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2009-06-15 15:40:00

Services. The total maximum ordering value of the cost-plus fixed fee contract will be $120 million. Sigma will provide support to the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Sigma will support research involving satellite remote sensing as well as field and aircraft instruments for measuring Earth, oceanic, biospheric and atmospheric processes; scientific and engineering support for the development and calibration of remote...

2009-05-01 17:44:19

U.S. researchers are studying animals to learn how magnetic therapy may provide some relief for migraine sufferers. The therapy -- transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy -- focuses a magnetic pulse through the skull. In a previous human study, TMS eased the pain of migraine with aura, a condition in which various, mostly visual, sensations come before or accompany the headache pain of a migraine attack. In the study, conducted in rats, the University of California, San Francisco...

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2009-04-30 09:19:35

A new UCSF study examining the mechanism of a novel therapy that uses magnetic pulses to treat chronic migraine sufferers showed the treatment to be a promising alternative to medication. The therapy is called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. Study findings were presented today (April 29, 2009) during the annual American Academy of Neurology scientific meeting in Seattle. In a previous randomized controlled clinical study by Ohio State University Medical Center, TMS was used to...

2009-03-13 22:29:14

More women than men die from stroke each year but many women think stroke is a man's disease, a U.S. researcher says. Jan Flewelling of the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston says stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer does, but many women still think stroke is a man's disease and women are less likely to report classic stroke symptoms than men. While women need to be aware of the common risk factors for stroke -- high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol -- some...

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2009-03-11 10:05:20

A U.S. study proposes that migraines can increase the risk of a stroke during pregnancy, BBC news reports.  Yet, a study conducted by the British Medical Journal emphasizes the overall danger is low.  The study also linked raised risk of heart disease, blood clots and high blood pressure to the headaches.  The migraine puts added tension on the body when it is already fighting with higher blood volume and increased heart rate, researchers infer.  It may be likely,...

2009-02-17 10:28:15

New research looks at whether a gene variant may affect the link between migraine and stroke or heart attacks. The study is published in the February 17, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.The study involved 25,000 women who answered a questionnaire about their history of migraines and migraines with aura. Aura is usually described as visual disturbances, such as flashing lights or geometric patterns. The women were...

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2008-12-16 16:50:00

Chinese government regulators had clearer skies and easier breathing in mind in the summer of 2008 when they temporarily shuttered some factories and banished many cars in a pre-Olympic sprint to clean up Beijing's air. And that's what they got. They were not necessarily planning for something else: an unprecedented experiment using satellites to measure the impact of air pollution controls. Taking advantage of the opportunity, NASA researchers have since analyzed data from NASA's Aura and...

2008-10-27 12:00:30

Minster Pharmaceuticals, a drug development company, has announced positive results from its Phase II trial in Denmark of tonabersat in the prevention of migraine with aura. According to the company, the median number of aura attacks was reduced by 68% (p=0.01) in patients receiving tonabersat when compared with placebo. This result in the primary endpoint of the study is both clinically and statistically highly significant. A further primary endpoint showed a reduction in the number of...

2008-09-08 12:00:41

NeurAxon, a developer of next-generation pain therapeutics targeting neuronal nitric oxide synthase, has announced encouraging data from its Phase II clinical trial of NXN-188 in patients with migraine. In the study, patients experiencing migraine with aura achieved sustained relief from their headaches, representing a potentially differentiated treatment profile from current migraine therapies. Data from the Phase II trial showed that patients receiving NXN-188 experienced a 15% greater...

2008-09-05 09:00:38

NeurAxon, Inc., a developer of next-generation pain therapeutics targeting neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), today announced data from its Phase 2 clinical trial of NXN-188 in patients with migraine. In the study, patients experiencing migraine with aura, which represents over 7 million patients in the US, achieved sustained relief from their headaches, representing a potentially differentiated treatment profile from current migraine therapies. These data were presented in a session at...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'