biomedPULSE Beat - Today's Top News: 8/31/10

Here are the top medical device, pharmaceutical, health, and biologics stories for the day with a quick summary for your convenience:

Exercise Can Offset Obesity-linked Genes (Los Angeles Times) - British researchers find that physical activity can reduce the risk of being overweight in people with a genetic predisposition of obesity

High-fat Diet During Puberty Linked to Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life (Michigan State University) - A MSU study finds that girls that consume a high-fat diet during puberity may have an increased risk of breast cancer later in life.

Lower-Dose of Heparin un Use During Coronary Procedure Does Not Appear to Reduce Risk of Major Building (JAMA and Archives Journals) - A new study on the use of anticoagulant fondaparinux in low-doses does not find a decrease in related complications.  The most significant consideration is to ensure that the dose of heparin is high enough to prevent clotting during coronary procedures.

Scientists Unlock Secret of Cross-Species Rabies Transmission (EurekAlert) - Looks like Michael Scott's 'Michael Scott’s Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Fun Run' raised some money for rabies research (just kidding, see the video below).  A study in Science shows the first estimates for statistics in cross-species transmission of rabies.    

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