More pregnant women taking high blood pressure drugs, yet safety unclear

Contact: Karen Astle karen.astle@heart.org 214-706-1392 American Heart Association Nearly 5 percent of pregnant women are prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure, including some drugs that aren’t considered safe for mothers or their babies, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. Use of high blood pressure drugs during pregnancy is becoming…

Most prescription drugs manufactured overseas — are they safe? ” information about inspections is not public”

Contact: Kim Barnhardt kim.barnhardt@cmaj.ca 613-520-7116 x2224 Canadian Medical Association Journal Most pharmaceutical drugs in Canada are manufactured overseas in countries such as India, China and others, yet how can we be confident the drug supply is safe, writes a drug policy researcher in an opinion piece in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Alarmed by alerts…

Twitter surrenders Occupy protester’s tweets

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK |         Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:41am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter handed over tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester to a New York criminal judge on Friday after months of fighting a subpoena from prosecutors. The company surrendered the micro-blogging posts to Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino…

Learning faster with neurodegenerative disease

Contact: Dr. Christian Beste Christian.Beste@rub.de 49-234-322-4323 Ruhr-University Bochum Huntington’s gene mutation carriers: Severity of the genetic mutation related to learning efficiency People who bear the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease learn faster than healthy people. The more pronounced the mutation was, the more quickly they learned. This is reported by researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum…

False positives: fraud and misconduct are threatening scientific research

High-profile cases and modern technology are putting scientific deceit under the microscope Alok Jha, science correspondent guardian.co.uk,  Thursday 13 September 2012 13.12 EDT The Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel was found to have published fabricated data in 30 peer-reviewed papers. Photograph: Boxem/boxem/Hollandse Hoogte Dirk Smeesters had spent several years of his career as a social psychologist at…

White House allocates $376 million in September 2010 for upgrades

White House emerges from $86m two-year makeover… but it doesn’t look like  anything has actually changed Four year construction project expected to  cost $376 million After two years and $86 million, not much  appears to have happened Witnesses say it has involved an  underground,  multistory structure which required ‘truckloads of heavy-duty  concrete’ By Daily Mail…

Harvard pediatrics professor arrested after police found ‘up to 100 DVDs and 500 images of child porn at his home’

Dr Richard Keller was medical director at  Phillips Academy for 19 years Spent almost $3,000 on child porn over two  years Some pornographic content was delivered to  his office at the boarding school Faces 20 years in jail By Rachel Quigley PUBLISHED:15:14 EST, 13  September 2012| UPDATED:15:14 EST, 13 September 2012 Dr Richard Keller, 56,…

Bloody hand prints, stolen documents and shocking security failings: Harrowing pictures inside the U.S. consulate as it is revealed ‘officials knew about attack plans 48 HOURS before and did nothing’: Sorry Unedited Includes Graphic Images

Dramatic images  of bloody hand prints and crumbling buildings capture horror of Tuesday’s attack  on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which fell on 11th anniversary of 9/11  terrorist attacks Revealed today  that sensitive documents have gone missing from compound, including names of  Libyans working with American officials and oil contracts U.S. Department  of State ‘knew…

U.S. intelligence agencies didn’t issue high alert about Mideast unrest threat : They had 3 days

By Mark HosenballPosted 2012/09/13 at 9:02 pm EDT WASHINGTON, Sep. 13, 2012 (Reuters) — Although U.S. authorities believe anti-American violence that erupted on Tuesday in Libya and Egypt was triggered by an Arabic talk-show broadcast three days earlier, U.S. officials said high-alert warnings were not issued to American outposts in the region about the possibility…

Safe house where Ambassador died had no Marine guard and his body was missing for five hours: Full scale of chaos surrounding Libyan killings revealed

Benghazi  consulate was not protected by the contingent of Marines that usually safeguard  embassies and instead was guarded by Libyan and State Department security  officers Embassy was  ‘an interim facility’ lacking bulletproof glass, reinforced doors or other  features common to embassies USS Laboon  and USS McFaul, which are both armed with Tomahawk missiles, to be…