Incyte Provides Update On Special Protocol Assessment For INCB18424 As A New Treatment For Myelofibrosis

June 1, 2009

Incyte Corporation (Nasdaq:INCY) announced that based on recent input from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding Incyte’s request for a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) for INCB18424 for patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF), post-polycythemia vera myelofibrosis (PPV-MF) and post-essential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis (PET-MF), it is clear that the most appropriate single primary endpoint for Incyte’s U.S. Phase III trial is the proportion of treated patients achieving a 35% reduction in spleen volume as compared to patients receiving placebo.
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Male Or Female? Coloring Provides Gender Cues

May 29, 2009

Our brain is wired to identify gender based on facial cues and coloring, according to a new study published in the Journal of Vision. Psychology Professor Frédéric Gosselin and his Université de Montréal team found the luminescence of the eyebrow and mouth region is vital in rapid gender discrimination.

“As teenagers, dimorphism (systematic difference between sexes) increases in the nose, chin, mouth, jaw, eyes and general shape of faces,” says Nicolas Dupuis-Roy, lead author of the study. “Yet we aren’t conscious of how our brain recognizes those differences.”
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DVIF&G’s SEEDS Program Provides A “Link To Life” For Cancer Patients

May 25, 2009

In a few weeks, Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility & Genetics (DVIF&G) will celebrate our first successful birth as a result of our SEEDS program.

SEEDS (Semen, Embryo & Egg Depository & Storage) is a six-year-old program that provides cancer patients, both male and female, with the technology and services required to help preserve their fertility.

When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, it is crucial to consider how the cancer itself and the subsequent treatments will impact fertility. Whether or not the cancer affects the reproductive system directly (as in the case of cervical or testicular cancer), radiation and chemotherapy treatments can have serious consequences on future fertility. DVIF&G’s team of experts works quickly with the oncology team to carefully craft a plan that safeguards the patient’s reproductive potential through the SEEDS program. DVIF&G coordinates the extraction and freezing (cryopreservation) of oocytes from the female patient, freezing of sperm from the male patients, and developing and freezing embryos for the couple through in vitro fertilization (IVF) or in vitro maturation (IVM). IVM, with its brief course and minimal exposure to hormonal stimulation, is an ideal treatment method for fertility preservation in female patients.
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PacsSCAN Film Provides High Quality Scanning For Film-Based Mammography Priors

January 12, 2009

PACSGEAR, Inc., the leader in document and multimedia connectivity solutions for PACS/EHR, today announced the introduction of PacsSCAN Film™ for Mammography, an application specifically designed for digitizing film-based mammography images. The PacsSCAN Film for Mammography System scans plain film mammograms and allows side-by-side comparison with digital mammography images.

The product measurably improves radiologists’ reading times by employing the DICOM Digital Mammography standard. This standard enables the correct sequencing of scanned images on digital mammography workstations. Scanned images can be enhanced by using the company’s proprietary Dynamic Contrast Algorithm (DCA), which gives scanned film a digital look and feel. The PacsSCAN Film for Mammography software can be configured to display scanned images at the same resolution as their digital counterparts. Throughput is further enhanced with PACSGEAR’s patent-pending batch scanning technology.
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Award-Winning Short Film On Pediatric Clinical Research Provides Parents With Answers

January 7, 2009

New England Research Institutes, Inc. (NERI), and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) today announced that their short film, No More Hand Me Downs: Research Designed for Children, has been awarded three Telly Awards in the categories of Children’s Health, Medical Education and General Interest. NERI and the NHLBI partnered to produce the 10-minute film to provide reliable and sensitive information to parents about children in clinical research. The film is available as part of a comprehensive Web site on clinical trials in children at http://www.childrenandclinicalstudies.nhlbi.nih.gov.
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Government Of Japan Provides US$4.33 Million To Support Maternal And Child Survival In Afghanistan

December 26, 2008

Health programmes in Afghanistan will receive a boost with a new US$ 4.33 million grant from the Government of Japan. Under a new agreement signed with UNICEF today, approximately 7.5 million children in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will benefit from improvements in infectious disease prevention and control as a result of the funding.

The agreement was formally signed by H.E. Mr. Hideo Sato, Ambassador of Japan and Ms Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative for Afghanistan in the presence of Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. S. M. Amin Fatimie at a special ceremony today.
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Government Of Japan Provides US$4.33 Million To Support Maternal And Child Survival In Afghanistan

December 26, 2008

Health programmes in Afghanistan will receive a boost with a new US$ 4.33 million grant from the Government of Japan. Under a new agreement signed with UNICEF today, approximately 7.5 million children in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will benefit from improvements in infectious disease prevention and control as a result of the funding.

The agreement was formally signed by H.E. Mr. Hideo Sato, Ambassador of Japan and Ms Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative for Afghanistan in the presence of Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. S. M. Amin Fatimie at a special ceremony today.
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