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July 18, 2008
Studies refute common stereotypes about obese workers
New research led by a Michigan State University scholar refutes commonly held stereotypes that overweight workers are lazier, more emotionally unstable and harder to get along with than their

Analysis of quickly stopped Rx orders provides new tool for reducing medical errors
By studying medication orders that are withdrawn (

ASBMB taps 8 scientists for top awards
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has announced the recipients of its annual awards competition.

CSHL scientists correlate enzyme expression levels with chemotherapy drug response
Why do cancer patients develop resistance to chemotherapy drugs, sometimes abruptly, after a period in which the drugs seem to be working well to reduce tumors or hold them in check?

Legal and ethical issues in medical physics
The legal and ethical issues facing medical physicists are numerous and complex -- perhaps more so than some other areas of medicine.

The International Space Station, a test-bed for future space exploration
The Heads of the International Space Station Agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met today at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France, to review ISS cooperation.

ESA to consult the science community on Earth Explorer selection
As part of the agency's user-driven approach to preparing new Earth Explorer missions to advance our understanding of the Earth system, six candidate missions will be presented to the science community at a User Consultation Meeting in January 2009.

UC San Diego researchers could help US military thwart explosive threats
Researchers at UC San Diego are using statistical pattern recognition and image processing to help the US military better detect hidden roadside explosives.

CIHR announces $4.4 million to improve mental health of Canadians
Funding of $4.4 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research was announced today by Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood-St.

Coffee and cigarette consumption are high among AA attendees
More than one million Americans currently participate in the Alcoholics Anonymous program.

Loud music can make you drink more, in less time, in a bar
Commercial venues are very aware of the effects that the environment -- in this case, music -- can have on in-store traffic flow, sales volumes, product choices and consumer time spent in the immediate vicinity.

Researchers grow human blood vessels in mice from adult progenitor cells
For the first time, researchers have grown in mice functioning human blood vessels from cells obtained from adult blood and bone marrow.

Researcher helping to pioneer medical therapy for Fragile X Syndrome presents latest findings
Neurological experts from across the U.S. and other countries including a nationally renowned researcher from Rush University Medical Center will discuss the latest findings in basic and clinical research for Fragile X at the 11th International Fragile X Conference, to be held July 23-27 in St.

Water-diffusion technology identifies brain regions damaged by prenatal alcohol exposure
Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder often have structural brain damage.

New report warns current policies will not avert health workforce crisis
A report from the Association of Academic Health Centers,

Hermaphrodites, predatory actions and fertility decline are among topics at behavior conference
Behavior spanning the wide spectrum of the animal and human world will be examined at the 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, hosted by the International Society for Behavioral Ecology, on Aug.

Prenatal drinking, environmental enrichment: effects on neurotrophins are independent of each other
Prenatal alcohol exposure may be particularly destructive for neurotrophins, a family of peptides that influence the growth, development and functional plasticity of the fetal brain.

Standards in stem cell research
Standards in stem cell research help both scientists and regulators to manage uncertainty and the unknown, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Latest large grant announcement
The Economic and Social Research Council today announces the outcome from its third annual large grants competition.

Latest advances in interventional cardiology for congenital heart disease presented
Distinguished medical experts in the burgeoning field of interventional therapies for congenital and structural heart disease will gather in Las Vegas July 20-23 for the Pediatric & Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium.

Sorry, Charlie, you and Nemo aren't the only fish that talk
Talking fish are no strangers to Americans. From the comedic portrayal of

Averting postsurgical infections in kids: Give antibiotics within hour before first incision
Giving children preventive antibiotics within one hour before they undergo spinal surgery greatly reduces the risk for serious infections after the surgery, suggests a Johns Hopkins study to be published in the August issue of Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

An ID for Alzheimer's?
UCLA researchers have confirmed that in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's, levels of specific proteins in the blood and spinal fluid can be used to track the progression of AD, long before symptoms appear.

SPACE 2008 conference to be held Sept. 9-11 in San Diego
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will hold the SPACE 2008 Conference and Exposition Sept.

HIV conquers immune system faster than previously realized
New research into the earliest events occurring immediately upon infection with HIV-I shows that the virus deals a stunning blow to the immune system earlier than was previously understood.

Molecular hula hoop
Japanese researchers at the Universities of Osaka and Kyoto have observed the action of a nanorotor on the molecular scale.

iTunes allows radiologists to save, sort and search personal learning files
iTunes has the ability to manage and organize PDF files just as easy as music files, allowing radiologists to better organize their personal files of articles and images, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Renji Hospital and Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China.

Saharan dust storms sustain life in Atlantic Ocean
Research at the University of Liverpool has found how Saharan dust storms help sustain life over extensive regions of the North Atlantic Ocean. 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