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Mind Says No More Coercion To 'No Secrets' Consultation, UK


As the Government's consultation on the review of the 'No Secrets' guidance came to a close, leading mental health charity Mind warns against more intervention by care staff into the lives of mental health service users.


UK Government Consults Health Professionals On Youth Alcohol Consumption Guidance


The government is giving key stakeholders and partners, including health professionals, the opportunity to shape guidance published this month on alcohol consumption, for parents of under 18s. The guidance, published on 29th January by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) will empower parents and carers to educate their children and make sensible choices about consumption.


Free Precriptions In England Sought By Socialist Health Association


Wales has already abolished charges, Scotland and Northern Ireland are moving towards free prescriptions. The English NHS is now committed to free prescriptions for cancer patients from 1st April, and there is a current Prescription Charges Review for those with Long Term Conditions. www.info.doh.gov.uk/questionnaire/prescriprew.nsf.


Global, National Efforts Must Be Urgently Intensified To Control Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak


Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak, one of the world's largest ever recorded, is far from being brought under control and an enhanced response is needed to urgently reverse an epidemic that has so far infected more than 60,000 people and killed more than 3,100 since August 2008.


First National Oral Health Improvement Programme Aimed At Young Children, Wales


The first national oral health improvement programme aimed at young children in Wales is to be rolled out with the help of a fleet of mobile dental units which will be launched by First Minister Rhodri Morgan today. Health Minister Edwina Hart announced the Designed to Smile/ Cynllun Gwên programme last year.


Progression Slowed And Symptoms Of Knee Osteoarthritis Relieved By Chondroitin


Osteoarthritis (OA) causes disability and is a major public health problem. A new study examined the effect of chondroitins 4 and 6 sulfate (CS) on OA progression and symptoms. CS, unlike other chondroitin sulfate products sold as dietary supplements in the U.S., has been approved as a prescription symptomatic slow acting drug for OA in many European countries.


New Class Of Allergy Drugs May Result From Latest Discovery


If you've ever wondered why some allergic reactions progress quickly and may even become fatal, a new research report published in the February 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology (http://www.jleukbio.org) provides an important part of the answer.


Alexion's Soliris(R) (eculizumab) Receives Marketing Approval In Canada For All Patients With PNH


Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (Nasdaq: ALXN) announced that Canada's national healthcare regulatory agency, Health Canada, has approved the use of Soliris® (eculizumab) for the treatment of all patients in Canada with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, debilitating and life-threatening blood disorder defined by chronic red blood cell destruction, or hemolysis.


New England Journal Of Medicine Publishes Case Reports On The Investigational Use Of Soliris(R) In Patients With Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome


Two separate case reports published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) examine the investigational use of Soliris ® (eculizumab), a terminal complement inhibitor developed by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXN), in patients with a rare and severe inflammatory disease called atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS).


KineMed Describes Innovative Approach To Discover And Develop Drugs To Treat Fibrosis And Identifies Potential Drug For Lung And Liver Fibrosis


Scientists at KineMed, Inc., describe a new way to measure changes in the rates of deposition and breakdown of connective tissue applicable in animals and man.


454 Sequencing Helps Identify Herpes-like Viruses That May Contribute To Pandemic Decline Of Tropical Reefs


In an effort to determine the influence of viral pathogens in declining coral health, researchers at San Diego State University recently used metagenomic analysis with the Genome Sequencer System from 454 Life Sciences to sequence Porites compressa coral samples under varying environmental stressors. The purpose of the study, led by Dr.


CompuMed Inc. Teams With University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine To Provide Landmark Pediatric ECG Services


CompuMed, Inc. (OTCBB: CMPD) announced a landmark program in pediatric screening services, CardioGramKids™, teaming with the highly respected Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to provide electrocardiogram (ECG) screening services to children and teenagers prior to prescribing or taking psychotropic medications, including stimulants.


International Stem Cell Corporation Begins Pre-Clinical Trials On Human Corneal Epithelial Cells


International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB:ISCO), the first company to perfect a method of creating human "parthenogenetic" stem cells from unfertilized eggs, is planning pre-clinical trials aimed at applying its laboratory-grown human corneal epithelial cells to improve photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), a form of corrective laser eye surgery.


Biothera Expands Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Trial


Biothera has expanded the second arm of its clinical trial evaluating whether the combination of Imprime PGG® and Erbitux® can achieve positive outcomes for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients without the use of chemotherapy, the company announced today.


Aetna Educates Women About Role Of Folic Acid In Preventing Premature Birth


Aetna (NYSE: AET) has begun a pilot program to educate female members of childbearing years about the role folic acid may play in preventing premature births.


Girls Targeted By Tobacco Companies


Tobacco marketing in South Korea has been deliberately aimed at girls and young women. Research published in the open access journal Globalization and Health has shown that transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) are using tactics long used with devastating effect in Western countries to snare new female smokers in Asia.


Possible Link Between Teen Smoking And Adult Depression


Teenagers who smoke could be setting themselves up for depression later in life, according to a groundbreaking new Florida State University study. Psychology Professor Carlos Bolanos and a team of researchers found that nicotine given to adolescent rats induced a depression-like state characterized by a lack of pleasure and heightened sensitivity to stress in their adult lives.


Perceptions And Experiences Of Homeless Youth Vary By Race, UCSF Study Shows


The self-perceptions and life experiences of young homeless people vary significantly by race, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The findings underscore the need for a more tailored approach to youth homelessness intervention and prevention programs.


Environmental Researchers Warn "What We Don't Know Still Hurts Us"


Knowledge gaps continue to hobble scientists' assessments of the environment, a Michigan State University researcher and colleagues warn. Their warning follows sobering conclusions drawn from what they do know and could help set the global agenda for research funding in the years to come.


Iowa Staters Advance Developmental Robotics With Goal Of Teaching Robots To Learn


Alexander Stoytchev and his three graduate students recently presented one of their robot's long and shiny arms to a visitor. Here, they said, swing it around. And so the visitor tentatively gave the robot's left arm a few twists and twirls. The metal arm was heavy, but still moved easily at its shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.


International Travel Awards Announced By The Biophysical Society For 2009


The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its international travel grants to attend the Biophysical Society's 53rd Annual Meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts, February 28-March 4, 2009.


Winners Of 2009 Minority Travel Awards Announced By The Biophysical Society


The Biophysical Society has announced the winner of its Minority Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 53rd Annual Meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts, February 28- March 4, 2009. The awards are meant to encourage participation at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting by minority students currently studying biophysics.


Winners Of 2009 Student Travel Awards Announced By The Biophysical Society


The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its student travel award to attend the Biophysical Society's 53rd Annual Meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts, February 28-March 4, 2009. The recipients of this competitive award are selected based on scientific merit, with priority given to those who will present a paper at the conference.


Early Detection Of Increased Thrombosis Risk: New Antithrombin Test By Siemens Healthcare For The European Markets


Siemens Healthcare has developed Innovance Antithrombin, a new test for determining congenital and acquired antithrombin deficiency. Insufficient levels of protein in blood can lead to increased thrombophilia. Reason: Antithrombin ensures balanced blood coagulation by reducing the activity of thrombin and coagulation factor Xa which are responsible for blood coagulation.


Northeastern University Awarded A $2.7 Million Grant To Develop Antibacterial Therapy


Northeastern University was awarded a $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to help develop a targeted therapy to combat a contagious and potentially lethal bacterial pathogen commonly found in hospital and nursing home settings called Clostridium difficile (C. difficile).


New Palliative Care / Hospice Care Channel On Medical News Today


Medical News Today is pleased to announce the launch of a new Palliative Care / Hospice Care channel. The section will include news on medical care that focusses on disease symptoms - preventing and relieving suffering to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illnesses and those nearing the end of their lives.


New Ovarian Cancer Channel On Medical News Today


Medical News Today is pleased to announce the launch of a new Ovarian Cancer channel. The section will include news on cancer of the ovary; symptoms and causes, research, treatments and information on living with ovarian cancer.


Stress May Hasten Growth Of Melanoma Tumors


For patients with a particularly aggressive form of skin cancer malignant melanoma stress, including that which comes from simply hearing that diagnosis, might amplify the progression of their disease.


Physics, Math Provide Clues To Unraveling Cancer


Biology exists in a physical world. That's a fact cancer researchers are beginning to recognize as they look to include concepts of physics and mathematics in their efforts to understand how cancer develops -- and how to stop it.


Novartis And Medicines For Malaria Venture Launch Coartem® Dispersible, The First ACT* Developed For Children Suffering From Malaria


Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) announced the launch of Coartem® Dispersible, a new pediatric formulation of Coartem® (artemether/lumefantrine 20 mg/120 mg), for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in infants and children.


Shift Workers' Body Clocks Studied To Prevent Certain Cancers


Does shift work predispose you to cancer by altering the body's response to hormones? And if so, can a dietary supplement help? Those are the questions researchers at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) hope to answer through a new study, which recently received $600,000 in funding from The V Foundation for Cancer Research.


Researchers Disrupt Biochemical System Involved In Cancer, Degenerative Disease


Screening a chemical library of 200,000 compounds, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified two new classes that can be used to study and possibly manipulate a cellular pathway involved in many types of cancer and degenerative diseases.


Screening May Eventually Reduce Additional Breast Surgery


A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center have developed a rapid, automated image screening process to distinguish breast cancer cells from normal cells.


Internet Program Helps Prevent Depression In Teens


An Internet program helps to reduce depressive symptoms and prevent episodes of clinical depression in adolescent patients at risk, reports a study in the February issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.


Intervention Method Reduces Binge Drinking


Brief but personal intervention reduces drinking among risky college drinkers, according to a research study at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Results of the study will be published in the February issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.


Teaching An Old Drug New Tricks


A century-old drug that failed in its original intent to treat tuberculosis but has worked well as an antileprosy medicine now holds new promise as a potential therapy for multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.


Study Confirms Persistence Of Diversity Problems In Academic Medicine


A survey study believed to be one of the first efforts to put hard numbers around long-held beliefs about diversity in medical school faculties has affirmed that awareness and sensitivity to racial and ethnic diversity are believed by most faculty to be poor and even poorer among faculty who are members of underrepresented minorities.


Red Cross Caring For People In Eight States As Winter Storm Leaves Hundreds Of Thousands Without Power


Almost 5,000 people escaped their frigid homes last night in American Red Cross shelters in areas where utility companies are working to restore power to more than 770,000 homes and businesses still in the dark after this week's storm. With new snow on the ground and a chilly weekend approaching, that number could grow as more cold weather grips the nation.


New Study Shares Insights For Competitive Intelligence Policies, Ethics And Data Collection


New research has shown that companies can take advantage of opportunities and manage risk by collecting and understanding intelligence through the competitive or business intelligence function.


AdvanDx Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance For E. Coli/P. Aeruginosa PNA FISH(R)


AdvanDx announced it received FDA 510(k) clearance for E. coli/P. aeruginosa PNA FISH(R) to identify Escherichia coli and/or Pseudomonas aeruginosa directly from positive blood cultures. E. coli/P. aeruginosa PNA FISH is the first-ever test for identifying E. coli and P.


ERT (eResearchTechnology, Inc.) And Integrium, LLC Form Alliance To Deliver Integrated Cardiac Safety And Ambulatory Blood Pressure Services


eResearchTechnology, Inc. (ERT), (Nasdaq: ERES), and Integrium, LLC announced their alliance to provide integrated Cardiac Safety and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring centralized core laboratory services to clinical trial sponsors and managers worldwide.


New Multi-Center Study Finds Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry Screening Significantly Improves Detection Of Congenital Heart Disease In Newborns


Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced that a new multi-center study of 39,821 newborns was published in the January 2009 issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).


FDA Provides Clear Path To NDA Submission For Pro-Pharmaceuticals' DAVANAT(R)


Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: PRWP) announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), in a pre-New Drug Application (NDA) meeting held last December, indicated the Company will be required to conduct a Phase III trial to demonstrate superiority to the best standard of care for late stage colorectal cancer patients.


Cymbalta(R) Significantly Reduced Osteoarthritis Knee Pain In New Study


In a new study, Cymbalta (duloxetine HCl) 60-120 mg, taken once daily, reduced pain severity significantly, compared with placebo, in patients with osteoarthritis pain of the knee. Data from the 13-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial(1) were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) in Honolulu, Hawaii.


With Medical School Enrollment Expanding For The First Time In 30 Years, Medical Leaders Urge Educators To Institute Curricula Reform Now


Calling this period "an unparalleled opportunity" for change, an influential group of medical leaders today urged the nation's medical schools to reform their educational model because it too often fails to give new physicians the right mix of competencies and experiences to practice medicine effectively.


Oncogene Inhibits Tumor Suppressor To Promote Cancer: Study Links B-RAF And LKB1


Scientists have uncovered an interesting connection between two important protein kinase signaling pathways that are associated with cancer. The research, published by Cell Press in the January 30th issue of the journal Molecular Cell, may direct new therapeutic strategies for multiple types of cancer.


Skin Color Studies On Tadpoles Lead To Cancer Advance


The humble tadpole could provide the key to developing effective anti-skin cancer drugs, thanks to a groundbreaking discovery by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA).


Periodontal Treatment Not Found To Reduce Preterm Birth Risk


The study, involving researchers from Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the largest randomized trials to date to look at the link between the two conditions. Previous research had suggested that gum disease was associated with very preterm deliveries (defined as less than 32 weeks gestation).


Key Component In Cell Replication Identified By Stanford Scientists


Last week, a presidential limousine shuttled Barack Obama to the most important job in his life. Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have now identified a protein that does much the same for the telomerase enzyme - ferrying the critically important clump of proteins around to repair the ends of chromosomes that are lost during normal replication.


Improved Understanding Of Circadian Clocks


Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a new part of the mechanism which allows our bodyclocks to reset themselves on a molecular level. Circadian clocks regulate the daily fluctuations of many physiological and behavioural aspects in life, and are synchronised with our surrounding environment via light or temperature cycles.


Early-Stage Multiple Sclerosis Reversed By Stem Cell Transplant


Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine appear to have reversed the neurological dysfunction of early-stage multiple sclerosis patients by transplanting their own immune stem cells into their bodies and thereby "resetting" their immune systems. "This is the first time we have turned the tide on this disease," said principal investigator Richard Burt, M.D.


Potential Lung Cancer Drug Tested By Translational Genomics Research Insitute Affiliates


TGen Clinical Research Services (TCRS) at Scottsdale Healthcare and Mayo Clinic are testing a new drug that may offer broad potential to treat solid tumors.


CDC Recognizes UCSF's Research As Critical To HIV Prevention


Two HIV prevention interventions developed by UCSF researchers have been selected as additions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2008 Compendium of Evidence-based HIV Prevention Interventions.


Grant To Improve Targeting In Parkinson's Surgery


A $51,000 grant will enable University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers to determine whether sophisticated new imaging technologies can help them achieve pinpoint placement of deep-brain stimulation electrodes in patients with Parkinson's disease.


Science Behind Anthrax Investigation Featured In ASM Biodefense And Emerging Diseases Research Meeting


The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will host its 2009 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting February 22-25, 2008 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD.


Improved Method For Comparing Genomes As Well As Written Text


Taking a hint from the text comparison methods used to detect plagiarism in books, college papers and computer programs, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed an improved method for comparing whole genome sequences.


18 Honoured By National Academy Of Sciences For Major Contributions To Science


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will honor 18 individuals in 2009 with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievements in the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, social sciences, psychology, and application of science for the public good.


Study Of Space Weather Conditions That Affect Our Lives


For the past 15 years, engineers and scientists have gained a greater understanding of global warming, the effects of geomagnetic storms, the impact of the solar wind interacting on the magnetized region around the earth, and other dynamic processes that occur in the Earth's near-space environment.


Urban Wildlife Institute To Help Mitigate Wildlife And Human Conflicts In Chicago; Study Zoonotic Disease Threats; Serve As Model For Urban Areas


Lincoln Park Zoo has been awarded a grant by The Davee Foundation to establish a new research division, the Urban Wildlife Institute, which will focus studies on the interactions between urban dwellers and wildlife, and utilize sound science to create best practice conflict resolution.


The Journal Of Experimental Biology 2009 Symposium: Survival In A Changing World:


Each year, The Company of Biologists (http://www.biologists.com/) organises and supports a themed conference as the basis of a special review issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology. The main aim of this annual Symposium is to unite outstanding biologists and bring together their varied expertise on one particular subject. It is a leisurely meeting with enough time to talk and to discuss.


Amway Global Initiates Nationwide Recall of NUTRILITE Energy Bars Because of Possible Health Risk


Amway Global is initiating a voluntary recall on three of our NUTRILITE® energy bars because we have been informed that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is one of the peanut paste suppliers that our vendor used to make our energy bars. NUTRILITE® energy bars are sold nationwide through direct sales.


USDA Consumer Alert: Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing recommendations to the regions affected by severe winter weather in Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states. Power outages can occur at any time of the year and it often takes from a few hours to several days for electricity to be restored to residential areas.


Brent and Sam’s Announces Nation Wide Recall of Two Varieties of Archer Farms Brand Cookies


North Little Rock-based Brent and Sam's announced a voluntary recall of two flavors of Archer Farms cookies as a precautionary measure due to the recall expansion of Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, Georgia facility. The recalled Archer Farms cookies were sold at Target and Super Target stores nationwide.

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