Disclosure of medication to dentist can save a patient’s life

Do you regularly take aspirin or antiplatelet medications? Do you know whether or not these drugs should be stopped before dental procedures or surgeries?  According to a study published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), stopping antiplatelet medications prior to a surgical procedure [...]

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CardioVascular BioTherapeutics doses first patient in trial for severe coronary heart disease

CardioVascular BioTherapeutics, Inc. , announced today that it has dosed the first patient in North America (NA) as part of its ACORD Phase II clinical trial to treat patients with severe coronary heart disease. The ACORD (Angiogenesis for the treatment of CORonary heart Disease) trial will include four randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled doses in approximately 120 [...]

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Adiponectin is a metabolic link between obesity and bone mineral density

Researchers at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Canada, have discovered that adiponectin, a protein secreted from adipocytes, is a metabolic link that can explain, in part, the known positive relationship between obesity and both bone mineral density and reduced susceptibility to fractures. This study appears in the December issue of Experimental Biology [...]

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Millions being tricked into buying useless diet food products or supplements

Globally every year, obese people waste billions of pounds on food products that ‘imply’ that they aid weight loss, but are totally ineffective, says a nutritional expert on bmj.com. Professor Lean from the University of Glasgow, is hopeful that a new European Union (EU) Directive on Unfair Commercial Practices, adopted this year in UK, will [...]

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Researchers develop ‘field hospital on a chip’

The battlefield of the future may react differently to combat injuries, providing instant treatment to wounded soldiers even before a medic reaches their side. Impossible? Not if researchers at universities on opposite sides of the country succeed in creating a “field hospital on a chip” - a system worn by every soldier that would detect [...]

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Study looks at ventricular assist device outcomes

Ventricular assist devices, or VADs - surgically-placed mechanical pumps that can support failing hearts or buy time to transplant - are associated with high hospital costs and high rates of early death among Medicare recipients, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center. Their study, appearing in the November 26 issue of the Journal of the [...]

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A more rational and scientific approach to AIDS is needed, says expert

The Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has lost valuable ground by ignoring for years the contribution of long-term concurrent relationships to Africa’s AIDS epidemic, claims an expert ahead of World AIDS Day on bmj.com. UNAIDS may be “contributing to the mystification of AIDS in Africa by promoting a needlessly overcomplicated [...]

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Researchers repair injured heart muscle with novel stem cells

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC have been able to effectively repair damaged heart muscle in an animal model using a novel population of stem cells they discovered that is derived from human skeletal muscle tissue. The research team - led by Johnny Huard, PhD - transplanted stem cells purified from human muscle-derived [...]

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Caraco Pharmaceutical Labs responds to FDA warning

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. announced today that it has timely submitted its response to the FDA warning letter that was received on October 31, 2008. In the warning letter, the FDA requested a response from Caraco within 15 business days, ending November 24, 2008. As previously disclosed, the warning letter was issued as a follow [...]

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Scientists develop peptide that converts Bcl-2 protein from a cancer cell’s friend to a foe

If you’re a cancer cell, you want a protein called Bcl-2 on your side because it decides if you live or die. It’s usually a trusted bodyguard, protecting cancer cells from programmed death and allowing them to grow and form tumors. But sometimes it turns into their assassin. Scientists knew it happened, but they didn’t [...]

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