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Specific gene increases susceptibility to breast cancer

10 years ago from Physorg

Much work has been done to identify genetic variations that predispose women to breast cancer. Previous work showed that variants in the gene called fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2)...

Eastern Health should have dealt with cancer tests alone: former deputy minister

11 years ago from CBC: Health

A former deputy minister of health says Eastern Health made matters worse by involving the government at the start of the cancer testing crisis.

Drug resistant TB 'rising in UK'

11 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Drug resistant tuberculosis is posing a growing threat in the UK, say experts.

FDA calls for more money and power to keep imported drugs safe

11 years ago from LA Times - Science

A congressional panel grills officials and hears from relatives of those who died after using tainted heparin. ...

Scanner to Find Fatty Deposits in Vessels Is Approved

11 years ago from NY Times Health

Federal regulators have approved the sale of a new laser scanning system intended to locate fatty deposits in blood vessel walls that are thought to cause heart attacks.

Vital Signs: Hazards: Gymnastics Grades High in Injuries, Too

11 years ago from NY Times Health

Gymnastics, a new study finds, can take a heavy toll on its young practitioners’ bodies.

Diabetes Link To Alzheimer's Disease Explained

11 years ago from Science Daily

Diabetic individuals have a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease but the molecular connection between the two remains unexplained. Now, researchers have identified the probable molecular basis for the...

Pill Ingredient Could Prevent Brain Damage After Head Injury

11 years ago from Science Daily

A common component of the contraceptive pill could improve the neurologic outcome for patients with severe head injuries, according to a new study. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as that...

Observatory: Cherry Tomatoes Get a Seawater Boost

11 years ago from NY Times Science

Researchers reported that the nutritional content of tomatoes improves when the plants are irrigated with diluted seawater.

Albert Hofmann, Inventor of LSD, Embarks on Final Trip [News]

11 years ago from Scientific American

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, inventor of LSD, died yesterday at the age of 102, just 10 days after the 55th anniversary of his notorious bicycle trip while tripping on "acid"....

Stem cells open window on disease processes

11 years ago from Harvard Science

A panel of Harvard Stem Cell Institute experts said recently that stem cell research’s biggest impact on patients’ health likely won’t come from therapies that inject stem cells or implant tissues made...

Life expectancy stagnating, worsening, for large segment of U.S. population

11 years ago from Harvard Science

A new, long-term study of mortality trends in U.S. counties from 1960 to 2000 finds that an overall average life expectancy increase of 6.5 years for men and women is...

Aspirin-like Compounds Increase Insulin Secretion In Otherwise Healthy Obese People

11 years ago from Science Daily

Aspirin-like compounds can claim another health benefit: increasing the amount of insulin produced by otherwise healthy obese people. Obesity is associated with insulin resistance, the first step toward type 2...

House Panel Criticizes F.D.A. Role in Drug Cases

11 years ago from NY Times Health

The Food and Drug Administration was criticized for not doing more checks of foreign drug manufacturers in the wake of problems with the blood thinner heparin and other products.

Personal Best: The Flutter Over Heart Rate

11 years ago from NY Times Health

For some activities, a monitor may help you reach your goal. Or it may distract you.

Global Update: Donor Attention-Deficit Disorder? Phony Press Release Is Joke, Sort Of

11 years ago from NY Times Health

A mock press release elicits rueful laughter from the global health community.

Glaxo Says Compound in Wine May Fight Aging

11 years ago from NY Times Health

The British drug maker said it would acquire a biotechnology company that is pursuing the notion that a compound found in red wine might retard aging.

F.D.A. Takes Closer Look at Lasik Complaints

11 years ago from NY Times Health

The F.D.A. is taking a new look at whether warnings about the risks of Lasik surgery are appropriate.

M. Lois Murphy, 91, Dies; Leader in Cancer Research

11 years ago from NY Times Health

Dr. Murphy’s leadership advanced early work on chemotherapy, especially for childhood cancer, and led to markedly higher survival rates

Counting Birthdays: The Short End of the Longer Life

11 years ago from NY Times Health

Ever rising longevity is not a given for all Americans anymore, especially women.

Doctors accused of doing illegal stem-cell trials

11 years ago from News @ Nature

Patients in Austria may have been misled.

Exposure to daycares in early childhood could protect against leukemia

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Kids who go to daycare or attend playgroups are 30 per cent less likely to develop the most common form of childhood leukemia than those who do not, finds a...

Radiology errors could aggravate backlog

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Errors discovered in the work of a P.E.I. radiologist will add significantly to the workload of a department that's already swamped, says the provincial medical director of diagnostic imaging.

Water fountains at Yukon school off limits over bacteria concerns

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Students and staff at a Whitehorse-area elementary school are being told not to use the school's water fountains after low levels of coliform bacteria were found last week.

Peer review considered for P.E.I. radiologists

11 years ago from CBC: Health

After another doctor's comments on a P.E.I. radiologist's work led to the finding of an unacceptably high error rate, the province is considering a peer review process for all radiologists.

Treating patients in hallways the 'new norm' in Calgary: CHR head

11 years ago from CBC: Health

A fast-growing and aging population means more hospital patients are being cared for in hallways and tub rooms, the CEO of the Calgary Health Region said Tuesday.

DOD Creates Regenerative Medicine Institute

11 years ago from Science Blog

The Department of Defense announced the creation of the new, federally-funded institution, the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) during a briefing today at the Pentagon. read more

WSJ.com In For a Major Redesign

11 years ago from CBSNews - Science

WSJ.com is on for a major redesign and relaunch soon, and some elements of it are being rolled out now on the site, and some would view it as the...