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Sleep apnea likely to lead to hypertension
Armed with the strongest evidence to date, researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical School have established that sleep apnea -- episodes of breathing pauses during sleep -- is likely to be an important cause of hypertension.
A droid that can change shape
Researchers in Massachusetts have developed a robot that can build itself then melt itself down when it has completed a task and recycle itself.
Northwestern researchers clone gene responsible for inner ear motor
Hearing scientists and molecular biologists at Northwestern University have cloned a gene, named after the musical notation presto, that is critical to the functioning of the outer hair cell, a sensory receptor cell unique to the mammalian inner ear.
New findings on asthma and allergies at American Thoracic Society meeting
New findings presented at a press panel of the American Thoracic Society meeting in Toronto include a new study showing high levels of asthma-triggering allergens in U.S. homes, a study revealing almost six in 10 Canadians with asthma do not have their disease under control, and a possible link between living in high-crime areas and the development of asthma.
Chemical industry research commitment spurs CIIT growth
CIIT announces plans to nearly double its laboratory facilities as part of a capital plan.
Genes for unusual flower within a flower are identified by UCSD scientists
One of the more unusual curiosities of the plant world-among roses and other flowers-is a flower within a flower within a flower.
National and international experts, health industry leaders seek ways to reduce medical errors
In a major initiative aimed at finding ways to reduce medical errors, health industry leaders will review what works and what doesn't at an upcoming National Symposium on Patient Safety.
World's largest scientific society to meet in Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area
The Central Regional Meeting (CMACS) of the American Chemical Society will be held in Covington, KY, May 16-19.
Mum versus Dad
Mothers' and fathers' genes fight for supremacy even outside the womb, say American researchers.
Astrophysicists detect cosmic shear, evidence of dark matter
Astrophysicists supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced the first observations of cosmological shear, an effect predicted by Einstein's theory of relativity.
Can the body trick the body into an autoimmune response to thwart HIV?
A team of US researchers have found a way to trick the body into manufacturing antibodies against itself as a way of blocking HIV and to treat other diseases.
Report highlights of TRANSPLANT 2000
In joining forces for the first time at a national meeting, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation are poised to present an unprecedented range and quality of scientific exchange in the field.
Single-isotope silicon helps chips keep their cool
A group from Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany, reports a substantial enhancement of the thermal conductivity in a bulk silicon crystal made from only one isotope (28Si).
International AIDS panel recommends selected use of resistance testing
An international panel of AIDS experts has established a broad set of recommendations for drug resistance testing in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), published in the May 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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