COPD death risk halved using

People suffering with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may find that combining two currently available medications halves their risk of death within two years as well and improves their overall health status and quality of life. The conclusion is drawn from the first human trial to compare treatment of COPD with a combination of salmeterol …

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China’s yuan closes 2007 at 7.30

The chinese currency advanced twice as fast as in 2006 as policy makers sought to curb inflation and cut a record trade surplus that has strained ties with the U.S. and Europe. `The government will choose to use appreciation of the yuan to solve the inflation problem,’ said Shen Minggao, Citigroup’s Beijing-based economist. `The appreciation …

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How individualized medicine might be approved with existing regulations

Dr. Eric Hoffman envisions that some parts of the approval process may be developed for DNA-like molecular medicine as a ‘class’ of drugs, rather than individual testing of hundreds of different sequences. Dr. Hoffman is a world-renowned human geneticist, who is the Director of the Research Center for Genetic Medicine, a James Clark Professor of …

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Brain enhancing drugs and procedures

Academics, musicians, even poker champs use pills to sharpen their minds, legally. Labs race to develop even more. The medicine cabinet of so-called cognitive enhancers also includes Ritalin, commonly given to schoolchildren for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and beta blockers, such as the heart drug Inderal. Researchers have been investigating the drug Aricept, which is …

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Oil prices in 2008

Iraq is producing 2.3 million barrels of oil a day, up from 1.9 million at the outbreak of war in 2003 and substantially higher than January this year, when it dipped to a low of 1.7 million barrels. Although a trillion or so dollars was spent and more trillions will be spent, there seems the …

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Improving fuel mileage for cars

Autopia discusses how fuel mileage will be improved. Just 58 of the 1,199 vehicle models listed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Fuel Economy Guide (download zip file) get a combined city and highway fuel efficiency of 35 mpg or better. Industry experts said the first changes will be relatively subtle, relatively cheap and relatively …

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Fewer traffic signs can reduce accidents at lower traffic intersections

Shared space programs work by tearing up the sidewalks, removing curbs and erasing street markers as part of a radical plan to abandon nearly all traffic regulations and force people to rely on common sense and courtesy instead. “Generally speaking, what we want is for people to be confused,” said Willi Ladner, a deputy mayor …

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Technologies, developments and projects to watch for 2008

1. Dwave systems’ adiabatic quantum computers could reach 512 to 1000 qubits and performance superior to classical computers in 2008 Successful development of quantum computers would accelerate the development of molecular nanotechnology with superior molecular simulation and modeling. CTO Geordie Rose revealing his 16 qubit machine in Feb, 2007. A 28 qubit machine was revealed …

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