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2008-09-03 13:17:57

Analysts in the UK have reported a surge in popularity of the drug diazepam, better known as Valium, among drug users. According to independent drug research organization DrugScope, diazepam use as a heroin substitute is increasing among drug users in 15 out of 20 towns it surveyed. Known on the street as "Ëœblues' of "Ëœvallies', Valium is a class C drug, but experts are concerned about the rise in its use among class A drug users over the past 12 months. DrugScope...

2008-09-02 03:00:33

Novacea, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVC) and Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Novacea will merge with Transcept in an all-stock transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Novacea will issue new shares of its common stock to Transcept stockholders based on an exchange ratio to be determined prior to the closing of the transaction. Under the exchange ratio...

2008-08-29 06:00:51

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- For the 13 weeks ending July 28, Del Monte Foods Company's (NYSE:DLM) (San Francisco, California) gross profits were 5.9% lower than their profits from the same period last year. This loss occurred despite the fact that net sales were up 15.9% on a year-over-year basis, from $627 million in 1Q08 to $726 million this quarter. In a conference call regarding the quarter's earnings, Chief Financial Officer Dave Meyers blamed...

2008-08-18 15:05:00

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The next time you consider popping a pill when you have trouble nodding off, it might be worth counting sheep instead. A senior psychiatrist at the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in San Diego, Calif. has found evidence that taking sleeping pills regularly can increase the risk of skin cancer. Daniel F. Kripke, M.D.'s article, based on a compilation of studies involving sleeping pills and cancer, has just been published in the Journal of Sleep Research. It...

2008-08-14 09:01:03

Some ideas on global warming: Solve flooding issues by creating pipelines from rivers that flood all the time out to the deserts to irrigate them so we can grow plants for ethanol. Keep some desert land for solar panels. Solve obesity and poverty issues by creating public gyms with treadmills hooked up to turbines. Give tax credits. Smoking is at an all-time low. Replace half the tobacco crop with ethanol and oil plants. J. Andrew Smith Bloomfield, N.J. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt...

2008-08-08 21:00:24

STUTTGART, Ark. - Work is to begin later this month on an $80 million plant that is to convert rice products to ethanol. The plant is to employ about 200 people. The plant will use rice hulls and rice straws to produce ethanol and commercial silica. Colusa Biomass Inc. CEO Tom Bowers said a smaller version of the plant will be built over the coming four months. The company will use the smaller plant to fine tune the production process, then build the full-scale plant, which is to be in...

2008-08-07 06:00:41

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Chemical firm Oxiteno S.A. Industria e Comercio (Bela Vista, Brazil), a subsidiary of Ultrapar Participacoes SA (NYSE:UGP) (Sao Paulo, Brazil), plans to invest about $32.4 million in a new acetate production plant in the municipality of Maua in Sao Paulo. The company will add 40,000 tons per year to its current output, almost doubling its volume of acetates. For details, view the entire article by subscribing to Industrial...

2008-08-05 09:01:21

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Investor-owned ethanol start-up Indiana Bio-Energy LLC (Bluffton, Indiana) is wrapping up construction activities, testing equipment and performing commissioning tests, targeting August 28 as the start-up date of a new ethanol plant in Bluffton. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Incorporated (NYSE:AVR) (Pekin, Illinois) will market the plant's ethanol, and CHS Incorporated (NASDAQ:CHSCP) (Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota) will...

2008-07-30 18:00:54

SAN DIEGO, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. For the second quarter of 2008, the Company reported a net loss of $21.0 million, or $(0.55) per share compared with a net loss of $26.4 million, or $(0.69) per share, for the same period in 2007. For the six months, the Company reported a net loss of $42.0 million, or $(1.10) per share, as compared to $52.1 million, or $(1.37) per share, for...

2008-07-27 03:00:33

The "S.S. Ship of State" just struck an iceberg and is sinking, the captain (Senate majority leader) and the first mate (speaker of the House) ordered the crew (members of Congress) to arrange the deck chairs and call the passengers for a hearing to find out which passengers caused the collision. The crew is told not to launch the lifeboats because it would take too much time, so as the ship slips slowly into the sea, the band is ordered to play "Don't blame me." This satire is an example...


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