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Emerging Drug Class May Enhance Red Blood Cell Production In Anemic Patients

FINDINGS: By determining how corticosteroids act to increase production of red blood cell progenitors, Whitehead Institute researchers have identified a class of drugs that may be beneficial in treating some erythropoietin-resistant anemias. One such anemia is Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA), which … Continue reading

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American Medical Systems Announces FDA Clearance For MiniArc(R) Precise Single Incision Sling

American Medical Systems® (AMS) (Nasdaq: AMMD), a leading provider of world-class devices and therapies for both male and female pelvic health, announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the MiniArc® Precise Single-Incision Sling System, a product for the … Continue reading

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“Food Insecure” Appalachians More Likely To Be Obese, Diabetic, Study Finds

Members of rural Appalachian households who lack access to food or experience hunger are more likely to be obese and have diabetes, according to an Ohio University study. Researcher David Holben found that subjects from households with greater levels of … Continue reading

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Mice Protected From Avian Flu By Human Antibodies

An international team of scientists, including researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, report using antibodies derived from immune cells from recent human survivors of H5N1 avian influenza to … Continue reading

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Bad Backs Are Headed Back To School: Overloaded Backpacks To Blame For Back Pain In Children

As children head back to school, they may be expanding their minds but there is a good chance they’re also damaging their bodies. Back pain, historically an adult affliction, is now becoming common among school-aged children and studies show a … Continue reading

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NSF Funding In Basic Research Yields Great Payoffs In Scientific Contributions Worldwide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) congratulates the 2009 Nobel laureates, particularly those who have received NSF funding over the years: Jack W. Szostak, who shared the prize in physiology or medicine; Thomas A. Steitz, who shared the prize in chemistry; … Continue reading

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New Buffer Resists PH Change, Even As Temperature Drops

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a simple solution to a problem that has plagued scientists for decades: the tendency of chemical buffers used to maintain the pH of laboratory samples to lose their efficacy as the samples … Continue reading

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Discovery Of Gatekeepers In The Human Cell ‘Shredder’ Could Lead To A New Target For Cancer Drugs

Insulin, a hormone released in large quantities when food is consumed, is reduced by 50% only three to five minutes later. However, if the cell’s internal waste disposal system malfunctions, illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease may occur. To … Continue reading

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Shape Matters In The Case Of Cobalt Nanoparticles

Shape is turning out to be a particularly important feature of some commercially important nanoparticles – but in subtle ways. New studies* by scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) show that changing the shape of cobalt … Continue reading

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Glivec Helps 90% Of Myeloid Leukaemia Patients Live 5 Years Or More

Clinical trial results show that Glivec helps 90% of patients with myeloid leukaemia survive for five years or more. In the UK the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) only wanted to approve its use for patients with advanced myeloid … Continue reading

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