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FDA Nanotechnology Task Force takes positive step forward

...While available evidence does not suggest that all materials with nanoscale dimensions will be hazardous, the Task Force correctly concludes that the agency needs new safety assessment tools, greater nano-specific staff expertise and more risk research to assess the likelihood of long-term health effects from ...

Novel Light Weight Polymers Made Up of Carbon Nanotubes

...s revealed that only 1 percent to 2 percent of the materials composition needed to be comprised of nanotubes to...he addition of carbon nanotubes also increased the materials thermal conductivity, improving its capacity to dissipate heat. Metal is not only heavy; it corrod...

MIT's Green Nano-factories to Produce Eco-friendly Batteries

...ly transistors, batteries, solar cells, diagnostic materials for detecting cancer, and semiconductors for use in modern electrical devices. Viruses are normally associated with causing human diseases like AIDS, polio, and influenza, and can lead to computer system crashes and data loss, but researcher Angela...

Contamination of the Environment by Antibiotics Fed to Livestock

...ccording to the USDA, producers must manage animal materials in a manner that does not contribute to contamination of crops by residues of prohibited substances, which includes antibiotics. However, manures containing antibiotics are not formally banned or prohibited. Further research is needed to investigat...

Canadian Cancer Society Calls for Ban on Asbestos

...ally recognized as one of the worst cancer-causing materials ever to have been in widespread use, the society's...ans it should be encapsulated in concrete or other materials that prevent the fibers from becoming airborne and inhaled. The Canadian Cancer Society wants Otta...

New Nano-power Could Make Biopsies Sensitive and Efficient

...articles and suspended in blood or other synthetic materials designed to mimic bodily fluids. Nanoparticles have been used before to destroy diseased cells but this is the first time they have actually retrieved cells. The technique could prove advantageous for people with leukaemia, who must go through reg...

EPA to Improve Nanotechnology

...strator William Ruckelshaus wrote, Todays smallest materials pose a big opportunity and huge challenge for the Environmental Protection Agency. But what do we know about nanotechnology, about its effects on human health and the environment" Not much. What are we doing to get these answers" Not enough. Can...

Lobster Shells Have Great Healing and Antiseptic Properties

...hat the compounds could be used to create surgical materials with great healing and antiseptic properties, as w...ics are injected. By doing this, we obtain medical materials with both antimicrobial and healing properties and, as they are covered in a natural polymer, with a...

British Government Has Funded to Develop green Car Made from Hemp

... giant Ford and growers Hemcore aims to create new materials based on plant fibres to replace metal and oil-based plastic components. According to the Sun, developers Qinetiq have already designed hemp replacements for the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals. They have said with improvement in technology,...

Patients Not Complying With Their Dermatologic Problem

... fit patients' lifestyles, using patient education materials designed to motivate without overly stressing risks, and scheduling a follow-up visit shortly after initiating a new treatment, writes Feldman, a professor of dermatology. Feldman says that dermatology research studies that involve electronically r...

Breast Cancer Risk is not Reduced by a Diet Rich in Fruit and Vegetables

...mparison group (n = 1,551) was provided with print materials describing the '5-A-Day' dietary guidelines. From comparable dietary patterns at baseline, the intervention group achieved and maintained the following statistically significant differences vs. the comparison group through four years: servings of v...

Spraying Saline Water into Nose may Reduce Nasal Passage Infections

...ay simply help wash bacteria, viruses and allergic materials out of the nose. Doctors should consider recommending saline therapy as an adjunct for managing the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis, says Harvey....

US Health Insurance Firms Suspend Sales, Promise to End Fraudulent Practices

...ted when a company meets certain guidelines. Sales materials will have to remind beneficiaries that not all providers may accept the plan. Insurers must make information easily available to medical providers, and beneficiaries interested in enrolling must be contacted to make sure they understand the plan's ru...

Katrina Evacuees Made To Remain In Toxic Air

...e, a common wood preservative used in construction materials such as particleboard, can cause vision and respiratory problems; long-term exposure has been linked to cancer and higher rates of asthma, bronchitis and allergies in children. One man in Slidell, La., was found dead in his trailer on June 27, 2006...

Scientists Have Invented New Device to Reap Fresh Water from the Air

... duo, the low-tech approach requires only low-cost materials and is quick and is easy to deploy. WatAir can be built locally, but is durable enough to be dropped by parachute from a plane. The cost could be offset by printing sponsor logos or advertisements onto the canvas sheets, said Cory. "It is simple,...

Plastic Ban in Guwahati to Ease Flooding

...enforced a ban on the use of plastic and polythene materials to prevent drains from getting clogged after heavy rains the day before flooded Guwahati, throwing the city out of gear for nearly four hours. "The decision to ban the use of plastic and polythene is one of the many steps taken to prevent water lo...

Mercury in Antiques can Pose a Hazard - Study

...rpet only made things worse, requiring a hazardous materials team to be dispatched to Parker House Gifts and Ac... spilled from an antique clock column. A hazardous materials team was called to clean up more than an ounce of mercury from a Syracuse road after a spill involvi...

Buckyball Has the Ability to Fight Against Allergy: Research

...ause it points to the possibility that these novel materials can one day lead to new therapies," said Chris Kepley, Ph.D., M.B.A., assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the VCU School of Medicine. "Researchers in many fields are aware o...

Scientists Develop Insulin Pill

...solved and releases a mixture of insulin and other materials that enhance the absorption of the insulin through the intestinal wall. Thereafter, the insulin is transported to the liver, where it creates a store that can be drawn on by the body. The researchers say that the mechanism by which the capsule carr...

Genetic Cause of Inherited Eye Diseases Identified

...flagellar transport, which is a process that moves materials from the cell body into the cilia. Mutations in proteins associated with this transport system lead to a number of cilia-related diseases. The investigators also found 60 proteins encoded by genes on chromosomes implicated in 23 inherited cilia-rel...

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