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December 29, 2009
Ginkgo biloba does not appear to slow rate of cognitive decline
Older adults who used the herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba for several years did not have a slower rate of cognitive decline compared to adults who received placebo, according to a study in the Dec.

Researchers use new acoustic tools to study marine mammals and fish
Over the past decade, researchers have developed a variety of reliable real-time and archival instruments to study sounds made or heard by marine mammals and fish.

Judge not lest ye be judged?
The past year has been marked by a series of moral transgressions by powerful figures in political, business and celebrity circles.

Moving video to 'captcha' robot hackers
Prof. Danny Cohen-Or of Tel Aviv University has developed a synthesis technique that generates moving pictures of 3-D objects which will allow security developers to generate an infinite number of

Use of telemedicine for ICU patients not linked with improvement in survival
Remote monitoring of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) was not associated with an overall improvement in the risk of death or length of stay in the ICU or hospital, according to a study in the Dec.

Chlorophylls effective against aflatoxin
A new study has found that chlorophyll and its derivative chlorophyllin are effective in limiting the absorption of aflatoxin in humans.

Acupuncture reduces hot flashes, improves sex drive for breast cancer patients
Not only is acupuncture as effective as drug therapy at reducing hot flashes in breast cancer patients, it has the added benefit of potentially increasing a woman's sex drive and improving her sense of well-being, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

Arctic could face warmer and ice-free conditions
There is increased evidence that the Arctic could face seasonally ice-free conditions and much warmer temperatures in the future.

Tarantula venom-based MD therapy to be advanced by UB scientists' biotech company
University at Buffalo biophysicists have found a protein in tarantula venom that shows promise as a potential therapy for muscular dystrophy.

NASA awards CU-Boulder $3.3 million for concept study for mission to Venus
NASA has awarded the University of Colorado at Boulder $3.3 million for a detailed, one-year concept study for a lander mission to Venus to study the history of its surface, climate and atmosphere and to predict its ultimate fate in the solar system.

Pharmacists improve care of diabetics while cutting costs, UB research shows
The role of pharmacists hasn't received much attention in the debate on the cost of health care.

New video reveals secrets of Webb Telescope's MIRI
It's going to take infrared eyes to see farther back in time than even the Hubble Space Telescope, and that's what the James Webb Space Telescope's MIRI or Mid-Infrared Instrument detectors will do.

Findings suggest cardiovascular devices often approved by FDA without high-quality studies
Pre-market approval by the FDA of cardiovascular devices is often based on studies that lack adequate strength or may have been prone to bias, according to a study in the Dec.

NIH awards $2.5 million to UC for study in voice production
For patients with severe voice disorders, the loss of their voice often means losing their social life, self esteem or livelihood.

New research could advance research field critical to personalized medicine
It's the ultimate goal in the treatment of cancer: tailoring a person's therapy based on his or her genetic makeup.

Gap exists between vision for EMRs to improve care coordination and clinicians' experiences
A gap exists between policy makers' expectations that current commercial electronic medical records (EMRs) can improve coordination of patient care and clinicians' real-world experiences with EMRs, according to a study by the Center for Studying Health System Change published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Tips from the American Journal of Pathology
These tips highlight articles from the January 2010 issue of the American Journal of Pathology.

Scripps research team develops technique to determine ethnic origin of stem cell lines
An international team of scientists led by researchers at the Scripps Research Institute has developed a straightforward technique to determine the ethnic origin of stem cells.

JAMA launches new series on caring of the aging patient
To assist physicians in caring for a patient demographic that is rapidly growing in size, JAMA is launching a new series,

The cancer 'TRAP'
Current research suggests that TNF-receptor associated protein-1 (TRAP-1) may prevent cancer cell death.

Sick of blurred identity, US plant pathologists formed own society
Spinach with fungus, malnourished cabbage, spotty cauliflower and frost-bitten peaches.

Rapid flu testing
Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Children's Research Institute, and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin have developed a rapid, automated system to differentiate strains of influenza. 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