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October 17, 2008
Clients, not practitioners, make therapy work
The perception that therapists and their techniques play the most significant role in influencing the outcome of treatment is challenged in a new research review, launched today at the Annual Conference of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Telford.

Cell Press sponsors free neuroscience symposium Monday in Paris
Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, will co-sponsor a free, public neuroscience symposium on Monday, Oct.

National Science Foundation congratulates 2008 Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry and economics
The National Science Foundation congratulates the 2008 Nobel laureates, particularly those who have received NSF funding over the years: Paul Krugman, who earned the prize for economics; Yoichiro Nambu, who earned the prize for physics; and Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y.

Waste from gut bacteria helps host control weight, UT Southwestern researchers report
A single molecule in the intestinal wall, activated by the waste products from gut bacteria, plays a large role in controlling whether the host animals are lean or fatty, a research team, including scientists from UT Southwestern Medical Center, has found in a mouse study.

Lower your blood pressure, hydrate your skin and reduce dental plaque -- with chocolate?
From Halloween through Valentine's Day, chocolate helps celebrate the season.

Real pilots and 'virtual flyers' go head-to-head
Stunt pilots have raced against computer-generated opponents for the first time -- in a contest that combines the real and the

GEN reports on novel tools for deciphering biological networks
Systems biology scientists from diverse areas of research are developing a range of methods to model pathways, interpret data, and derive therapeutic targets from biological networks, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.

New antibiotic candidates from Braunschweig
A group of antibiotic natural products discovered at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig points out a new mode of action against pathogenic bacteria.

Scientists from Granada find a potential treatment to prevent diabetes and obesity
The treatment is based on a molecule, interleukin-6, with a high presence in obese and diabetic people.

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA launches program in nanopediatrics
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA announced the launch of the Mattel UCLA NanoPediatrics Program, which will explore the future of personalized medicine for children, including the opportunities and risks involved.

When under attack, plants can signal microbial friends for help
Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that when the leaf of a plant is under attack by a pathogen, it can send out an S.O.S. to the roots for help, and the roots will respond by secreting an acid that brings beneficial bacteria to the rescue.

Singapore opens Fusionopolis, its second major R&D hub in 5 years
The new, futuristic 30-hectare Fusionopolis, which will be developed over six phases, is Singapore's icon for research in the interactive media, physical sciences, engineering and technology.

Why 'once upon a time' is here and now for business
Storytelling Organizations is a must-read for everyone who needs to make sense of complex and conflicting narratives within organizations.

Scientists discover bacteria that can cause bone infections
Scientists have discovered that a bone infection is caused by a newly described species of bacteria that is related to the tuberculosis pathogen.

Georgetown University Med Center reproductive health researchers tackle public health concerns
Involving men in family planning and partner communication about sex among topics to be presented by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers at world's largest public health gathering.

New research shows that the smell of smoke does not trigger relapse in quitters
Research into tobacco dependence published online today in the November issue of Addiction, has shown that recent ex-smokers who find exposure to other people's cigarette smoke pleasant are not any more likely to relapse than those who find it unpleasant.

When the ill need protection from the cure
In the quest to discover the root of illnesses, patients have to undergo an increasing number of scans and tests that may involve the use of ionising radiation to detect the source and scope of an ailment.

University of Leicester professor adds new perspective to rainforest debate
The head of geography at the University of Leicester has addressed an international conference in Brazil on the use of modern radar technology for monitoring the rainforests.

Counter-terrorism symposium held at NJIT tomorrow
The public is invited to a counter-terrorism symposium tomorrow at NJIT from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Caltech engineers build first-ever multi-input 'plug-and-play' synthetic RNA device
Engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a

Rutgers scholar authors definitive biography of reproductive medicine pioneer
As Louise Brown -- the first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization -- celebrates her 30th birthday in 2008, a new book coauthored by a Rutgers medical historian offers the first comprehensive insight into the influence of John Rock, the Harvard-affiliated gynecologist and pioneering researcher, in shaping the field of modern reproductive medicine.

Put the protein pieces together with algorithms: Solving 'the mass spec data mess'
A new proteomics project promises to revolutionize routine blood tests, vaccine development, cancer diagnostics, and many other important biomedical challenges.

Salk researchers successfully reprogram keratinocytes attached to a single hair
The first reports of the successful reprogramming of adult human cells back into so-called induced pluripotent stem cells, which by all appearances looked and acted liked embryonic stem cells created a media stir.

Mothers launch national petition for preemies
The March of Dimes launched the 2008 Petition for Preemies at its annual Volunteer Leadership Conference, a gathering of more than 600 volunteers and staff from across the country.

Human protein atlas will help pinpoint disease
Researchers in Sweden are compiling a remarkable

Physical decline caused by slow decay of brain's myelin
Human's physical and mental abilities slow as we age, caused by the steady decay of myelin, the

Enlarged prostates: The choice of treatment needs careful consideration
In the last few years, the treatment options for prostate problems have expanded.

Scripps research team sheds light on immune system suppression
Diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and measles claim countless lives by weakening immune systems in ways that have remained unclear.

PNNL researcher receives international fuel cell award
Fuel cell pioneer Subhash Singhal, fuel cell director at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has received the 2008 Grove Medal for sustained advances in fuel cell technology.

FSU researcher's discovery leads to $1.5 million grant, potential new treatment of liver fibrosis
The discovery of a protein involved in the life-threatening mechanism of liver fibrosis has helped a researcher at the Florida State University College of Medicine attract a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Where Hispanics live in the US may change over time
A study of residential patterns in America suggests that White and Black Hispanics born in the US are more likely to share neighborhoods with native non-Hispanic whites and African-Americans, compared to foreign-born Hispanics -- a pattern consistent with immigrant assimilation.

Missouri Botanical Garden mounts milestone 6 millionth herbarium specimen
The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri, operates one of the largest and fastest growing herbaria in the world, and the second largest in the western hemisphere.

Involving men in family planning/partner communication about sex
Involving men in family planning, partner communication about sex and sexual health, and tailoring teen specific reproductive health services are among the cutting-edge topics being presented by researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center's Institute for Reproductive Health at the American Public Health Association's 136th Annual Meeting, Oct.

Scientists call for protected 'swimways' for the endangered leatherback sea turtle
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress adopted a resolution urging nations to protect the leatherback sea turtle and sharks from the world's industrial fisheries by identifying and creating marine protected areas along the Pacific leatherback's migratory routes. 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