The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched Time to Talk, an educational campaign to encourage patients - particularly those age 50 or older - and their health care providers to openly discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM ). CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine, such ...

ViaCell, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAC) today announced that it has enrolled and treated the last patient in the CB001 Phase I clinical trial and has begun the 100-day post-transplant follow-up. CB001 is an investigational therapy being studied as a potential therapeutic option for people who need stem cell transplants, such as bone marrow, for hematopoietic recovery after chemo-radiation therapy or chemotherapy in the treatment of a variety of blood cancers. The Phase I clinical trial is a safety study o...

Scientists from Norway and Italy have found scarecely any signs of superbugs in feces dropped by polar bears in the Arctic, and suggest that since these animals have little or no contact with humans, the spread of bacterial genes resistant to antibiotics could be due to our influence.

These are the findings of a study published in the 14 January issue of the peer-reviewed open access journal BMC Microbiology performed by researchers from the University of Tromsø and the Norwegian Pola...

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reacted with disappointment at the Government's decision to introduce a licensing regime rather than impose an outright ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman announced today that a ban on circus animals could not be introduced in the UK now because a ban introduced in Austria is currently being challenged under European law. In a written ministerial statement she said that the Governme...

Transplantation of kidneys from older donors is followed by increased stiffening of the recipient's aorta which may help to explain the higher rates of cardiovascular disease and death in patients receiving kidneys from "expanded criteria" donors, reports a study in the April Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Led by Drs. Michel Delahousse and Michel Chaignon of Foch Hospital in Suresnes, France, and Jean-Philippe Haymann of Tenon Hospital in Paris, the researchers used a tec...

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