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April 22, 1998
Environmental Statistics
One Day open meeting following Novartis Foundation Symposium. An international, interdisciplinary group of professional and academic statistitians will present papers on: a)the gathering of data on environmental effects and b) the impact of this data on the formulation of environmental policy by government agencies.

How Do Bacterial Cells Respond To pH?
One day open meeting following Novartis Foundation Symposium. An international and interdisciplinary group of experts will give papers on topics including: how human pathogens withstand the acidity of the stomach; the role of bacteria in soil pH and hence crop production; and microbial degradation of alkaline industrial waste

Naturally Produced Enzyme May Be Useful In Inflammatory Arthritis
Researchers have discovered a potential method to help treat inflammatory forms of arthritis by using an enzyme naturally produced by the human body.

Before It's Off The Ground: Better Analyzing Proposed Technologies In Aviation, Aerospace; Preview At Montreal Convention
LINTHICUM, MD, April 22 - The Aviation System Analysis Capability (ASAC) , which helps aerospace and aviation companies better understand the economic impact of proposed projects, will be previewed at the Montreal conference of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Canadian Operations Research Society (CORS).

Jefferson Scientists Link Some Cases Of Scleroderma To Damage From Lingering Fetal Cells
Scientists at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, have found evidence suggesting that fetal cells bringing about graft-versus-host-disease reactions in women may be involved in some cases of scleroderma, a potentially life-threatening skin disease affecting joints and internal organs.

Bungee Cords Can Cause Severe Eye Damage, Doctor Warns
Bungee cords, elastic devices used for securing equipment, can cause serious damage to the eye that may result in future vision problems if not used carefully.

New Stroke Treatment Likely To Decrease Health Care Costs And Increase Quality Of Life
Results from a new study show a greater than 90 percent probability that treating acute ischemic stroke patients with the clot-busting drug t-PA could result in a substantial net cost savings to the health care system.

The Wistar Institute's Albert R. Taxin Brain Tumor Research Center Receives National Recognition
The Wistar Institute's Albert R. Taxin Brain Tumor Research Center was nationally distinguished by the announcement of a $350,000 challenge grant award from The Kresge Foundation, one of the nation's 15 largest independent, private foundations.

Biochemist Solves Riddle Of Collagen Stability
A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has overturned a central theory about the stability of collagen, a protein that acts like a

Penn State, PENNDOT Forge $15 Million Agreement
Penn State and PennDOT have signed a five-year, $15 million agreement through which the University's Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (PTI) will conduct research, education, technology transfer and management programs for the Pennsylvania transportation agency.

Time Spent On Dialysis May Predict Transplant Patients' Longevity
The longer kidney disease patients remain on dialysis before receiving a transplant, the more likely they are to die prematurely.

New Model Of Atomic Forces May Help Explain Proton Structure
Researchers at Ohio State have developed a new model of atomic forces that may solve a long-standing problem in particle physics.

University Of Washington Developing Fleet Of Unmanned Airplanes For Remote Weather Reconnaissance
The fog may be lifting for Northwest weather prognosticators who struggle to make forecasts without critical data on atmospheric conditions over the Pacific Ocean.

USGS Says Central Columbia Plateau Water Quality Impaired by Agriculture, But Some Good News
Water quality in the Central Columbia Plateau of eastern Washington and western Idaho has been adversely affected by agriculture, especially in irrigated areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.

Scientists Find Further Global Warming Evidence In Temperature Reconstruction Study
National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded climatologists at the University of Massachusetts (U.

Infant Dependency Drives Menopause, NSF-Supported Researcher Reports
Why is there menopause? Some researchers have claimed that women need child-rearing help from their mothers, and that menopause frees older women to pitch in.
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