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November 05, 2004
NJIT stem cell researcher to receive research award from biomedical group
Treena Livingston Arinzeh, PhD, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) whose research has proven the potential of adult stem cell research to help patients suffering from spinal cord injuries and related diseases, will receive an Outstanding Women in Research Award from The New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research (NJABR), Union.

Tuberculosis drug combined with virtual reality therapy is effective in treating fear of heights
A tuberculosis drug called D-cycloserine (DCS), used in concert with psychotherapy, is an effective treatment for some anxiety-related disorders, according to research by scientists at Emory University School of Medicine and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN).

Duke University's Cohen wins The Gerontological Society of America's 2004 Donald P. Kent Award
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. Harvey Jay Cohen of the Duke University Medical Center as the 2004 recipient of the Donald P.

Underwater robot makes history crossing the gulf stream
Like the sailing vessel used by Captain Joshua Slocum to sail solo around the world 100 years ago, another ocean-going vehicle is making history.

NSF gives $2 million to help reverse national decline in engineering graduates
As part of an effort aimed at increasing the number of engineering graduates in the United States, which is experiencing a significant decline in new engineers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Expansion Program has awarded a $2 million, five-year grant to the Virginia Tech College of Engineering to expand its undergraduate mentoring and retention programs.

OHSU's Archbold wins GSA's 2004 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Award
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. Patricia G.

GSA confers 2004 Joseph T. Freeman Award to St. Louis University's Morley
Dr. John Morley of St. Louis University's Division of Geriatric Medicine has been chosen by The Gerontological Society of America to receive its 2004 Joseph T.

GSA bestows Robert W. Kleemeier Award to University of Texas Health Science Center's Smith
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. James R.

Seismosaur cut down to size
The longest animal that ever lived just got 40 percent shorter.

South Florida's Small wins The Gerontological Society of America's 2004 Margret M. Baltes Award
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. Brent Small of the University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies as the 2004 recipient of the Margret M.

Combining liver transplantation and coronary artery bypass grafting can be safe and effective
Researchers recently studied five patients' experiences with the combined procedure of liver transplantation and coronary artery bypass grafting and concluded it can be both safe and effective, with one-year mortality rates similar to those reported for liver transplantation alone.

National Eye Institute funds search for genetic key to corneal disease
A new federal grant focusing on painful inherited visual disorders that scar the cornea will allow researchers to narrow the genetic cause of one type of corneal dystrophy and to offer improved diagnosis of this family of diseases.

Columbia Univ. Medical Center wins highly competitive stroke grant from NIH
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have won a highly competitive $12 million stroke center research grant from the NIH.

GSA confers 2004 Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award to the Michigan's Jackson
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. James S.

Longterm immune memory cells cells do not develop during chronic viral infections
Immune T cells that respond to chronic viral infections do not acquire the same

Research fills dental need
South Dakota Tech research group is investigating a new type of dental filling that looks better, lasts longer, and has fewer safety concerns than the silver fillings widely used today.

Emory cardiologists present research at AHA scientific sessions in New Orleans, Nov. 7 - 10
Could an enzyme produced by white blood cells in response to inflammation reveal hidden heart disease in patients with no symptoms?

GSA confers 2004 Nathan Shock New Investigator Award to UTHSC's Marciniak
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. Robert A.

NIH recognizes IU as leader in STD research
Major NIH grant bolsters Indiana University's prominent position as one of only six sexually transmitted disease research centers in the United States.

Tumbleweeds good for uranium clean-up
The lowly, ill-regarded tumbleweed might be good for something after all.

Advances in plasma physics at Annual APS Meeting
Ultra-compact accelerators for science and medicine, a plasma window 'force field,' and x-ray snap shots of the world's most powerful x-ray source are all topics to be discussed at the 6th Annual Division of Plasma Physics Meeting.

New brain cells develop during alcohol abstinence, UNC study shows
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have reported - for the first time - a burst in new brain cell development during abstinence from chronic alcohol consumption.

GSA confers 2004 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award to W. Ontario's Connidis and McMullin
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. Ingrid Connidis and Dr.

Earliest tracks of 4-legged stroll
Our four-legged, five-toed ancestors conquered the land earlier and more independently than expected, say paleontologists studying newfound 345 to 359-million-year-old tracks at an eroding beach in eastern Canada.

Rikke set to present the Geron Corporation - Samuel Goldstein Distinguished Publication Lecture
The University of Colorado at Boulder's Brad A. Rikke has been chosen by The Gerontological Society of America to receive its 2004 Geron Corporation - Samuel Goldstein Distinguished Publication Award.

Rehabilitation professionals in nationwide survey cite barriers to assistive technology transfer
Despite an upsurge of remarkable advances in assistive technology during the past half-decade, offering new hope for people who desire improved function and independence, large numbers of these same people are being left behind, according to a national survey conducted by Clarkson University and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

Maryland's Pearlin to receive GSA's 2004 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. Leonard I.

Serum caspase activity and liver fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C
Caspase activity in the sera of patients with chronic hepatitis C infection (HCV) may be a more sensitive measure of liver injury than conventional surrogate markers like aminotransferases.

Obesity linked to another cancer - leukemia in older women
A study from the University of Minnesota Cancer Center indicates that overweight and obesity could more than double an older woman's risk of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), an often fatal cancer of the bone marrow and blood.

Honeybees defy dino-killing 'nuclear winter'
The humble tropical honeybee may challenge the idea that a post-asteroid impact

Boston College's Mahoney to receive GSA's 2004 Maxwell A. Pollack Award
Associate Professor Kevin Mahoney of Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work has been chosen by The Gerontological Society of America to receive its 2004 Maxwell A.

Mayo researchers define celecoxib pathways and mechanisms for tumor reduction
The anti-inflammatory drug Celebrex, or celecoxib, reduces tumor mass by encouraging cell death and discouraging both cell proliferation and the sprouting of new blood vessels that feed growing tumors, according to a study reported in the November issue of Molecular Cancer Research.

Mayo Clinic discovers one mechanism for why men and women differ in immune response
Decreasing testosterone boosts immunity because testosterone helps control T-lymphocytes, the attack cells of the immune system, according to Mayo Clinic-led research in laboratory animals.

Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT) presents infectious disease conference
National and international experts in the prevention, control, and treatment of food and waterborne infectious disease threats will share their knowledge, identify best practices for preventing disease, and develop research strategies for the Southeastern region at a day-long symposium hosted by Emory University and the Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats.

Occult hepatitis B in dialysis patients
A recent study found that the prevalence of occult HBV in adult hemodialysis patients is four to five times higher than standard HBsAg testing would suggest.

Cranfield collaborator receives multi million dollar financing
Cranfield University has been at the forefront of diabetes diagnostics for over twenty years and created the current generation of home blood glucose testing devices used throughout the world.

The Gerontological Society of America confers 2004 M. Powell Lawton Award to Penn State's Zarit
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Penn State University's Dr.

New study reveals locations of possible Alzheimer's genes
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found two locations in the human genome that may harbor genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Study: Physical activity in middle age cuts risk of early death
Adults who are physically active in their 50s and early 60s are about 35 percent less likely to die in the next eight years than those who are sedentary, a new study finds.

Titanic disaster: New theory fingers coal fire
A smoldering coal fire - and the continuing attempt to control it through the voyage - may have led to the sinking of the Titanic 92 years ago, says engineer Robert Essenhigh of Ohio State University. 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