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Should You Get Out of Medicis Pharmaceutical Before Next Quarter?

There's no foolproof way to know the future for Medicis Pharmaceutical (NYSE: MRX) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.

Safer source for medical isotopes hailed

Washington -- Molybdenum-99, essential for medical imaging, is being made for the first time from low-enriched uranium rather than weapons-grade material, U.S. officials say.

The United States has received its first shipment of molybdenum-99 produced in this manner in South Africa, promising a more reliable supply while allaying fears of nuclear proliferation, a release by the National Nuclear Security Administration said Monday.

Molybdenum-99 is used to make the radioactive tracer technitium-99m, used in thousands of noninvasive diagnostic scans every day, the release said.

Man wants his pot back from the sheriff

Seattle -- A man allegedly caught walking into a Seattle courthouse with a small amount of marijuana is demanding it back.

John Worthington of Renton, Wash., representing himself, is not denying possession or even invoking his medical marijuana card, reported.

Citing a state Board of Pharmacy decision that pot has medicinal value, he asserted Tuesday that it was an "herbal substance," not a drug, and therefore does not fall under laws regulating illegal narcotics.

Worthington was passing through security on his way to the King County Courthouse's law library Oct. 14 when he allegedly placed an old baggy of pot tucked in his jacket in a security tray, the report said.

Police: GIs bungled pot-shop burglary

Colorado Springs -- Three U.S. soldiers were trapped in an alleged attempted burglary of a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado Springs, police said.

Darius Thomas, 23, Cory Young, 22, and Ramone Hollins, 22, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary at Rocky Road Remedies, police told The Colorado Springs Gazette. All are active-duty soldiers at Fort Carson.

Police say the men forced open a back door sometime before 2 a.m. Saturday.

When the door closed, they were locked in, said Sgt. Jennifer Lewis.
Officer Alan Vantland spotted the men inside after arriving to check on a complaint at a neighboring bar, she said.

UAE safety staff lacking, swimmer says

Washington -- Too few medical and safety personnel at a United Arab Emirates race played a role in the death of U.S. swimmer Fran Crippen, a fellow competitor said Monday.

Christine Jennings, 23, a Longmont, Colo., swimmer who also competed in Saturday's 10-kilometer world cup open-water event, during which the former University of Virginia star died, told The Washington Post no one responded to her signals for help when she was overcome by blazing heat and warm surf.

Jennings said she vomited, became disoriented and veered off course, eventually turning over to swim on her back with her arm upraised in a distress signal. But no one came to her aid and she eventually struggled to shore, where she was taken to a hospital.

Robot legs for the paralyzed coming

San Antonio -- An Israeli company says it hopes to have a wearable "walker" on the market by the second half of 2011 that will allow paralyzed persons freedom of movement.

The ReWalk, developed by Argo Medical Technologies, consists of lightweight leg supports with motorized hip and knee joints, equipped with tilt sensors and a computer worn as a backpack, the San Antonio Express-News reported Monday.

Once strapped in, the wearer leans forward, and tilt sensors signal the computer to move the motorized joints of one "leg" and move it forward. As the wearer continues to lean, the other leg takes a step and the process of walking begins.

Chemists come up with safer plastics

Washington -- Scientists say they've developed a way to prevent emissions of harmful chemicals from a plastic found in packaging, medical supplies, toys and other products.

The technique, described in the journal Macromolecules, could lead to new generations of the common plastic polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, that are safer than the form now being used, an American Chemical Society release said Wednesday.

Manufacturers currently add large amounts of chemicals known as plasticizers to PVC to make it flexible and durable.

Plasticizers sometimes account for a full third of the weight of the finished PVC product, researchers say.

Research aims at making artificial silk

Washington -- Scientists say they are closer to learning how to make artificial silk that could bring medical and materials advances, but some obstacles remain.

Researchers have determined natural silk, stronger for its weight than Kevlar or steel, is "a relatively simple protein processed from water," but exactly how spiders and silkworms produce the material is still a mystery, an article in the journal Science says.

Researchers want to gain a better understanding of what silk is and how it's made, hoping to consistently replicate and enhance its production synthetically, the article said.

Graying Dragon

Everything in China seems to happen at a rapid pace. Trains whiz by at 150 miles per hour. Buildings go up seemingly overnight. Google flip-flops its stance on censorship almost daily.

Experimental Marburg vaccine shows promise

Bethesda, Md. -- U.S. medical investigators say an experimental vaccine for Marburg hemorrhagic fever continues to show promise in animal tests as an emergency treatment.

The research -- overseen by a team from the National Institutes of Health and three other organizations with expertise in viral hemorrhagic fevers -- focuses on a vaccine developed as an emergency treatment for accidental exposures to the virus that causes the disease. There is no approved treatment for Marburg infection, which has a high fatality rate.