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April 16, 2003
April 2003 JACI Highlights
This press release highlights new research in asthma treatment from the April 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI).

Chaos theory may help explain patterns of alcohol abuse, studies suggest
Chaos theory, which helps scientists understand complex systems such as weather patterns and the stock market, may also help shed light on the dynamics of alcohol abuse, a new study suggests.

Think political news is biased? Depends who you ask
Are the news media politically biased against people with

U.of Colorado researchers solve molecular structure involved with heart disease
A group of researchers led by the University of Colorado at Boulder have solved the crystal structure of a molecule switch that can trigger heart disease and cancer, paving the way for future drug designs to mitigate these diseases.

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Awards 2003
Six outstanding junior scientists and scholars are to receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 2003.

Heritage Day at Chemical Heritage Foundation
Many awards will be handed out on Heritage Day, sponsored by Chemical Heritage Foundation.

SARS in Canada
Over the next 24 hours, the Canadian Medical Association Journal will publish online a series of early-release articles concerning the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Canada.

Adverse drug reactions: A problem and an opportunity
In an editorial in the April 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, William Tierney, M.D., professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute Inc., discusses the troubling issue of adverse drug reactions and suggests a course of action to decrease their frequency.

Harry Potter, Nicolas Flamel, and other marvelous alchemists, lecture at CHF
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will present

UF study: 'Gamblers fallacy' not criminal label results in more crime
They shouldn't bet on it, but convicted crooks do as they commit more crimes under the gambler's delusion that if they were caught once, they won't get nabbed again, a new University of Florida study finds.

American Institute of Chemists names Ralph Hirschmann AIC Gold Medalist
The American Institute of Chemists (AIC) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will present the 2003 AIC Gold Medal to Ralph F.

Very low lead levels linked with IQ deficits, according to NEJM study
A new study suggests that lead may be harmful even at very low blood concentrations.

Patent issued to U-Iowa for mutant chicken pox virus
The University of Iowa Research Foundation has been issued a patent for the first-known mutant chicken pox virus.

Identification of gene gives hope to children with progeria; May shed light on phenomenon of aging
The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF), along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced the discovery of the gene that causes Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS or Progeria), a rare, fatal genetic condition characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children.

Researchers identify gene for premature aging disorder
A team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute today announced the discovery of the genetic basis of a disorder that causes the most dramatic form of premature aging, a finding that promises to shed new light on the rare disease, as well as on normal human aging.

Minority women perceive IT as way to promised land
Minority women in low-income communities perceive information technology (IT) as a means of escaping poverty -- their first step on the road to upward mobility, says a Penn State researcher.

Programmable antibodies-- hybrid cancer therapy described by scientists at Scripps
A group of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has designed a

Building a land bridge between Slovenia and Germany
EUREKA project LOGCHAIN E-W-LAND-BRIDGE is an ambitious multi-national project to establish an inter-modal inland link as an alternative transport route between the Adriatic Sea and southern Germany to the existing 5,000 km sea journey.

Discovery of gene for premature aging syndrome reported in Science
A France-based research team has discovered the gene responsible for Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria, a disease whose young victims age five to ten times faster than normal.

U.Va. researcher reports on advances in treatment of a leading parasitic killer
In the developing world, one of every 10 children dies by his or her fifth birthday.

Engineers design new optical microprobe to detect subsurface organ abnormalities
Photonics and ultrasound engineering researchers from Duke University and The George Washington University have collaborated to design an optical scanner miniaturized enough to be inserted into the body, where its light beams could someday detect abnormalities hidden in the walls of the colon, bladder or esophagus.

What future for cannabis?
The potential therapeutic effects of cannabis are outlined in a review in the May issue of The Lancet Neurology.

High-speed images show how cells mobilize for immune response
New high-speed imaging techniques are allowing scientists to show how a single cell mobilizes its resources to activate its immune response, a news research study shows.

Study: Edges of magnetic tape key to boosting data density
Ohio State University engineers have examined, in unprecedented detail, a key manufacturing step that could improve one of the world's most popular data storage materials: magnetic tape.

Art, science merge at UMass Amherst Polymer Research Center
A major research center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a new program that combines science and art.

'Safe' lead levels pose risk to children's cognitive functioning
Lead levels below those once considered safe by the Centers for Disease Control are associated with impaired intellectual functioning in children, according to Cornell University scientists.

Environmental health institute announces advances in genomics
The NIEHS today announed the completion of the first phase of the Environmental Genome Project to characterize genes that confer susceptibility to leading causes of death and illness.

Sepsis and sepsis-related deaths are on the increase in U.S., according to Emory and CDC study
The incidence of sepsis -- a severe, whole-body immune response to infection -- has increased by an annualized average of 8.7% a year in the U.S. over the past 22 years, according to research conducted on discharge data from 750 million patient hospitalizations nationwide between 1979 and 2000.
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