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August 15, 2003
Mayo Clinic study finds people over 40 need frequent exercise to prevent or treat Type 2 diabetes
People over 40 who use aerobic exercise to prevent or control diabetes need not only regular, but frequent, exercise if they are to realize its potential benefits, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the August 2003 issue of Diabetes, the Journal of the American Diabetes Association.

Funding opportunities for junior faculty offered by the American Association for Cancer Research
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the nation's largest and oldest professional society of basic, translational, and clinical cancer research scientists, is now accepting applications for the AACR-Gertrude B.

Small subset of cells has big role in controlling immunity, study finds
A small subset of cells that tells the immune system whether to attack may be a future target for therapies to help patients fight tumors and keep transplanted organs, a Medical College of Georgia researcher says.

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for August 2003 (second issue)
News highlights from journal articles include studies on the association of habitual snoring in third-grade children with poor academic performance in mathematics, science, and spelling; and the connection of regular vigorous physical activity with a slower rate of decline in pulmonary function with aging.

Applications accepted for research fellowships by the American Association for Cancer Research
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the nation's largest and oldest professional society of basic, translational, clinical, and prevention cancer research scientists, is now accepting applications for eight Research Fellowships in 2004 for postdoctoral and clinical fellows.

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
An antimicrobial cocktail may reduce bacteria in fresh-cut produce, a nasal vaccine may increase protection against respiratory disease and genetically engineered plants produce cervical cancer vaccine components.

K-State professor finds that media can change society's attitudes
A Kansas State University psychology professor has been studying the portrayal of certain types of characters and has found that how we perceive characters on television influences how we view similar people in real life.

Leading bacterial pathogen is sequenced
The complete genome sequence of Pseudomonas syringae, a leading bacterial plant pathogen, offers new ways to stave off agricultural loss and perhaps foil animal or human infection, says a Cornell University researcher.

Anti-asthma medications: Too much of a good thing?
In an unusual paradox, asthmatics that are chronically treated with bronchodilating beta-agonist medications such as albuterol, ventolin, and salbutamol may ultimately develop increased sensitivity to airway constriction and experience exacerbation of their condition.

Many low income Medicare beneficiaries will still face high drug bills under proposals in Congress
Although Medicare beneficiaries with very modest incomes are the ones least likely to have drug coverage, many would receive only limited help under the Medicare drug bills being considered in Congress, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.

Decrypting the role of Cripto in tumor growth
The cell-surface associated molecule Cripto is overexpressed in a wide range of epithelial cancers, yet little is known about the potential mechanisms by which Cripto expression might enhance tumor growth.

Researchers identify second gene responsible for rare syndrome associated with skeletal defects
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have discovered a second gene responsible for a rare syndrome that causes the loss of bone from the lower jaw, fingers, toes and collarbone.

Research pinpoints variations in sit-up techniques
Those with flabby tummies have probably heard lots of tips about the perfect sit-up.
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