Advanced Image Analysis Can Provide Better Risk Assessment In Hardening Of The Arteries

June 8, 2009

Ultrasound examination of the carotid artery is a patient-friendly and inexpensive method for assessing atherosclerosis and thereby predicting the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Peter Holdfeldt, who recently defended his doctoral thesis at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, has developed new analytical methods for ultrasound images that can provide more reliable and more exact assessments of atherosclerosis.

Cardiovascular diseases brought on by hardening of the arteries are the most common cause of death in the Western world. Hardening of the arteries means a thickening of the walls of blood vessels and the appearance of so-called atherosclerotic plaque, which consist of stored fat, among other things.
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Building A Better Blend Of Tumor-Fighting Cells

May 18, 2009

Israeli researchers have developed a technique that could produce a more effective blend of tumor-fighting immune cells used to treat cancers such as metastatic melanoma.

By delving deeper into the underlying properties of these cell blends, called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes or TILs, Prof. Yoram Reiter of the Technion-Israel institute of Technology Faculty of Biology, his Ph.D. student Kfir Oved and colleagues have found a way to predict which TILs pack the strongest anti-tumor punch.
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Is lipitor better than lovastatin or the same

April 18, 2009

Question:

The insurance company wants my husband to change Lipitor for Lovastatin because the latter is cheaper. Don`t know what to do. I don`t want to change because I don`t know much about these drugs. We thank you for any help you can give us.

Answer:

Thank you for contacting NetWellness. Lovastatin and Atorvastatin (Lipitor) are in the class of medications called statins. Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries, narrowing or even blocking them. 
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Maggots No Better Than Gel For Wound Healing, Study

March 21, 2009

A UK study found that maggots (larval therapy) were no quicker at helping leg ulcers to heal or get rid of bacteria than the standard treatment based on hydrogel, and they were on the whole more painful, although they did speed up removal of dead tissue (debridement).

The study was the work of lead researcher Professor Nicky Cullum, deputy head of health sciences at the University of York, and colleagues also from York and other UK research centres, and is published in the 19 March issue of Read the rest of this entry »


New Personalized Medicine Model Will Lead To Quicker Pharma Profits, Better Health Care And Lower Costs, Scientia Advisors Say

January 20, 2009

Despite predictions that pharma profits based on personalized medicine are still many years away, big pharmaceuctical companies could reap large, near-term revenues by pairing new diagnostic tools with existing, commercially available drugs.

So says Scientia Advisors, partner Amit Agarwal, who maintains that this new type of ” life cycle management ” for drugs could also improve patient care and reduce national health costs.

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New Personalized Medicine Model Will Lead To Quicker Pharma Profits, Better Health Care And Lower Costs, Scientia Advisors Say

January 15, 2009

Despite predictions that pharma profits based on personalized medicine are still many years away, big pharmaceuctical companies could reap large, near-term revenues by pairing new diagnostic tools with existing, commercially available drugs.

So says Scientia Advisors, partner Amit Agarwal, who maintains that this new type of ” life cycle management ” for drugs could also improve patient care and reduce national health costs.

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Genetic Compatibility And Hatching Success In The Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon Marinus). Is There A Better Half?

January 12, 2009

It often assumed that the quality of a potential mate in terms of how their genes affect their offspring quality is a fixed feature of each individual.

However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that this is not always the case, and that mates may vary in compatibility more than in quality. We fertilised separate batches of eggs from female sea lampreys (a parasitic fish) with sperm from several different males.

This revealed that the viability of offspring was mainly dependent on how compatible partners were. For female lampreys, there are no good or bad males, but there are better halves.
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