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New Jersey Debates Oversight of Nurse Anesthetists

2010-12-04
A suggested revision to current New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) regulations now requiring nurse anesthetists to work in tandem with anesthesiologists could mean big changes for operating rooms all over the state. The change would allow these nurses to administer anesthesia without direct doctor oversight, as long as physicians could be reached in emergencies. The change would not be shocking for the medical community as a whole -- 30 states already let specially trained nurses administer anesthesia without supervision from physicians -- but ...

Toyota Recall: Have They Really Solved the Problem?

2010-12-04
A recent LA Times story highlights the latest development with cases involving the unintended acceleration of Toyota automobiles and giving rise to product injury claims. The story discusses a lawsuit filed in California alleging that Toyota failed to report incidents of sudden acceleration. Employees from dealerships are claimed to have either seen sudden acceleration in vehicles or duplicated it. The suit also alleges Toyota repurchased the vehicles and used confidentiality agreements to buy the customers silence. The lawsuit filing ran to over 1,100 pages and ...

Staying Aware During the Winter Driving Season

2010-12-04
Accidents can occur on the roads and highways regardless of the time of year or road conditions. The winter months, however, increase conditions that promote serious accidents and injuries. According to a study by the University of California Berkley, adverse weather conditions result in 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 injuries and more than 1.5 million car crashes nationally each year. The report, as cited in Forbes Magazine, also found that the most dangerous day of the year to drive is the day after the first snowstorm of the season. During this time, people are unprepared ...

Texas Statewide Warrant Roundup

2010-12-04
As government budgets across the country feel more and more pressure, state and local municipalities must find other means to generate revenue. In Texas, the annual statewide warrant roundup helps cities collect millions in outstanding fines. Last March, over 250 law enforcement agencies from around the state participated in the roundup. Typically, these events occur in the spring though many other cities and jurisdictions conduct other roundups throughout the year, as Dallas County did recently. In August, Dallas marshals sent notices to those with outstanding warrants ...

British Airways Increases Flights to Cancun Shortly After New Route Launched

2010-12-04
British Airways recently announced that it is to increase the number of scheduled flights it operates to Cancun in Mexico to three a week following its popularity with customers. Shortly after the inaugural British Airways flight to Cancun touched down in Mexico's most important tourist destination, chief finance officer Keith Williams told guests at a gala dinner to mark the occasion that customer demand had led the airline to increase flight frequency from twice to three-times a week starting from March 2011. The inaugural flight to the Mexican resort departed on ...

The Harley Medical Group Sees an Uptake in Surgery Bookings for Christmas

2010-12-04
The Harley Medical Group is reporting a 35% surge in patients booking in for surgical procedures YOY as an early present for themselves, the month before Christmas. Many patients are taking extended Christmas holidays to ensure a full recovery is made before they return to work in the New Year. The most popular surgical procedures for Christmas 2010 include: Breast enlargement, Nose Reshaping, and Liposuction. Lisa Littlehales, Clinic Manager at The Harley Medical Group, said: "Surgery is a life changing decision that takes a lot of careful consideration, and financial ...

British Airways Adds Flights to Stockholm from London City

2010-12-04
British Airways has taken up options for two new Embraer E-190 jets, one year after the first aircraft in the new fleet went into service, and is about to launch a new double daily flight to Stockholm from London City Airport. BA CityFlyer, the wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways, originally placed firm orders for six Embraer 170 and five Embraer 190SR efficiency jets, known as E-jets, with options on three further 98-seat Embraer 190s. They are now converting two of these options for delivery in Spring 2011. Peter Simpson, BA CityFlyer managing director, ...

National Trust Christmas Gifts That Make a Real Difference

2010-12-04
National Trust is urging shoppers to forget those unwanted Christmas jumpers, socks or candles and think red squirrels and large blue butterflies this Christmas when searching for the perfect present for that difficult-to-buy-for family member or the friend that has everything. National Trust virtual gifts help to raise much needed cash for a wide range of conservation projects and could help solve the annual what-to-buy-for-Christmas headache. Money raised in previous years has helped to fund an important research project at Formby to help secure the survival future ...

Superbreak Announces New Paris For Less Promotion

2010-12-04
Superbreak, weekend city break specialist, has announced the launch of its brand-new two-night 'Paris for Less' promotion to offer customers even more value for money on their short break. As another festive season approaches, the Yorkshire based tour operator has launched its brand-new two-night Paris for Less promotion to give customers more for less in Paris this winter. Customers can choose from one of six free sightseeing tickets on offer, with more expected to be added to the promotion over the next few weeks. With a choice of budget 3* to luxury 5* hotels spanning ...

'Tis the Season to Shop Safely

Tis the Season to Shop Safely
2010-12-04
As the Philadelphia area plunges into the busy holiday shopping season, Oxford Valley Mall encourages all residents to preserve their comfort and joy by using common sense and 10 safety tips to protect themselves and their valuables while shopping. In fact, it's wise to keep these tips in mind any time throughout the year that large numbers of people gather. Holiday Shopping Safety Tips 1. When parking, lock your car and take your keys with you. 2. Do not leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock the valuables and all packages in the trunk. 3. When shopping ...

RX Corp Created a New Online Drugstore rxbuys.com to Be Used by Customers Worldwide for Generic Viagra

2010-12-04
It is natural that all customers using the services of online pharmacies would like to get high quality medicines paying less for them and getting their order within the shortest possible time. That is why the emergence of www.rxbuys.com is very timely and well-taken. This site assures new and regular clients with wide range of products, faster service and guarantees of security. It uses the most updated methods to make every client feel protected from cheating and information pilfering. The ways of delivery and payment are various and can be chosen by the customer according ...

Attorney Says CDC Study on Birth Defects Implicates Popular Fertility Drug

Attorney Says CDC Study on Birth Defects Implicates Popular Fertility Drug
2010-12-04
On July 18, 1975, Terence Mix appeared before an FDA advisory committee to testify about how Clomid (clomiphene citrate) posed a risk of birth defects to the human embryo. He had hoped at the time to draw public attention to the risk and to compel the drug's manufacturer to add a warning to its labeling. Little did he know that it would be another 35 years before his message would reach the general public. But on November 26, 2010, the journal, "Human Reproduction," published over the internet the results of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...

Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort Gives Fans Christmas Gift Card Through Facebook Page

Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort Gives Fans Christmas Gift Card Through Facebook Page
2010-12-04
With almost 4,000 Facebook fans on their Facebook company page, Hacienda Tres Rios Resort in the Riviera Maya has launched an offer through the social network for their fans this holiday season. The Christmas present offered through the social network is a $100 USD gift card applied to customers when they call 1.800.494.9173 and mention the promotional code given in the Hacienda Tres Rios Facebook application. The user can use the Christmas credit on their reservation to the Riviera Maya all-inclusive resort. The landing page of the promotion allows the user to ...

Scientists discover new mechanism for controlling blood sugar level

Scientists discover new mechanism for controlling blood sugar level
2010-11-30
Medical scientists at the University of Leicester have identified for the first time a new way in which our body controls the levels of sugar in our blood following a meal. They have discovered the part played by a particular protein in helping to maintain correct blood sugar levels. The breakthrough was made in the University of Leicester by a team led by Professor Andrew Tobin, Professor of Cell Biology, who is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. The research is published online ahead of print in the prestigious international scientific journal the Proceedings ...

Developed world at risk of forgetting about AIDS pandemic

2010-11-30
Media coverage on HIV/AIDS has fallen by more than 70% in developed countries over the last 20 years, according to an international team of researchers. While in the early 1990s, an average of 1.5 articles linked to HIV/AIDS could be found in every issue of the main broadsheet newspapers, levels of coverage have dropped to below 0.5 articles per newspaper issue since 2008. Coverage in French and US-based newspapers has decreased particularly dramatically during this period. The findings are part of an ongoing study into sustainability-related media coverage worldwide ...

Tiny RNA shown to cause multiple types of leukemia

2010-11-30
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (November 29, 2010) – Whitehead Institute researchers have shown in mouse models that overexpression of the microRNA 125b (miR-125b) can independently cause leukemia and accelerate the disease's progression. Their results are published in this week's online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "MicroRNAs are elevated in many cancers, but in humans and mice, can upregulation of a microRNA actually cause the cancer? That's the question," says Whitehead Institute Founding Member Harvey Lodish. "This 22 nucleotide RNA, one ...

Ancient wind held secret of life and death

Ancient wind held secret of life and death
2010-11-30
The mystery of how an abundance of fossils have been marvellously preserved for nearly half a billion years in a remote region of Africa has been solved by a team of geologists from the University of Leicester's Department of Geology. They have established that an ancient wind brought life to the region – and was then instrumental in the preservation of the dead. Sarah Gabbott, Jan Zalasiewicz and colleagues investigated a site near the Table Mountains in South Africa. Their findings are published in the latest issue of the journal Geology. Sarah Gabbott said: "Near ...

Soil microbes define dangerous rates of climate change

2010-11-30
The rate of global warming could lead to a rapid release of carbon from peatlands that would further accelerate global warming. Two recent studies published by the Mathematics Research Institute at the University of Exeter highlight the risk that this 'compost bomb' instability could pose, and calculate the conditions under which it could occur. The same Exeter team is now exploring a possible link between the theories described in the studies and last summer's devastating peatland fires in Russia. The first paper is published in the European Journal of Social Science ...

Air above Dead Sea contains very high levels of oxidized mercury

Air above Dead Sea contains very high levels of oxidized mercury
2010-11-30
Measurements show that the sea's salt has profound effects on the chemistry of the air above its surface. The atmosphere over the Dead Sea, researchers have found, is laden with oxidized mercury. Some of the highest levels of oxidized mercury ever observed outside the polar regions exist there. The results appear in a paper published on-line November 28th in the journal Nature Geoscience. In the research, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), scientist Daniel Obrist and colleagues at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, and at Hebrew University ...

How to soften a diamond

How to soften a diamond
2010-11-30
It is the hardest material in the world, and yet it can not only be used to cut other materials, but can be machined itself. Already over 600 years ago first diamonds were cut and the same technique is still used to transform precious stones into exquisite jewelry and later into unrivaled industrial tools. Dr. Lars Pastewka's and Prof. Michael Moseler's team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg/Germany can now reveal the secret of why it is that diamonds can be machined. The team published its findings in the current online issue of Nature ...

Male reproductive problems may add to falling fertility rates

2010-11-30
Paris, 29 November 2010 – Reduced male fertility may be making it even harder for couples to conceive and be contributing to low birth rates in many countries, reveals a new European Science Foundation (ESF) report launching today. More than 10% of couples worldwide are infertile, contributing to the growing demand for assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for which Robert G. Edwards won the Nobel Prize in Medicine last month. Sperm counts have dropped significantly in the last 50 years in developed countries. Today, at least one in ...

Neurological protein may hold the key to new treatments for depression

2010-11-30
For Immediate Release – November 29, 2010 (Toronto) – Neuroscientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have developed a protein peptide that may be a novel type of highly targeted treatment for depression with a low side-effect profile. Depression affects one in ten Canadians at some time in their lives and is a leading cause of disability worldwide. The study published in this month's Nature Medicine found that coupling between two dopamine receptors was significantly elevated in the brains of people who had been diagnosed with major depression. ...

Subsurface scattering in point-based rendering

2010-11-30
The Department of Computer Engineering, Sejong University in Korea and ETH Zurich in Switzerland have recently introduced a novel and simple framework for rendering subsurface scattering on surfaces represented by points. This is useful for realistically rendering a cloud of points representing translucent materials such as the human skin. This significant study is reported in Vol. 53, No. 5 of SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences. The point-based graphics method for rendering surfaces has gained much attention as an alternative to polygon-based graphic methods because ...

Bird-brained? Birds' personalities are correlated with their hormone levels

2010-11-30
The Great Tit is a common garden bird of many countries in Europe and Asia. Great Tits are generally thought of as fairly inquisitive but it has long been known individuals vary considerably in their willingness to explore new surroundings. Some birds – known as "fast" or "proactive" – are quick explorers and are comparatively aggressive, whereas "slow" or "reactive" birds are more cautious. The differences are at least in part genetically determined and as a result scientists in Holland, with whom the Vienna group has been collaborating closely, have been able to use ...

More lives saved with 24/7 enhanced staffing in medical ICU

2010-11-30
In a first-of-its-kind study to measure the impact of the highest recommended specialist staffing levels in an intensive care unit, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that increased staffing by specially trained physicians and other health care professionals can enhance patient survival and enable patients to breathe sooner without assistance. The results of the study have been released online ahead of print in the journal Critical Care Medicine. The researchers analyzed the files of patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ...
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