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2014-06-26 23:09:03

The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) with the guidance of its Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC), today announced that it is initiating a multi-year project to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to ensure that patients with hemophilia in the United States and elsewhere receive high quality care. New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2014 The National Hemophilia Foundation(NHF) with the guidance of its Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC), today...

Fungus Discovered That May Stop Superbugs Dead In Their Tracks
2014-06-26 09:48:39

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online For several years, concern about antibiotic resistant drugs has been increasing. Scientists have recently discovered a fungus in Nova Scotia that offers hope against the growing health threat that kills tens of thousands every year. The team, from McMaster University, has isolated a fungus-derived molecule, known as AMA, which has the ability to disarm NDM-1, which is one of the most dangerous antibiotic resistant drugs. "This...

2014-05-09 13:57:05

McMaster University Potentially serious complications in patients could be avoided New research from McMaster University suggests that a commonly performed test during certain types of heart surgery is not helpful and possibly harmful. The testing procedure, known as defibrillator testing (DT), is commonly used on people who require implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to prevent sudden cardiac death. It involves putting the patient into cardiac arrest to determine if the...

2014-05-02 12:27:19

HAMILTON, ON, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Yesterday, officials wanting to test soil and groundwater for malathion--a widely used organophosphate pesticide that can lead to Alzheimer's, ADHD, reduced IQ and death--had to carry the unstable agents needed to carry out the test in dry ice and bulky packaging out into the field. Any change in temperature could affect the chemical nature of the agents and render them useless. Today, those officials have an alternative. Sentinel Bioactive...

Scientists Create Lab In A Pill To Test Water
2014-04-29 03:54:37

[ Watch The Video: Better Water Testing, Thanks To Breath-Freshening Strips ] Wade Hemsworth, McMaster University Inspiration can come in many forms, but this one truly was a breath of fresh air. A group of McMaster researchers has solved the problem of cumbersome, expensive and painfully slow water-testing by turning the process upside-down. Instead of shipping water to the lab, they have created a way to take the lab to the water, putting potentially life-saving technology...

2014-04-21 00:20:49

SAN DIEGO, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Genoa Pharmaceuticals, the leader in inhaled medicines for pulmonary fibrosis, and collaborators Drs. Martin Kolb and Kjetil Ask at McMaster University announced today additional measured advantages of inhaled GP-101 (aerosol pirfenidone) in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Our results indicate that very small inhaled doses deliver oral-superior, but short-lived lung levels. To understand if this increased lung dose may...

2014-04-01 15:00:27

Elafin decreases the enzymatic reaction that increases the toxicity of peptides derived from gluten Researchers at McMaster University have discovered a key molecule that could lead to new therapies for people with celiac disease, an often painful and currently untreatable autoimmune disorder. Celiac disease is a food sensitivity to dietary gluten contained in cereals. In people who are genetically predisposed, gluten containing food will trigger an immune response that leads to...

2014-02-25 13:49:54

Segmentation motion occurs when not 1 but 2 sets of pacemakers interact with each other to create a specific rhythm High performance athletes like Olympians can push their bodies to optimal potential, but some of the ways the human body actually works is still a mystery. Now McMaster University researchers have cleared up one aspect of how the bowels move that had mystified scientists for, well, forever. Gastroenterology scientist Jan Huizinga and his team have learned that of the...

Scientists Unlock Evolution Of Cholera And Identify The Strain Responsible For Early Pandemics
2014-01-09 12:57:03

McMaster University Working with a nearly 200-year-old sample of preserved intestine, researchers at McMaster University and the University of Sydney have traced the bacterium behind a global cholera pandemic that killed millions – a version of the same bug that continues to strike vulnerable populations in the world's poorest regions. Using sophisticated techniques, the team has mapped the entire genome of the elusive 19th century bacterium. The findings are significant because,...

Older Patients Recover Better When Hip Fracture Surgery Comes Early
2013-11-19 05:30:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from McMaster University reports that the speed of surgery after a hip fracture may have a significant impact on outcomes for older patients. According to the findings, faster may be better. Hip fractures can cause serious complications for seniors that may result in death or admission to long-term care facilities for individuals who previously lived at home. Pain, bleeding and immobility can all be caused by hip...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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