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December 28, 2011
Microbial communities on skin affect humans' attractiveness to mosquitoes
The microbes on your skin determine how attractive you are to mosquitoes, which may have important implications for malaria transmission and prevention, according to a study published Dec.

34th Annual Pulmonary and Allergy Update
Allergists, pulmonologists and general practitioners can learn the approaches and methods used to diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory and immune diseases at the 34th Annual Pulmonary & Allergy Update conference hosted Feb.

Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkage
New research has found that elderly people with higher levels of several vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had better performance on mental acuity tests and less of the brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's disease -- while

An inside look at face transplantation
Researchers describe details of patient preparation, novel design and execution of the operation as well as unique immunosuppression protocol allowing for lowest long-term maintenance drug regimen.

Diet patterns may keep brain from shrinking
People with diets high in several vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients, according to a new study published in the Dec.

Yale scientist wins inaugural ASBMB award for her work on regulation of gene expression
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has named Elisabetta Ullu, professor of internal medicine and cell biology at the Yale University School of Medicine, the winner of the society's inaugural Alice and C.C.

FDA urges parents to read infant acetaminophen labels carefully
Over the past 12 months, several manufacturers of infant's liquid acetaminophen products, such as PediaCare and Little Remedies, voluntarily converted to a single concentration of liquid acetaminophen and added additional product enhancements, including age-appropriate dosing devices.

The perils of 'bite-size' science
Short, fast, and frequent: Those 21st-century demands on publication have radically changed the news, politics, and culture -- for the worse, many say.

Targeted therapy extends progression-free survival of patients with advanced ovarian cancer
Targeted drugs, which block or disrupt particular molecules involved in the growth of tumors, have been shown to be effective treatments against many types of cancer.

Ovarian cancer study proves drug delays disease progression, may improve survival
Treating ovarian cancer with the drug bevacizumab (

White House official heads keynote speakers at Carbon Management Technology Conference
The White House's Katharine Jacobs and Robert Fri, visiting scholar at Resources for the Future, will deliver keynote addresses at the first Carbon Management Technology Conference in February.

Scientists fixate on Ric-8 to understand trafficking of popular drug receptor targets
Half the drugs used today target a single class of proteins - and now scientists have identified an important molecular player critical to the proper workings of those proteins critical to our health.

Turn down the iPod to save your hearing
Professor Chava Muchnick of Tel Aviv University has published a study that clearly demonstrates that harmful music-listening habits among teens could result in hearing problems much earlier than expected from natural aging.

Avoiding self-sabotage
Why do we insist we're right even when evidence contradicts us?

Debris scatters in the Pacific Ocean, possibly heading to US
Debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March could reach the United States as early as this winter, according to predictions by NOAA scientists.

Netherlands mass gathering study finds substance abuse a small but significant problem
In a study of 3.8 million attendees to 249 raves over 12 years, researchers found that almost 27,897 people visited a first aid station, and more than a third (10,100) reported a substance-related problem.

New clues as to why some older people may be losing their memory
New research links 'silent strokes,' or small spots of dead brain cells, found in about one out of four older adults to memory loss in the elderly.

UT Southwestern research suggests new way to ensure effectiveness of TB treatment
A UT Southwestern Medical Center study using a sophisticated
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