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June 16, 2004
NIST demonstrates 'Teleportation' of atomic states for quantum computing
Physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated

Cedars-Sinai's medical tipsheet - June 2004
Cedars-Sinai's Medical Tipsheet for June includes story ideas pertaining to: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); the testosterone patch for women; the new Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute; interleukin 10 brain tumor research; neural stem cell research for treating brain tumors; and the COMPANION Heart Failure Trial.

Adirondack Atlas
A unique new atlas of the Adirondack Park--the largest protected area in the lower 48 states--features everything from the area's geology and wildlife to the history of human settlements and activities, showing the landscape in its full scope for the first time in such a format.

Ambivalent relations between parents and adult children
Parenting is rarely an entirely positive or negative experience, says a new book,

Earth has 'blueberries' like Mars
Even before marble-shaped pebbles nicknamed

'VALUE' study results
Results of a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET provide further evidence that a class of drugs that lower blood pressure are a treatment option for older people at high cardiovascular risk.

Mammoths stranded on Bering Sea island delayed extinction
In an article in the June 17, 2004 edition of the journal Nature, R.

Lupus Research Institute awards $3 million in novel research grants to further new science in lupus
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI), the national nonprofit organization that supports only the highest-ranked novel research in lupus, awarded 13 new 3-year grants to scientific investigators around the country for innovative biomedical and clinical research in lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy organs and tissue.

Long term relief from arthritis could evolve from B-cell targeted treatments
Long term relief for arthritis sufferers could be one step closer, thanks to a study of B-cell targeted therapy published today.

No medical benefit from liposuction
Liposuction is no substitute for dieting when it comes to preventing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Stun weapons to target crowds
A frightening new breed of wireless stun gun to use in crowd control is being readied for sale in the US and Europe.

UK researchers develop way of predicting a woman's 'reproductive' age
UK researchers have indentified a way of establishing a woman's 'reproductive age' as distinct from her chronological age and predicting the age at which she will reach the menopause.

How many squares, Mr. Franklin?
When he wasn't experimenting with lightning or overthrowing the British Empire, Benjamin Franklin found time to fool around with mathematics, inventing a variant of the magic square called Franklin's squares.

Did comets flood Earth's oceans?
Did the Earth form with water locked into its rocks, which then gradually leaked out over millions of years?

New studies reveal high levels of anabolic steroid use by teenagers
New research findings presented this week in New Orleans during ENDO 2004, the 86th Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society, could help keep kids healthier.

New obesity research highlighted at ENDO 2004
New treatment options for the millions of people who suffer from obesity could be just around the corner, according to new research presented this week at ENDO 2004, the 86th Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society.

Largest USDA study of food antioxidants reveals best sources
Artichokes and beans may not be at the top of your list of favorite foods, but when it comes to antioxidants, these veggies earn a coveted place.

Polycystic ovary syndrome treated with new approach in Stanford study
A common diabetes medication is effective at treating symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, according to a Stanford University School of Medicine study.

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering 2004
According to a new report, Asian/Pacific Islanders living in the United States earn more science or engineering (S&E) bachelor's degrees than whites earn, relative to their college-age (20-24 year old) peers.

Survival of the fastest: scientists 'selectively breed' winning Formula One cars
Speed is the name of the game in the world of racing and now UCL scientists have developed a technique that 'breeds' winning Formula One cars.

Researchers make promiscuous animals monogamous by manipulating genes
Researchers at Emory's Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Atlanta's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience have found transferring a single gene, the vasopressin receptor, into the brain's reward center makes a promiscuous male meadow vole monogamous.

Team of ORNL 'agents' working to keep people safe
Thousands of special agents created at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are on missions 24 hours a day as they work to uncover threats to national security.

Ultrasound for cancer treatment
Ultrasound scans might be most familiar for getting a peek at a developing fetus, but the technology could also be used to treat cancer.

Assisted reproduction can't compensate for waiting too long to start a family
Women who wait until 35 to start trying for a family are being warned (Thursday 17 June) that if they do not conceive spontaneously they cannot depend on assisted reproduction to make up fully for the loss of natural fertility after that age.

Abnormal chromosomes forecast leukemia relapse
Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who enter remission with abnormal chromosomes in bone marrow cells are twice as vulnerable to recurrence of their disease as are AML patients with normal bone marrow cells at remission, according to a new study.

Just add a chromosome
Genetic diseases might one day be treated by adding an entirely new chromosome to people's cells.

Australian researchers uncover new role for DHEA in signifying low libido
Australian researchers have identified DHEAS as a new marker of low libido in women under 45 years.

Australian research identifies links between hormones mood, libido and wellbeing
This landmark Australian study of 1423 women has established normal hormone levels in women across the life span aged 18 - 75 documenting how hormone levels change as women age, and the relationships between various hormones and lowered mood, libido and sense of well-being.

University of Chicago instrument ready to begin four-year study of Saturn's rings
After a quiet, six-and-a-half-year, 2.2-billion-mile journey to Saturn aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the University of Chicago's dust detector will soon begin its attempt to help unravel the mystery of the planet's legendary rings one tiny particle at a time.

New treatment stops nasty side effects of thyroid cancer surgery, international study shows
A new approach to therapy can avoid most of the debilitating effects of preparing for critical, postsurgical treatment for patients with thyroid cancer, according to an international study led by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the University of Pisa.
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