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Scientists identify brain’s concept control core

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2006 at 10:24 pm

Wed Sep 6, 2006 12:41 PM BST

By Jeremy Lovell

NORWICH (Reuters) – Scientists believe they may have finally identified the part of the brain that deals with the critical issue of matching words to everyday objects.

Using brain scans of people suffering from Semantic Dementia — the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease in people under 65 — they have found that the front end of the temporal lobe seems to be crucial to conceptual application.
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FDA approves first implantable artificial heart

In Health on September 6, 2006 at 2:46 am

By Val Brickates Kennedy, MarketWatch
Last Update: 3:23 PM ET Sep 5, 2006

BOSTON (MarketWatch) — The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light for the use of Abiomed’s artificial heart device, called AbioCor, in terminally ill cardiac patients, the agency said Tuesday.
According to the FDA, AbioCor is the first fully-implantable artificial heart for patients with advanced failure in both heart chambers. The device will be available only to patients who have about a month to live and are not eligible for a heart transplant.
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Developing world is new frontline in heart disease

In Health on September 6, 2006 at 1:39 am

Last Updated: 2006-09-05 12:37:22 -0400 (Reuters Health)

By Ben Hirschler

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Heart disease, usually seen as a quintessentially Western problem, is rapidly becoming a major threat to the developing world, costing millions of lives and billions of dollars, top cardiologists said on Tuesday.

Worsening diets, lack of exercise and smoking mean heart attacks and strokes are taking a mounting toll on poorer countries, experts told the World Congress of Cardiology.

“They now cause four times as many deaths in mothers in most developing countries than do childbirth and HIV/AIDS combined,” said Professor Stephen Leeder of the University of Sydney.
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Nanotechnology coating is battling hospital superbugs

In Health, nano on September 6, 2006 at 1:31 am

Nanovations Pty Ltd, based in Sydney, Australia, introduces Bioni Hygienic, the first anti-bacterial and antimicrobial Nanotechnology based wall coating for hospitals, which can even destroy antibiotic resistant super bugs like the Staphylococcus Aureus or MRSA.

Unlike other paint systems, where the incorporated anti bacterial function will loose its effect over time, through the evaporating of the biocides, the nano-particles used in Bioni Hygienic are solid bodies. Therefore the system’s efficiency retains its effect permanently.
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FDA Forms Internal Nanotechnology Task Force

In nano on September 6, 2006 at 12:39 am

8/15/2006

An internal nanotechnology task force has been formed by the FDA, says acting commissioner, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. The new task force is charged with determining regulatory approaches that encourage the continued development of innovative, safe, and effective FDA-regulated products that use nanotechnology materials.

Specifically, the task force will:
• chair a public meeting on October 10, 2006 to understand developments in nanotechnology as they pertain to FDA-regulated products,
• evaluate the effectiveness of the agency’s regulatory approaches and meet any unique challenges presented by nanotechnology,
• explore the opportunities to foster innovation using nanotechnology,
• strengthen collaborative efforts with other federal agencies involved in the Nanotechnology Initiative and foreign government regulatory bodies, industry, and consumers, and
• consider appropriate vehicles for communication with the public about the use of nanotechnology in FDA-regulated products.

The task force is expected to submit its findings and recommendations to the acting commissioner by July 2007.
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