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Providence Service Corporation Comments on U.S. Court of Appeals' Decision to Uphold Federal Injunction Blocking California's 10% Cut in Medi-Cal Payments

TUCSON, Ariz., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC ) today commented on the recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding the August 2008 federal injunction prohibiting the 10% cut in California's Medi-Cal...

Protein May Hold Key to Blocking Allergy-Induced Asthma

Team finds mice lacking certain gene showed fewer signs of condition THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- A protein that might be linked to allergy-induced asthma has been identified by U.S. researchers, who said their finding could lead to new drugs to treat the disease. The resea...

Stopping ovarian cancer by blocking proteins coded by notorious gene

Ovarian cancer cells are "addicted" to a family of proteins produced by the notorious oncogene, MYC, and blocking these Myc proteins halts cell proliferation in the deadliest cancer of the female reproductive system, according to a presentation by University of California, Berkeley scientists at t...

Pennsylvania Medical Society and AARP Criticize Senator Specter for Blocking Bill to Protect Access to Doctors and Improve Medicare

Groups Call on Senator Specter to Reconsider and Support Bill that Stops Cuts to Doctors and Keeps Medicare Fair HARRISBURG, Pa., July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gridlock has paralyzed the U.S. Senate, derailing a critical bipartisan bill that would have stopped a 10 percent cut to doctors...

Sunscreen Blocking UVA Radiation Receives Federal Approval

A type of sunscreen that blocks the kind of ultraviolet radiation which has been linked to some cancers and available only outside the United States, has received// federal approval on Monday. While other sunscreens mainly block UVB rays Anthelios SX contains ecamsule, which is an ingredient th...

Study Says - Blocking 'aP2' Protein Prevents Airway Diseases

A study led by Australian researchers has discovered a new protein called as P2 – adipocyte/macrophage fatty acid binding protein in human airway epithelial cells// that regulates the allergic airway inflammation. The researchers had explained in their study that the adipocyte/macrophage fa...

Ventilation Systems Not Effective in Blocking Tobacco Smoke

In an article published in the British Medical Journal, Nadine Rae Leavell, Monique E Muggli, Richard D Hurt, James Repace, say that the ventilation systems supposed to prevent tobacco smoke and help in cleaning the air that we breathe are ineffective. // The report also says that British Ame...

Multiple Sclerosis Can Be Treated By Blocking Fat Hormone

The blocking of the leptin hormone which is mostly produced in fats cells has a good effect with regard to multiple sclerosis (MS), according to// Italian researchers. Giuseppe Matarese and colleagues from Università di Napoli "Federico II" suggest that leptin neutralization may be a possible way ...

Protein Fragments Blocking Cures Alzheimer's Disease

Professor Yadong Huang and his team from Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease have found that the protein apolipoprotein E (apoE) is responsible for causing Alzheimer's disease //that acts by inactivating the conversion of glucose into energy in Mitochondirial cells due to the protein fragme...

Improving The Survival Of Lung Cancer Patients By Blocking The Effects Of Estrogen

Stopping or slowing the spread of lung cancer may depend on the addition of drugs that block the effects of estrogen, // say researchers according to a recent study . For the study researchers evaluated the effects of three different treatments that block the action of estrogen in human lung tum...

HIV blocking protein in Monkey

Scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a protein that essentially blocks HIV replication, in monkey cells. Humans have a similar protein, although it is not as effective at stopping HIV, say the researchers whose work //is published in this week's issue of Nature. The team, ...

Scientists Learn How Cancer Drugs Cause Hypertension

...medicine, cell biology and immunology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., said in a school news release. "Our studies in mice show that blocking VEGF causes hypertension because it disrupts an important biological system -- the nitric oxide pathway that regulates blood vessel health." The re...

Anti-growth factor drugs raise hope and concern for treatment of children's eye diseases

...rapidly adopted for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. The antibodies work by blocking the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis). Anti-VEGF antibodies were originally approved for use in cancer treatment, and there have been...

AstraZeneca Submits New Drug Applications for ZACTIMA(TM) in Second-Line Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

...e profile that fights cancer through two clinically proven mechanisms -- by blocking the development of tumour blood supply (anti-angiogenesis or anti-VEGFR), and by blocking the growth and survival of the tumour itself (anti-EGFR). Vandetanib also ...

Viagra Trial for Sickle Cell Lung Problems Halted

...n requiring hospitalization. The crises occur when red blood cells, which are misshaped in those with the disease, get jammed up in the blood vessels, blocking blood flow. An estimated 70,000 to 100,000 people in the United States have this genetic blood disorder, most of them black. According to the ...

Congress Must Recognize Homecare as Cost-Effective Part of Health Care Reform

...uce overall Medicare spending. These cuts are likely to increase Medicare costs over time by forcing more seniors into nursing homes and hospitals, blocking preventative care, and causing more frequent visits to emergency rooms. "Quality home medical equipment and services facilitate hospital disc...

New drug candidate prolongs the lives of pancreatic cancer patients

...ases, including lung, prostate and breast cancers as well as diabetes. blocking the Ras protein Salirasib works by inhibiting a protein called Ras, whi...TS, works to block the formation of cancer-promoting Ras nanoclusters, thus blocking a cascade of biochemical signals known as the "Ras signaling pathway" that ...

New HemCon/Seal-On Nasal Plugs Control Nosebleeds Quickly, Effectively and Comfortably

...can carefully remove the plug from the nose and discard it. Ready for removal within an hour, there is no need to keep these plugs in place long term, blocking patient airways or requiring a revisit to an M.D. for removal. "Every year, nearly half a million people seek treatment for heavy nose bleeds...

Avoiding Hysterectomy: Major Interventional Radiology E-collection Info Available

...pain and less recovery time than traditional surgery. Interventional radiologists use expertise in imaging to deliver treatment directly to a fibroid, blocking the flow of blood to the tumor and causing it to shrink. "With these modern treatments, hopefully the trend to offer traditional surgery first will be...

Wynonna Judd Celebrates Her Progress on alli With Private Concert at Legendary Venue

...udes a healthy, balanced diet, regular physical activity and alli capsules available in 60-capsule and 90-capsule educational starter packs, works by blocking about 25 percent of fat in the foods eaten to reduce the amount of fat and calories absorbed. alli is non-systemic and well-tolerated. Wynonn...

OraVerse (R) Selected by Dentistry Today Magazine as One of the Top 100 Products of 2009

... Important Safety Information Tachycardia, bradycardia, and cardiac arrhythmias may occur with the use of phentolamine or other alpha-adrenergic blocking agents. Although such effects are uncommon with OraVerse (phentolamine mesylate), clinicians should be alert to the signs and symptoms of these events...

Asian spice could reduce breast cancer risk in women exposed to hormone replacement therapy

...at progestin accelerated the development of certain tumors by increasing production of a molecule called VEGF that helps supply blood to the tumor. By blocking the production of VEGF, researchers could potentially reduce the proliferation of breast cancer cells. Curcumin inhibits progestin-induced VEGF secret...

Americans United for Life: Ninth Circuit Ruling on Pharmacists Endangers Fundamental Freedoms

... took precedence over individual freedom of conscience. The Ninth Circuit's decision in Stormans v. Selecky , overturning a lower-court decision blocking a draconian rule of the Washington Board of Pharmacy, means pharmacists in Washington will now be forced to provide RU-486 (the abortion pill), Plan B...

Blood vessel bends and branches put the brakes on statins

...rm way. Bends and branches of blood vessels - where blood flow is disrupted and can be sluggish - are much more prone to fatty plaques building-up and blocking the artery. What we've shown is that those regions of the arteries most likely to become diseased are the same regions that may not be benefiting maxi...

Post-transplant combo can replace toxic immune-suppressing drugs in monkeys

...ions that require us to develop immunological memory," he says. "Memory cells are quicker to become activated and don't need costimulation as much, so blocking costimulation doesn't slow them down." By themselves, neither costimulation blockers (in this case, a molecule called CTLA4-Ig) or alefacept could ...

Fate Therapeutics to Present Data on Stimulation of Osteogenic Activity Using Small Molecule Modulators of Wnt Pathway

...ge-specific differentiation to an osteoblast phenotype," said Paul Grayson, president and CEO of Fate Therapeutics. "While current therapies focus on blocking bone degeneration, novel small molecules that promote bone formation represent the next-generation of therapeutic agents for osteo-regenerative medici...

Siemens Celebrates First Installation of SOMATOM Definition AS 20 CT Scanner

...opments into its systems for dose reduction and improvement in patient safety. Siemens' unique Adaptive Dose Shield addresses the issue by dynamically blocking the unnecessary dose before and after the spiral scan, ensuring that the only dose applied to the patient is dose that is clinically relevant. And CAR...

Video: FDA Approves Hologic's Adiana(R) Permanent Contraception System

...nths following the procedure, the patient continues to use temporary birth control while new tissue grows in and around the Adiana inserts, eventually blocking the fallopian tubes. At three months, a special x-ray test (called a hysterosalpingogram or HSG) is performed to confirm the fallopian tubes are compl...

New Survey Reveals High Expectations for Popular Aesthetic Injections

..., Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation. Important Safety Information Dysport (TM) is an acetylcholine release inhibitor and a neuromuscular blocking agent indicated for the temporary improvement in appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines associated with procerus and corrugator muscle act...

Chance to Protect Babies from Toxic Chemicals Faced by CA State Assembly

...le products. Many of California's regulations, including TB 117, are killing in-state businesses and angering California's business leaders. TB 117 is blocking our ability to compete in the global marketplace and is damaging California's reputation." says Janina Pawlowski, co-founder and former CEO of ELoan.c...

Study examines dietary influences of liver disease

...own for its role in non-hepatic diseases like atherosclerosis, it has never before been linked to human liver disease. The findings suggest that drugs blocking intestinal cholesterol absorption might reduce the progression of fatty liver disease but this needs to be investigated in prospective studies. "Su...

Newly appreciated membrane estrogen receptor important therapeutic target for breast cancer

...onse to estrogen produced by the patient. Consequently, patients with ER-positive tumors receive hormonal agents (known as ER antagonists) that act by blocking the proliferative effects of estrogen promoted by the ER. As a result, the capacity of breast cancers to grow is reduced. The development of new drugs...

Fate Therapeutics Granted Exclusive License By The Regents of the University of California to Stem Cell Modulators for Osteo-Regeneration

...st undergo complicated surgeries and long recovery times. In the case of degenerative bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, current therapies focus on blocking bone degeneration rather than inducing formation. Being able to promote bone growth with novel osteogenic small molecules represents the next-generat...

With 12 Hours Until Budget Deadline, Californians Crank Up Heat On Schwarzenegger

... health care workers and community activists are gathering in front of the Governor's San Francisco office to demand that Governor Schwarzenegger stop blocking a compromise budget package that meets his own test of "shared sacrifice." Several events will also take place simultaneously today at the Govern...

Aton Pharma CEO Mike Wells Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2009 Award Winner;

...ative-free, non-selective beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent indicated in the treatment of elevated intra...ecause of the potential effects of beta-adrenergic blocking agents on blood pressure and pulse, these agents s...nd with systemic administration of beta-adrenergic blocking agents may occur with topical ophthalmic administr...

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Completes Planned Patient Enrollment in Bavituximab Phase I Cancer Trial

... with recent research showing that exposed PS can have an immunosuppressive effect and dampen the body's normal response to cancer. By binding to and blocking PS, bavituximab is believed to boost the body's ability to combat cancer via this second immunostimulatory mechanism. Further information on the role...

Video: New Biological Therapy Ilaris(R) Approved in US to Treat Children and Adults with CAPS, a Serious Life-Long Auto-Inflammatory Disease

... - Ilaris is the first approved treatment for children as young as four and is given only every eight weeks - Highly selective in targeting and blocking interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), which is overproduced in CAPS patients causing inflammation - Studies under way in other inflammatory disorders ...

Stroke Damage Is Less in Rats Given Opioids

... called [D-ala2,D-leU5] enkephalin (DADLE) -- which belongs to the same drug family as morphine and heroin -- and then induced a stroke in the rats by blocking cerebral artery blood flow. After the stroke, the rats that received the drug did better on behavioral tests than rats that weren't given the drug ...

Woman Whose Health Insurance Was Cancelled by Blue Cross/WellPoint After She Got Sick Urges Congress to Protect Innocent Patients

...certainly have skimpier benefits, high deductibles, and high co-pays. For a patient like Ms. Horton, such a degraded policy is almost as effective in blocking access to care as canceling coverage. "The health insurance industry is promising to provide insurance policies regardless of our health conditi...

UNC study suggests new approach to common cause of blindness

...common cause of blindness in older Americans. In a study published online June 14, 2009 by the journal Nature , the researchers demonstrate that blocking the activity of a specific protein called CCR3 -- can reduce the abnormal blood vessel growth that leads to macular degeneration. Furthermore, target...
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