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Organic Strawberries Have More Antioxidants And Vitamin C But Less Potassium And Phosphorus

6 hours 36 min ago
Organic strawberries were found to have more vitamin C and antioxidants than non-organic ones, and they also had a nicer taste, but are 13.4% smaller and have considerably lower levels of dietary minerals potassium and phosphorous, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal PloS One. As consumers, we are usually willing to pay a bit more for organic produce for reasons of nutrition, health, the environment and/or the quality of life of farm animals...

The Face Of An Infant's Suffering; Can It Be Sugarcoated?

7 hours 36 min ago
When your newborn infant is crying with uncomfortable teething or otherwise obviously suffering, feeding sugar to the little one has been a home remedy for years based on not only perceived behavior, but also physiological reactions. However, a new article by Dr. Rebeccah Slater of University College London that appears in the current issue of The Lancet, shows there is no direct connection between pain reduction activity in the spinal cord or brain and the administration of sucrose...

Short Sleep And Chronic Insomnia Linked To Four-Fold Risk Of Early Death In Men

8 hours 36 min ago
US researchers found that short sleep and insomnia was linked to a four times higher risk of early death in men; they urged public health policy makers to emphasize earlier diagnosis and treament of chronic insomnia. You can read how researchers from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, came to these findings in a paper they wrote that was published on 1 September in the journal SLEEP...

Orexigen Partners With Takeda To Commercialize Obesity Drug Contrave (Naltrexone SR/Bupropion SR)

8 hours 36 min ago
Contrave (naltrexone SR/bupropion SR), an investigational drug aimed at combination therapy to address both biological and behavioral drivers of obesity, will be developed and commercialized by Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited in the USA, Canada and Mexico. The two drug firms have just signed an exclusive partnership for the North American area. The Contrave combination treatment targets the central pathways involved in controlling the balance of both food consumption and metabolism, as well as regulating eating behavior, Orexigen informs...

Infrared Detects E. Coli In Beef Within An Hour Instead Of A Week Protecting Public Health More Efficiently

9 hours 36 min ago
Where's the beef? Rather, where are the Escherichia coli (commonly referred to and spelled as E. coli) in my beef? It has been found that infrared spectroscopy detects E. coli (named for discovery by German pediatrician and bacteriologist Theodor Escherich) far more rapidly than current testing options. Utilizing infrared would speed up the detection process dramatically, and potentially curb outbreaks. In addition, spectroscopy can identify strains of E. coli (such as 0157:H7) in much less time than the current seven days necessary to complete the multi-step identification process...

Several West Nile Virus Infections And Deaths In Greece, Other Parts Of Europe Also Affected

10 hours 36 min ago
Cases of human infection of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported in Greece where 13 people have died and at least 140 have become ill, according to the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Greek authorities say 32 patients are currently hospitalized. Several other countries in Europe are also affected, especially Central Europe and the Mediterranean area, according to the latest issue of Eurosurveillance. The publication adds that numerous animal cases have also been documented. A "single probable case" was reported in Portugal in July this year...

Dr. Tom Tooma Purchases Interest In All 12 Southern California TLC Laser Eye Centers, Changing Name To NVISION Laser Eye Centers

11 hours 36 min ago
All 12 TLC Laser Eye Centers in Southern California are changing their names to NVISION Laser Eye Centers. The name change accompanies the sale of TLC Vision's interest in the 12 centers to Medical Director Dr. Tom Tooma to become a separate LASIK brand. The new brand will operate as NVISION Laser Eye Centers and will have the same 12 Southern California locations, same surgeons and staff. In fact, the only thing that will change is the name to reflect additional eye care services now available for Southern California residents...

Therapeutic Workshops To Highlight Opportunities In Biotech At 9th Annual BIO Investor Forum

11 hours 36 min ago
BIO today announced the preliminary set of speakers who will be featured on the Therapeutic Workshops during the 9th Annual BIO Investor Forum - a national meeting focused on investment trends and opportunities in the life-sciences with a focus on public and venture-stage growth companies. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the 9th annual event will take place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Calif. on October 5-6...

Together Teens And Neutrogena Raise $200,000 To Benefit Disaster Relief, Education And Environmental Charities

11 hours 36 min ago
Neutrogena, the #1 dermatologist-recommended skin care brand, announced today that, with the help of teens across America, the Wave for Change campaign achieved its goal of raising $200,000 for communities in need. The donation will be divided among three causes in the US and globally, as determined by teens on Neutrogena's Facebook Page. Understanding their passion for positive social change, Neutrogena invited teens to show their support for the campaign by purchasing Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit products and the Wave® Sonic Power-Cleanser...

BARDA Funds Development Of New Way To Treat Illness From Acute Radiation

11 hours 36 min ago
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) today awarded a $153 million contract to Cellerant Therapeutics, Inc. of San Carlos, Calif., to continue developing a new way to treat an illness caused by exposure to high levels of ionizing radiation which can damage the body's cells - the type of radiation that would come from a nuclear blast. Under the contract, the company will continue development of a medication called CLT-008 that uses a special kind of cells called myeloid progenitor cells...

Tough Challenges Faced By London's NHS In Drive To Improve Quality And Increase Savings

11 hours 36 min ago
A report by the NHS Confederation's London Relations Programme published outlines the significant challenges faced by the capital's health service. It says tough decisions will need to be taken if London's healthcare is to continue to improve during the financial downturn. The paper Capital challenge: improving healthcare in London highlights particular issues around health inequalities and variation in the quality of services in the capital...

Macmillan Responds To The New Energy Bill Announced In The Queen's Speech, UK

11 hours 36 min ago
Responding to the new energy bill announced in the Queen's Speech, Mike Hobday, Head of Campaigns at Macmillan Cancer Support said: 'Whilst the mandatory support from energy companies will help some vulnerable people struggling with their fuel bills, it is vital that cancer patients are not left out in the cold. Cancer patients undergoing treatment are twice as likely to fall into fuel poverty as the general population and must be included in any new support schemes...

Siemens Executive Appointed President Of IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium

11 hours 36 min ago
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics announces Eric Olson's appointment as President of the IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium (IICC). Founded by the top worldwide in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers, IICC's mission is to create and ensure adoption of a unified connectivity standard to reduce the complexity and variability of data exchange between IVD testing and healthcare systems...

Diabetes 2 Drug Metformin May Protect Against Lung Cancer In Smokers

11 hours 36 min ago
Two studies reveal that smokers may have a significantly lower risk of developing lung cancer and colorectal cancer with the drug metformin, which is commonly prescribed for diabetes type 2 treatment, the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research informs. Metformin, originally sold as Glucophage, is the first-line drug of choice for diabetes type 2 patients, especially those who are obese or overweight, as well as diabetes patients with normal kidney function. Metformin may have the following brand names: Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, or Riomet...

RPSGB And No Smoking Day Announce Alliance, UK

11 hours 36 min ago
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is working in partnership with the charity No Smoking Day to help thousands of smokers to kick the habit and stop smoking on Wednesday, 9th March 2011. This year's "Time to Quit?" campaign will encourage and support smokers across the UK to start counting down to the 9th March, to quit smoking and start a healthier and wealthier life...

The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey Receives Grant To Increase The Number Of Advanced Degreed Nurses In New Jersey

12 hours 36 min ago
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey announced that it has been chosen as one of nine foundations nationwide to receive funding from Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN), a unique national initiative to help find innovative ways to create an effective nursing workforce appropriate in size and equipped with the specific skills necessary to meet the changing demands of the 21st century patient population...

Sorell Family Practice Wins RACGP Tasmania General Practice Of The Year Award 2010, Australia

12 hours 36 min ago
Sorell Family Practice in Sorell, 25 km north-east of Hobart, has been named the winner of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Tasmania General Practice of the Year Award 2010. The General Practice of the Year Award recognises the outstanding work of general practices, the commitment of the practice to ongoing quality improvements, the standard of facilities offered to patients and staff and the services offered to the local community...

URAC Opens Second Stage Of Its Patient Centered Health Care Home Program For Public Comment

12 hours 36 min ago
URAC announced a call for public comment on the second set of toolkits for its new Patient Centered Health Care Home (PCHCH) Program. The program, comprised of an integrated series of three educational toolkits, will help health care practices follow a step-wise process in their journey to becoming a PCHCH. Comment on the first toolkit, the Health Care Practice Assessment Toolkit, closed on August 12, 2010. This call for comment focuses on the second and third PCHCH Toolkits: the Patient Survey and Performance Measures Toolkits, and are available for review and comment here...

Why Does Anxiety Target Women More? FSU Researcher Awarded $1.8M Grant To Find Out

12 hours 36 min ago
Anxiety disorders afflict women twice as often as men, but estrogen might not be the reason. Testosterone, though, could be. That is one of the preliminary findings in the lab of Florida State University researcher Mohamed Kabbaj, associate professor in the College of Medicine. He recently was awarded a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the sex differences in anxiety. His research team also is working to identify the role of a gene called zif268. "It's a very important molecule," Kabbaj said...

Study: Preemptive Surgery May Help Prevent Cancer For Some Women

12 hours 36 min ago
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that women with a gene mutation linked to breast and ovarian cancer face lower risks of developing such cancer after receiving mastectomies or having their ovaries removed, The Wall Street Journal reports. The study, which involved 2,482 women, "provides the most concrete evidence to date about the benefit of undergoing such preventative surgeries in women who carry mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes...

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