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June 27, 2010
Intervention lowered obesity rate in youth at high diabetes risk, HEALTHY study finds
An intervention in middle schools lowered the obesity rate in students at highest risk for type 2 diabetes, those who started out overweight or obese in sixth grade, an NIH-funded study has found.

Technique enables precise control of protein activity in living cells
In a paper published today in the journal Nature Biotechnology, Klaus Hahn, Ph.D., who is the Thurman Professor of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, describes a new technique called engineered allosteric regulation, which provides a new tool for scientists who study the interactions of proteins within living cells.

12 women scientists announced as winners of Elsevier Foundation TWOWS Awards
The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS and TWOWS announced today that they are recognizing 12 talented women scientists from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for their research excellence.

AcademyHealth honors leading health services researchers
AcademyHealth announced its 2010 award winners today, recognizing leading researchers in different stages of their careers for significant contributions for the fields of health services research and policy.

Researchers develop accurate way to predict the age when women will hit the menopause
Researchers have developed a way of accurately predicting when women will hit the menopause using a simple blood test.

Unexpected findings in patients with limbic encephalitis will change disease diagnosis and classification and aid understanding of other neurological diseases
New findings indicate that the target of autoantibodies that are associated with limbic encephalitis is LGI1 -- a protein involved in fine-tuning of neuronal synapses.

Carbon nanotubes form ultrasensitive biosensor to detect proteins
Boston College researchers have used carbon nanotubes and molecular imprinting to develop a biosensor capable of detecting proteins, according to a report in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Social housing in Northern Ireland does not comply with human rights standards
Human rights experts at Queen's School of Law have analyzed the Northern Ireland government's spending on social housing, and have found that that it does not comply with international legal obligations to use the maximum available resources to ensure progressive realization of the right to adequate housing.

Gestational diabetes linked to serotonin and dietary protein
The cause of diabetes during pregnancy is directly controlled by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body and normally known as a neurotransmitter, and is influenced by the amount of protein in the mother's diet early in pregnancy, according to new findings of an international team led by researchers at UCSF.

Physicists explain why superconductors fail to produce super currents
When high-temperature superconductors were first announced in the late 1980s, it was thought that they would lead to ultra-efficient magnetic trains and other paradigm-shifting technologies.

Healthier cafeteria food, more intense gym classes lower students' diabetes risk
Healthier cafeteria choices, longer and more intense periods of physical activity and robust in-school education programs can lower rates of obesity and other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, according to a national study called HEALTHY.

Carbon sequestration: Boon or burden
The idea to sequester carbon is gaining support as a way to avoid global warming.

Same types of cell respond differently to stimulus, Stanford study shows
Using new technology that allows scientists to monitor how individual cells react in the complex system of cell signaling, Stanford University researchers have uncovered a much larger spectrum of differences between each cell than ever seen before.

SIB honors 2 young bioinformaticians for their outstanding research work
On June 25, 2010, during the 8th [BC]2 Computational Biology Conference in Basel, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics announced the two winners of the SIB Awards 2010.

Why mercury is more dangerous in oceans
Even though freshwater concentrations of mercury are far greater than those found in seawater, it's the saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and shark that end up posing a more serious health threat to humans who eat them.
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