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Negligible impact on public safety from shark cage diving operations

A study by five university researchersincluding four from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoaconcludes that existing shark cage diving enterprises in Hawai'i have a negligible effect on public safety. The paper, "Seasonal cycles and long-term trends in abundance and species composition of ...

Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: New patient radiation safety guidelines

FAIRFAX, Va."Society of Interventional Radiology 2009 Standards Division Guidelines" is the subject of a special supplement to the July issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology . SIRa national organization of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to...

Concerns about food safety to be spotlighted at U of Minnesota symposium

Recent nationwide outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have triggered calls for more regulation along with plunging consumer confidence. A symposium at the University of Minnesota this week will explore the complexities of the food-safety issue. The conference, "How Safe is our Food Supply? Expect...

New infant formula safety advice could prevent infant suffering

Wheat-based infant follow-on formulas are better reconstituted with fruit juice and should be stored in the fridge at 4C to prevent growth of meningitis bacteria, according to recent research. The results of a study, published today in the Society for Applied Microbiology journal, Letters in A...

BIO-key(R) Announces Additional $245,000 in Third Quarter Public Safety Orders

Company Also Releases Latest Generation of Mobile Data Software WALL, N.J., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, announced today $245,000 in additional new pub...

Advance offers revolution in food safety testing

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Microbiologists at Oregon State University have developed a new technology to detect illness-causing bacteria an advance that could revolutionize the food industry, improving the actual protection to consumers while avoiding the costly waste and massive recalls of products that...

New and revised limits ensure safety in the workplace

The Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) submitted the annual list of MAK and BAT Values to the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs at the beginning of July. These constit...

New publication addresses safety of imported foods

As the proportion of imported foods in the food supply continues to increase, Americans are putting themselves at a potentially greater risk for foodborne disease as some countries may not have the same sanitary standards as the U.S. Imported Foods: Microbiological Issues and Challenges , the l...

AMBER Alert Safety Centers to Provide Child Safety Precautions at the New Jersey State Fair at the Meadowlands

ROCKAWAY, N.J., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- AMBER Alert Safety Centers, Inc. announced today that the Company will provide child safety precautions at the upcoming New Jersey State Fair, to be held at the Meadowlands Sport Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The State Fair is an 18-day event f...

BIO-key(R) Showcasing Public Safety Solutions for BlackBerry Smartphones at 2008 LEIM Conference

BIO-key to Feature New Version of PocketCop Software WALL, N.J., May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, today announced that it will be showcasing ...

UC Davis stem researchers demonstrate safety of gene therapy using adult stem cells

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) A new study by UC Davis researchers provides evidence that methods using human bone marrow-derived stem cells to deliver gene therapy to cure diseases of the blood, bone marrow and certain types of cancer do not cause the development of tumors or leukemia. The study was publi...

Strategy for nanotechnology-related environmental, health and safety research

February 14, 2008, 10 a.m.The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology today released a document describing the National Nanotechnology Initiatives (NNI) strategy for addressing priority research on...

Chemist Brings SAFETY Act Expertise to Homeland Security Firm

Dr. McWhorter Joins Olive, Edwards & Cooper with Technical, Products Liability Background WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Olive, Edwards & Cooper announced the addition of Dr. David McWhorter as a principal who will provide clients with strategic plans as t...

Physician-scientist urges improved drug regulation to ensure heart safety of non-heart drugs

Recommendations by NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Dr. Jeffrey Borer Emphasize Need for Better Attention to Cardiovascular Effects, Beginning With Early Studies and Continuing Past Drug Approval NEW YORK (Dec. 28, 2007) -- Current regulatory policies should be strengthened to ensure accept...

Wireless Public Safety Solution From BIO-key(R) and DaProSystems Links Virginia Law Enforcement Agencies

Harrisonburg, VA Police Launch Multi-agency Data Interoperability System WALL, N.J., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, and its partner, DaProSystems to...

US government delays nanotechnology safety measures

WASHINGTONWant to buy a bag of carbon nanotubesin quantities from a few grams to hundreds of kilograms (100 kilograms = approximately 220 pounds)? With a credit card and Internet access, you can. But is the U.S. government doing enough to ensure the safety of these materials and the hundreds of ot...

BIO-key International Showcasing Innovative Public Safety Solutions at 2007 IACP Conference

BIO-key to Exhibit Full Range of Biometric Identification and Wireless Solutions for Emergency Responders WALL, N.J., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless publi...

ADA releases position paper on food and water safety

CHICAGO The American Dietetic Association has released an updated position paper on food and water safety that reviews the current situation in this country, identifies new tools that can help decrease illness and encourages continued research, education and technological advances to keep the foo...

New lab test offers better prediction of HIV microbicide safety

July 9, 2009 (BRONX, NY) Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have devised a laboratory test for predicting whether microbicides against HIV are safe for human use. The researchers have also discovered why several supposedly "safe" microbicides made women more ...

Musculoskeletal center wins $2.2 million for drug safety

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) has won a $2.2 million federal grant to study the risks and benefits of a newer class of medicines called biologics. These are genetically engineered therapies that target the ...

Wake Forest plays integral role in effort to revolutionize vehicle safety

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. From stiff plastic limbs and metal rods to complex virtual humans made of muscle, tendon and bone, the crash test dummies of yesteryear are evolving and researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine are among those bringing them to life. This new generation of h...

Skull survey could improve vehicle safety

Women's skulls are thicker than men's, but they both shrink slowly after we reach adulthood. That's the conclusion of a new imaging study of 3000 people published in the Inderscience International Journal of Vehicle Safety. The detailed results could help in the design of more effective devices fo...

Gene therapy study shows safety and statistically significant improvement in Parkinson's disease

Neurologix, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NRGX) today announced the publication in the June 23 issue of the journal The Lancet of positive results from the first ever gene therapy trial for Parkinson’s disease and the first report of direct gene transfer into a patient’s own brain cells for any adult ...

How the US drug safety system should be changed

As Strom writes, "the net effect of [the current system] is that the public misunderstands drug safety, believing that a drug is safe at the time of marketing, while [adverse] events occurring as frequently as 1 in 1000 are predictably undetected." In the May 3 issue of the Journal of the America...

Flesh-eating bacteria escape body's safety net

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that so-called flesh-eating "Strep" bacteria use a specific enzyme to break free of the body's immune system, a finding which could potentially lead to new treatments for serious infections in human pat...

Feds give researchers ok for safety test of adult stem cells in patients with heart disease

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved plans to begin a study to evaluate the safety of using adult stem cells from bone marrow to treat chronic ischemia, a serious fo...

Aloe vera coating may prolong freshness, safety of fruits and vegetables

Aloe vera gel is best known for its therapeutic effect on burned or irritated skin, but in the future you could be eating the gel as a healthful additive to your fruits and veggies. Researchers in Spain say they have developed a gel from the tropical plant that can be used as an edible coating to...

FDA Approves Human Hookworm Vaccine for Phase I Safety Trials

At first, we thought that gene expression was modulated only by transcription factors. Then we found that the RNA resulting from transcription could be regulated by the RISC complex (siRNA-mediated degradation via Dicer). And now it seems that regulation at the RNA level is even more complex than ...

Advances in lung cancer research announced at conference

...nter at Scottsdale Healthcare of results from two Phase I clinical trials for a drug called TH-302. The two clinical trials are both evaluating the safety and effectiveness of TH-302, a drug activated in the absence of oxygen. Both clinical trials involve patients with advanced solid tumors. In one, they...

First human gets new antibody aimed at hepatitis C virus

...MMS) today announced the beginning of a Phase 1 clinical trial, testing the safety and activity of a human monoclonal antibody they developed that can neutral... a professor of pediatrics at the Medical School. "This trial will test the safety of the antibody and measure its activity in the subjects. This will help us...

More than half of Texas physicians do not always recommend HPV vaccine to girls

...d not consider these sources valuable. "Most physicians are aware of the vaccine and what it prevents, but they may lack knowledge about issues of safety and how to address parental concerns. That may be making them reluctant to deliver the vaccine," said Kahn. Although the study population was limi...

Methods for gene transfer in stem cells featured in Cold Spring Harbor Protocols

...heir use can raise concerns about recombination, immune responses and other safety issues. DNA transposons offer an effective, alternative method for nonviral gene transfer that avoids the safety concerns associated with viral vectors. Use of the "Sleeping Beauty Transpo...

Lead-based consumer paint remains a global public health threat

... on Aug. 4, 2009. The report comes on the tail of the U.S. Consumer Product safety Commission's enforcement of heightened restrictions on lead in American con...tries produced and sold new consumer paints that greatly exceeded U.S. lead safety levels. In that study, 75 percent of the consumer paint samples tested from...

Pitt researchers find promising candidate protein for cancer prevention vaccines

..."But now that we know that perhaps 20 to 30 percent of people already recognize it as abnormal when made in excess, we can be more confident about the safety of a vaccine strategy to immunize high-risk groups against it." She is working with collaborators to open, by the end of the year, a clinical trial...

Holding breath for several minutes elevates marker for brain damage

...they can swim underwater and how deep they can dive. Participants must undergo intense training to increase their lung capacity while learning crucial safety measures. Breath-hold diving often leads to hypoxia, elevated blood pressure, slowed heartbeat and other physiological changes. However, whether th...

Restoring a natural root signal helps to fight a major corn pest

...m is a potential threat, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food safety (BVL) establishes safety zones and enacts the use of the insecticide chlothianidine. In spring 2008 ...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

... may contain NOA include locating roads that are surfaced with serpentine aggregate, identifying sites that may require enhanced dust control or other safety measures, and filling gaps in geologic mapping where field access is limited. GEOLOGY abstracts are available for review at http://geology.gsapubs...

Experimental treatment halts hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in newborns

...y reduced brain edema, axonal degeneration and the loss of brain tissue. Dr. Kuan said additional studies are needed to test the effectiveness and safety of PAI-1 therapy in other experimental animal models. The researcher team also recommends studies to determine whether infants diagnosed with HIE, or ...

First genetically-engineered malaria vaccine to enter human trials

... the vaccine. "Although vaccines are under development that use whole malaria parasites weakened by irradiation to protect against infection, their safety and effectiveness rely on a precise irradiation dose and trial results have been variable," Professor Cowman said. "We believe that our genetically at...

1 in 6 health workers won't report in flu pandemic -- study by Ben-Gurion U. researchers

...advisable approach. A sense of threat is an important component in the workers' motivation to prepare for the event and to respond to it. Personal safety assurances of workers can and should be provided as part of training. It is important to note that 24 percent of the respondents did not perceive the...
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