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June 02, 2014
One in 4 children with leukemia not taking maintenance medication, study shows
An estimated 25 percent of children in remission from acute lymphocytic leukemia are missing too many doses of an essential maintenance medication that minimizes their risk of relapse, according to a study published online in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology.

No apparent link between chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and MS
There appears to be no link between chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and multiple sclerosis, according to new research published in CMAJ.

Miniature digital zenith telescope for astronomy and geoscience
Utilizing CCD camera, high-precision tiltmeter and other new technologies and devices, Chinese researchers have successfully developed a new type of Digital Zenith Telescope prototype, which will play a significant role in the interdisciplinary researches between astronomy and geoscience.

News from Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet June 3, 2014
The June 3, 2014, issue of Annal of Internal Medicine contains the following papers: 'For some, screening for colorectal cancer should continue well past age 75,' 'Practices using patient-centered medical home with EHRs have improved quality of care,' and 'Observation: Tanning beds associated with vitamin D toxicity?'

Study of over 10,000 patients suggests men experience more pain after major surgery
New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia meeting in Stockholm suggests that gender plays a part in pain experienced after surgery, with men feeling more pain following major surgery while women feel more pain after minor procedures.

Blunting rice disease
A naturally occurring microbe in soil that inhibits the rice blast fungus has been identified by a team of researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of California at Davis.

Carnegie Mellon researchers discover social integration improves lung function in elderly
New research led by Carnegie Mellon University shows for the first time that social integration impacts pulmonary function in the elderly.

Laser device can detect alcohol in cars, say authors in Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
An external laser device that can detect the present of alcohol vapors in passing vehicles has been developed by researchers at the Institute of Optoelectronics of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw.

'Healthy' component of red wine, resveratrol, causes pancreatic abnormalities in fetuses
Here's more evidence that pregnant women should be careful about what they eat and drink: A new research report appearing in the June 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal shows that when taken during pregnancy, resveratrol supplements led to developmental abnormalities in the fetal pancreas.

Study suggests fast food cues hurt ability to savor experience
Want to be able to smell the roses? You might consider buying into a neighborhood where there are more sit-down restaurants than fast-food outlets, suggests a new paper from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Wayne State University licenses technology to new start-up, Detroit Materials, Inc.
The Office of the Vice President for Research at Wayne State University announced today the finalization of a license agreement with a new start-up company, Detroit Materials, Inc., for a Wayne State University patented portfolio of high-strength low-alloy steels and cast irons for demanding applications in the defense, off-highway, tooling and automotive industries.

Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms
UNC School of Medicine researchers have provided the first quantitative evidence that mucins -- the protein framework of mucus -- are significantly increased in cystic fibrosis patients and play a major role in failing lung function.

MRI-guided laser procedure provides alternative to epilepsy surgery
For patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy that can't be controlled by medications, a minimally invasive laser procedure performed under MRI guidance provides a safe and effective alternative to surgery, suggests a study in the June issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Study finds that suicides are far more likely to occur after midnight
A new study provides novel evidence suggesting that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening.

Because you can't eat just one: Star will swallow two planets
Two worlds orbiting a distant star are about to become a snack of cosmic proportions.

American Society of Clinical Oncology recognizes MD Anderson leaders for their contributions to cancer research
As the American Society of Clinical Oncology celebrates its 50th anniversary, the organization named former MD Anderson president John Mendelsohn, M.D., Waun Ki Hong, M.D., and Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D. to its list of luminaries.

Myriad myPath melanoma test improves the reliability of melanoma diagnosis
Results from a pivotal clinical validation study of the Myriad myPath Melanoma test at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting show that it accurately differentiates malignant melanoma from benign skin lesions with a high level of accuracy and helps physicians deliver a more objective and confident diagnosis for patients.

Breakthrough in energy storage: Electrical cables that can store energy
Nanotechnology scientist and professor Jayan Thomas and his Ph.D. student Zenan Yu have developed a way to both transmit and store electricity in a single lightweight copper wire.

Preventive services by medical and dental providers and treatment outcomes
IADR/AADR have published a paper titled 'Preventive Services by Medical and Dental Providers and Treatment Outcomes.' Nearly all state Medicaid programs reimburse non-dental primary care providers for providing preventive oral health services to young children; yet, little is known about how treatment outcomes compare to children visiting dentists.

ASU researcher leads national effort to transform undergraduate biology education
In an effort to both capture the diversity of biology and condense what is taught, an Arizona State University researcher is leading a grassroots effort to improve biology education throughout the United States.

Tracking potato famine pathogen to its home may aid $6 billion global fight
The cause of potato late blight and the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s has been tracked to a pretty, alpine valley in central Mexico, which is ringed by mountains and now known to be the ancestral home of one of the most costly and deadly plant diseases in human history.

UK invests in world's most advanced crystallography facility
The UK's structural biology community will have access to the most advanced crystallography technology in the world thanks to a £5.64M investment from UK research funders.

Poor sleep equal to binge drinking, marijuana use in predicting academic problems
A new study shows that college students who are poor sleepers are much more likely to earn worse grades and withdraw from a course than healthy sleeping peers.

Harsh space weather may doom potential life on red-dwarf planets
Life in the universe might be even rarer than we thought.

Even at infancy, human can visually identify objects that stand out: York U study
Even by three months of age, babies are visually able to locate objects that stand out from a group, a York University study has found.

Nearly 1 in 8 American children are maltreated before age 18
By the time they reach age 18, about 12 percent of American children experience a confirmed case of maltreatment in the form of neglect, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, according to a new study by researchers at Yale University.

The quest for the bionic arm
An article appearing in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) reviews the recent advancements in upper extremity bionics and the challenges that remain in creating a prosthesis that meets or exceeds the abilities of a human arm and hand.

A master of disguise: A new stick insect species from China
Many representatives of the fauna possess unique masking abilities but stick insects are among the masters of disguise within the animal world.

Small businesses less likely to offer health promotion programs
Employees at small businesses are less likely to have access to worksite wellness programs, according to a research review in the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Here come the 'brobots'
A team of researchers has developed sperm-inspired microrobots, which consist of a head coated in a thick cobalt-nickel layer and an uncoated tail.

No harm in yoga: But not much help for asthma sufferers
A recent report in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology examined 14 studies to determine the effectiveness of yoga in the treatment of asthma and found there isn't enough evidence to support yoga as a routine intervention to alleviate symptoms.

One in 8 American children estimated to experience maltreatment by age 18
One in eight American children (12.5 percent) is estimated to experience a confirmed case of maltreatment before age 18, and the cumulative prevalence is highest for black children (one in five) and Native-American children (one in seven).

CU Denver study shows public health often ignored in transportation policy
A new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows public health issues are often ignored in many transportation projects, especially when major roads are built through lower-income neighborhoods.

Speaking 2 languages benefits the aging brain
New research reveals that bilingualism has a positive effect on cognition later in life.

Aerospace accolade for aviation medical specialist
A prominent aviation medical specialist has been honored by the world's leading aerospace medical organization.

New materials to be developed to repair eyes
The University of Liverpool has been awarded £1.3 million to design and produce advanced materials to combat vision loss.

Anti-diabetic drug slows aging and lengthens lifespan
A study by Belgian doctoral researcher Wouter De Haes (KU Leuven) and colleagues provides new evidence that metformin, the world's most widely used anti-diabetic drug, slows ageing and increases lifespan.

Marijuana shows potential in treating autoimmune disease
A team of University of South Carolina researchers have discovered a novel pathway through which marijuana can suppress the body's immune functions.

The betrayal of the aphids
Aphids are devastating insect pests and cause great losses to agriculture worldwide.

Nano-platform ready: Scientists use DNA origami to create 2-D structures
Scientists at NYU and the University of Melbourne have developed a method using DNA origami to turn one-dimensional nano materials into two dimensions.

Neuron tells stem cells to grow new neurons
Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons.

First survey of ACOs reveals surprising level of physician leadership
In spite of early concerns that hospitals' economic strengths would lead them to dominate the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a new study published in the June issue of Health Affairs reveals the central role of physician leadership in the first wave of ACOs.

SAGE to publish The British Journal of Occupational Therapy
SAGE a leading independent academic and professional publisher today announced from January 2015 it will be publishing The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, one of the foremost occupational therapy journals.

Seniors who exercise regularly experience less physical decline as they age
Researchers at the University of Missouri found that older adults in retirement communities who reported more exercise experienced less physical decline than their peers who reported less exercise, although many adults -- even those who exercised -- did not complete muscle-strengthening exercises, which are another defense against physical decline.

Hypnosis extends restorative slow-wave sleep
Deep sleep promotes our well-being, improves our memory and strengthens the body's defences.

Gene therapy combined with IMRT found to reduce recurrence for select prostate cancer patients
Combining oncolytic adenovirus-mediated cytotoxic gene therapy with intensity modulated radiation therapy reduces the risk of having a positive prostate biopsy two years after treatment in intermediate-risk prostate cancer without affecting patients' quality of life.

New analysis contradicts findings published in Science
New research published in the June 2014 issue of Language presents evidence that the methods employed by the authors of articles published in prestigious international science journals are not supported by a more rigorous linguistic analysis.

JCI online ahead of print table of contents for June 2, 2014
This release contains summaries, links to PDFs, and contact information for the following newsworthy papers published online, June 2, 2014 in the JCI: 'Mucin concentration contributes to a sticky situation in cystic fibrosis,' 'Engineered aptimer targets malignant and tumor-associated T cells,' 'NOTCH inhibits osteoblast formation in inflammatory arthritis via noncanonical NF-κB,' 'Myosin Vb uncoupling from RAB8A and RAB11A elicits microvillus inclusion disease,' 'Biliary repair and carcinogenesis are mediated by IL-33-dependent cholangiocyte proliferation,' and more.

Computer scientists develop tool to make the Internet of Things safer
Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security -- a first for the field.

Long-term results encouraging for combination immunotherapy for advanced melanoma
The first long-term follow-up results from a phase 1b immunotherapy trial combining drugs for advanced melanoma patients has shown encouraging results -- long-lasting with high survival rates -- researchers report.

Transition to ICD-10 may mean financial, data loss for pediatricians
ICD coding impacts insurance reimbursement and staffing decisions.

New species from the past
A piece of Eocene Baltic Amber of about 45 million years age contains a well preserved extinct flat bug, which turned out to be a new species to science.

Solving the puzzle of ice age climates
Researchers look to the Southern Ocean for an explanation of the 'Last Glacial Maximum.'

Physicist builds useful light source from harmonic generation
A Kansas State University physicist's proposal may lead to a new way of creating tabletop light sources in the laboratory.

Obese, older, Caucasian women on dialysis most at risk for rare, deadly condition
Obese, Caucasian females over age 50 with diabetes and on dialysis because their kidneys have failed are among those at highest risk for the rare and deadly condition calciphylaxis, according to an analysis of the United States Renal Data System.

NASA's TRMM satellite sees Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone forming
There's a new tropical low pressure area brewing in the Eastern Pacific and NASA's TRMM satellite flew overhead and got a read on its rainfall rates and cloud heights.

Modern ocean acidification is outpacing ancient upheaval, study suggests
In a new study published in the latest issue of Paleoceanography, scientists estimate that surface ocean acidity increased by about 100 percent during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in a few thousand years or more, and stayed that way for the next 70,000 years.

Surgeons report fewer postoperative blood clots using risk-based preventive measures
Surgery patients are much less likely to get a blood clot in the lower extremities or lungs if they receive preventive treatment based on their individual clotting risk, in addition to walking soon after the operation.

Astronomers find a new type of planet: The 'mega-Earth'
Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a new type of planet -- a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth.

'Neapolitan' exoplanets come in three flavors
The planets of our solar system come in two basic flavors, like vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

Scientists capture most detailed images yet of tiny cellular machines
Like exploring the inner workings of a clock, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers is digging into the inner workings of the tiny cellular machines called spliceosomes, which help make all of the proteins our bodies need to function.

Young women fare worse than young men after heart attack
Women age 55 and younger may fare worse than their male counterparts after having a heart attack.

No sign of 'obesity paradox' in obese patients with stroke
Researchers found no evidence of an 'obesity paradox' -- some studies have suggested overweight or obese patients have lower mortality rates than underweight or normal weight patients -- in patients with stroke.

What finding out a child's sex before birth says about a mother
An expectant mother who chooses to find out her child's sex before birth may be giving subtle clues about her views on proper gender roles, new research suggests.

CDC report: Patients harmed after health-care providers steal patients' drugs
One aspect of drug diversion that is not well recognized involves health care providers who steal controlled substances for their personal use.

Study links evening blue light exposure to increased hunger
A new study suggests that blue-enriched light exposure immediately before and during the evening meal may increase hunger and alter metabolism.

Stopping the spread of breast cancer
Scientists have discovered a new pathway that can stop breast cancer cells from spreading.

Hispanics cut medication adherence gap after Medicare Part D launch
After the 2006 launch of Medicare's prescription drug benefit, Hispanics reduced the gap for taking prescribed heart medicines by more than 15 percentage points.

Myriad presents clinical data on Myriad myRisk Hereditary Cancer Test at ASCO
Data being presented at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting show that the Myriad myRisk Hereditary Cancer test detects significantly more deleterious mutations than single cancer tests and helps solve the overlap dilemma that exists among hereditary cancer syndromes.

Success for scientists in the academic job market is highly predictable
The number of scientists in training vastly exceeds the number that will successfully land a faculty position at an academic institution.

Britain's urban rivers cleanest in 20 years
Scientists from Cardiff University have found that Britain's urban rivers are the cleanest they've been in over two decades.

Insect repellents more important than ever as tropical tourism increases
New research on DEET safety assessments is published on the first ever Insect Repellent Awareness Day.

Resveratrol supplements cause pancreatic problems in developing fetus
A widely available dietary supplement that had been considered safe -- and that some claim provides anti-aging and other health benefits -- caused significant developmental abnormalities in the pancreas of offspring of pregnant monkeys who were given the supplement, according to a study published today in the FASEB Journal.

CPAP rapidly improves blood pressure and arterial tone in adults with sleep apnea
A new study suggests that continuous positive airway pressure therapy rapidly improves blood pressure and arterial tone in adults with obstructive sleep apnea.

New UGA research engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
The promise of affordable transportation fuels from biomass -- a sustainable, carbon neutral route to American energy independence -- has been left perpetually on hold by the economics of the conversion process.

Study examines political contributions made by physicians
The percentage of physicians making campaign contributions in federal elections increased to 9.4 percent in 2012 from 2.6 percent in 1991, and during that time physician contributors shifted away from Republicans toward Democrats, especially in specialties dominated by women or those that are traditionally lower paying such as pediatrics.

Decomposing logs show local factors undervalued in climate change predictions
In a long-term analysis conducted across several sites in the eastern US, a team of researchers found that local factors -- from levels of fungal colonization to the specific physical locations of the wood -- play a far greater role than climate in wood decomposition rates and the subsequent impacts on regional carbon cycling.

BRCA2 gene now connected to lung cancer, doubling a smoker's risk
New research confirms a vulnerability to lung cancer can be inherited and implicates the BRCA2 gene as harboring one of the involved genetic mutations.

Cystic fibrosis and diabetes link explained
Many people with cystic fibrosis develop diabetes. The reasons for this have been largely unknown, but now researchers at Lund University in Sweden and Karolinska institutet have identified a molecular mechanism that contributes to the raised diabetes risk.

Common cholesterol drug greatly alters inflammatory response to common cold
Cold season may be just behind us, but a new discovery may shed light on how this common condition triggers asthma attacks.

Fishing boats are powerful seabird magnets
It's no surprise that seabirds are attracted to fishing boats, and especially to the abundance of discards that find their way back into the ocean.

Study shows impact of tart cherries on inflammation and oxidative stress after cycling
Cyclists who drank Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate before a three-day simulated race experienced less inflammation and oxidative stress compared to those who drank another beverage, according to a recent UK study published in the journal Nutrients.

Left-handed fetuses could show effects of maternal stress on unborn babies
Fetuses are more likely to show left-handed movements in the womb when their mothers are stressed, according to new research.

New launchers for analyzing resistance to impacts and improving armor plating
New pneumatic launchers at the Impact on Aeronautical Structures Laboratory, located at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Science Park, make it possible to carry out a wide range of studies on problems of impact that arise in the aeronautics industry and on optimum armor plating in other sectors.

CLEO: 2014 takes place in San Jose next week
CLEO: 2014, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics providing the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace.

Health Data Exploration network to spur research using personal health data
The Health Data Exploration project, from the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Irvine, has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to create a network of researchers, scientists, companies and others to catalyze the use of personal health data for the public good.

Nano world: Where towers construct themselves
A tower which builds itself is absurd -- and however, in the nano world self-assembly is reality.

Early steps toward personalized fitness: Interval training may benefit men more than women
When it comes to reaping benefits of sprint interval training, it appears that men have won the battle of the sexes, if just barely.

Marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality
A new study suggests that marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality.

Transforming hydrogen into liquid fuel using atmospheric CO2
EPFL scientists have completed their solution for transforming hydrogen gas into a less flammable liquid fuel that can be safely stored and transported.

New data shows ProMark accurately predicts aggressive prostate cancer, pathology outcomes
Metamark presents data showing test accurately predicts low/high risk prostate cancer.

Doing more with less; in cellulo structure determinations
Anyone involved in macromolecular crystallography will know that for many years scientists have had to rely on a multi-stage process utilizing protein, usually expressed in engineered cells, which is then extracted and purified before crystallization in vitro and finally prepared for analysis.

Nutrition experts: Debate over value of vitamin, mineral supplements is far from over
Researchers have taken issue with recent claims that 'the case is closed' on whether or not a multivitamin/mineral supplement should be taken by most people to help obtain needed micronutrients.

Tumor size is defining factor to response from promising melanoma drug
In examining why some advanced melanoma patients respond so well to the experimental immunotherapy MK-3475, while others have a less robust response, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida found that the size of tumors before treatment was the strongest variable.

Gannet sat nav reveals impact of fishing vessels
Fishing vessels have a far bigger ecological footprint than previously thought, according to research which tracked the movement and behavior of seabirds using GPS devices.

Conrad T. Prebys gives $25 million to Salk Institute to support scientific research
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has received a $25 million gift from San Diego philanthropist and former Salk trustee Conrad T.

Simple change to Medicare Part D would yield $5 billion in savings
The federal government could save over $5 billion in the first year by changing the way it assigns Part D plans for Medicare beneficiaries eligible for low-income subsidies, according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Rolling old river is indeed changing
A team of ecologists has documented and summarized far-reaching changes in the Hudson since 1987, most as a result of human activity.

How Thomas Edison laid the foundation for the modern lab (video)
Thomas Edison is one of the greatest inventors in history.

Half of pregnant women who have hypertension and snore unknowingly have a sleep disorder
A substantial proportion of hypertensive pregnant women have obstructive sleep apnea.

Elsevier publishes open-access journal: CSBJ on behalf of RNCSB
Elsevier, world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Research Network of Computational and Structural Biotechnology, announce their collaborative relationship in publishing open-access journal, Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.

Why some experimental forms of 'The Pill for Males' will never rise to the occasion
It appears that 'The Pill' for men will have to wait a while longer.

Why inflammation leads to a leaky blood-brain barrier: MicroRNA-155
Until now, scientists have not known exactly how inflammation weakens the Blood-Brain Barrier, allowing toxins and other molecules access to the brain.

Study shows tale of 2 prognoses in pediatric brain tumor, pilocytic astrocytoma
Research presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2014 used a newly designed test for K:B fusion to show that point mutations lead to a more dangerous form of the disease than does K:B fusion.

Hand by hand tradition and innovation in journal publishing
One of the World's oldest entomological journals Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift enters in a new collaboration with Pensoft Publishers to step right into the future with an innovative publishing platform.

New therapies harness power of the immune system against cancer
New research on innovative immunotherapies for advanced or high-risk melanoma and cervical cancer were presented today at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Study finds risk of recurrence low in smallest HER2+ breast cancer tumors
Patients with specific HER2+ breast cancer tumors had a low risk of the cancer recurring five years after diagnosis, even without chemotherapy or treatment with a common antibody, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Online network connects honeybee keepers and researchers
One out of three bites of food, or one-third of our diet, is linked to the direct work of the honeybee.

Same face, many first impressions
Slight variations in how an individual face is viewed can lead people to develop significantly different first impressions of that individual, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Novel NextGen sequencing test developed for retinoblastoma
Researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles have developed a unique next-generation sequencing test for the gene linked to retinoblastoma.

Rensselaer researchers predict the electrical response of metals to extreme pressures
Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences makes it possible to predict how subjecting metals to severe pressure can lower their electrical resistance, a finding that could have applications in computer chips and other materials that could benefit from specific electrical resistance.

A new look at old forests
As forests age, their ability to grow decreases, because energy production (photosynthesis) and energy consumption (respiration) decrease with age, a new study by Marine Biological Laboratory scientists and colleagues has determined.

DREAM project crowdsources answer to cancer cell drug sensitivities
A study published June 1 in the journal Nature Biotechnology describes the results of an open challenge to predict which breast cancer cell lines will respond to which drugs, based only on the sum of cells' genomic data.

Study: Hurricanes with female names more deadly than male-named storms
In the coming Atlantic hurricane season, watch out for hurricanes with benign-sounding names like Dolly, Fay or Hanna.

Choosing one drug over another to treat blindness could save Medicare billions
If all eye doctors prescribed the less expensive of two drugs to treat two common eye diseases of older adults, taxpayer-funded Medicare plans could save $18 billion over a 10-year period, say researchers at the University of Michigan.

NUS scientists demonstrate rare chemical phenomenon to harvest solar energy
A team of international scientists led by professor Jagadese J.

Stronger than steel
A Swedish-German research team has successfully tested a new method for the production of ultra-strong cellulose fibers at DESY's research light source PETRA III.

University of Toronto physicists take quantum leap toward ultra-precise measurement
Physicists at the University of Toronto have overcome a major challenge in the science of measurement using quantum mechanics.

Expanded health coverage may improve cancer outcomes in young adults, study suggests
Young adults who lack health care insurance are more likely to be diagnosed in advanced stages of cancer and have a higher risk of death, according to a study from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School.

Does your stomach bacteria protect you from obesity?
The germ Helicobacter pylori is the cause of most stomach ulcers, but new research in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics suggests that treating the bacteria is linked to weight gain.

Shape matters...
Which look bigger, packages of complicated shape or packages of simple shape?

New Ichthyosaur graveyard found
In a new study published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, geoscientists Wolfgang Stinnesbeck of the University of Heidelberg and colleagues document the discovery of forty-six ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles).

Arnold Berliner Award 2014 presented to Florian Karolyi
Florian Karolyi from the Department of Integrative Zoology at the University of Vienna is the recipient of the second Arnold Berliner Award for his outstanding interdisciplinary work on the nectar feeding of flies with extremely elongated suction organs.

Elsevier publish CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre official journal Studies in Mycology
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today its publishing agreement with The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Antipsychotic medication during pregnancy does affect babies, study shows
A seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant, proves it can affect babies.

Scientists uncover features of antibody-producing cells in people infected with HIV
By analyzing the blood of almost 100 treated and untreated HIV-infected volunteers, a team of scientists has identified previously unknown characteristics of B cells in the context of HIV infection.

Ice Storm Project and maternal stress
A new study finds a link between prenatal maternal stress and the development of symptoms of asthma and autism in children.

MRSA rates varied dramatically across geographic areas
Rates for MRSA acquired in the community were lower in L.A. than in New York City and stable in San Francisco, Chicago and Raleigh-Durham. 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