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May 20, 2004
Duke scientists identify new way to block blood vessels that feed cancer growth
Scientists from Duke University Medical Center have identified the

UCI Tobacco research center reports why teens are most vulnerable to smoking addiction
Teenagers have long been regarded as the age group most vulnerable to the addictive lure of cigarettes, and a new report compiling five years of studies from a UC Irvine tobacco research program provides details why this is very likely true.

Mathematics leads way to better golf swing, health and more at NJIT international conference
If you're interested in learning how to improve a golf swing, create a better baseball bat or combat sepsis, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is the place to be.

Genomic imprinting in disruptive spermatogenesis
Low sperm counts could be associated with genomic imprinting disease and could carry a raised risk of transmitting imprinting defects following assisted reproductive technologies, claim researchers in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Magnetic forces may turn some nanotubes into metals
A study in the May 21 issue of Science finds that the basic electrical properties of semiconducting carbon nanotubes change in a unique way when they are placed inside strong magnetic fields.

Treadmill with care - UU researchers warn
Unaccustomed strenuous aerobic exercise can be bad for you, according to UU research.

Diabetes may be going unnoticed in many UK children
The true number of children with type 2 diabetes may be far larger than doctors realise, warn experts in this week's BMJ.

Half the population at increased risk of neural tube defects
A genetic variant (MTHFR C677T) puts half the population at increased risk of neural tube defects, finds new research on

Cutting back on cigarettes: when less is more
Smokers who cut back as a step toward quitting tobacco altogether may be caught in a haze of self-deception.

Action needed to tackle drug related crime
Nearly a quarter (23%) of all violent crimes are committed by people who seriously misuse alcohol or drugs, finds a study from Sweden in this week's BMJ.

UU lays foundations for gulf police stations
University of Ulster expertise is shaping the public face of policing in Abu Dhabi, the centre of government and business life in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Big rise in hospital admissions for angina and chest pain
Hospitalisation for angina and chest pain has risen dramatically in the last decade, with enormous financial and service implications, according to new research on

Many scientists believe the dog genome holds information that will benefit human health
A new genetic analysis of man's best friend could help scientists explain why a border collie has knack for herding or why poodles sport a curly coat.

Tumor suppressor gene family may be key to new colon cancer drugs
In the hunt for new cancer drug targets, scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have discovered mutations in a family of genes linked to more than a quarter of colon cancers, as well as several other common cancers including breast and lung.

Beagles win first round in fight for reprieve from patenting
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to reexamine a patent on beagle dogs following a legal challenge filed in February by the American Anti-Vivisection Society and the PatentWatch Project of the International Center for Technology Assessment.

Study of Cape Cod Seashore finds off-road vehicles harmful to beach fauna
When off-road vehicles drive on beaches, they can reduce the number of creatures living on the beach by as much as 50 percent, according to a recently completed three-year study by a University of Rhode Island graduate student.

Jefferson researchers find combining two types of radiation therapy is better for brain cancer
Adding stereotactic radiosurgery - which entails delivering radiation to specific points in the brain while sparing normal tissue - after whole brain radiation therapy helps certain patients with cancer that has spread to the brain live longer, says a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Zinc can help in the treatment of pneumonia
The addition of zinc to standard antimicrobial treatment may accelerate recovery from pneumonia, say researchers in this week's issue of THE LANCET.

Theory proposes new view of sun and Earth's creation
A new theory, supported by stunning astronomical images and hard chemical analysis, proposes that the solar system formed in a violent nebular environment, rather than quietly and slowly in a dark cloud, as has been previously argued.

Weekly cycles of once-daily anti-HIV drugs could reduce cost of HIV treatment
In a small study conducted at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers have shown that it may be feasible to treat HIV-infected patients with a simple, once-daily regimen of anti-HIV drugs given in pre-planned, 7-day-on, 7-day-off cycles.

(Nearly) every girl loved a soldier - UU research
Predecessors of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment - the British Army regiment at the centre of abuse allegations in Iraq - had a much more positive interaction with the Irish civil population when posted here over a century ago, according to research by a University of Ulster academic.

OTC statins: A bad decision for public health
This week's editorial raises concerns over the recent decision by the UK government to make the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin available over the counter (OTC) from July this year for people at moderate risk of cardiovascular disease.

More young black men have done prison time than military service or earned college degree
Being jailed in federal or state prisons has become so common today that more young black men in the United States have done time than have served in the military or earned a college degree, according to a new study.

Cells may shoot messenger to halt protein production
Scientists have found that living cells will sometimes

Could global warming mean less sunshine and less rainfall?
New research, led by Dr. Beate Liepert of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, shows new findings that a warmer world may mean a dryer and dimmer world.

The worldwide prevalence of glaucoma is increasing
Early diagnosis of glaucoma is essential to prevent irreversible visual impairment, according to a Seminar in this week's issue of THE LANCET.

Zinc therapy accelerates recovery from pneumonia
Treating young children with zinc in addition to standard antibiotics greatly reduces the duration of severe pneumonia, according to the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

American Film Institute to hold screenwriting workshop for scientists and engineers
The American Film Institute is accepting applications from scientists and engineers to participate in a workshop to learn about writing for movies and television.

First genetic comparison of purebred domestic dogs produces surprises
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers and their colleagues have completed the first detailed genetic comparison of purebred domestic dogs.

Researchers discover protein that dissolves amyloid fibers
Amyloid fibers, those clumps of plaque-like proteins that clog up the brains of Alzheimer's patients, have perplexed scientists with their robust structures.

Cell division can be halted in multiple ways, with implications for cancer
Brown University researchers have found that at least two molecular mechanisms trigger senescence, a cellular process associated with aging and a key to understanding cancer and age-related illnesses.

Professor links positive-behavior programs to good grades
A new book co-edited by a University of Cincinnati researcher is generating national attention as it details how programs to prevent violence, bullying, pregnancy and substance abuse also build on children's academic success.

Improving health care for children with special needs
Health care delivered close to home is vitally important, especially when the patient is a child.

Extra Medicare payments for private health plans to total $2.75 billion in 2004
In 2004 Medicare private plans in the country will be paid 8.4% more per enrollee on average than fee-for-service costs, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.

Faculty to survey 8,000 US law students to learn about diversity
Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the University of Michigan -- and by extension other educational institutions -- can consider race as a factor in admissions in a decision known as

InterAcademy medical panel moves to Trieste
The InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP), a group of 45 medical academies or the medical divisions of science academies from around the world, has announced that it will be moving its secretariat from the US National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC, to the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy.

New research shows reasons for smoking vary
An article proposing a new method for measuring tobacco addiction, published in the latest edition of The Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, suggests that one size does not fit all when it comes to motivations for smoking.

Cells of larynx may have significant immune functions
The cells that line the larynx or voice box have strategic immune functions that could have a major impact on diseases and conditions such as cancer and asthma, according to a British researcher who spoke today at an international conference here.

Launchers' director meets the press
At a press briefing last week in Berlin, the Director of ESA's Launchers' Programme, Antonio Fabrizi, gave a brief update on launcher activities.

Strong magnetic field converts nanotube from metal to semiconductor and back
By threading a magnetic field through a carbon nanotube, scientists have switched the molecule between metallic and semiconducting states, a phenomenon predicted by physicists some years ago, but never before clearly seen in individual molecules.

Cancer drug resistance research leads to possible therapeutic target for Alzheimer's disease
A protein that allows human cancer to resist multiple anticancer drugs also appears to play a key role in Alzheimer's disease, according to research conducted at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Without words, bullfrogs communicate through stutters in their croaks
Short gaps in the croaks of a bullfrog's normal call likely convey messages, according to a new Brown study.

Poor kids' health insurance situation changes often, affecting their medical care, study finds
The health care of millions of low-income children gets interrupted or postponed each year because their families have a shift in health insurance coverage, a new study finds.

UK Engineers open flight path to quieter aircraft
A new international project to reduce aircraft noise is building on pioneering research by UK engineers. 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