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March 25, 1999
Wake Up To Stroke -- Night Strokes Linked To Long Delays In Care
A person who has a stroke during the night waits four to seven hours longer to seek emergency treatment than someone whose stroke occurs during the day, researchers report today at the American Heart Association meeting on epidemiology and prevention.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Physicians Perform First Known Pediatric Laser Surgery For Farsightedness
A laser technique approved by the Food and Drug Administration last November for correction of farsightedness in adults has been used for the first time to treat a child, allowing a 12-year-old boy to shed unattractive glasses and enjoy a more active life.

Low Educational Level Increases Risk For Congestive Heart Failure
Not completing high school increases the risk of congestive heart failure almost as much as smoking and high blood pressure, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association's epidemiology and prevention meeting.

News Tips Wednesday, March 24, 1999
To complement our news releases, here are some additional news tips reported by the American Heart Association for Wednesday, March 24.

New Protein-Like Polymer Shows Promise For Blood Vessel Replacement
A new protein-like polymer that supports the growth of endothelial cells and could be used for blood vessel replacement has been designed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology.

Tip Sheet: Health Benefits Of Caffeinated Beverages
The potential health benefits of caffeinated beverages, including coffee, tea and cocoa, are highlighted in a series of research papers being presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Anaheim, Calif., March 21 - 25.

Persistent Ozone Loss In The Arctic Due To Greenhouse-Enhanced Removal Of Particles From The Lower Stratosphere
In the issue of 26 March 1999 of the scientific journal Science , an article by a consortium of German, Swiss and British scientists, under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, raises questions about a rapid future mitigation of ozone losses in the Arctic stratosphere.

Chinese Condiment Cuts Blood Cholesterol
The spice that gives Peking duck its distinctive red color seems to lower blood cholesterol, two research teams reported today at the American Heart Association's epidemiology and prevention meeting.

The American Heart Association Urges Caution On Cholestin
A type of red yeast fermented on rice, used in Chinese cuisine and sold in the United States as the dietary supplement Cholestin, has been shown to lower the level of blood cholesterol for some people in two preliminary studies presented at the AHA's epidemiology and prevention conference, March 25.

Research Findings Suggest Potent, Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Activity For Vertex's Investigational IMPDH Inhibitor VX-497
The investigational drug VX-497 may have potent, broad- spectrum antiviral activity, according to laboratory results from Vertex Pharmaceuticals being presented at ICAR.

Physicists Reconsider The Nature Of Turbulence
Modifications may be needed to current theories describing the character of turbulence -- with applications in understanding atmospheric airflows and weather, oceanic currents and even the fluidity of metals inside the Earth's core or of gases within the stars above -- suggest recent experiments by physicists at the University of Notre Dame and Tohoku University in Japan.

NASA Team Finds Atlanta Influences Its Own Weather
NASA research has found Atlanta influences its own weather. When trees and foliage are replaced with structures, the structures absorb heat, maintaining higher temperatures into the evening.

News Tips Thursday, March 25, 1999
To complement our news releases, here is an additional news tip reported by the American Heart Association for Thursday, March 25.

EBCT May Help To Detect Otherwise Hidden Heart Disease In Older Adults, Find University Of Pittsburgh Researchers
Electron beam computed tomography could help identify older adults with heart disease who otherwise appear healthy when evaluated using standard non-invasive ways, according to a University of Pittsburgh report that will be presented March 25 at the 39th annual conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Orlando, Fla.

The Whole Truth From Five-Year-Olds
A newly developed psychological test allows young children to prove they can meet the two basic legal 'competency' requirements to take a courtroom oath: knowing the difference between the truth and a lie and understanding the importance of swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth.

Studies Document Ease Of Ecosystem Disruption
Two new studies suggest that ecosystems can be far more vulnerable than often assumed, subject to disruption by fairly small environmental changes or loss of

Chemical Contaminants May Inhibit Cancer-Fighting White Blood Cells
Kentucky researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that a class of common chemical contaminants known as butyltins disrupt the function of critical human immune cells.

New Details Of Universe's Most Violent Explosions
Astronomers from the University of Michigan and the Department of Energy's Los Alamos and Livermore National Laboratories will describe these new details---including their measurements of the brightest optical celestial object ever recorded---in the science journal Nature.

Artificial Gels Could Speed DNA Sequencing
Cornell University researchers are testing nanofabricated silicon is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to