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New research reveals head injury in children has lasting impact
New research from the University of Warwick reveals that children with even mild head injury may be at risk of long-term complications, including personality changes, emotional, behavioural and learning problems.
New study raises questions about the number of people in the UK who could be incubating vCJD
A team of UK scientists found that 3 out of 12,674 stored appendix and tonsil samples showed evidence of the prion protein associated with vCJD, but urge caution about the way these results are interpreted.
Concern about pain reliever side effects, many patients take more than recommended
Despite increasing evidence of the serious side effects associated with indiscriminate use of over-the-counter analgesics called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), U.S. adults continue to use the medications incorrectly, putting themselves at risk for life-threatening side effects.
ORNL-state partnership lauded at dedication of computational facility
Touting potential economic benefits to Tennessee, the state's head of economic development helped dedicate a new $10 million facility Friday to house the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Three NASA Marshall Center executives honored with Presidential Rank Awards
Three executives from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have been honored with 2003 Presidential Rank Awards - one of the highest recognitions for government service work.
Music's emotional pitch revealed: research
Music's ability to make us feel chirpy, sad, excited or just plain bored can be accurately predicted by only a few of its basic elements, an Australian scientist has discovered.
Students fashion space suits for Mars
Three undergraduate students at the University of Alberta have designed a space suit for Mars and have published their ideas in the Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance.
New highways drive accelerating deforestation in Amazonia
In today's issue of Science (21 May 2004), a team of U.S. and Brazilian scientists show that the rate of forest destruction has accelerated significantly in Brazilian Amazonia since 1990.
Using 'smart fluids' to retrain muscles
Smart fluids, which react by changing consistency in the presence of electricity, could herald a new era in physical rehabilitation.
Approach of holidays has no effect on time of death
The idea that dying people hang on to life in order to celebrate one more birthday or holiday lacks any scientific basis, say scientists who reviewed two decades' worth of research.
Discovery in parasite movement may offer insights into malaria
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have discovered a protein in the cell wall of parasites that's crucial to the molecular mechanism allowing them to move between cells, survive and cause disease.
Maxygen subsidiary Verdia announces discovery and improvement of glyphosate tolerance gene
Verdia Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Maxygen, Inc., announced today the publication in the journal Science of a study that describes the successful development of a novel glyphosate-resistant crop trait by scientists at Verdia and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont.
Blood pressure control poor in elderly, says Northwestern researcher
Improved blood pressure control of people 80 years and older, especially women, must be made a national priority, a Northwestern University researcher urged today (May 21) at the American Society of Hypertension's 19th Annual Scientific Meeting.
Promising research: From employment issues to virology
The Senate of the DFG selected them from among 80 applications and will provide a total of € 32.6 million to support them during the first two years.
Laser surgery offers advantages for voice disorders
The newly developed pulsed-dye laser surgery for voice disorders has been found to be faster, cheaper, better tolerated, and less complicated than standard surgery that requires general anesthesia, more time and a longer recovery, surgeons reported here today at an international conference on problems associated with laryngopharyngeal reflux.
Envisat catches the eye of Typhoon Nida
The 150-kilometre-per-hour winds of Typhoon Nida brought destruction and death to the Philippines this week.
NSF invites media to join an Arctic research cruise
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting written requests from professional journalists to join a research cruise in Alaskan waters as part of the Western Arctic Shelf-Basin Interactions (SBI) project, which looks at possible indicators of climate change in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas and report on the ongoing research being conducted as part of SBI.
Researchers target deficit irrigation for wine grapes
Research recently conducted on the Texas South Plains may help wine grape growers conserve irrigation water without reducing grape yield or quality.

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