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2011-07-18 14:34:27

A thalidomide analog is shaping up as a safe, worthy opponent of sickle cell disease, Georgia Health Sciences University researchers report. Much like hydroxyurea, the only Food and Drug Administration-approved therapy for sickle cell, pomalidomide increases production of fetal hemoglobin which, unlike its adult counterpart, cannot take on the destructive sickle shape. In stark contrast, pomalidomide also preserves bone marrow function actually increasing proliferation of the cells that make...

2011-06-17 13:24:02

At the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, studying a 'blue baby' sheds light on basic biology A newborn described as a "happy blue baby" because of her bluish skin color but healthy appearance made a small mark in medical history when one of her physicians discovered something new in her genes"”the hemoglobin Toms River mutation. Scientists have identified hundreds of mutations in genes that carry instructions for producing hemoglobin"”the four-part protein that carries oxygen...

2011-06-14 08:00:00

SAN DIEGO, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangart, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing life-saving medicines specifically designed to enhance the perfusion and oxygenation of ischemic (oxygen deprived) tissues through targeted oxygen and other gas delivery, today announced the initiation of a Phase 2b study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of MP4OX treatment plus standard of care in severely injured trauma patients with lactic acidosis due to...

2011-05-02 13:18:33

Video games controlled by the player's breath can encourage youths with cystic fibrosis to use techniques that can help keep their airways clearer, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver. Cystic fibrosis, one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults, causes mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. To clear mucus from the airways, patients must do breathing exhalation...

2011-05-02 06:35:46

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- There's a new way for kids with cystic fibrosis to keep their airways clearer. According to a new study, videogames that are controlled by the player's breath may help these children. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults. It causes mucous to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. To clear this mucous from the airways, patients have to perform breathing exhalation maneuvers, known as "huffing," several times a...

2011-04-28 13:22:00

IRVINE, Calif., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today the availability of new, enhanced versions of its reusable, noninvasive carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO) sensors--with improved accuracy and reliability performance for patients with low oxygen saturation (SpO2) between 90% and 95% and elevated methemoglobin (SpMet®) between 0% and 2%. Low SpO2 and elevated SpMet states are known physiological factors that compromise SpCO accuracy...

2011-04-19 13:00:00

SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangart, Inc., today announced that it recently received more than $50 million in new equity funding from existing investors, led by Leucadia National Corporation. The most recent investment brings the total funding raised by the company since its inception in 1998 to more than $230 million. This financing round also included warrants which, if exercised, could provide up to an additional $50 million in future funding. Funds raised in this Series...

2011-03-11 16:04:50

Monitoring blood for tiny particles released by cells lining the lungs may help clinicians diagnose emphysema in its earliest stages, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College. The particles, called endothelial microparticles (EMPs), are shed during the disease process as tiny blood vessels in the lungs, called pulmonary capillaries, are injured and die. The findings were published online ahead of the print edition of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of...

2011-03-11 14:20:37

Researchers say the test, which measures destruction of lung air sacs, could help prevent progression of the common, and fatal, lung disease During a regular annual physical exam, blood is usually drawn to check the health of a person's heart, kidneys and liver. Now, researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center say a blood test that detects the early development of emphysema -- well before symptoms occur -- may someday also be offered. In the March 11 online...

2011-03-01 07:17:00

IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Uptake Medical® Corp., a developer of medical technologies for the non-surgical treatment of lung diseases including emphysema, announced today that Scott Huennekens, President and CEO of Volcano Corporation, (Nasdaq: VOLC) has joined the company's Board of Directors. Mr. Huennekens has served as President, CEO and Director of Volcano since April 2002. He led the company from a pre-revenue start-up to its IPO in 2006 and its...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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