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2013-02-18 10:10:48

Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine & Therapeutics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has long said the current drug-development system in the United States is in need of change, "representing an unsustainable model." Even though the number of drugs approved has risen in the last three years, overall, roughly the same number of drugs have been approved by the Food and...

Timing Is Everything When It Comes To Obesity
2012-11-12 11:52:16

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A certain level of excitement and anticipation exists when a conductor takes to the stage and taps his baton on the stand. Each member of the orchestra stiffens, ready to follow his timing, each playing their part when directed. While the conductor is clearly in control of the timing of the evening, there is nothing to stop one individual performer from stepping out on his own and causing complete chaos. One early strike by the...

2012-05-02 21:20:19

After nearly 13 years of study and intense debate, a pair of new papers from the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed exactly how a once-popular class of anti-inflammatory drugs leads to cardiovascular risk for people taking it. It has been almost eight years since Vioxx® was withdrawn by Merck from the market, provoking an intense controversy about the role inhibitors of the enzyme COX-2 play in causing heart attacks and strokes. Since then,...

2006-01-04 18:35:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Genetics may explain as much as 30 percent of the differences in how people respond to painkillers like COX-2 inhibitors, but they paint only part of the picture, researchers said on Wednesday. A study of 50 people given the drugs showed a surprising number of differences in how their bodies reacted to them, the researchers reported in the journal Gastroenterology. The findings could eventually help scientists predict who should...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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