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April 09, 2001
Vitamin treatment brings dramatic improvements
Researchers have discovered a new treatment for one form of the rare disorder hereditary ataxia that has resulted in remarkable improvements, according to a study in the April 10 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Tipsheet: April journals of the American Society for Microbiology
From the April 2001 ASM Journals: Test Distinguishes between Animal and Human Bacterial Pollution.

Scientists sequence genome of strep throat, scarlet fever bacterium
Scientists have completed sequencing the genome of Streptococcus pyogenes, which causes a wide variety of human diseases.

Coastal research project at UC Santa Cruz receives major boost in funding
For the past two years, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have been studying and monitoring coastal ecosystems as part of a long-term collaborative research project.

Importance of early life factors lies in their influence on adult social circumstances
The importance of early life factors on adult health lies just as much in the influence they exert on adult social circumstances as on any direct

Malignant mesothelioma - therapeutic options and role of SV40
This meeting will focus on the recent studies demonstrating that simian virus 40 (SV40) is associated with a significant portion of human mesotheliomas as well as brain and bone tumors.

Engineers study baseball flight
Any baseball fan knows there's nothing simple about throwing a perfect pitch.

"Brainy" students least likely to engage in risky behaviors while "burnouts" and "non-conformists" are at highest risk
As expected, students who like school and excel academically are least likely to smoke pot or cigarettes, drink alcohol, engage in unsafe sex, and other risky behaviors, according to a study by a Yale researcher.

Global change conference sets the scene for next round of Kyoto Protocol talks
At the major conference, Challenges for a changing Earth, researches from all continents will present the latest understanding of Global change and the Earth System.

Frailty most likely to affect women, African-Americans, and low- income population
Unexplained weight loss, exhaustion, a weak grip, slow walking speed and low energy - the hallmarks of frailty - are most likely to strike women, African Americans, the less educated and the poor, according to a nationwide study of more than 5,000 older adults.

Vitamin-like substance leads to dramatic improvements in patients with muscular disorder
A vitamin-like substance may bring new hope for some patients with a family of uncommon disorders known as hereditary ataxias- brain-and-muscle dysfunctions that disrupt balance and coordination of the arms, legs, and speech.

Success of bedside markers highlights importance of chest pain units in identifying at-risk heart disease patients
Each year, more than 5 million Americans rush to emergency rooms with chest pain.

Study finds long-term ecstasy use leads to memory loss
Long-term users of

NSF requests $4.47 billion for fiscal 2002
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today a $4.47 billion budget request for fiscal 2002 - $56 million (1.3 percent) over 2001.

Low vitamin C levels linked to inflammation in people with severe leg artery disease
Low levels of vitamin C in the blood are linked to a more severe form of peripheral artery disease, an often painful condition in which the leg blood vessels become blocked, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

MS patients should get flu shots
Flu shots are safe for most multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and prevent infections that can trigger or worsen MS symptoms, according to a study in the April 10 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Mass. General to study acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure
MassGeneral is studying the efficacy of acupuncture in treating high blood pressure.

Article predicts major improvements in supply chain management over the Internet using O.R.
In the future, operations research will substantially improve performance for Internet-enabled supply chains, according to a study published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Hopkins researcher finds retroviral 'footprint' in brains of people with schizophrenia
A research team led by a Johns Hopkins Children's Center scientist has found the strongest evidence yet that a virus may contribute to some cases of schizophrenia.

Introgen publishes preclinical findings demonstrating the potent anti-tumor properties of INGN 241 study featured on the cover of Molecular Medicine
Introgen Therapeutics is annoucing the publication of its preclinical studies in the current issue of Molecular Medicine demonstrating the potent anti-tumor effects of INGN 241 (an adenoviral vector encoding the mda-7 gene) in three of the most prevalent human cancers, breast, lung and colorectal.

UCSD team performs first surgery in gene therapy protocol for Alzheimer's disease
In a ground breaking procedure, physicians at the UCSD School of Medicine have surgically implanted genetically modified tissue into the brain of an Alzheimer's patient.

NIDA and partners announce national initiative on prescription drug misuse and abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse and several other organizations today announced a public health initiative to raise awareness about recent trends in the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs in the United States.

Women doctors at increased risk of suicide
Women doctors are more vulnerable to suicide than either their male colleagues or the rest of the UK population.

Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus causes no negative health effects in hiv-negative individuals, find University of Pittsburgh researchers
New research at the University of Pittsburgh shows that a recently discovered herpesvirus, which often leads to Kaposi's sarcoma in HIV-positive individuals, has no negative effect on healthy HIV-negative adults.

New study could lead to better treatment of septic shock
New research on septic shock could lead to a better treatment for the illness, which is the leading cause of death in hospital intensive care units.
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