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April 02, 2004
Science and technology experts analyze President's budget and critical policy issues
AAAS, the science society, will release a comprehensive five-year budget forecast at the 29th Annual Science and Technology Policy Forum in Washington D.C., 22 - 23 April.

American Society for Microbiology 104th general meeting
The American Society for Microbiology will hold its 104th General Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 23-27, 2004, at the Ernest N.

New information about heart enzymes could lead to better treatments
New evidence in animals about hormones that regulate blood pressure and heart function could lead to better treatments for humans after heart attacks, say researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Transcendental Meditation lowers blood pressure in black adolescents
Black adolescents at risk to be hypertensive adults can lower their blood pressure through daily transcendental meditation, according to research published in the April issue of the American Journal of Hypertension.

Bim notes in the neuronal executioner's song
Brain damage often results after prolonged seizures and repetitive epileptic seizures.

Scripps research scientist wins 2004 Koch Prize
Professor Bruce Beutler, M.D., of The Scripps Research Institute has won the 2004 Robert Koch Award together with Professor Shizuo Akira of Osaka, Japan and Professor Jules A.

Shared gene switch for all plants found
A gene-switching mechanism dating back 400 million years to the very first plants that made it onto land has been found by plant biologists at UC Davis.

New software developed at Rensselaer predicts promising ingredients for new drugs
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announced the release of a software program capable of quickly identifying molecules that show promise for future medicines.

Water molecules clump more loosely than previously thought
A team led by scientists at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and Stockholm University now has achieved a breakthrough in understanding the structure of liquid water.

HeartScore(R): New tool for cardiovascular disease risk prediction and management
A fully functional computer program, HeartScore offers significant advantages over former static risk chart formats, by providing physicians with a fully interactive piece of software that they can run from their PC and with which they can save patient records for future monitoring and comparison.

Hypertension tamer
High-blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart, brain, and kidney diseases.

Aerogels: 'Solid smoke' may have many uses
It looks like glass and feels like solidified smoke, but the most interesting features of the new silica aerogels made by UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers are too small to see or feel.

Monitoring macrophages detects dementia
HIV-associated dementia complex (HIV encephalitis) occurs in ~1/4 of infected individuals.

Research news from Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy: April 2004
This press release offers the latest information from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts.

The APCs of autoimmune disease
Automimmune diseases result from a failure of the immune system to recognize

Preschoolers lead growth of antidepressant use, study reveals
The use of paroxetine and other antidepressant medications continues to grow by about 10% annually among children and adolescents, according to a study published in the April issue of Psychiatric Services.

Scars of 9/11 linger with NYC firefighters
New York City firefighters are able to create effective self-managing workplace teams, but the trauma of the Sept.

Favorite liquid revisited
Water - one of nature's fundamental elements - is still a mystery.

Puzzle of corn's origins coming together
The scientific puzzle pieces are fitting together to form a definitive picture of the origin of corn, says a Duke University plant geneticist who has proposed that the world's most important food crop originated in an ancient cross between two grasses.

Physics and medicine: at Erice the new perspectives of an ancient cooperation
From April the 15th to the 17th, at Ettore Majorana Foundation settled in Erice, in the context of the International School on Physics and Industry, it will take place the congress titled

Rich, vibrant community life of rural Maya described by BU archaeologist
A team of archaeologists from Boston University have spent the past four years gathering and analyzing items left behind by Maya living in rural Xibun, a community in the Sibun River Valley of central Belize.

ESA's 'shipping forecast' - from Titan!
ESA could be releasing its own marine weather report next January - but not for any Earthly ocean.

Report in BioScience details global decline of nonmarine mollusks
A team of 16 experts from around the world has detailed the plight of what may be the world's most endangered group of animals - nonmarine mollusks (terrestrial and freshwater mollusks).

Building a scale sensitive enough to weigh a virus
Not content with weighing a single cell, Cornell University nanotechnology researchers are aiming at viruses, They have used tiny oscillating cantilevers to detect masses as small as 6 attograms by noting the change an added mass produces in the frequency of vibration.

Last call for nominations for 2004 National Academies Communication Awards
There are two weeks left to send in your nominations for the National Academies Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering and medicine to the public.
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