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August 28, 2006
Levels of serious mental illness in Katrina survivors doubled compared to earlier survey
According to the most comprehensive survey yet completed of mental health among Hurricane Katrina survivors from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, the proportion of people with a serious mental illness doubled in the months after the hurricane compared to a survey carried out several years before the hurricane.

Study links lead exposure to brain cancer in adults
People who are routinely exposed to lead on the job are 50 percent more likely to die from brain cancer than people who are not exposed, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study.

Researchers sequence the basal eukaryote Tetrahymena thermophila
The macronuclear genome of Tetrahymena thermophila is sequenced and analyzed.

NASA looks back at Hurricane Katrina one year later
Several NASA satellites gave important details about Katrina's storm structure and strength throughout her life cycle, aiding forecasters and emergency managers.

Mind over matter
Chronic pain plagues thousands of individuals. Kent State researchers have determined guided imagery techniques are an affective supplement to medication therapy in the alleviation and control of chronic pain.

Brisbane teens receive first cancer vaccine shots
UQ Professor Ian Frazer administered the first shots of the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil in Queensland this afternoon at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- August 23, 2006
The American Chemical Society News Service Weekly Press Package with reports from the 34 major journals.

Researchers add crucial information on how the body's T cells react to parasitic diseases
While scientists understood how T cells worked in certain kinds of diseases, one area has remained murky: disorders caused by protozoan parasites.

Hopkins develops online tool to aid research on certain 'orphan diseases'
Many people are afflicted with rare illnesses of unknown cause, and finding a common link to such under-studied or

University of Pittsburgh receives $1.3 million from NIH to develop promising avian flu vaccine
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded a $1.3 million, two-year grant to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to produce a promising avian flu vaccine that could be used in Phase I and Phase II human clinical trials.

Katrina survey shows many suffered extreme adversity and show signs of post-traumatic stress
According to the most comprehensive survey of people affected by Hurricane Katrina, the vast majority experienced a significant loss in finances, income or housing.

Obesity leads to more aggressive ovarian cancer, Cedars-Sinai research shows
Whether or not a woman is obese will likely affect her outcome once she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, according to a new study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Penn researchers to get 7 Tesla whole-body MRI system
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine will soon be armed with a new, cutting-edge technological tool in the field of radiology - a 7 Tesla whole-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system.

Too many men could destabilize society
Cultures that favor male babies have bred a surplus of men who will struggle to find sexual partners and could find themselves marginalized in society, warns a new paper co-authored by a UCL (University College London) researcher.

A switch between life and death
Cells in an embryo divide at an amazing rate to build a whole body, but this growth needs to be controlled.

Hirsute-s you, Sir!
Scientists looking at mice may have discovered why certain people are hairier than others in what could provide clues as to the reason some men go bald prematurely.

Elsevier and UCLA announce the publication of Carranza's Clinical Periodontology
Elsevier, a leading scientific, technical and medical publisher, and faculty from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, Section of Periodontics announce the publication of the 10th edition of Carranza's Clinical Periodontology.

'Heroes of Chemistry' honored for medical, green chemistry breakthroughs
Twenty-four research chemists have been named

First human study confirms that immune cells can be a primary cause of bone loss in gum disease
Researchers at The Forsyth Institute have confirmed in human gingival tissue that immune cells play a destructive role in periodontal disease.

New study seeks to lower diabetes risk in youth
As schools across the country reopen their doors this fall, hundreds of sixth graders in 42 middle schools will begin taking part in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Type A personality is not linked to heart disease in large study
Although human genes contribute significantly to a person's health and behavior, these two kinds of traits aren't closely linked at all.

Previously approved drugs may be helpful in fatal pediatric disorder
A progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is often fatal within the first two decades of life may be treatable via a molecule already targeted by approved drugs, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

What's shaped like a pear and has two genomes? Check the pond
If you could peer microscopically into the closest freshwater pond, you'd hesitate before dipping a toe.

University of Pittsburgh named Parkinson Disease Center for Advanced Research
The University of Pittsburgh has been named an American Parkinson Disease Association Advanced Center for Parkinson's Disease Research, a designation that will support both clinical and basic science research.

Obesity leads to more aggressive ovarian cancer
A new study provides evidence that obesity leads to more aggressive types of ovarian cancer.

'Nanocantilevers' yield surprises critical for designing new detectors
Researchers at Purdue University have made a discovery about the behavior of tiny structures called nanocantilevers that could be crucial in designing a new class of ultra-small sensors for detecting viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.

Sunscreens can damage skin, researchers find
A research team led by Kerry M. Hanson, a senior research scientist in the Department of Chemistry at UC Riverside, reports that unless people out in the sun apply sunscreen often, the sunscreen itself can become harmful to the skin.

Rare high-altitude clouds found on Mars
Planetary scientists have discovered the highest clouds above any planetary surface.

Teen career plans out of sync with reality, FSU study says
So your high school senior says she wants to be a doctor.

First quantum cryptographic data network demonstrated
A joint collaboration between Northwestern University and BBN Technologies of Cambridge, Mass., has led to the first demonstration of a truly quantum cryptographic data network.

A novel mechanism of manganese-induced neurological dysfunction discovered
Chronic exposure to high concentrations of the metal manganese can cause movement abnormalities resembling symptoms of Parkinson's disease, but without the same neuron damage characteristic of Parkinson's patients.

Quick diagnosis of flu strains possible with new microchip test
Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the CDC have developed a microchip-based test that may allow more labs to diagnose influenza infections and learn more about the viruses causing illness.

Biophysical Society names 2007 award recipients
Biophysical Society names 2007 award recipients. The 8000-member Biophysical Society is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2007 Society awards.

Modified home video game shows promise for stroke rehabilitation
Engineers have modified a popular home video game system to assist stroke patients with hand exercises, producing a technology costing less than $600 that may one day rival systems 10 times as expensive.

New anthrax inhibitor could combat antibiotic-resistant strains
In a new approach to treating anthrax exposure, a team of scientists has created an inhibitor designed to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant strains.

The International Astronomical Union elects Catherine Cesarsky as new president
The 2006 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, meeting in Prague, has elected the ESO Director General, Dr.

Research partnership to protect the Coorong
One of Australia's most significant wetlands, the Coorong, at the mouth of the River Murray, is the focus of a new multi-million dollar research partnership that aims to improve the ecological health of the region and protect threatened birds and fish.

Flying on hydrogen: Researchers use fuel cells to power unmanned aerial vehicle
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have conducted successful test flights of a hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft believed to be the largest to fly on a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell using compressed hydrogen.

Catherine Cesarsky elected president of the International Astronomical Union
The General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, meeting in Prague (Czech Republic), has elected the ESO director general, Dr.

Pest control research leads to pain control discovery
A newly discovered enzyme inhibitor, identified by researchers originally looking for biological pest controls, may lead to pain relief for sufferers of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, say researchers at the University of California, Davis. 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