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Dedicated cleaning staff shown to reduce C. difficile contamination in hospital rooms
New research finds that a dedicated daily cleaning crew who adequately clean and disinfect rooms contaminated by C. difficile using a standardized process can be more effective than other disinfection interventions.
Low on self-control? Surrounding yourself with strong-willed friends may help
People with low self-control prefer and depend on people with high self-control, possibly as a way to make up for the skills they themselves lack, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
1 of every 4 euros that is gambled in Spain goes to the government
Almost a quarter of the money spent on gambling is returned to society in the form of taxes or direct contributions to the Government.
Moa's ark
The evolutionary reason for the massive difference in size between male and female giant moa -- the extinct giant birds of New Zealand -- has been revealed for the first time.
Bean leaves can trap bedbugs, researchers find
Inspired by a traditional Balkan bedbug remedy, researchers have documented how microscopic hairs on kidney bean leaves effectively stab and trap the biting insects, according to findings published online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
Short daily walk might help teen smokers cut down or quit, new study says
Teenagers who increased the days on which they got just 20 minutes of exercise were able to cut down on their smoking habit.
System provides clear brain scans of awake, unrestrained mice
Researchers have shown that the AwakeSPECT system can obtain detailed, functional images of the brain of a freely moving, conscious mouse.
A new fast transcutaneous non-invasive battery recharger and energy feeder for electronic implants
António Abreu, a Sustainable Energy Systems Ph.D. Student under the MIT Portugal Program, currently developing research work at LNEG, has developed a non-invasive battery recharger system for electronic implants that allows a longer life for the internal implantable devices in the human body such as pacemakers, defibrillators and electric hearts.
Do you get what you pay for? It depends on your culture
Consumers from less individualistic cultures are more likely to judge the quality of a product by its price, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Chronic pain ranks well below drug addiction as a major health problem in new poll
A new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America shows only 18 percent of respondents believe chronic pain is a major health problem, even though a majority of Americans (63 percent) say they know someone who experienced pain so severe that they sought prescription medicines to treat it.
The relationship between prenatal stress and obesity is confirmed in rats
Many women maintain the same rhythm during pregnancy almost up to the birth.
Contacts, collisions, sutures, belts, and margins -- new GSA Bulletin content
GSA Bulletin articles posted online ahead of print over the last month study a Carboniferous collision in central Asia; crystal xenoliths in the Bolivian Altiplano; The Tsakhir Event; Onverwacht Group and Fig Tree Group contact, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa; iron oxide deposits in the Paraíba Basin, NE Brazil; the southern Alaska syntaxis; paleotopography of the South Norwegian margin; and the Cheyenne belt suture zone, USA.
NREL employees lauded by industry peers
Employees of the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory were recently recognized by industry peers for their work in grid integration, industry advancement and electrochemistry.
Does class shape men's attitudes toward home improvement projects?
Financial pressure and workplace stress lead some American men to take on home improvement projects, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
New genetic link found between normal fetal growth and cancer
NIH researchers discovered a genetic switch that appears to activate the rapid growth of healthy fetuses and the uncontrolled cell division in cancer.
Sea level rise: Jeopardy for terrestrial biodiversity on islands
Model calculations predict a sea level rise of one meter by the end of this century and of up to 5.5 meters by 2500.
Trouble in penguin paradise? UC research analyzes Antarctic ice flow
UC student researcher uses satellite imagery to calculate ice flow velocity in the coldest place on Earth.
Urban grass might be greener, but that doesn't mean it's 'greener'
UC research explores how efforts to keep urban lawns looking green and healthy might negate the soil's natural ability to store atmospheric toxins.
'Diseases of affluence' spreading to poorer countries
High blood pressure and obesity are no longer confined to wealthy countries, a new study has found.
Better wheat for a warming planet
Washington State University will lead a $16.2 million effort to develop wheat varieties that are better at tolerating the high temperatures found in most of the world's growing regions -- temperatures that are likely to increase with global warming.
Sensational success in patients with major depression
Researchers from the Bonn University Hospital implanted pacemaker electrodes into the medial forebrain bundle in the brains of patients suffering from major depression with amazing results: In six out of seven patients, symptoms improved both considerably and rapidly.
AACR news: Little molecule makes big difference in bladder cancer metastasis
In order to kill, bladder cancer must metastasize, most commonly in the lung -- what are the differences between bladder cancers that do and do not make this deadly transition?
Copper surfaces reduce the rate of health care-acquired infections in the ICU
Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections in patients by more than half, according to a new study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, in a special topic issue focused on the role of the environment in infection prevention.
25 percent don't complete recommended breast cancer treatment
One-quarter of women who should take hormone-blocking therapies as part of their breast cancer treatment either do not start or do not complete the five-year course, according to a new study led by University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers.
Few to no work efficiencies when different providers read different scans on same patient
According to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, any efficiencies in physician interpretation and diagnosis gained when different providers interpret different medical imaging scans performed on the same patient are minute and vary by procedure.
Better monitoring and diagnostics tackle algae biofuel pond crash problem
Sandia National Laboratories is developing a suite of complementary technologies to help the emerging algae industry detect and quickly recover from algal pond crashes, an obstacle to large-scale algae cultivation for future biofuels.
UCLA researchers find potential link between auto pollution, some childhood cancers
Researchers at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, led by Julia Heck, assistant researcher in the department of epidemiology and member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, have found a possible link between exposure to traffic-related air pollution and several childhood cancers in the first study on traffic air pollution and childhood cancers (other than leukemia, lymphomas and brain tumors).
New evidence that egg white protein may help high blood pressure
Scientists reported new evidence today that a substance in egg whites -- already popular among health-conscious consumers as a substitute for whole eggs concerned about cholesterol in the yolk -- may have another beneficial effect in reducing blood pressure.
Decontamination of unused medical supplies reduces health-care costs
Unused medical supplies are often thrown away to prevent the items from becoming pathways for transmission of drug-resistant microbes, and in the process this leads to increased health-care costs.
Genomics may help ID organisms in outbreaks of serious infectious disease
Researchers have been able to reconstruct the genome sequence of an outbreak strain of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli using metagenomics (the direct sequencing of DNA extracted from microbiologically complex samples), according to a study in the April 10 issue of JAMA, a Genomics theme issue.
Surf's up: Turbulence tells sea urchins to settle down
Tumbling in the waves as they hit a rocky shore tells purple sea urchin larvae it's time to settle down and look for a spot to grow into an adult, researchers at UC Davis's Bodega Marine Laboratory have found.
Treatment leads to near-normal life expectancy for people with HIV in South Africa
In South Africa, people with HIV who start treatment with anti-AIDS drugs (antiretroviral therapy) have life expectancies around 80 percent of that of the general population provided that they start treatment before their CD4 count drops below 200 (cells per microliter), according to a study by South African researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine.
Not slippery when wet: Geckos adhere to surfaces submerged underwater
Geckos are known for their sticky adhesive toes that allow them to stick to, climb on, and run along surfaces in any orientation -- even upside down!
Student, 16, progresses experimental way to kill cancer with gold nano 'bullets,' marvels experts
Cutting edge research into an experimental therapy that deploys nano-particles of gold in the fight against cancer earned a Canadian high school student, 16, top national honours today in the 2013
First genetic factor in prostate cancer prognosis identified
Patients with prostate cancer and hereditary mutations in the BRCA2 gene have a worse prognosis and lower survival rates than do the rest of the patients with the disease.
SAGE selected as a content provider for NICE Electronic & Print Content Agreement Framework
SAGE, one of the world's leading independent and academic publishers, has today announced that it has been selected as a content provider for the NICE Electronic and Print Content Agreement Framework for the NHS.
A new vision for educating tomorrow's scientists
Fundamental changes are needed in the education of the scientists whose work impacts medicine, drug discovery, development of sustainable new fuels and other global challenges society is facing in the 21st century.
NREL launches initiative to build solar performance database
The US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched an initiative to build an open-source database of real-world performance from solar facilities across the country.
Fat cells prolong survival of human stem cells grown in vitro
One of the main obstacles that stands in the way of using human hematopoietic stem cells to treat a variety of diseases is the difficulty growing them in culture -- they quickly die or differentiate into other cell types.
New political science book analyzes civil-military relations in 4 countries
In his 13th book, Dale Herspring, university distinguished professor of political science, offers a new approach to relationships between military members and civilians.
2-drug combo more effective in treating sarcomas, Moffitt Cancer Center study shows
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues at the University of South Florida have found that when given together, a two-drug combination acts synergistically in test animals modeled with sarcoma tumors.
The past and future of cloud research
More than 80 scientists, climatologists and weather experts from across the globe will descend on the City College of New York this month to take part in a conference celebrating the collection of three decades-worth of worldwide satellite observations of the properties, behavior and effects of clouds.
TGen-Scottsdale Healthcare clinical trial results for BIND-014 presented at AACR 2013
The nanoparticle drug BIND-014 is effective against multiple solid tumors, according to results generated by the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Scottsdale Healthcare, and presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2013.
1-2 punch could be key in treating blindness
Researchers have discovered that using two kinds of therapy in tandem may be a knockout combo against inherited disorders that cause blindness.
Reliably higher levels of healthy compound in Beneforte broccoli
Field trials and genetic studies have shown that a new variety of broccoli reliably yields higher levels of a health-promoting compound.
Striped like a badger -- new genus of bat identified in South Sudan
Researchers have identified a new genus of bat, Niumbaha, after discovering a rare specimen in South Sudan.
A step toward optical transistors?
In results published online recently in the journal Nano Letters, McGill University researchers show that all-optical modulation and basic Boolean logic functionality -- key steps in the processing and generation of signals -- can be achieved by using laser-pulse inputs to manipulate the quantum mechanical state of a semiconductor nanocrystal.
New chart shows the entire topography of the Antarctic seafloor in detail for the first time
Reliable information on the depth and floor structure of the Southern Ocean has so far been available for only few coastal regions of the Antarctic.
Ranibizumab may prevent retinal detachment side effect
Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), or the formation of scar tissue in the eye, is a serious, sight-threatening complication in people recovering from surgical repair of retinal detachment.
Satellite sandwich technique improves analysis of geographical data
University of Cincinnati student researcher develops method to combine thermal data from separate satellite systems to create large, detailed maps of regional temperature fluctuation.
Blockade of pathogen's metabolism
In the search for new antibiotics, researchers are taking an unusual approach: They are developing peptides, short chains of protein building blocks that effectively inhibit a key enzyme of bacterial metabolism.
Americans want, deserve excellent health care; Mayo Clinic CEO outlines how to create it
Americans want and deserve excellent health care -- whether they are visiting a primary care physician for a checkup, having surgery or need more complex care -- but many wonder how they and the nation will afford it.
Take a kidney transplant now or wait for a better one? Hopkins researchers create 'decision' tool
Johns Hopkins scientists have created a free, Web-based tool to help patients decide whether it's best to accept an immediately available, but less-than-ideal deceased donor kidney for transplant, or wait for a healthier one in the future.
1 factor that can help determine black men's college success
Beyond good test scores and high school grades, a new study finds one key factor that helps predict if a young black man will succeed at a predominantly white university.
Mayo Clinic, US and European researchers find heart disorder genetic variants in stillbirth cases
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the United States and Europe discovered genetic mutations associated with long QT syndrome, a genetic abnormality in the heart's electrical system, in a small number of intrauterine fetal deaths, according to a study in the April 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New mouse viruses could aid hepatitis research
Newly discovered mouse viruses could pave the way for future progress in hepatitis research, enabling scientists to study human disease and vaccines in the ultimate lab animal.
Alzheimer gene ABCA7 significantly increases late-onset risk among African Americans
A variation in the gene ABCA7 causes a twofold increase in the risk of late onset Alzheimer disease among African Americans, according to a meta-analysis by a team of researchers including experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
In autism, age at diagnosis depends on specific symptoms
The age at which a child with autism is diagnosed is related to the particular suite of behavioral symptoms he or she exhibits, new research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows.
Research holds revelations about an ancient society's water conservation, purification
UC research on hinterland hydrology will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.
NIH-funded researchers create next-generation Alzheimer's disease model
A new genetically engineered lab rat that has the full array of brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease supports the idea that increases in a molecule called beta-amyloid in the brain causes the disease.
Producing new neurones under all circumstances: A challenge that is just a mouse away
Improving neurone production in elderly persons presenting with a decline in cognition is a major challenge facing an ageing society and the emergence of neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.
Excess estrogen in pregnancy can silence BRCA1 in daughters, increasing breast cancer risk
Excess estrogen levels during pregnancy can disable, in their daughters, a powerful breast cancer tumor suppressor gene, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Cancers don't sleep: The Myc oncogene can disrupt circadian rhythm
The Myc oncogene can disrupt the 24-hour internal rhythm in cancer cells.
Short-term benefits seen with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for focal hand dystonia
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is being increasingly explored as a therapeutic tool for movement disorders associated with deficient inhibition throughout the central nervous system.
Exposure to space radiation reduces ability of intestinal cells to destroy oncoprotein
With so much recent interest in space travel, many have asked, is it safe?
International conference will put agri-food supply chain under the microscope
The latest international developments in food safety and traceability will be showcased at a major conference at Queen's University Belfast on 8-10 April 2014.
New technology spots drugs' early impact on cancer
A new preclinical technology enables researchers to quickly determine if a particular treatment is effective against gastrointestinal stromal tumors, providing a boost to animal research and possibly patient care, according to new findings presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 on Tuesday, April 9.
Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center opens at the University of Connecticut
The Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is the first additive manufacturing facility in the Northeast to work with metals rather than plastics.
2013 Graduate Research Fellowships reflect a diversity of fields, institutions and students
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced this year's recipients of Graduate Research Fellowships.
New evidence that natural substances in green coffee beans help control blood sugar levels
Scientists today described evidence that a natural substance extracted from unroasted coffee beans can help control the elevated blood sugar levels and body weight that underpin type 2 diabetes.
On Yak-a-mein soup, a.k.a, 'Old Sober'
One of the Crescent City's time-honored traditions -- a steaming bowl of yak-a-mein soup, a.k.a.,
Probe to detect spread of breast cancer gets distribution boost
A device co-developed by a University of Houston physicist to detect the spread of breast cancer and allow physicians to better plan intervention is extending its market reach, bringing it another step closer to clinical trials in the US.
Environmental change can lead to rapid species evolution
Environmental change can drive hard-wired evolutionary changes in animal species in a matter of generations.
How safe is our drinking water?
When we turn on the tap to get a glass of water, we assume it is safe to drink.
IDRI and Medicago to present data at the World Vaccine Congress
IDRI, a Seattle-based non-profit research organization that is a leading developer of adjuvants used in vaccines combating infectious disease, and Medicago Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing highly effective and competitive vaccines based on proprietary manufacturing technologies and Virus-Like Particles, will present positive interim Phase I clinical results for their H5N1 Avian Influenza VLP vaccine candidate.
Advancing secure communications: A better single-photon emitter for quantum cryptography
In a development that could make the advanced form of secure communications known as quantum cryptography more practical, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a simpler, more efficient single-photon emitter that can be made using traditional semiconductor processing techniques.
Study suggests federal guidelines for treating teen PID need clarification
A Johns Hopkins Children's Center survey of 102 clinicians who treat teenage girls with pelvic inflammatory disease has found that official guidelines designed to inform decisions about hospitalization versus outpatient care leave some clinicians scratching their heads.
Quantifying heterogeneity in breast cancer
A variety of mutations may give rise to breast cancer, but scientists generally assume that it starts off with just a few.
Manipulating calcium accumulation in blood vessels may provide a new way to treat heart disease
Hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, is the primary cause of heart disease.
The genetics of life and death in an evolutionary arms-race
Scientists at The University of Manchester have found evidence of the genetic basis of the evolutionary arms-race between parasitoids and their aphid hosts.
Genetic biomarker may help identify neuroblastomas vulnerable to novel class of drugs
An irregularity within many neuroblastoma cells may indicate whether the tumor is vulnerable to a new class of anti-cancer drugs known as BET bromodomain inhibitors.
Modest population-wide weight loss could result in reductions in Type 2 diabetes and cardio disease
A paper published today on bmj.com suggests a strong association between population-wide weight change and risk of death from Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Iceman Ötzi had bad teeth
For the first time, researchers from the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich together with colleagues abroad have been able to provide evidence of periodontitis, tooth decay and accident-related dental damage in the ice mummy 'Ötzi'.
Google searches about mental illness follow seasonal patterns
A new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that Google searches for information across all major mental illnesses and problems followed seasonal patterns, suggesting mental illness may be more strongly linked with seasonal patterns than previously thought.
Pioneering study calculates Arctic Ocean nutrient budget
The first study of its kind to calculate the amount of nutrients entering and leaving the Arctic Ocean has been carried out by scientists based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
Genetic variants of heart disorder discovered in some cases of stillbirth
In a molecular genetic evaluation involving 91 cases of intrauterine fetal death, mutations associated with susceptibility to long QT syndrome (LQTS; a heart disorder that increases the risk for an irregular heartbeat and other adverse events) were discovered in a small number of these cases, preliminary evidence that may provide insights into the mechanism of some intrauterine fetal deaths, according to a study in the April 10 issue of JAMA, a Genomics theme issue.
Beavers use their noses to assess their foes
For territorial animals, such as beavers,
AACR news: New target plus new drug equals death of melanoma cells
Collaborative research presented by the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh, at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Conference, shows that the protein receptor Mer is overexpressed in melanoma and that the investigational drug UNC1062 blocks Mer survival signaling in these cells, killing them.
Association between genetic mutation and risk of death for patients with thyroid cancer
Presence of the genetic mutation BRAF V600E was significantly associated with increased cancer-related death among patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC); however, because overall mortality in PTC is low and the association was not independent of tumor characteristics, how to use this information to manage mortality risk in patients with PTC is unclear, according to a study in the April 10 issue of JAMA, a Genomics theme issue.
AACR news: K9 osteosarcoma samples identify drivers of metastasis in pediatric bone cancer
Research from the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 used easily available K9 osteosarcoma samples to discover a novel protein that governs metastasis and chemoresistance in pediatric osteosarcoma.
Study finds copper reduces 58 percent of healthcare-acquired infections
New research has revealed that the use of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces in hospital rooms can reduce the number of healthcare-acquired infections by 58 percent as compared to patients treated in Intensive Care Units with non-copper touch surfaces.
New study shows meditating before lecture leads to better grades
A new university study shows that meditation before class might help students, especially freshmen, focus better and retain information.
No regrets: Close that menu and enjoy your meal more
Certain physical acts of completion provide consumers with a sense of closure that makes them happier with their purchases, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Shingles vaccine is associated with reduction in both postherpetic neuralgia and herpes zoster
A vaccine to prevent shingles may reduce by half the occurrence of this painful skin and nerve infection in older people (aged over 65 years) and may also reduce the rate of a painful complication of shingles, post-herpetic neuralgia, but has a very low uptake (only 4 percent) in older adults in the United States, according to a study by UK and US researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine.
Defining the scope of skills for family medicine residencies
Healthcare professionals from the Tufts Family Medicine Residency program have defined competency areas, called entrustable professional activities (EPAs), for training family medicine doctors.
Does mixing eBay and Facebook reduce bidding prices?
In a competitive context, consumers are willing to pay significantly more to win when other bidders are unknown, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Researchers confirm multiple genes robustly contribute to schizophrenia risk in replication study
Multiple genes contribute to risk for schizophrenia and appear to function in pathways related to transmission of signals in the brain and immunity, according to an international study led by Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy researchers.
RI Hospital: Co-infections not associated with worse outcomes during H1N1 pandemic
A study at Rhode Island Hospital has found that despite complications, patients co-infected with the pandemic 2009-2010 influenza A H1N1 and a second respiratory virus were not associated with worse outcomes or admission to the hospital's intensive care unit.
High pressure gold nanocrystal structure revealed
A major breakthrough in measuring the structure of nanomaterials under extremely high pressure has been made by researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.
Research suggests new approach for spinal muscular atrophy
Spinal muscular atrophy is a debilitating neuromuscular disease that in its most severe form is the leading genetic cause of infant death.
Genes linked with AD among African-Americans and individuals of European ancestry
In a meta-analysis of data from nearly 6,000 African-Americans, Alzheimer's disease was significantly associated with a gene that have been weakly associated with Alzheimer's disease in individuals of European ancestry, although additional studies are needed to determine risk estimates specific for African-Americans, according to a study in the April 10 issue of JAMA, a Genomics theme issue.
Snowflakes falling on cameras
University of Utah researchers developed a high-speed camera system that spent the past two winters photographing snowflakes in 3-D as they fell -- and they don't look much like those perfect-but-rare snowflakes often seen in photos.
Removal of hypothalamic hamartoma curbs compulsive eating and excessive weight gain
Neurosurgeons at the University of Texas-Houston and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital report on the success they achieved when they removed a hypothalamic hamartoma from a 10-year-old girl to combat hyperphagia (excessive appetite and compulsive overeating) and consequent unhealthy weight gain.
Class project inspires research article in Ecology
A study that began as a class project among graduate students at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is now a peer-reviewed research article in Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America.
New gene associated with almost doubled Alzheimer's risk in African-Americans
African-Americans with a variant of the ABCA7 gene have almost double the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease compared with African-Americans who lack the variant.
AACR news: Six2 homeoprotein allows breast cancer cells to detach and metastasize
In results presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center show that the Six2 homeoprotein, while not involved in primary tumor growth, allows cells to detach from substrates and to survive their transition through the bloodstream to faraway sites of metastasis.
Researchers identify critical metabolic alterations in triple-negative breast cancer cells
Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have identified a host of small molecules critical to metabolism in cells of triple-negative breast cancer -- one of the least understood groups of breast cancer.
New guidelines for writing abstracts will help authors summarise their research
A new extension to the PRISMA guideline on reporting systemic reviews and meta-analyses (types of studies that analyse information from many studies) will help authors to give a more robust summary (abstract) of their study and is detailed by an international group of researchers in this week's PLOS Medicine.
Omega-3 fatty acids more effective at inhibiting growth of triple-negative breast cancer
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish like sardines and salmon, and also in oils derived from plants like hemp and flax.
AGU journal highlights -- April 9, 2013
Featured in this release are research papers on the following topics:
Selling concert tickets? Consider parking when setting the price
Sellers mostly focus on the desirability of a product when setting prices.
Fox Chase researchers show that a promising drug can help prevent head and neck cancers
Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have brought the field one step closer to the goal of prevention by demonstrating the efficacy of a promising naturally occurring agent that targets a gene that is important for the growth of leukoplakia cells in the mouth.
American Chemical Society's highest honor goes to pioneer of 'Lego-like' molecules
Peter J. Stang, Ph.D., distinguished professor of chemistry at the University of Utah and editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, has been named winner of the 2013 Priestley Medal by the American Chemical Society.
Nanotechnology imaging breakthrough
A team led by Carnegie researcher Wenge Yang has made a major breakthrough in measuring the structure of nanomaterials under extremely high pressures.
Dartmouth researchers find there is no single sexy chin
A new Dartmouth College global study finds significant geographic differences in chin shapes.
Measuring microbes makes wetland health monitoring more affordable, says MU researcher
Tiny, unseen wetland creatures provided crucial indicators of the ecosystems' health in a study by University of Missouri Associate Professor of Engineering Zhiqiang Hu and his team.
Key pathway to stop dangerous, out-of-control inflammation discovered
A potential new strategy to developing new drugs to control inflammation without serious side effects has been found by Georgia State University researchers and international colleagues.
Neutrons help explain ozone poisoning and links to thousands of premature deaths each year
Research at Birkbeck, University of London and Royal Holloway University uses world-leading neutron sources at ILL and ISIS to demonstrate ozone attacks on lung surface fluids.
New treatment holds promise for resistant lung cancer
A new chemotherapy regimen appears to produce minimal side effects in patients with lung cancer that has not responded to previous therapy, paving the way for additional research to determine if the new regimen also helps shrink tumors, according findings to be presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 on Tuesday, April 9.
Der Steppenworm? 2 new species differ from the elusive 'Mongolian Death Worm'
Scientists have discovered the first proper earthworms from the Outer Mongolian steppes.
AACR: Positive data supports advancing BIND-014 to phase 2 clinical trials for solid tumors
BIND Therapeutics clinical investigators presented Phase 1 results with BIND-014, its targeted docetaxel Accurin, in 28 heavily-pretreated patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.
TGen-Scottsdale Healthcare clinical trial finds new class of cancer drugs safe and effective
The safety and preliminary efficacy of a new class of tumor fighting drugs were reported today by Scottsdale Healthcare's Virginia G.
£670,000 EPSRC grant for new professor
A £670,000 research project headed by a new University of Huddersfield professor promises major economic benefits, higher safety standards and less likelihood of power cuts by transforming the techniques for detecting potentially dangerous and destructive faults in electricity sub-stations.
Is medical therapy a better and safer choice than angioplasty
Unnecessary procedures to treat chronic, stable heart disease contribute to rising health care costs.
Mayo researchers identify gene variations that predict chemotherapy side effects
Seemingly benign differences in genetic code from one person to the next could influence who develops side effects to chemotherapy, a Mayo Clinic study has found.

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