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Wednesday 20th August 2014

Preferred Dental Group donates professional grade mouthguards to Livonia Churchill varsity and junior varsity football teams

Dr. Chet Regula attended Livonia Churchill’s annual preseason football meeting this past Saturday to talk with parents and players about the importance of having a custom fit mouthguard. Dr. Regula, CEO of Preferred Dental Group, and his staff are donating mouthguards to all Livonia Churchill football players free of charge. These are the same c...

Surescripts Names Health IT Veteran Tom Skelton as New CEO to Lead Nationwide Health Information Network

Surescripts, the nation’s largest health information network, has appointed Tom Skelton as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 25. Skelton is a seasoned CEO with expertise in both the healthcare technology and healthcare services sectors. Skelton held previous leadership roles with Foundation Radiology Group, MED3000, and Misys Healthcare Systems....

Hundreds of Clinicians in Field of Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS Health Care to Gather in Las Vegas for Paralyzed Veterans of America’s 4th Annual Health Summit + EXPO

VA Interim Health Undersecretary Carolyn Clancy to give Keynote Address Paralyzed Veterans of America: WHO:   Paralyzed Veterans of America (Summit Host) Cl...

RF Surgical Systems Begins Shipment of RF Assure Delivery System Featuring The New Verisphere™

First Adjunct Detection Technology For Labor & Delivery Rooms; Enhances Hospitals’ Birth Safety Profile RF Surgical Systems Inc. (RFS), the market leader in adjunct detection technology for the prevention of retained surgical sponges, announces the availability of the RF Assure® Delivery System. This is the first device on the market for...

Revel United Changes the Way We Think about Health Care With New Brand Campaign for Baylor Scott & White Health

Revel United’s new innovative campaign sets the bar high for healthcare providers Dallas-based integrated advertising agency, Revel United, is turning heads and hearts with their new campaign for the North Texas division of the recently merged, Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) in Texas. With a play on words and honest messaging, Revel United...

Aetna, Alegent Creighton Health and UniNet Create Patient-Centric Health Care Network in Omaha

Aetna (NYSE: AET), Alegent Creighton Health and its provider-led clinically integrated network, UniNet today announced a new collaboration that will offer self-insured employers low-priced, high-quality health care for their employees and their families. The new product, called Alegent Creighton Affiliated Network powered by Aetna is being sold no...

Jakavi wins improved IQWiG verdict but loses orphan status

However, an orphan drug, by German rules, cannot have a turnover exceeding €50m a year. Later in 2013, Jakavi's turnover grew beyond the €50m threshold, and Germany issued a resolution to reassess the drug. "The G-BA requested the drug...

Northern California patient tested for possible Ebola exposure

(Reuters) - Blood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said.

Death toll from Ebola outbreak in West Africa rises to 1350

DAKAR (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 1,350, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with 106 new deaths reported between August 17-18 in three countries.

Peanut and almond butters recalled for possible salmonella

(Reuters) - A natural food company is voluntarily recalling certain peanut butters and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other major grocery outlets because government testing found they may be contaminated with salmonella.

Experimental Ebola drugs needed for 'up to 30,000 people'

LONDON (Reuters) - Up to 30,000 people could have used experimental treatments or vaccines so far in the world's worst outbreak of Ebola currently plaguing West Africa, British scientists said on Wednesday.

Experimental Ebola drugs needed for "up to 30,000 people"

* Scientists estimate need for drugs, vaccines in West Africa

Updated Pocket Ks on Biotechnology Now Available

Updated versions of the following Pocket Ks are now available for download: * Contribution of GM Technology to the Livestock Sector * Delayed Ripening Technology * Genetic Engineering and GM Crops * Communicating Crop Biotechnology * Documented Benefits of GM Crops The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications' (ISA...

Advances in Plant Genomics 2014

What: Advances in Plant Genomics 2014 (APG, Online Event)When: October 7-8, 2014A pioneering new platform specially developed for scientific events will be used during APG 2014. The event can be accessed using personal computers, tablets, and mobile devices. During the event, hot topics in plant genomics will be addressed in a webinar-style auditor...

Scientists Develop GE Fruit Flies to Save Crops

Scientists at the University of East Anglia and Oxitec Ltd. have developed a genetic technique to control populations of Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly), a notorious plant pest causing extreme damage over 300 types of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Medflies are currently controlled by using insecticides, baited traps, biological control, and relea...

Mechanism of Necrosis Caused by Stagonospora nodorum in Wheat Explained

The fungus Stagonospora nodorum causes necrosis in wheat by secreting effector protein SnTox3 which interacts with proteins set by dominant susceptibility genes. Scientists, led by Peter S. Solomon from The Australian National University, have discovered the mechanism of this effector through a susceptible wheat cultivar.SnTox3 strongly induced cla...

Mutant Arabidopsis Exhibits Aphid Resistance through Overexpression of the SKS13 Gene

Some plants activate defenses against aphids by changing the expression of specific genes. Previous studies revealed a mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana that hindered the development of the aphid Myzus persicae. Ben Vosman from Wageningen UR in Netherlands, and his team further characterized this mutant to identify what reduced the performance of M. p...

Expression of Hrip1 from Alternaria tenuissima Enhances Stress Tolerance in Arabidopsis

Hrip 1 is a kind of hypersensitive response inducing protein from Alternaria tenuissima used in tobacco to activate its defense response and systemic resistance. Researchers from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science studied the role of the protein Hrip 1 in the abiotic and biotic stress in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana. Results show an improve...

Cbl Gene Product in Transgenic Tobacco Does Not Cause Allergies

Recently, the Calcineurin B-like (cbl) gene was inserted in tobacco (Nicotiana tabbacum) to render it salt tolerant. A team led by Premendra Dwivedi of CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research assessed the allergenic potential of the cbl gene product and compared its effects to wild-types (WT).Analysis revealed no significant similarities betw...

GM Isn't Scary, According to New SOFHT Chairman

Alan Lacey, new chairman of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) said in a recent interview that genetically modified (GM) foods should not be scary, and that the benefits of GM foods outweighed the arguments against it. "It shouldn't be scary, there's got to be an illustration of the benefits of GM to consumers. Consumers want the ch...

TGAC Releases Genome Sequence of Soil Bacterium

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), together with the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (UNRC), Instituto de Agrobiotecnologica Rossario (INDEAR), and other European partners, have completed the genome sequence of a model strain of the soil bacterium Azospirillum brasilense. The soil bacterium, isolated from wheat roots in the central region of Arg...

Australia Conducts World's Largest Chickpea Experiment on Drought Resistance

Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA)'s Institute of Agriculture are conducting the world's largest chickpea experiment on drought resistance. The project, led by Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique aims to understand how chickpea adapts to terminal drought, experienced in most seasons in southern Australia. Based on results fr...

Soybean Farmers Call for Faster GM Crop Approval Process

The American Soybean Association has teamed up with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) to organize a forum that aims to communicate the need for a quicker and more science-based process for biotech crop approval. The event, held in Washington, D.C., last week, was attended by more than 100 farmers, researchers and agricultural group leaders. "I...

Virginia Tech Scientist Discovers Inter-organism Communication at Molecular Level

Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University led by Jim Westwood are exploring a new arena of science: inter-organism communication at the molecular level. This gives a new insight on finding ways to fight parasitic weeds that affects crop production globally. Westwood examined the relationship between a parasitic plant, dodde...

Statistics Predicts Hybrid Rice Performance

A research team led by plant geneticists at the University of California Riverside in the United States and Huazhong Agricultural University in China has used quantitative genetics to predict the performance of hybrid rice. The team used a statistical approach called genomic prediction to predict the value of economically important traits in plants...


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