Google rocks with Les Paul doodle
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 06:55:13 -0500
Google created the world's largest jam session by giving everyone on the Web a playable and recordable guitar.
Citigroup hit by hackers
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 06:43:47 -0500
Citigroup said hackers had breached the bank's network and may have gained access to the personal data of hundreds of thousands of bank card customers
Transforming your business in an era of changing health care - Part II
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:18:50 -0500
New healthcare reform legislation provides financial incentives for payers and others to invest in activities and tools that improve care.
Cyber security revisited: Security agents explained
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:27:24 -0500
While many security companies have devised myriad ways to address the malicious host problem, none have tried to attack this problem at the root level.
How service providers can have their cloud and keep it, too
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:26:00 -0500
To keep up with Amazon's cloud, telcos need alternative methods to navigate a sea change in the storage market at large.
Chrome browser makes steady gains
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 10:25:25 -0500
Chrome is now used by one out of every eight people on the internet, while Microsoft's latest browser is also showing signs of steady growth.
Opera beefs up password security
Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:39:56 -0500
Secure password synchronization, Speed Dial extensions, and an easier way to get Opera's developer's builds graduated from alpha to beta.
Transforming your business in an era of changing health care
Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:07:31 -0500
Many reforms have already been implemented, and payers that delay actions today put their futures at risk.
Smartphones? Thereâs malware for that, too.
Wed, 25 May 2011 15:26:13 -0500
Cyber crooks are infecting popular mobile platforms through malicious applications and, unfortunately, no mobile platform is immune from the destruction it can cause.
Apple making headway with music publishers
Tue, 24 May 2011 12:41:44 -0500
Apple has wrapped up licensing agreements with three of the four top record companies but still needs publishing rights to make its cloud service a go.
Microsoft appeals EU antitrust fine
Tue, 24 May 2011 10:17:49 -0500
Calling it "excessive," Microsoft criticized in an appeals hearing today the $1.3 billion fine imposed three years ago by EU antitrust regulators.
Firefox for Android adds 'do-not-track' feature
Mon, 23 May 2011 06:45:57 -0500
Mozilla released the new mobile browser beta with a Do Not Track feature that will turn your device free from trackers.
The five keys to building a successful cloud services business
Thu, 19 May 2011 13:11:13 -0500
To make the most of the cloud opportunity, service providers need to combine the winning mix of smart business decisions, partnerships, and technology.
Wed, 18 May 2011 11:05:30 -0500
One size fits none: How to secure cloud computing in the enterprise
Tue, 17 May 2011 13:38:25 -0500
Far-sighted organizations are using cloud computing to propel innovation, get an edge over competitors and improve productivity. You can't afford to let security worries scare you away.
Network security blunders - how to recover
Mon, 16 May 2011 11:48:19 -0500
On the network security front, firewall management is one area where a simple mistake regarding a rule or configuration change can come back to haunt you.
Amazon threatens states that collect sales taxes
Thu, 12 May 2011 12:07:26 -0500
Amazon.com is threatening to cut ties with affiliates in any states that decide to collect sales tax.
Healthcare IT roadmap: Starting small, scaling for growth
Wed, 11 May 2011 13:01:48 -0500
Complex new regulations for Accountable Care Organizations mean IT has to work overtime to keep up.
Anonymous denies role in Sony attacks
Wed, 11 May 2011 06:47:15 -0500
Anonymous has denied orchestrating the hack on the Sony PlayStation Network in a recorded message directed at users outraged by the attack.
Hackers plan third Sony attack
Tue, 10 May 2011 06:55:29 -0500
A group of hackers says it is planning another wave of cyberattacks against Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network breach.
OrgScheduler 6.8 (Windows)
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:47:04 -0500
OrgScheduler is a universal scheduling system for your individual, offices, business events with unrivaled features and flexibility. Building upon the interface options introduced in Microsoft Outlook, OrgScheduler includes importing from Outlook, exporting to Outlook, Text, HTML, XML, Excel formats. Different time display options in the day view (including those events that span multiple days), 149 event coloring types to indicate an event's kind/importance, automatic hints that display an event's start and end time together with its caption, multiple look and feel styles, event recurrence control, customizable Date Navigator, comprehensive reminders. With OrgScheduler, you can use e-mail or SMS to send appointments, reminders and invitations to colleagues, friends and family members. The format of calendar according to your regional settings. The OrgScheduler control provides many types of views: Day, Week, Month, Quarter, Year, all days or work days only and vertical, horizontal time line views. Access to all data is provided through a well encrypted password. Also Print Designer system enables to easily design and print elegant reports.
Symantec Norton AntiVirus Virus Definition 06/09/2011 (Windows)
Norton AntiVirus Definition - as new threats emerge, Symantec immediately builds new protection updates and makes them available for download on a subscription basis.
MakeUp Pilot 4.4 (Windows)
MakeUp Pilot is digital retouch software that allows doing makeup directly on your photos. It helps you to quickly and easily remove small defects on your skin. With this program you'll be able to make your pictures look even better than they do.
Norton AntiVirus Definitions Update (i32 Package) 06/09/2011 (Windows)
Download this file for the latest in virus detection and repair. The i32 Intelligent Updater package cannot be used to update Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition servers but can be used to update Corporate Edition clients. This definitions update is a complete replacement for any previous virus definitions set.
Beauty Pilot 2.4 (Windows)
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:47:03 -0500
Beauty Pilot is a software for digital photo retouching. The program has been designed with a very simple approach in mind. In order to get optimal results, you need only one tool. Erase skin imperfections instantly to bring out the beauty in women's portraits.
Windows Live Mail 15.4.3508.1109 (Windows)
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:47:01 -0500
Windows Live Mail brings together multiple e-mail accounts, calendars, and more into one easy-to-use program. Access and edit your e-mail and calendar events, even when you are offline, and sync your changes later. Use Windows Live Mail to help maximize your e-mail security across multiple e-mail accounts. Mail combines the ease of use of Outlook Express, with the speed of Windows Live. Get multiple e-mail accounts in one program - Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo. It also has a a calendar. Mail combines the ease of use of Outlook Express, with the speed of Windows Live.
XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 (Windows)
The XNA Framework Redistributable provides the necessary runtime components to execute a game on Windows that was developed using Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0. This release contains improved functionality as well as new features. Installation of this runtime is unnecessary on systems with Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 already installed. The Microsoft Software License Terms for Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 covers the terms under which developers may use the Redistributable. For full details, review the Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 license terms.
Startup Delayer 3.0 build 305 (Windows)
Startup Delayer gives you the power to optimize your Startup Process by delaying applications from starting up as soon as you log into your computer. By delaying the applications during start up, your computer becomes usable a lot faster. Startup Delayer will then start launching your delayed applications when your computer is more idle.
moneyGuru 2.3.8 (Windows)
moneyGuru is a personal finance management application. With it, you can evaluate your financial situation so you can make informed decisions. Most finance applications have the same goal, but it differs in the way it achieves it. Rather than having reports which you have to configure (or find out which pre-configured report is the right one), your important financial data (net worth, profit) is constantly up-to-date and in your face. This allows you to constantly make informed decision rather than doing so periodically.
Image for DOS 2.63 (Windows)
Image for DOS is a reliable and easy to use drive imaging software package. Completely backup your operating systems, including Windows or Linux. It supports any partition type, including FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/3/4, Reiser, and XFS. It also supports USB2, eSATA, IEEE1394, ATAPI CD and DVD drives without the need for drivers. You can even easily create a self-booting floppy, CD/DVD, or flash disk to use for back ups or recovery.
Illumination Software Creator 3.2 (Windows)
Illumination Software Creator allows you to use visual building blocks to create your own software. No programming experience necessary, extremely easy to use. The resulting software can be run on Windows, Linux , MacOS X, iPhone, iPad, Android, Flash/Flex websites and Nokia Internet Tablets (Maemo).
Freemake Video Converter 22.214.171.124 (Windows)
Freemake Video Converter is an absolutely free video tool that converts virtually any video file : AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, MPG, 3GP, SWF, FLV, TOD, AVCHD, MOV, QT, TS, MTS. Freemake Video Converter allows to download and convert YouTube, Facebook, TubePlus, or Vimeo videos by a quick copy/paste of video URL. Freemake Video Converter rips and re-encodes DVD's to any number of formats, including MPEG2, MP4, WMV, MKV, AVI, SWF. It has a number of presets that allow you to encode a movie for any number of devices, from an iPhone to PS3 and Android devices. Freemake Video Converter allows to quickly create photo slideshows and upload them or MP3 to Youtube. Due to the advanced preset editor, you can customize conversion parameters and create your own presets. The program takes advantage of NVIDIA's Cuda technology to route the encoding work to a Cuda supported graphics card thus delivering more efficient conversion.
CodeTwo Attach Unblocker 1.2.4 (Windows)
CodeTwo Attach Unblocker allows fast and convenient configuration of Microsoft Outlook to unblock attachments blocked by Outlook by default (.exe, .url, .reg files). The settings are available in the property sheet in the Outlook options, which ensures quick and con- venient editing. CodeTwo Attach Unblocker will enable you to read all of the blocked attachments.
Live Mesh 2011 15.4.3508.1109 (Windows)
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:47:00 -0500
Your work computer, home laptop, Mac, or mobile phone- devices live in multiple places. But the files you need--and the programs that open them--often don't. Live Mesh changes all that. With Live Mesh, you can synchronize files with all of your devices, so you always have the latest versions handy. Access your files from any device or from the web, easily share them with others, and get notified whenever someone changes a file. Use Live Mesh to connect to your other computer and access its desktop as if you were sitting right in front of it.
Windows Live Writer 15.4.3508.1109 (Windows)
Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service. It includes a WSYIWYG blog editor as well as tools for publishing photos, maps. An included SDK allows developers to extend the capabilities of Writer to publish additional content types. Windows Live Writer is a great client for Windows Live Spaces but also works with other weblogs including Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, or WordPress.
Hypnosis/local Anaesthesia Combination During Surgery Helps Patients And Reduces Hospital Stays
Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500
Using a combination of hypnosis and local anaesthesia (LA) for certain types of surgery can aid the healing process and reduce drug use and time spent in hospital, anaesthesiologists have found. The combination could also help avoid cancer recurrence and metastases, according to new research to be presented today (Sunday) at the European Anaesthesiology Congress in Amsterdam. Professor Fabienne Roelants and Dr. Christine Watremez, from the Department of Anaesthesiology at the Cliniques Universitaires St...
Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Ducklings Or Chicks, Ohio Investigates
Eight cases of salmonellosis have triggered an investigation by Ohio state officials who have linked them to ducklings and/or chicks sourced from an Ohio hatchery and bought at various agricultural outlets across the state. Health authorities are advising Ohioans to handle chicks and ducklings with care. The eight infected people live in Licking, Ashtabula, Jefferson, Columbiana, Hamilton, Franklin, Medina and Wood counties. They range from 3 months to 76 years of age. Salmonella Altona was detected in one of the chicks that belonged to one of the infected people...
Ovarian Cancer Screenings Raise Risk Of Health Problems And Do Not Reduce Mortality
Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500
Transvaginal ultrasound and the CA-125 blood test do not prevent females from dying of ovarian cancer - in fact the invasive medical procedures may be linked to health problems, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The CA-123 blood test measures levels of a tumor marker which is more elevated in women with ovarian cancer, and some other cancers. Edward Partridge, M.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and president of the American Cancer Society Inc...
Phase I Pro-Vas® Effectiveness Study Presented At AUA Meeting
Sat, 11 Jun 2011 07:00:00 -0500
A new clinical study presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting shows the less-invasive Pro-Vas® occlusion as a highly promising method of permanent male sterilization. The clinical study results were presented by Douglas A. Swartz, M.D., to a physician audience at the AUA Annual Meeting. The AUA meeting is the world's largest gathering of urologists each year. Dr. Swartz is a private-practice urologist in Jacksonville, Fla. He served as lead investigator for the 15-month clinical study that involved 29 patients. Dr...
Woman Receives Full Face Transplant After Being Mauled By A Chimpanzee
Charla Nash, 57, whose face was mauled by a furious 200-pound pet chimpanzee in February 2009, has undergone a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, medical team leader announced. The animal attack left her blind. Nash says she yearns to be able to eat pizza and hamburgers again; quite a change from the pureed foods she has had to live on over the last few months. The chimpanzee's owner had asked Nash help her coax the animal back into the house. Her hands were ripped off, as were her nose, lips and eyelids...
Discovery Of How Nicotine Suppresses Appetite May Stop Weight Gain In Quitters
A discovery of precisely how nicotine suppresses appetite, suggests it may be possible to develop drugs that help people stop gaining weight when they give up smoking, something that puts many smokers off quitting, according to a new study published online this week in the journal Science. The scientists discovered a brain pathway in mice that could be the target of new drugs for smoking cessation and weight control without triggering a craving for tobacco. Previous studies have shown that although on average people gain no more than 10 lbs (4...
Economist Warns Of Age Discrimination, Quality Loss In "Healthcare Reform"
The incentives that are an essential part of recently passed healthcare reform have been tried many times before, always with the same result, warns economist Yuri Maltsev, Ph.D., in the summer 2011 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Before defecting to the West, Maltsev was a member of a senior Soviet economics team that worked on President Gorbachev's reform package under perestroika. The Soviet system looked good on paper, employing plan indicators to indicate hospital performance, Maltsev observes...
AANMA Helping Raise Awareness, Improve Lives Through Support For Congressional Allergy & Asthma Caucus
Continuing its work to end suffering and death from allergy and asthma in the United States, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) proudly announces and is leading support for the Congressional Allergy & Asthma Caucus. The efforts of Representatives Joe Barton (R-TX), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) made the Caucus possible...
Cardinal Health Supports Future Pharmacists With $1.1 Million Pharmacy Scholarship Program
As part of its continuing commitment to supporting future pharmacists, Cardinal Health today announced a new college scholarship program, making $1.1 million in scholarship funds available to thirteen pharmacy schools across the United States. Recipient schools will be endowed with scholarship funding ranging from $50,000 to $125,000. Five of the thirteen pharmacy schools that received funding were selected because of their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession...
Siemens' Biograph MMR Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted Siemens Healthcare (NYSE: SI) 510(k) clearance for the Biograph mMR, the first system worldwide to enable simultaneous whole-body acquisition of data from magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET). While MR provides exquisite morphological and functional details in soft tissue, PET goes further to investigate the human body at the level of cellular activity and metabolism. The Biograph mMR enables users to generate the location, function, and metabolic activity of organs in a single image at the same time...
Urgent Warning To Patients About Medicaid Cuts
Dental Systems, Inc., a leading western Pennsylvania dental network, is urging consumers to contact Governor Tom Corbett as well as their senators to protest proposed cuts to Medicaid dental benefits. According to Louis Rossellini, president of Dental Systems, Inc., Medicaid patients need to act now and voice their opinions by calling or emailing their Senator today. "For anyone 21 and older covered by Medicaid, the proposed budget cuts will drastically limit their optional benefits," said Rossellini...
Following The Traces Of Lung Cancer
Dr Naia Uribe-Etxebarria has shown that it is viable to detect the ganglion through which a tumour attempts to spread, using a radiotracer, in a PhD defended at the University of the Basque Country. Surgeon Naia Uribe-Etxebarria has used a radioactive substance which, injected into a lung tumour, enables the detection of the path that the carcinoma intends to take in order to propagate itself. Concretely she applied technetium 99 in resectable non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) at an early stage (I or II), and in an intraoperative manner...
Infrared Systems International's Subsidiary, AquaLiv, Inc., Strives To Be A Game Changer In Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Infrared Systems International (OTCBB: IFRS) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, AquaLiv, Inc., has concluded a pilot study of its NatuRx™ HIV/AIDS treatment and will push forward with clinical trials in Kenya later this year. AquaLiv concluded a pilot study with two HIV/AIDS patients this week which also happens to mark the 30th anniversary of the first reported AIDS victims on June 5th, 1981. "The results of our pilot study indicate significant advances in the fight against HIV and AIDS," stated AquaLiv CEO Craig Hoffman...
BD And Heart To Heart International Launch Volunteer Service Trip To Help "Build Back Better" In Haiti
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, and Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian medical aid nonprofit organization, announced a joint volunteer initiative to strengthen healthcare in Haiti. A team of 13 BD associates from around the world have volunteered to travel to Haiti for three weeks and work with Heart to Heart partners at medical clinics to improve the country's ability to provide healthcare services for its people...
Edison Pharmaceuticals Announces Results Of EPI-A0001 Phase 2A Double Blind Placebo Controlled 28-Day Clinical Trial In The Mitochondrial Disease
Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced preliminary results obtained on a 28-day phase 2A clinical trial in Friedreich's ataxia. While the primary endpoint of glucose disposition index (a measure of glucose handling by the body) did not show statistically significant improvement, EPI-A0001 did significantly improve neurological function as assessed by the Friedreich's Ataxia Rating Scale (FARS). This double-blind placebo-controlled trial consisted of three arms: placebo, low dose, and high dose EPI-A0001...
Summer Flooding Causes Concern For Contact Lens Wearers
As the rising flood waters of rivers across the country force people to seek higher ground, the American Optometric Association (AOA) reminds consumers to be vigilant with eye protection and eye care, particularly for contact lens wearers. Flooding causes an increase in the incidence of water-borne pathogens. These pathogens, including amoeba, parasites, bacteria and viruses, can be dangerous to the eye and may lead to infections and other complications even loss of sight...
Insmed's ARIKACE® Demonstrates Sustained Benefit Through Six Cycles Of Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis Patients With Pseudomonas Lung Infections
Insmed Incorporated (Nasdaq CM: INSM), a biopharmaceutical company, announced positive data through six treatment cycles (72 weeks total duration) of its Phase 2 clinical trial program for ARIKACE® (liposomal amikacin for inhalation) in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with Pseudomonas lung infections. The data were presented at the 34th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Hamburg, Germany, by Predrag Minic, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Pediatrics Pulmonology Department, Mother and Child Health Institute, Belgrade, Serbia, and co-lead investigator of the study...
Summer Is A Good Time For Moms To Learn About Certain Diseases That Can Affect Their Preteen And Teen
Preteens and teens are at risk for certain diseases, including human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease (meningitis), pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. With kids soon out of school, summer is a good time for moms to talk with their child's healthcare provider about ways to help prevent these diseases. A recent survey, conducted online on behalf of Merck by Harris Interactive from March 29-31, 2011 and April 4-6, 2011 among 346 moms of children aged 11-18, found that 86 percent of moms are aware that preteens and teens are at risk for contracting certain diseases...
Gender Differences In Risk Pathways For Adolescent Substance Abuse And Early Adult Alcoholism
According to a recent Finnish study, boys and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may differ from each other in their vulnerability to substance use problems. Inattentiveness and hyperactivity may be more predictive of alcohol use disorders and maladaptive patterns of alcohol and illicit drug use among girls than boys...
Curb Violence Against Women, Girls While Preventing AIDS, Says UNFPA
Stronger action must be taken to change harmful gender norms and practices and to integrate the prevention of gender-based violence into anti-HIV efforts, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Addressing world leaders on behalf of the United Nations during the AIDS Summit today, Dr. Osotimehin underlined the need to sustain the current momentum on women, girls and HIV by increasing political support and funding, both at the global and the national levels...
Vertex Plans To Provide Access To Potential CF Therapy VX-770 For Patients With Critical Medical Need
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced a plan to provide VX-770, a CF medicine in development, to people with the G551D mutation who are in critical medical need and may benefit from treatment prior to potential approval of the drug from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pending FDA review and approval, Vertex expects to open the program at clinical sites in the United States as early as July. "We are delighted that Vertex is making VX-770 available to patients through an expanded access program," said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation...
3-D Movie Shows, For The First Time, What Happens In The Brain As It Loses Consciousness
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:00:00 -0500
For the first time researchers have been able to watch what happens to the brain as it loses consciousness. Using sophisticated imaging equipment they have constructed a 3-D movie of the brain as it changes while an anaesthetic drug takes effect...
Blinatumomab Achieved 75% Complete Remission In Acute Relapsing Lymphoblastic Leukemia Patients
75% of acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients who had relapsed after standard therapy achieved complete remission with blinatumomab, a medication designed to harness T cells that destroy cancer cells. Blinatumomab makers, Micromet says the drug is "the most advanced of a new class of agents called BiTE® antibodies." According to interim results of a Phase II single-arm trial, 9 out of 12 (75%) patients on blinatumomab went into complete remission, or complete remission with partial recovery of blood counts...
Smoking Quitlines Work Regardless Of How Smokers Are Recruited
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0500
Proactive telephone counseling helps smokers quit regardless of how they are recruited to a telephone quitline, according to a study published online June 10th in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Smokers who use telephone counseling quitlines may do so in response to active recruitment methods, such as physician referral or direct mail or phone calls, or passive methods, such as posters or television ads. Whether quitlines are equally effective for actively recruited smokers and passively recruited smokers has been a key question. In this study, Flora Tzelepis, Ph.D...
Arthritis Epidemic Looming In UK, High Heels Partly To Blame
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:00:00 -0500
Inadquate footwear such as high heels is partly to blame for the arthritis problem that is in danger of reaching epidemic proportions in the UK where already one in four adults has a muskuloskeletal condition, with 60% of arthritis cases being in the feet. Moreover, one in three people in the UK says they don't know what causes arthritis, what symptoms arise, and where to go for help if they think they may have them...
Heat Hits Elderly Harder; Extra Precautions Are Needed
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:00:00 -0500
The hot weather prompts many people to flock indoors and crank up the air conditioner. It is especially necessary during these times to not overlook one population - the elderly. Richard Allman, M.D., director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Aging, says there are age-related changes in body temperature control that put the elderly at risk when the temperatures rise. "Other things putting older adults at risk is their fitness and function level, the number of chronic conditions they have and the number of medications they are taking," he says...
NAO Report Highlights The Central Role Ambulances Have To Play In NHS, UK
By working together across the NHS system, ambulance services can reach the potential set out in a National Audit Office report on ambulance services says Ambulance Service Network director Jo Webber Ambulance Service Network director Jo Webber said: "The ambulance service has a pivotal role to play in the performance of the entire urgent and emergency care system. It is currently offering better care, more quickly, to more people than ever before...
HHS Delivers Guidance To State Medicaid Agencies On States' Freedom And Flexibility To Offer Financial Protections To Same-Sex Couples
Today, HHS' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided guidance to state Medicaid agencies clarifying that they are able to offer same-sex couples many of the same financial and asset protections available to opposite-sex couples when a partner is entering a nursing home or care facility. In a letter sent today, CMS advised state agencies of their ability to ensure that same-sex partners can remain in shared homes without Medicaid liens being applied...
NICE Consults On Programme Manual For Its Diagnostics Assessment Programme
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) today opens its consultation on the programme manual outlining the proposed process and methods for its Diagnostics Assessment Programme. This new area of work was established by NICE in 2009, to focus specifically on the evaluation of innovative medical diagnostic technologies...
Phase 3 STRIVE Study Of VX-770 Showed Durable Improvements In Lung Function And Other Measures Of Disease Among People With A Specific Type Of CF
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced the final results from its pivotal Phase 3 STRIVE study that evaluated VX-770, a medicine in development that targets the defective protein that causes cystic fibrosis (CF). STRIVE was designed to evaluate VX-770 among 161 people 12 years or older with a mutation known as G551D in the CF gene. Approximately 4 percent of people with CF have at least one copy of the G551D mutation...
Hospital For Special Surgery To Host International Osteoarthritis Summit
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most pressing health care challenges of our time, affecting 27 million Americans. In an effort to elucidate the latest information in diagnosis, treatment, research and prevention, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will host an international Osteoarthritis Summit on June 17 and June 18. The Hospital, internationally recognized for its leadership in the fields of orthopedics and rheumatology, will bring together a multidisciplinary group of thought leaders from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia...
U-M Researchers Find Potential New Way To Fight Sepsis
By digging a little deeper, researchers may have found a potential target for reversing the deadly blood infection sepsis. Scientists at the University of Michigan Health System looked at microRNA, a type of RNA that does not code for a protein itself but that can regulate the expression of other genes and proteins. They found that by attacking the right microRNA they could influence a key trigger of inflammatory diseases such as sepsis...
Congress: Alex German To Take The Frustration Out Of Canine IBD, UK
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500
When a dog turns up in their consulting room with chronic diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss, then it is quite likely that the vet will call it a case of inflammatory bowel disease. But that is probably the only thing that they can say with any confidence after identifying one of the most enigmatic and frustrating conditions seen in small animal practice...
Inspire Medical Systems Reaches Milestones With Its Sleep Apnea Therapy
Inspire Medical Systems, the leading developer of neurostimulation therapies for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), announced today The STAR trial (Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction), evaluating both the safety and effectiveness of Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy, is currently underway at 9 leading medical centers across the United States and at 4 sites in Europe. In addition, several OSA patients have already been implanted with Inspire therapy in The STAR trial. Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas, under the leadership of Dr...
AUA Statement Regarding Infections Secondary To Transrectal Prostate Needle Biopsies
Research reports suggest that the rate of infectious complications, including sepsis, after transrectal prostate needle biopsy may be increasing. Recently published news articles highlighted these findings, and it is important for urologists to be aware of this issue. According to the AUA Best Practice Statement on Urologic Surgery Antimicrobial Prophylaxis, the antimicrobial of choice prior to prostate needle biopsy is a fluoroquinolone or a second- or third-generation cephalosporin. Alternative agents include an aminoglycoside plus metronidazole or clindamycin...
Study Demonstrates Micromet's Blinatumomab Produces High Single-Agent Activity In Patients With Relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Data to be presented tomorrow at the 16th Annual Meeting of the European Hematology Association (EHA) in London, UK, show that Micromet's blinatumomab produced a high complete remission rate in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who had relapsed following treatment with standard therapy.1 Blinatumomab is the most advanced of a new class of agents called BiTE® antibodies, designed to harness the body's T cells to kill cancer cells...
E. Coli Outbreak, Vegetable Sprouts Most Likely The Cause, Say German Authorities
The current E. coli outbreak probably originated in vegetable sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany, spokespeople from the Robert Koch Institute, the Institute of Risk Management and the Ministry of Consumer Protection in Germany announced today. The outbreak has so far caused the death of 30 people and made over 3,000 ill. Rash comments and rumors by German officials have been blamed for farmers' billions of Euros in lost income and produce. This E. coli outbreak has spread to 13 different countries...
Moberg Derma AB: Moberg Derma Obtains Approval For Treatment For Atopic Eczema And Dry Skin
Moberg Derma AB (publ.) (STO:MOB) today announced that CE mark has been granted for Kaprolac Skin Repair & Hydration, a product designed to treat atopic eczema and dry skin. This CE mark provides authorization to market and sell the product in the EU/EEA. Kaprolac Skin Repair & Hydration is a new, steroid-free treatment option for eczema and dry skin, such as atopic eczema...
Forest Laboratories, Inc. Announces Availability Of Daliresp™ In Pharmacies
Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) announced today that Daliresp™ (roflumilast) will be available in pharmacies throughout the United States by mid-June. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Daliresp as a treatment to reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations in patients with severe COPD associated with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations. Daliresp is the first and only selective phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitor approved and is an oral tablet taken once daily...
FDA Accepts Filing Of New Drug Application For Nycomed's Ciclesonide HFA Nasal Aerosol
Nycomed's licensing partner Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the filing of the New Drug Application (NDA) submitted for ciclesonide nasal aerosol in a hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) formulation. The proposed dosing for ciclesonide HFA nasal aerosol is 74 mcg once-daily (37 mcg per spray; one-spray per nostril) and the proposed indication is for the treatment of symptoms of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) and Perennial Allergic Rhinitis (PAR), in adults and adolescents age 12 and older...
Congress: Interpreting Chest X-Rays With Mantis, UK
Every picture tells a story - but if it's a thoracic radiograph that you are looking at, you may find that the narrative is muddled and difficult to follow. So that is why Panagiotis 'Pete' Mantis, senior lecturer in diagnostic imaging at the Royal Veterinary College near Potters Bar, is giving a presentation on interpreting chest X-rays of small animal patients for colleagues in first opinion practice at this year's BVA Congress as part of the BSAVA sessions...
Congress: Penny Watson Explores Liver Disease And Canine Pancreatitis, UK
Built-in obsolescence is a problem usually associated with consumer products - but it is also a feature of a veterinary qualification. It is why practitioners need to keep on doing their postgraduate training (or Continuing Professional Development) - so that they can find out which facts they learned as gospel truth at vet school turns out to be completely wrong. Liver disease is one area where knowledge has advanced at a particularly rapid rate and has overturned many of the old certainties about the diagnosis and management of the condition...
SUVs Still Not Teen-Safe, Despite Institute Report Controllable Speeding, Not Rollover, Is Major Death Threat
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500
A report recommending that parents consider purchasing an SUV for their teen drivers, based on findings that electronic control systems now minimize rollovers, is incomplete and potentially misleading because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety completely overlooked another important existing vehicle safety system which is far more important because it would slash deaths and injuries in high-speed crashes - which are much more common than rollovers for teen drivers...
GPs Say They Don't Have The Skills To Run NHS Budgets - New Survey From Biggest GP Conference This Year, UK
A new survey has delivered a damning indictment of the Prime Minister's revised NHS plans. GPs and primary healthcare professionals attending the Health Commissioning conference at Olympia on Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th June have raised serious and urgent concerns with the government's approach to healthcare reforms, and with the Prime Minister's personal commitments...
Stem Cell Time Bombs Cause Leukaemia Relapse, UK
Leukaemia "stem cells" can lie dormant in the body for a decade or more after a child achieves remission before being reactivated and causing a relapse, a new study shows. Senior author Professor Mel Greaves from The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) cautioned that the findings should not unduly concern parents whose children have previously suffered acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) as the leukaemia returning after very many years of remission is rare...
Developing Countries Make Record Demand For Life-Saving Vaccines
A record 50 GAVI eligible countries have applied for vaccine funding from the GAVI Alliance during the organisation's latest application round, reported GAVI officials today. The number of countries is nearly double the previous record in 2007 when 27 countries requested support to introduce new or underused vaccines. The increased demand highlights how developing countries are increasingly prepared to expand routine immunisation programmes and introduce new vaccines to save the lives of children and protect against illness and disability...
New Therapeutic Agent In Development Shows Statistically Significant Positive Outcomes In Patients With Debilitating, Life-threatening Blood Cancer
The largest clinical program to date in patients with a potentially life-threatening blood cancer known as myelofibrosis (MF) has shown that a new therapeutic candidate, ruxolitinib, provided clinical benefits to patients compared to placebo and best available therapy. These benefits included reduction in spleen size and relief of debilitating symptoms. MF is the most serious of the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). This result will be presented by Dr Srdan Verstovsek at the 16th Congress of EHA in London...
Molecular Biologists Discover The Cause Of A Rare Type Of Leukemia
During the annual meeting of the European Hematology Association (EHA) professor E. Tiacci from the Institute of Hematology in Perugia, Italy will present groundbreaking news on the cause of a specific, rare subtype of leukemia, so-called hairy cell leukemia. "With modern genetic technology we have discovered that in 46 out of 46 patients with hairy cell leukemia one specific gene in the DNA in the cell nucleus (BRAF gene) has undergone an irreversible change (called a "mutation")...
Stem Cell Transplantation: A New Strategy For Treating Multiple Myeloma
A new study has indicated the possible advantages of stem cell transplantation for patients with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells. Dr Antonio Palumbo: "This study shows a longer progression-free survival time with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in comparison to conventional chemotherapy." The outcome of this study is presented at the 16th Congress of the European Hematology Association in London. Multiple myeloma is the second most common hematologic malignancy, with a higher incidence in patients over 65 years...
Finasteride And Dutasteride Raise Risk Of High-Grade Prostate Cancer, FDA Informs
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:00:00 -0500
Although finasteride and dutasteride lower overall risk of developing prostate cancer, they raise the chances of developing high-grade prostate cancer, a more serious form of the disease, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has announced. The Agency adds that the risk is low; but doctors need to be aware of this. The FDA announced that all 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) medications will now have new safety information about the risk of developing high-grade prostate in their labeling, in the Warnings and Precautions section...
How Killer Immune Cells Avoid Killing Themselves
After eight years of work, researchers have unearthed what has been a well-kept secret of our immune system's success. The findings published online on June 9th in Immunity, a Cell Press publication, offer an explanation for how specialized immune cells are able to kill infected or cancerous cells without killing themselves in the process. The focus of the study is a molecule known as perforin, whose job it is to open up a pore in cells targeted for destruction. With that pore in place, proteases known as granzymes can enter target cells and destroy them...
Diabetes Drugs Actos And Competact Suspended In France And Germany, Potential Bladder Cancer Risk
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:00:00 -0500
After a study showed a slight increased risk of developing bladder cancer among patients taking Actos (pioglitazone) and Competact (metformin with pioglitazone), French regulators announced that they have suspended the use of Actos and Competact, both diabetes medications. German regulators followed suit, and have informed Takeda, the maker of the two drugs, that they are doing the same...
Systems Made Simple Selected To Support Major National Initiative By The Department Of Veterans Affairs
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500
Systems Made Simple, Inc. (SMS), a leading provider of IT systems and services to support critical architecture, data and application challenges in the healthcare industry, announced it is part of a team that was awarded a contract under the Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). SMS, under a Contractor Teaming Arrangement with Technatomy Corporation, will be assisting the VA in completing task orders under the VA's Enhance the Veteran Experience and Access to Healthcare (EVEAH) initiative...
Respira Therapeutics Introduces Breakthrough Solutions For Respiratory Diseases
Respira Therapeutics, a product development company focused on inhaled therapeutics to improve patients' lives, introduces the company's Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI) as a breakthrough solution for the pharmaceutical industry. Based on proprietary drug engine technology (DET), Respira Therapeutics' DPI significantly improves therapeutic performance and enables addressing the unmet medical needs of patients with severe respiratory diseases...
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation And Selecta Biosciences Enter Research Collaboration For Vaccines For Type 1 Diabetes
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Selecta Biosciences, Inc. announced today that they have established a research collaboration to support Selecta's development of a vaccine technology, which may subsequently help to better treat and potentially prevent type 1 diabetes. Through the research partnership, JDRF will provide milestone-based financial support and expertise, with the goal of applying Selecta's vaccine technology toward the development of vaccines for type 1 diabetes...
Cardiac Biomarker ST2 Predicts Outcomes In Ambulatory Heart Failure Patients
The novel cardiac biomarker ST2 was highlighted in a presentation at last month's 2011 Heart Failure Congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Gothenburg, Sweden. As this study and others have demonstrated, a patient's ST2 level can help a physician better predict prognosis in ambulatory, chronic heart failure patients, which can allow physicians to more appropriately tailor care. "We concluded that measurement of ST2 may help us determine which patients are at highest risk," reports Dr...
MDxHealth And Merck KGaA Extend Agreement For Use Of MGMT Assay In Brain Cancer Clinical Trials
MDxHealth SA (NYSE Euronext: MDXH), a leading molecular diagnostics company in the field of personalized medicine, announced today that it will extend its agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for use of MDxHealth's MGMT assay in Merck KGaA's brain cancer clinical trials. Financial terms of the agreement are not disclosed. Merck KGaA's is currently investigating its integrin inhibitor cilengitide in a Phase III trial (CENTRIC) in newly diagnosed patients with glioblastoma with a methylated promoter of the methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene in the tumor tissue...
SANUWAVE Extracorporeal Shock Wave Technology Shown To Prevent And Repair Osteoarthritis Damage In Preclinical Model
SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (OTC/BB: SNWV), an emerging medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of non-invasive, biological response activating devices in regenerative medicine, today reported the results of published preclinical osteoarthritis research conducted in Taiwan utilizing extracorporeal shock wave technology (ESWT) to prevent and repair osteoarthritis damage. The study, entitled "Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Shows Chondroprotective Effects in Osteoarthritic Rat Knee," by Wang, C.J. et al...
Phase 3 Lymphoseek (Tilmanocept) Study Results Featured At Society Of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting
Neoprobe Corporation (NYSE Amex: NEOP), a diversified developer of innovative oncology surgical and diagnostic products, today announced that full results from the NEO3-05 study, demonstrating Lymphoseek® (99mTc-tilmanocept) met all primary and secondary endpoints in intraoperative lymphatic mapping (ILM) procedures. These results were featured yesterday at the Society for Nuclear Medicine (SNM) Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Recognition of these results by SNM follows closely the presentation and discussion at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Meeting in Chicago on June 6...
ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. Expands Phase II Trial Of ICT-107
ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. ("ImmunoCellular" or the "Company") (OTCBB: IMUC), a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel immune-based cancer therapies, today announced the expansion of sites for its Phase II clinical trial of ICT-107. ICT-107 is the Company's dendritic cell based cancer vaccine candidate targeting multiple tumor antigens for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The Company had initially planned to conduct the study, which is now underway, at up to 15 clinical centers, but has increased the number of anticipated sites to 20 or more...
'Salt mapper' goes into orbit
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:52:32 -0500
A joint US-Argentina satellite to map the saltiness of seawater is launched from California.
Parts of England hit by drought
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:34:16 -0500
Parts of the East of England are now in a state of drought, with areas elsewhere also at imminent risk, the government says.
VIDEO: Birds 'use tools to reach food'
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:14:24 -0500
Researchers at the universities of Oxford and Vienna film birds complete problem-solving tasks.
Tests 'reject new particle claim'
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:04:21 -0500
Cross-checks on data that hinted at the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle fail to support the observation, say researchers.
Warming since 1995 'significant'
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:59:54 -0500
Phil Jones, the climate scientist at the centre of "ClimateGate", says previous comments on global temperatures have been superseded by new data.
Turtle spotted off Scottish isles
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:37:18 -0500
A leatherback turtle is the cause for excitement at a wildlife trust after being spotted in the sea off Scotland.
Simple slime seeks downer kicks
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:16:25 -0500
Scientists find that a primitive organism used in "unconventional computing" research prefers sleeping tablets to its normal food sources.
VIDEO: Lava overflow fears at Hawaii volcano
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:46:02 -0500
Spectacular pictures of a volcano in Hawaii have been released by the US Geological Survey.
Rare lizard saved from extinction
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:36:44 -0500
Scientists rescue a tiny, endangered skink from its last refuge in Mauritius.
To boldly go
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 07:12:59 -0500
Behind the scenes of the pioneering Voyager missions
Voyagers ride 'magnetic bubbles'
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:11:24 -0500
Humankind's most distant emissaries are flying through a turbulent sea of magnetism as they seek to break free of our Solar System.
VIDEO: Parts of UK may be 'drought zones'
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:09:13 -0500
The Environment Agency is expected to declare parts of East Anglia and the Midlands official drought zones.
VIDEO: Probes bid to leave Solar System
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:11:03 -0500
The two Voyager spacecraft launched in the 1970s are now approaching the edge of the Solar System.
Air quality row may hit Olympics
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:23:40 -0500
The UK is set to miss EU targets on air quality, government documents say, which may mean a legal row just before the London Olympic Games.
VIDEO: Unique footage of docked Shuttle
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:27:33 -0500
Nasa has released unique footage of the Endeavour space shuttle docked to the International Space Station as they orbit the earth.
'Wildlife to work' survey begins
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:15:39 -0500
A nationwide survey is asking people to make a note of the wildlife they encounter during their daily commutes.
Comet chaser goes into deep sleep
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:11:47 -0500
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft, which is heading for a rendezvous with a comet in 2014, is put into hibernation by its controllers.
Big summit, what hope?
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 11:09:58 -0500
Rio 2012 is less than a year away - but what's it going to talk about?
Air bags used for pyramid's repair
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 06:38:03 -0500
A Newport engineering firm completes its first stage of repairs to Egypt's oldest step-built pyramid, which has been inaccessible after earthquake damage 19 years ago.
Spiders use bubbles 'like gills'
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 04:41:36 -0500
Diving bell spiders use air bubble webs like a gill to live underwater, scientists discover.
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 02:16:42 -0500
The hazardous life of volcanology researchers
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:50:35 -0500
Chimps "replay" Aesop's ancient crow fable to secure nut reward
EU increases E. coli payout offer
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 19:41:31 -0500
The EU increases to 210m euros its offer of compensation for farmers who have suffered losses due to an outbreak of E. coli.
Hedge funds 'grab' Africa's land
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 18:57:00 -0500
Foreign hedge funds are behind "land grabs" in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, according to a US think-tank.
Hearts made to repair themselves
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:00:46 -0500
A drug has been used to make hearts repair themselves in research on mice, raising hopes for people suffering a heart attack.
'Ten years' for Fukushima lessons
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 14:46:05 -0500
Learning all the lessons from Japan's worst nuclear accident may take a decade, say regulators.
New elements for periodic table
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:51:13 -0500
Two new elements have been added to the periodic table after a three-year review by the governing bodies of chemistry and physics.
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:50:05 -0500
Experts ask public to look out for six key British bugs
VIDEO: Otter cull call to protect fish
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:14:44 -0500
There are calls to allow owners of commercial fisheries to cull otters because they're eating too many fish.
Cow methane proof 'is in the pat'
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:55:35 -0500
Researchers reveal a correlation between the methane production of cows and the quantity of a molecule called archaeol in their faeces.
Longline fishing killing seabirds
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 08:56:36 -0500
Up to 300,000 seabirds are killed every year by longline fishing boats.
UK public 'opposes badger cull'
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 04:01:36 -0500
A majority of Britons in both town and country oppose killing badgers to curb cattle tuberculosis, an opinion poll for the BBC finds.
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:21:20 -0500
Historic first picture of shuttle docking at the ISS
VIDEO: Soyuz rocket heads to space station
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 21:17:35 -0500
A Soyuz spacecraft has lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station.
Pitch-sized tree is a UK record
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:50:30 -0500
An Oriental plane the size of a football pitch in Wiltshire is identified as the "most spreading" tree in the UK.
China row over Einstein display
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:40:18 -0500
A Swiss museum's exhibition in Shanghai about the scientist Albert Einstein is cancelled after Shanghai officials try to merge it with a Confucius display.
Frog-skin drug could treat cancer
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 05:52:11 -0500
Scientists at Queen's University receive an award for their work on frog and toad skins which could lead to treatments for over 70 major diseases.
VIDEO: Twitchers gather for rare robin
Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:12:08 -0500
Dozens of bird watchers from all over the UK flocked to a bowling green in Hartlepool to witness the arrival of a rare bird
VIDEO: Assessing Chile's volatile volcanoes
Mon, 06 Jun 2011 06:15:50 -0500
A chain of volcanoes has erupted in southern Chile, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.