD targets an unaddressed area where inadequate protection results in needlestick ... [more]

12:02:31 PM ETView Medical, Ltd. Announced Filing of a Technical File, Initiating CE ...
Biloxi Sun Herald - Biloxi,MS,USA

ETView (TASE: ETVW) today announced that the company has successfully completed a Technical File submission for review by Medical Device Certification GmbH (“MDC”). The Technical File review initiates the Conformité Européenne, or "European Conformit [more]

12:02:31 PM ICON Selected by Roche for Technology Partnership
MarketWatch - USA

DUBLIN, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ICON plc, (NASDAQ:ICLR) (isin:IE0005711209), a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that it has been selected by [more]

11:25:03 AM Raland Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Board Of Directors
$365 ...

Dr. Bradford Berk, Director – Current CEO of University of Rochester Medical Center and visionary in the Rochester medical community. Efrain Rivera, Director – Current CFO & Treasurer of Paychex, Inc. and former CFO of Bausch & Lomb. [more]

10:47:26 AM Recovering the vision of an eye with damaged cornea is possible through ...

The technique employed by specialists from the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Navarra Hospital involves transplanting adult stem cells obtained from the limbus of a healthy eye from the patient him or herself or from a donor, ... [more]

10:47:26 AM The role of immunosuppression of mesenchymal stem cells in tissue repair
7thSpace Interactive (press release) - New York,NY,USA

7thSpace Interactive (press release) Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have acquired great interests for their potential use in the clinical therapy of many diseases because of their functions including multiple lineage differentiation, low immunogenicit [more]

9:54:21 AM New guidelines for use of PET/CT in breast cancer management introduced in
AME Info - United Arab Emirates

AME Info Several continuing medical education activities on breast cancer management are planned in order to educate the medical community about the updated guidelines throughout the year. This year's inclusion of PET/CT is a major shift from precedi [more]

9:54:21 AM March 5: Job of the day

In this position, will network with doctors, nurses, case managers and social workers in the local medical community to increase patient referrals and assess patients for admission into Kindred Hospital. This position requires a clinical background a [more]

9:41:19 AM Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other
NPR - Washington,D.C.,USA

Dogs like Vi have helped launch an entirely new field of medical research over the past three decades or so. The use of pets in medical settings actually dates back more than 150 years, says Aubrey Fine, a clinical psychologist and professor at ... [more]

8:58:08 AM Deltex Medical's CardioQ endorsed by UK Department of Health
Proactive Investors UK

Medical device maker Deltex Medical Group LON:DEMG) has received a further boost for its oesophageal Doppler monitoring (ODM) technology, this time from the UK Department of Health. The group announced that the DoH's Innovative Technology Adoption .. [more]

8:58:08 AM Reaching another dimension
Crain's Detroit Business - Detroit,MI,USA

In the world of medical-device commercialization, being just three months behind original projections is good news. "They're a few months behind where they hoped to be, but these things often are more complicated than conceived of," said McCreadie. [more]

8:35:04 AM Leicester teenager Bethany backs bid to find more stem cell donors
Leicester Mercury - Leicester,England,UK

The 14-year-old is recovering in hospital after undergoing a transplant of healthy stem cells which, it is hoped, will help her fight leukaemia. The healthy stem cells were taken from a woman in Germany who had signed up to a register of potential .. [more]

7:56:30 AM New center to codify medical research
Brown Daily Herald - Providence,RI,USA

Fortunately for scientists and consumers alike, the University's new Center for Evidence-Based Medicine aims to solve just this sort of data synthesis crisis. A team of top-tier research synthesizers currently working at the Tufts University Medical  [more]

7:19:33 AM Cambridge Biomedical deploys QUMAS Compliance platform
Pharmaceutical Business Review

Cambridge Biomedical (CB), a contract laboratory service organization, has deployed QUMAS ComplianceSP on SharePoint 2010 to manage all of its regulated content. CB is implementing an electronic document management system that will enable all users a [more]

7:19:33 AM Pennington studying beneficial effects of colorful fruits and vegetables
The Advocate

That's “rainbow” as in colorful fruits and vegetables, said Dr. William Cefalu, director of the Botanical Research Center at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Last time I looked, french fries are beige,” he said. Colorful fruits and vegetables  [more]

6:26:54 AM Stents vs. drugs
The Sun Daily

... handful of pills works just as well as propping open blocked heart arteries with a stent, US researchers said recently, adding to evidence that less-invasive, less-costly drug treatment works as well as implanting a medical device in such patient [more]

6:03:03 AM Statins - Safety Label Changes Approved By FDA
Medical News Today - UK

Label changes for statins, a type of cholesterol-lowering medication, have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA. Labels will include more data on adverse events, drug interactions, and the checking of liver enzymes. [more]

6:03:03 AM FDA Backtracks on Conflict-of-Interest Rule Changes for Advisory Panel
Genetic Engineering News - Larchmont,NY,USA

Genetic Engineering News Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Medical Device Regulatory Improvement Act (S.1700) to subject FDA to the same conflict policy as the rest of the federal government. [more]

4:05:32 AM In India, oversight lacking in outsourced drug trials
msnbc.com (blog)

Dateline's Chris Hansen confronts Narasimha Murthy, director of clinical operations for Synchron Research Services, an Indian company that claims to do business with major pharmaceutical companies, at a trade show in Chicago. When the two met there,  [more]

2:42:08 AM Breakthrough could lead to cure for chronic liver disease

Medical scientists have taken an important step towards understanding how the diseased liver can repair itself in a breakthrough that could eventually lead to the development of new treatments for chronic liver illnesses, which at present can only be [more]

2:42:08 AM Edward Shanbrom, pioneering hematologist, dies at 87
Washington Post - Washington,DC,USA

Edward Shanbrom, a pioneering hematologist who helped develop a breakthrough treatment for hemophilia and devised a critical blood-cleaning process that uses detergents to remove viruses from blood plasma, died Feb. 20 at his home in Tustin, Calif. [more]

1:26:18 AM FDA Approves First Quadrivalent Vaccine to Prevent Seasonal Influenza
PharmaLive.com (press release) - Newtown,PA,USA

There are two types of influenza viruses that cause illness and death in people: influenza A and B. Each year, the FDA-approved seasonal influenza vaccine includes three strains of influenza virus, two strains of influenza A and one of influenza B. [more]

12:37:47 AM JAMIA: PACS potential great in ICU, but more research needed

9 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Authors Isla M. Hains, PhD; Andrew Georgiou, PhD; and Johanna I. Westbrook, PhD, all of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, acknowledged that the integration of PACS into unit [more]

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