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October 23, 2011
Video games used in new treatment that may fix 'lazy eye' in older children
A new study conducted in an eye clinic in India found that correction of amblyopia, also called

Body weight, diet may be risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Body weight in young adulthood and diet appeared to be associated with the risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to results presented at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct.

How plants sense low oxygen levels to survive flooding
Experts at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Nottingham report they have discovered how plants sense low oxygen levels to survive flooding.

Will my breast cancer spread? Discovery may predict probability of metastasis
Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered a new way to model human breast cancer that could lead to new tools for predicting which breast cancers will spread and new ways to test drugs that may stop its spread.

Bioengineered protein shows preliminary promise as new therapy for hemophilia
A genetically engineered clotting factor that controlled hemophilia in an animal study offers a novel potential treatment for human hemophilia and a broad range of other bleeding problems.

Billions of dollars at stake as Canada comes to grips with soaring heart failure costs
Heart failure (HF) costs are headed for the economic stratosphere, even as researchers come up with simple tests and strategies to bring them back to earth.

Step closer to cure for autoimmune disease
Research being undertaken at the University of Adelaide and Women's and Children's Hospital is providing vital clues into the causes of autoimmune diseases which affect millions of people around the world.

Survey finds public support for geoengineering research
Research on geoengineering appears to have broad public support, as a new, internationally representative survey revealed that 72 percent of respondents approved research into the climate-manipulating technique.

E-counselling shows dramatic results in lowering blood pressure
E-counselling can significantly lower blood pressure, improve lifestyle and enhance quality of life, says Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher Dr.

Unraveling the mysteries of the natural killer within us
Scientists have discovered more about the intricacies of the immune system in a breakthrough that may help combat viral infections such as HIV.

Female shift workers may be at higher risk of heart disease
Women hospital staff working night shifts may be compromising their own health as they try to improve the health of patients, Dr.

Researchers at Brandeis determine structure of key protein associated with Parkinson's disease
The Petsko-Ringe, Pochapsky and Agar laboratories have produced and determined the structure of alpha-synuclein, a key protein associated with Parkinson's disease.

Rehab helps heart patients live longer -- but they have to show up
Cardiac rehabilitation boosts longevity, especially in patients with the lowest fitness levels, Dr.

Production of biofuel from forests will increase greenhouse emissions
The largest and most comprehensive study yet done on the effect of biofuel production from West Coast forests has concluded that an emphasis on bioenergy would increase carbon dioxide emissions from these forests at least 14 percent.

Smaller 2 cm excision margin for melanomas thicker than 2 mm results in similar levels of recurrence and death as larger 4 cm margin
Controversy surrounds what is the most appropriate surgical excision margin for skin melanomas thicker than 2 mm.

Liver parasite lacks key genes for fatty acid synthesis: Genome sequencing of Clonorchis sinensis
The human liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis affects more than 35 million people in South East Asia and 15 million in China.

Manchester's 'first step' to perfect drug combinations
Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a way of speeding up the creation of perfect drug combinations, which could help patients recovering from critical health problems such as stroke, heart attacks and cancer.

Sleeping sickness drug may provide long-term protection against skin cancer
An antiparasitic agent used to treat African sleeping sickness might someday be used to prevent nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Significant weight gain in adulthood increased risk for endometrial cancer
Postmenopausal women who gained weight during adulthood had an increased risk for endometrial cancer compared with women who maintained a stable weight, according to data from the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort.

Breakthrough in the production of flood-tolerant crops
Across the globe agricultural production is at risk as catastrophic flooding becomes a world-wide problem.

Cooperative communications when collaborators are not synchronized
A promising way to improve future wireless communication speed is to have users and/or base stations help each other.

Laser's precision and simplicity could revolutionize cataract surgery
Two new studies add to the growing body of evidence that a new approach to cataract surgery may be safer and more efficient than today's standard procedure.

Nanoparticle distribution in a rotating curved pipe with consideration of coagulation and dispersion
The evolution of particle number, mass, polydispersity, diameter and geometric standard deviation in a rotating curved pipe, with consideration of coagulation and dispersion, is studied at different Reynolds, Schmidt and F numbers.

NSAID use associated with lower colorectal cancer mortality rates among postmenopausal women
Postmenopausal women who reported having used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 10 years at the time of enrollment in the Women's Health Initiative study had a lower risk for death from colorectal cancer compared with women who reported no use of these drugs at enrollment, according to data presented at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct.

UC Davis researchers discover complexities of DNA repair
An international team of scientists led by UC Davis researchers has discovered that DNA repair in cancer cells is not a one-way street as previously believed. 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