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June 06, 2003
New tool tackles nursing shortage
A multi-purpose tool developed to assess the involvement of nurses in their work environment could take a bite out of the nursing shortage by increasing recruitment and retention, according to Penn State researchers.

HER2 receptor may be important target for bronchioalveolar carcinoma therapy
A new study suggests the combination of two new

Insulin study sheds light on physics of crystal growth
A University of Houston engineer is clearing up some questions about how insulin crystals grow in research that may have applications in drug design and computer chip technology.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2003
Interesting story tips from this month include

'Immortalized' cells enable researchers to grow human arteries
In a combination of bioengineering and cancer research, a team of Duke University Medical Center researchers has made the first arteries from non-embryonic tissues in the laboratory, an important step toward growing human arteries outside of the body for use in coronary artery bypass surgery.

Clamps away, Mars Express eases its grip on its lander
Europe's first mission to the Red Planet, continues its successful mission with another successful 'high-risk' post-launch milestone.

OHSU researchers help develop first guidelines for the treatment of brain injuries in children
For the first time physicians will receive scientific guidelines on how to treat kids with severe brain injuries, instead of trying to treat them like little adults.

UNC researcher awarded top prize for oceanography, fresh water studies
The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography has presented its top honor this year, the G.

Gene clustering helps rice plants fight pathogens
Clustering apparently allows resistance genes to recombine in order to face the ever-evolving attacks of pathogens, says North Carolina State University's Dr.

Prematurity, infections most likely causes of brain damage among infants
The most likely causes of brain damage among low birthweight infants are prematurity and infections, not oxygen starvation, a Johns Hopkins study has found.

New range of antibiotics may present a threat to public health
A remarkable range of antibiotics under development may compromise our natural defences against infection, warns McGill evolutionary biologist Graham Bell.

Science Picks-Leads, Feeds and Story Seeds (June 2003)
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Researchers use numerical models to examine blood flow in artificial heart valves
Numerical modeling techniques, developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology to simulate the flow of water around hydraulic structures such as bridge foundations, are being used to better understand the complex patterns of blood flow through artificial mechanical heart valves. 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