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Medicare Scams Netted Over Quarter Billion Dollars

July 16, 2010 8:14 am | by Kelli Kennedy | News | Comments

Federal authorities said they are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever in five different states and arrested dozens of suspects accused in scams totaling $251 million.

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Avastin May Lose Breast Cancer Indication

July 16, 2010 8:05 am | News | Comments

Federal health scientists said that follow-up studies of a Roche breast cancer drug show it failed to slow tumor growth or extend patient lives, opening the door for a potential withdrawal in that indication.

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Researchers Investigate How Cranberries Fight Bacteria

July 16, 2010 7:48 am | News | Comments

Revealing the science behind the homespun advice, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has identified and measured the molecular forces that enable cranberry juice to fight off urinary tract infections in people.

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Tissue Banking Makes Gene Analysis More Practical

July 16, 2010 7:43 am | News | Comments

Analyzing the genes expressed by cancer cells allows for a better understanding of that patient's specific disease and in turn, a more personalized approach to treatment. But obtaining the RNA from a tumor in the lungs in order to conduct the genetic analysis is a challenging prospect.

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Repackaged Arsenic Chemotherapy Hits Breast Cancer

July 16, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

Northwestern University researchers took a drug therapy proven for blood cancers but ineffective against solid tumors, packaged it with nanotechnology and got it to combat an aggressive type of breast cancer.

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Molecular Steps of Gene Transcription Detailed

July 16, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

In all organisms, RNA synthesis is carried out by proteins – known as RNA polymerases – that transcribe the genetic information from DNA in a highly-regulated, multi-stage process.

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New Insight Into Retroviruses

July 16, 2010 7:26 am | News | Comments

How a retrovirus, like HIV, reproduces and assembles new viruses is different than previously thought, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Nanoscopic Beads to Speed Up Drug Discovery

July 16, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

A revolutionary technology developed at Wake Forest University will slash years off the time it takes to develop drugs – bringing vital new treatments to patients much more quickly.

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J & J Laying Off Hundreds At Recall-Afflicted Factory

July 16, 2010 7:17 am | by Linda A. Johnson | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said it will lay off most of the staff at a factory idled over repeated recalls of Tylenol and other popular nonprescription medicines.

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FDA Panel Narrowly Rejects Qnexa

July 16, 2010 6:57 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

A panel of federal health experts dealt a surprising setback to a highly anticipated anti-obesity pill from Vivus Inc., saying the drug's side effects outweigh its ability to help patients lose weight.

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MIP Columns

July 15, 2010 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Biotage, a leading supplier of tools and technology for analytical and medicinal chemistry, announced the introduction of high-performance, AFFINILUTE MIP (Molecularly Imprinted Polymers) columns for analytical sample preparation.

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Quick Adjust Platform

July 15, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Prior Scientific has just introduced the ZDeck Quick Adjust Platform System for Olympus BX51WI and BX61WI microscopes. The ZDeck Quick Adjust Platform System increases productivity by allowing the user to image multiple areas of interest with unsurpassed speed and precision.

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Arthritis Drug Can Also Treat Vasculitis

July 15, 2010 8:10 am | News | Comments

Researchers have reported that Rituximab, a drug that is FDA approved to treat B cell lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis, can also treat severe vasculitis as well as the current standard therapy.

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Alzheimer's Gene Changes Brain Protein Shape

July 15, 2010 8:04 am | News | Comments

Researchers have used a newly discovered class of biomarkers to investigate the possibility that the shape of brain protein deposits is different in people with Alzheimer's who have the highest-risk gene type than in those with the neutral risk gene.

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Merck Wraps Up Purchase of Millipore

July 15, 2010 7:59 am | News | Comments

Merck KGaA, a global pharmaceutical and chemical company, announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Millipore Corporation for $7 billion.

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