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September 01, 2009
Trauma 411: Prolonged surgery should be avoided in certain cases
A review article published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains that trauma patients who have several orthopaedic injuries and are considered to be in unstable condition should only have a few hours of surgery when first arriving at the hospital.

Springer partners with the Chinese Society of Oceanography
Springer, one of the leading publishers in the fields of science, technology and medicine, will publish the official journal of the Chinese Society of Oceanography as of January 2010.

Some discrepancies exist between outcomes indicated in trial registration and later publications
Comparison of the primary outcomes of registered clinical trials with their subsequent publication appears to show some discrepancies, according to a study in the Sept.

Cradle and birthday of dog identified
Previous studies in the field have indicated that East Asia is where the wolf was tamed and became the dog.

Progress made in traumatic brain injury treatment and diagnosis
New research on traumatic brain injury is being presented this week at the Military Health Research Forum, a scientific meeting hosted by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

Time to lift the geoengineering taboo
Hot on the heels of the Royal Society's Geoengineering the Climate report, September's Physics World contains feature comment from UK experts stressing the need to start taking geoengineering -- deliberate interventions in the climate system to counteract man-made global warming -- more seriously.

Patient-doctor communication is worse for blacks than for whites, study finds
Black patients with high blood pressure experience poorer communication with their doctors than white patients do, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher has found.

Promising new target emerges for autoimmune diseases
University of Michigan scientists have uncovered an important way that aggressive immune cells normally are held in check so they don't attack the body's own cells.

Internet complicates doctor-patient relationships
Patients who ask their doctor about information they have read on the Internet, or webs that better inform them of their diagnosis, are no longer a rarity.

Weight gain in adulthood associated with prostate cancer risk; patterns differ by ethnicity
Body mass in younger and older adulthood, and weight gain between these periods of life, may influence a man's risk for prostate cancer.

Computational process zeroes in on top genetic cancer suspects
Johns Hopkins engineers have devised innovative computer software that can sift through hundreds of genetic mutations and highlight the DNA changes that are most likely to promote cancer.

PET/CT scans may help detect recurring prostate cancer earlier
A new study published in the September issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine shows that positron emission tomography (PET)/computer tomography (CT) scans with the imaging agent choline could detect recurring prostate cancer sooner than conventional imaging technologies in some patients who have had their prostates surgically removed.

Map characterizes active lakes below Antarctic ice
Lakes in Antarctica, concealed under miles of ice, require scientists to come up with creative ways to identify and analyze these hidden features.

Over time, an invasive plant loses its toxic edge
Like most invasive plants introduced to the US from Europe and other places, garlic mustard first found it easy to dominate the natives.

PNNL to lead environmental impacts study on marine, river power
The US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive more than $6.8 million over three years to advance the production of renewable power from the natural movement of oceans and rivers.

Human Tissue Act may have helped research, says study
Fears that medical research using tissue such as blood or material from biopsies would be obstructed by the Human Tissue Act 2004 may have been unfounded, a new study from the University of Leicester reveals.

Hydrogen storage gets new hope
A new method for

Is Tetris good for the brain?
Brain imaging shows playing Tetris leads to a thicker cortex and may also increase brain efficiency, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Research Notes.

New information about how fat increases blood pressure could help identify those at risk
Some of the first information about how fat causes hypertension have been identified by researchers who say the findings should one day help identify which obese people -- and maybe some thin ones too -- are at risk for hypertension and which drugs would work best for them.

Monkeys get a groove on, but only to monkey music
A new report by Charles Snowdon, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and musician David Teie of the University of Maryland shows that a monkey called the cotton-top tamarin responds to music.

SDSC dashes forward with new flash memory computer system
Leveraging lightning-fast technology already familiar to many from the micro storage world of digital cameras, thumb drives and laptop computers, the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, today unveiled a

Circulating tumor cells a must watch
The presence of tumor cells circulating in the blood is associated with shortened survival.

Shifting baselines confound river restoration
Historical records show that rivers worldwide once held many more fish and other fauna than they do today.

Tiny pump means pain relief for big cats
Veterinarians from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and the University of Tennessee have found a solution to the challenge of providing effective pain relief to some of their most difficult patients: big cats.

Minimally invasive treatment found effective for esophageal cancer
Researchers have found that early stage cancers of the esophagus can be treated as effectively by less invasive, organ-sparing endoscopic therapy as compared to more complex surgical removal of the esophagus.

From fat to chronic inflammation
Researchers may have found a key ingredient in the recipe that leads from obesity to chronic low-grade inflammation, according to a report in the September issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication.

Why don't brain tumors respond to medication?
Malignant brain tumors often fail to respond to promising new medication.

Promise of nanodiamonds for safer gene therapy
A team of Northwestern University researchers has introduced the power of nanodiamonds as a novel gene delivery technology that combines key properties in one approach: enhanced delivery efficiency along with outstanding biocompatibility.

Discovery of novel genes could unlock mystery of what makes us uniquely human
Humans and chimpanzees are genetically very similar, yet it is not difficult to identify the many ways in which we are clearly distinct from chimps.

New approaches to military physical and mental health explored
New peer-reviewed research on military health issues is being presented this week at the Military Health Research Forum, a scientific meeting hosted by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

Researchers induce HIV-neutralizing antibodies that recognize HIV-1 envelope protein, lipids
For the first time, researchers have experimentally induced antibodies that neutralize HIV-1 and simultaneously recognize both HIV-1 envelope protein and lipids.

Prodrug could help curb skin toxicity related to EGFR-inhibiting cancer drugs
There may be a way around the harsh skin toxicity associated with a widely used cancer drug, according to a study published online this week in Cancer Biology and Therapy by researchers from City of Hope and the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson.

Scientists say climate change mitigation strategies ignore carbon cycling processes of inland waters
Scientists from the University of Vienna, Uppsala University in Sweden, University of Antwerp and the US-based Stroud Water Research Center argue that current international strategies to mitigate manmade carbon emissions and address climate change have overlooked a critical player -- inland waters.

Men experience sexual dysfunction during hepatitis C therapy
Sexual impairment is common among men with chronic hepatitis C undergoing antiviral therapy.

Immediate intervention for patients with ACS not always more beneficial
For some patients with acute coronary syndromes, the strategy of immediate intervention at a medical center does not appear to result in differences in outcomes in comparison with an intervention performed the next working day, according to a study in the Sept.

Getting better visualization of joint cartilage through cationic CT contrast agents
A new computer tomography (CT) contrast agent for visualizing the spatial distribution of glycosaminoglycans -- the anionic sugars that account for the strength of joint cartilage -- was found by a team of chemists, engineers and clinicians led by Mark W.

Gene signal GS-101 data shows safe and effective inhibition of ophthalmic blood vessel growth
Blood vessel growth in the cornea is a key contributor to corneal graft rejection.

Speaking in tongues: Language, culture and the future of the military
North Carolina State University has received a grant that will make it a hub for teaching future military leaders the language and cultural skills they will need to address conflict in critical parts of the world, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.

JDRF award supports study of potential target for blocking type 1 diabetes
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has funded a study of the role of the enzyme 12-Lipoxygenase (12-LO) in damaging insulin-producing beta cells.

Irbesartan reduces heart failure in patients with quivering heart
Most research in atrial fibrillation has focused on reducing stroke and other embolic events.

Finds that research at academic medical centers is active, diverse
A survey indicates that research is active and diverse at US academic medical centers and that a substantial proportion of faculty conduct research and publish without sponsorship, according to a study in the Sept.

Pancreatic cancer affects blacks at higher rates
Regardless of risk factors linked to pancreatic cancer, such as smoking and body mass index, blacks experienced higher rates of pancreatic cancer death than whites.

NASA infrared imagery sees landfalling Jimena, weak Kevin and pyrocumulus clouds
It's unusual to see towering clouds that are created from smoke and fires, but that's what showed up in the latest satellite imagery from NASA, when also capturing powerful Hurricane Jimena and Tropical Depression Kevin in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Study in NEJM: New therapy prevents heart failure
Patients who had a cardiac resynchronization device combined with a defibrillator implanted had a 34 percent reduction in their risk of death or heart failure when compared to patients receiving only an implanted cardiac defibrillator, according to a landmark study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Results from the European CRT survey
The European cardiac resynchronization therapy Survey is a joint initiative taken by the Heart Failure Association and European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology.

UB education expert urges schools to help their students feel more involved
New research from a University at Buffalo expert on classroom education has identified six factors that affect whether elementary, middle and high school students will engage in the activities of their schools or feel alienated.

UT Southwestern researchers examine mechanisms that help cancer cells proliferate
A process that limits the number of times a cell divides works much differently than had been thought, opening the door to potential new anticancer therapies, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report in the Aug.

Distribution of antibiotic for eye disease linked to low death risk among Ethiopian children
Children in Ethiopia who received the antibiotic azithromycin as a method for controlling the contagious eye disease trachoma had a lower odds of death compared to children who did not receive the antibiotic, according to a study in the Sept.

Learn how the study of surfaces advances fields as diverse as archaeology and food science
Philosophers say that to find the truth one must look below the surface.

Stent for life initiative
Primary angioplasty (with stent implantation) is the most effective therapy for acute myocardial infarction, but it is not available to many patients, even though most European countries have sufficient resources (i.e., catheterization laboratories) for its wider use.

Syncope and implantable loop recorders: Good value for money?
The REVISE Study found that one in 8 adult patients in the United Kingdom, previously thought to be suffering from epilepsy or in whom this diagnosis was in doubt, in fact had symptoms as a result of an abnormal pattern of heart beating, commonly found in patients with syncope (fainting).

Scientific pathways into the nanoworld
EUMINAfab offers open access to machines and know-how in micro- and nanotechnologies for users from science and industry.

MSU researchers use newborn blood data to study cerebral palsy
A statewide team of researchers led by a Michigan State University epidemiologist are hoping Michigan's archive of newborn blood spots will help them uncover the causes of cerebral palsy, the most common disabling motor disorder in children with annual health costs of $12 billion.

Laser pulses control single electrons in complex molecules
A German-Dutch team with physicists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics AMOLF in Amsterdam and chemists from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich achieved the control over single electrons in a multi-electron system with waveform shaped laser pulses.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to fund study for RI Hospital researcher
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided funding for new research on white blood cells work.

Cheap drinks at college bars can escalate drinking among college students
Cheap drinks can lead to higher intoxication levels and a host of related health and safety problems.

Health experts offer action steps local governments can use to cut childhood obesity rates
Zoning restrictions on fast-food restaurants near schools and playgrounds, community policing to improve safety around public recreational sites, requirements that publicly run after-school programs limit video game and TV time, and taxes on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and drinks are some of the strategies local government officials can use to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic in their communities, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

Scientists study possible responses to climate emergencies
The future of the Earth could rest on potentially dangerous and unproven geoengineering technologies unless emissions of carbon dioxide can be greatly reduced, claims a new study coauthored by Carnegie's Ken Caldeira and published by the UK's Royal Society, Sept.

Mayo researchers find gene that contributes to 2 different, common neurological movement disorders
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida and their collaborators worldwide have discovered that a single gene promotes development of essential tremor in some patients and Parkinson's disease in others.

How alcohol blunts the ability of hamsters to 'rise and shine'
Chronic alcohol consumption blunts the biological clock's ability to synchronize daily activities to light, disrupts natural activity patterns and continues to affect the body's clock (circadian rhythm), even days after the drinking ends, according to a new study with hamsters.

Green production guidelines give 'road map' for new administration
George Mason University Professor Nicole Darnall has a new report that gives clear guidelines on how the government can help businesses

Pre-hospital organization: The first links in the chain of survival for heart attack patients
Mortality rate following a heart attack has fallen by more than 50 percent in Europe over the past 25 years.

Satellites and submarines give the skinny on sea ice thickness
This summer, a group of scientists and students -- as well as a Canadian senator, a writer, and a filmmaker -- set out from Resolute Bay, Canada, on the icebreaker Louis S.

High school put-downs make it hard for students to learn, study says
High-school put-downs are such a staple of teen culture that many educators don't take them seriously.

Impact of positive parenting can last for generations
A new study that looks at data on three generations of Oregon families shows that

PROTECT study
Despite the promising findings of the PROTECT pilot study, the larger PROTECT trial found no difference with rolofylline versus placebo with respect of the primary and main secondary end-points of the study.

UIC researcher heads $10M grant to tackle Alzheimer's disease mystery
A researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine has been awarded more than $9.8 million to head a five-year National Institute on Aging Program Project Grant.

New report describes types of research conducted at academic medical centers
A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy gives the first detailed look at the types of research currently being conducted within US academic medical centers -- medical schools and their affiliated hospitals.

New mouse model of a severe kidney disease leads to potential new therapy
X-linked nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (XNDI) is a severe congenital kidney disease for which there is no specific, effective drug treatment, mainly because there are no good animal models of the disease.

Daylight-saving time leads to less sleep, more injuries on the job
Every March, most Americans welcome the switch to daylight saving time because of the longer days, but also dread losing an hour of sleep after they move their clocks forward.

ChIP and vector recombineering methods featured in Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
The September 2009 issue of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols features chromatin immunoprecipitation and vector recombineering methods.

GERD negatively impacts sleep quality, results in considerable economic burden
There has been much debate about the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and sleep.

Safety, efficacy of corneal transplant procedure confirmed; an antibiotic can cause double vision
Highlights of September's Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, include a 2009 review by the Academy of the safety and efficacy of a widely used corneal transplant procedure and a warning about an unusual but serious reaction to systemic fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.

UTSA wins $5 million for new Simulation, Visualization and Real-Time Prediction Center
The University of Texas at San Antonio has won a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Simulation, Visualization and Real-time Prediction Center for interdisciplinary, computer-based research, education and training.

PreSCD II registry
The goals of the PreSCD II registry are to collect recent data on patients with high risk for sudden cardiac death after a heart attack and to describe their prognosis in relation to initial left ventricular ejection fraction as the primary risk marker.

Sudden death during sport: Education to improve survival rates
More widespread availability of defibrillators and education of the general public could boost survival rates fourfold amongst athletes suffering cardiac arrest, a study has found.

The benefits of reperfusion therapy
The wider use of reperfusion therapy in patients with heart attack can save millions of lives in Europe.

Exercise alone shown to improve insulin sensitivity in obese sedentary adolescents
A moderate aerobic exercise program, without weight loss, can improve insulin sensitivity in both lean and obese sedentary adolescents, according to a new study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Waist-hip ratio better than BMI for gauging obesity in elderly
Body mass index readings may not be the best gauge of obesity in older adults, according to new research from UCLA endocrinologists and geriatricians.

Super-fast computers of the future receive funding boost
Computers which use light to process large amounts of data faster than ever before are just one of many groundbreaking potential applications of a new £6 million research program at Queen's University Belfast and Imperial College London, launched today, Sept.

Inflammatory disease treatments will improve through the use of lipidomics
According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 46 million Americans have arthritis.

A new molecule to combat diabetes and obesity
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is increasing at an alarming state with more than 180 million people affected worldwide.

Wrestling with bighorn sheep
University of Alberta researcher David Coltman wrestles with bighorn mountain sheep to gauge their personalities.

Medical home gives patients better primary care at no more cost
The medical home model is seen as a way to improve health outcomes, control costs and help solve the primary care shortage.

MADIT-CRT trial
Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cardiac patients randomized to an implanted cardiac resynchronization device with defibrillator have a 34 percent lower risk of heart failure or death than those receiving a standard implanted cardioverter defibrillator, according to results from the MADIT-CRT study.

Inhibition of NF-kappa B, a key inflammatory protein, reduced radiation toxicity in zebrafish
Directly inhibiting the activity of a key protein mediator of inflammation reduced radiation toxicity in zebrafish embryos, and may ultimately be of help to patients receiving radiation therapy, according to researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

SAGE to publish leading international headache journal Cephalalgia
SAGE, the world's leading independent academic and professional publisher is delighted to announce a new agreement with the International Headache Society to publish their official journal, Cephalalgia.

Researchers link inflammatory diseases to increased cardiovascular risk
Patients suffering from two serious autoimmune disorders which cause muscular inflammation are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, says a group of Montreal researchers.

New hope for heart failure patients
Cardiac resynchronization can significantly delay the progression of heart failure, according to a major international study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Chemotherapy for breast cancer is associated with disruption of sleep-wake rhythm in women
A study in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that the sleep-wake activity rhythms of breast cancer patients are impaired during the administration of chemotherapy.

AMI: The scale of the problem
Acute myocardial infarction remains one of the leading causes of death in the Western world, with prevalence predicted to increase dramatically in developing countries, especially India and China.

Expanded insurance benefits break down barriers to hospice care, according to new study
Patients with advanced illnesses more than doubled their use of hospice care when a major national health plan made hospice care more readily accessible, according to the results of a comparative study published in Journal of Palliative Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert Inc.

New study compares after-hours and daytime surgery success rates
Patients who have after-hour orthopaedic surgeries risk a slightly higher rate of necessary follow-up surgeries, according to a study published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

H1N1 pandemic virus does not mutate into 'superbug' in UMd lab study
In the first study to examine how the H1N1 pandemic virus interacts with other flu strains, laboratory research by the University of Maryland found no evidence of

Scientists identify gene that predicts post-surgical survival from brain metastasis of breast cancer patients
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have identified a gene that may play a role in breast cancer metastasis to the brain, according to a report in Molecular Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

AMP president updates CDC committee on H1N1 testing
Dr. Jan Nowak reports community molecular pathologists' efforts to confirm suspected cases of H1N1 influenza early in the outbreak and discussed the challenges encountered by the diagnostic community and opportunities to improve access to high quality rapid diagnostic tests for pandemic influenza.

Nanyang Technological University and Technische Universitat Munchen announce joint Ph.D. collaboration
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany, today announced a new agreement that will enable both institutions to jointly offer Ph.D. programs.

Biotransformed blueberry juice fights fat and diabetes
Juice extracted from North American lowbush blueberries, biotransformed with bacteria from the skin of the fruit, holds great promise as an anti-obesity and anti-diabetic agent.

Results from the Kyoto heart study
The KYOTO HEART Study, which took place in Japan between January 2004 and January 2009, shows that the addition of valsartan to conventional antihypertensive treatment to improve blood pressure control is associated with an improved cardiovascular outcome in Japanese hypertensive patients at high risk of CVD events.

Breast cancer: Risk increases for smokers and overweight women
A recent study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology has reinforced the correlation between being overweight, smoking and breast cancer.

Study examines effectiveness of laparoscopic surgical treatments to alleviate chronic pelvic pain
A surgical procedure known as LUNA (laparoscopic uterosacral nerve ablation) did not result in improvements in chronic pelvic pain, painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse or quality of life when compared with laparoscopic surgery that does not interrupt pelvic nerve connections, according to a study in the Sept.

Patient perception is vital when reporting medical errors
When reporting medical errors, patients' perceptions of their physicians' disclosure may be key to gaining their trust, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

'FEAsy' analyzes designs from raw sketches to speed parts creation
Going back to the drawing board is much easier now that researchers have developed a new type of design program called FEAsy.

'Eatin' (not so) good in the neighborhood'
Living without a car in close proximity to fast food restaurants is associated with excess body mass index and weight gain, according to a University of Pittsburgh study available online and published in the September issue of the Journal of Urban Health.

New iPhone app 'Outbreaks Near Me' locates H1N1 (swine flu), infectious diseases
A new iPhone application, created by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, enables users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1, on the ground in real time.

The protein modifier SUMO helps set apart females and males
One way in which men and women differ is in their expression of liver proteins that control energy generation and lipid and steroid hormone production and turnover.

Workplace bullying is associated with sleep disturbances
A study in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that current or past exposure to workplace bullying is associated with increased sleep disturbances.

Changes in California's bird communities due to climate change
As much as half of California could be occupied by new bird communities by 2070 according to a new study by PRBO Conservation Science and Stanford University.

Georgetown colleagues redefine cura personalis -- caring for the whole person -- using systems medicine
At a time when medicine tends to focus on patients as a

Atrial fibrillation: Drugs or ablation?
Atrial fibrillation ablation is one of the fastest growing techniques in cardiology and due to the very high number of patients that might be candidates to this procedure, a significant number of resources will have to be devoted to it to be able to treat them in the following years.

Radio-telescope measurements advance frontier physics
Extremely precise measurements of the curvature of space caused by the sun's gravity are a key to understanding the relationship between Einstein's General Relativity theory and quantum theory.

Studies in animals suggest 2009 H1N1 virus may have biological advantage over seasonal influenza
Preliminary findings in ferrets suggest that the novel 2009 H1N1 influenza virus may outcompete human seasonal influenza viruses, researchers say.

JCI online early table of contents: Sept. 1, 2009
This release contains summaries, links to PDFs, and contact information for the following newsworthy papers to be published online, Sept.

National guideline released for the treatment of hoarseness
The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation will issue the first -- and only -- national clinical practice guideline to help health care practitioners identify and manage patients with hoarseness, also known as dysphonia.

Telemonitoring: A bridge to personalized medicine
An increasing number of heart failure patients are treated with a number of complex devices, i.e. cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Innovative therapies for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
New research on post-traumatic stress disorder is being presented this week at the Military Health Research Forum, a scientific conference hosted by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

Weight-loss surgery can break a family's cycle of obesity
Adolescent and young children of obese mothers who underwent weight-loss surgery prior to pregnancy have been found to have a lower prevalence of obesity and significantly improved cardio-metabolic markers when compared to siblings born before the same obese mothers had weight-loss surgery.

New design keeps buildings standing and habitable after major earthquakes
A new earthquake-resistant structural system for buildings, just successfully tested in Japan, will not only help a multi-story building hold itself together during a violent earthquake, but also return it to standing up straight on its foundation afterward, true and plumb, with damage confined to a few easily replaceable parts.

Study evaluates use of corticosteroids and antiviral agents for treatment of Bell Palsy
Among patients with Bell Palsy, a facial paralysis with unknown cause, treatment with corticosteroids is associated with a reduced risk of an unsatisfactory recovery, and treatment with a combination of corticosteroids and antiviral agents may be associated with additional benefit, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of previously published studies, reported in the Sept.

International event brings world's top cancer doctors to Queen's
The event, being hosted by the Centre for Cell Biology and Cancer Research on Wednesday and Thursday, will be attended by leading academics from across America, Australia and Europe, including those from Harvard Medical School in Boston and from Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Special interest groups bipartisan in Congress, MSU scholar finds
Contrary to common perception, special interest groups are not responsible for the partisan division in Congress -- and often join bipartisan coalitions to support legislation, according to a Michigan State University political scientist.

September 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights
Geology includes studies of the Fraser River delta, British Columbia; the impact of global climate change on microfossil communities; alluvial fans in Taiwan; earthquake ruptures; earthflows along the Eel River; Mediterranean fossil whales; collecting bias and carnivorous dinosaurs of the Kem Kem Formation, Morocco; and the effects Hurricanes Cindy, Katrina and Rita on barrier island systems.

Increasing residential and employment density could mean reductions in vehicle travel, fuel use and CO2 emissions
Increasing population and employment density in metropolitan areas could reduce vehicle travel, energy use, and CO2 emissions from less than 1 percent up to 11 percent by 2050

Researchers to discuss new study on Gulf War illness treatment at Military Health Research Forum
New research on treating Gulf War Illness is being presented this week at the Military Health Research Forum, a scientific meeting hosted by the US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

Dynamic changes in DNA linked to human diabetes
A study in the September issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, may give new meaning to the adage,

University of Guam receives Sea Grant Extension Program grant
The University of Guam received the first year of funding for a Sea Grant Extension Program grant amounting to $70,000 for 2009 and a total of $370,000 over the three-year grant period ending in 2011.

The 'S' stands for surprise
Protein S, a well-known anticoagulant protein, keeps the blood flowing in more than one way, discovered researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
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