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May 19, 2013
AGA Research Foundation grant furthers digestive cancer research
The AGA Research Foundation is honored to announce the first AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn and Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer, which will support Andrew D.

Engineered microbes grow in the dark
Scientists at the University of California, Davis have engineered a strain of photosynthetic cyanobacteria to grow without the need for light.

New theory on genesis of osteoarthritis comes with successful therapy in mice
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have turned their view of osteoarthritis inside out.

Bacteria use hydrogen, carbon dioxide to produce electricity
Researchers have engineered a strain of electricity-producing bacteria that can grow using hydrogen gas as its sole electron donor and carbon dioxide as its sole source of carbon.

Commonly used catheters double risk of blood clots in ICU and cancer patients
U-M study finds commonly used catheters tied to blood clot risks.

AGA Research Foundation Research Scholar Awards advance the work of promising gastroenterologists
The American Gastroenterological Association Research Foundation is pleased to announce its 2013 research scholars.

AGA honors distinguished clinicians, researchers and educators with prestigious recognition awards
Each year, the American Gastroenterological Association recognizes several individuals for their outstanding contributions and achievements in gastroenterology through its esteemed recognition awards.

Competition in the quantum world
Physicists led by Rainer Blatt and Peter Zoller experimentally gained a deep insight into the nature of quantum mechanical phase transitions.

Lovelorn frogs bag closest crooner
What lures a lady frog to her lover? Good looks, the sound of his voice, the size of his pad or none of the above?

Treatment of sleep apnea improves glucose levels in prediabetes
Optimal treatment of sleep apnea in patients with prediabetes improves blood sugar (glucose) levels and thus can reduce cardiometabolic risk, according to a study to be presented at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia.

Ginger compounds may be effective in treating asthma symptoms
Gourmands and foodies everywhere have long recognized ginger as a great way to add a little peppery zing to both sweet and savory dishes; now, a study from researchers at Columbia University shows purified components of the spicy root also may have properties that help asthma patients breathe more easily.

Scientists explore roots of future tropical rainfall
How will rainfall patterns across the tropical Indian and Pacific regions change in a future warming world?

Computational tool translates complex data into simplified 2-dimensional images
Researchers at Columbia University and Stanford University have developed a computational method that enables scientists to visualize and interpret

Mayo Clinic: Molecular marker from pancreatic 'juices' helps identify pancreatic cancer
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed a promising method to distinguish between pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis -- two disorders that are difficult to tell apart.

Immune protein could stop diabetes in its tracks
Melbourne researchers have identified an immune protein that has the potential to stop or reverse the development of type 1 diabetes in its early stages, before insulin-producing cells have been destroyed.

RNA capable of catalyzing electron transfer on early earth with iron's help, study says
A new study shows how complex biochemical transformations may have been possible under conditions that existed when life began on the early Earth.

Sea level influenced tropical climate during the last ice age
The Indo-Pacific warm pool was much dryer during the last ice age than today, because lower sea level exposed the Sunda Shelf.

Why we need to put the fish back into fisheries
Overfishing has reduced fish populations and biodiversity across much of the world's oceans.

Researchers identify a potential new risk for sleep apnea: Asthma
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have identified a potential new risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea: asthma.

Study finds that sleep apnea and Alzheimer's are linked
A new study looking at sleep-disordered breathing and markers for Alzheimer's disease risk in cerebrospinal fluid and neuroimaging adds to the growing body of research linking the two.

Kinks and curves at the nanoscale
Since 2004, materials scientists and nanotechnology experts have been excited about a special of arrangement of atoms called a

Heat-related deaths in Manhattan projected to rise
Researchers say deaths in Manhattan linked to warming climate may rise some 20 percent by the 2020s, and, in some worst-case scenarios, 90 percent or more by the 2080s.

ASGE and ASGE foundation hold Crystal Awards dinner as part of Digestive Disease Week®, May 19, in Orlando
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) will honor important contributions to the field of endoscopy during the ninth annual ASGE Crystal Awards on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Shifts in global water systems -- markers of a new geological epoch: The Anthropocene
A suite of disquieting global phenomena have given rise to the

Archaeological genetics: It's not all as old as it at first seems
Genomic analyses suggest that patterns of genetic diversity which indicate population movement may not be as ancient as previously believed, but may be attributable to recent events. 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