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July 15, 2005
Asthma, allergies may reduce risk of brain cancer
Having asthma, hay fever or another allergic condition may reduce the risk of developing one fatal form of brain cancer, a new study suggests.

Tulane pioneers novel ovarian cancer treatment
The Tulane University Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology is investigating a novel treatment for ovarian cancer by using intravenous Ontak to deplete harmful cells that inhibit the body's natural immune response to fight cancer.

Malpractice litigation wrongly blamed for inconsistent health care
Conventional wisdom holds that malpractice lawsuits are the bane of modern medicine, with high insurance premiums driving doctors from the profession and the threat of lawsuits discouraging health-care employees from reporting and correcting medical mistakes.

Organizations need new ways to retain women in the IT workplace
In the first study of its kind to focus on college-trained IT professional women working in positions from systems analysts to IT project leaders, a team of Penn State researchers have found new evidence that organizations need better policies and programs to foster women in the IT workplace.

Beyond genes: Lipid helps cell wall protein fold into proper shape
In the Journal of Biological Chemistry, scientists report that lipid composition of the membrane is important to protein folding and function.

Ants win a waxy race
Specialist ants are capable of running on slippery waxy plant surfaces in order to reach their nests and food supplies.

Men continue to have normal life after radiation for prostate cancer
Men receiving radiation therapy to combat early-stage prostate cancer are still able to achieve an erection and face a low rate of incontinence one year following treatment, according to a new study published in the July 15, 2005 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Monkeypox mystery: New research may explain why 2003 outbreak in the US wasn't deadly
New research explains why a monkeypox outbreak in the United States in 2003 wasn't deadly.

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for July 2005 (second issue)
Newsworthy highlights include the following studies: ethambutol, a vital component of multidrug treatment regimens for Mycobacterium avium complex lung disease, can cause ocular toxicity if taken daily; researchers believe the reasonably quick clearance of a bacterial strain from the lungs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients has important potential implications for vaccine development; and investigators who tested a new vitamin D repletion regimen for cystic fibrosis patients call it

Duke professor to lead $300 million NIH center for HIV vaccine research
Duke University Medical Center Professor Barton Haynes, M.D., will lead the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI), a consortium of universities and academic medical centers established today by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Kidney donors need to talk
Recipients of kidneys from living people are reluctant to accept them before discussions with their donors, new Cardiff University, UK, research has shown.

Pitt researchers simulate urban rescue environment at RoboCup 2005 in Osaka, Japan
To help robots become more helpful to humans during rescue operations, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have developed virtual hazardous environments that they are demonstrating at the International RoboCup Federation's RoboCup 2005 competition at the INTEX Exhibition Center in Osaka, Japan, through July 19.

Bid to improve diabetes services for South Asians in Britain
Cultural and language barriers may be hindering the treatment of South Asians with diabetes, recently published findings from a University of Edinburgh study show.

New arrival at UC Davis Medical Center
As part of its commitment to enhancing medical education and emergency training throughout the region, UC Davis Medical Center is now the proud parent of a highly realistic infant simulator.

Cost competitive electricity from photovoltaic concentrators called 'imminent'
Solar concentrators using highly efficient photovoltaic solar cells will reduce the cost of electricity from sunlight to competitive levels soon, attendees were told at a recent international conference on the subject.

Shark skin saves naval industry money
The growth of marine organisms such as barnacles on ship hulls is a major cause of increased energy costs in the naval industry.

Watching the birth and death of exotic molecules
Researchers from Korea, Italy, France and the ESRF have just observed how a molecule changes structure after being hit with a short flash of laser light.

Reducing and taking advantage of agricultural food waste
The aim of REPRO is to develop advanced methods for recycling and reassessing agricultural food waste.

UCLA chemists create nano valve
UCLA chemists have created the first nano valve that can be opened and closed at will to trap and release molecules.

Researchers find potential Celebrex target in lung cancer
A product produced by lung cancer tumors fuels the cells that suppress immune function in patients and may be a target for Celebrex therapy, giving oncologists another weapon to fight cancer, according to a study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center.

DFG establishes 11 new research units
At its meeting on 5 July 2005 the Grants Committee on General Research Funding of the DFG (German Research Foundation) approved funding for 11 new Research Units 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