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March 02, 2018
Antibiotics may impact cancer treatment efficacy
There is mounting laboratory evidence that in the increasingly complex, targeted treatment of cancer, judicious use of antibiotics also is needed to ensure these infection fighters don't have the unintended consequence of also hampering cancer treatment, scientists report.

Gastric bypass surgery can give better control for diabetes and obesity than lifestyle modification
Patients treated with a form of bariatric surgery did significantly better than patients provided with an intensive diabetes and weight management program.

Early psychosis programs significantly reduce patient mortality, study finds
In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson), Western University and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) have found that specialized programs for early psychosis can substantially reduce patient mortality.

New study: Snowpack levels show dramatic decline in western states
A new study of long-term snow monitoring sites in the western United States found declines in snowpack at more than 90 percent of those sites -- and one-third of the declines were deemed significant.

New research showed better survival outcomes in one type of heart failure
A joint 7-year cohort study in both Singapore's and New Zealand's hospitals, revealed answers to key questions about the epidemiology of heart failure.

Spring is springing earlier in polar regions than across the rest of earth
For every 10 degrees north from the equator you move, spring arrives about four days earlier than it did a decade ago, according to a study led by UC Davis.

Fossilised plant leaf wax provides new tool for understanding ancient climates
New research, published in Scientific Reports, has outlined a new methodology for estimating ancient atmospheric water content based on fossil plant leaf waxes.

Vertical measurements of air pollutants in urban Beijing
Scientists from CAS Institute of Atmospheric Physics use vertically resolved observation system based on the Beijing 325m Meteorological Tower to gain an in-depth understanding of the vertical evolution characteristics of air pollutants within urban boundary layer.They find that that the temperature inversion coupled by the interactions of different air masses elucidated the 'blue sky -- haze' co-existent phenomenon.

Payments to protect carbon stored in forests must increase to defend against rubber
Efforts to protect tropical forests in Southeast Asia for the carbon they store may fail because protection payments are too low.

3-D-written model to provide better understanding of cancer spread
Purdue researcher Luis Solorio has helped create a lifelike cancer environment out of polymer to better predict how drugs might stop its course.

St. Michael's Hospital cardiology team reports a world first
Interventional cardiologist Dr. Neil Fam of St. Michael's Hospital has performed a world-first procedure, which he described in the Feb, 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Mapping nanoscale chemical reactions inside batteries in 3-D
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new technique that lets them pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale level.

Scientists observe a new quantum particle with properties of ball lightning
Scientists at Amherst College and Aalto University have created, for the first time a three-dimensional skyrmion in a quantum gas.

Want more efficient simulators? Store time in a quantum superposition
Computer models of systems such as a city's traffic flow or neural firing in the brain tends to use up a lot of memory.

Study shows improving pediatric asthma care is possible
New study findings published in the March issue of Hospital Pediatrics shows improved personalized inpatient assessments can enhance the accuracy of the prescribed asthma therapy a child receives.

Mammalian development: Blastocyst architecture
The mechanisms that underlie early embryonic development in humans and cattle are very similar.

Simplifying samples
Using nanotechnology, a team of researchers at Washington University in St.

Enrichment program boosts STEM for black students but leaves Latinos behind
In a new study that capitalizes on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and methods that address causality, Cornell sociologists looked at an earlier portion of the pipeline -- in high school, when students' commitment to STEM fields tends to solidify.

Capturing the balance of nature
Researchers capture dynamic changes in marine life over twelve years.

Researchers find transferable antibiotic resistance gene in pathogen of developing nations
A team of investigators has found that the mcr-1 drug resistance gene, which encodes resistance to a drug that is used as a last resort, has been found for the first time in Shigella flexneri.

Deeper look at biopsy exposes mutation ready to ambush drug combination
A powerful resistance mutation that appeared to emerge in melanoma after a patient received a targeted therapy combination, instead was lurking in the tumor all along, primed to thwart treatment before it began, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report online at Cancer Discovery.

Scientists use satellites and drones to discover antarctic penguin 'super-colonies'
A recent scientific expedition to the Danger Islands, a remote group of tiny islands along eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, used new technologies to discover and survey a breeding colony of more than 1.5 million penguins.

Previously unknown 'supercolony' of Adélie penguins discovered in Antarctica
In a paper released on March 2nd in the journal Scientific Reports, the scientists announced the discovery of a previously unknown 'supercolony' of more than 1,500,000 Adélie Penguins in the Danger Islands, a chain of remote, rocky islands off of the Antarctic Peninsula's northern tip.

Backyard chickens need more regulation
Author recommends more laws that mandate vaccinations, manure management and general animal welfare.

How records of earth's past can better predict future climate responses
In Scientific Reports today, UConn researchers report a novel approach to reconstructing ancient climates using analyses of organic compounds in sediments and soils.

An 'insider's look' at Tropical Cyclone 11S from NASA's Aqua Satellite
Infrared imagery provides valuable temperature data in storms, and when NASA's Aqua satellite flew over newly developed Tropical Cyclone 11S in the Southern Indian Ocean, its gathered that data allowing forecasters to see where the strongest storms were located within.

Blocking a protein could improve the effectiveness of intravascular cellular 'policing'
CNIC researchers have identified a function of a protease that could be a target for the treatment of infection and even cancer.

New method identifies splicing biomarkers for liver cancer
other cancer types. The Takeaway: Researchers have developed a method for identifying a new kind of biomarker for liver cancer and possibly other cancers, based on spotting variations in the way RNA messages copied from genes are edited, or spliced.

Two-year study of gun policy research finds gaps, proposes fixes
The nation is once again debating whether to adopt new regulations on guns, but what does the evidence say about what has been done thus far?

Unprecedentedly wide and sharp dark matter map
A research team released an unprecedentedly wide and sharp dark matter map based on the newly obtained imaging data by Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru Telescope.

Dual frequency comb generated on a single chip using a single laser
Columbia Engineers are the first to miniaturize dual-frequency combs by putting two frequency comb generators on a single millimeter-sized silicon-based chip.

Thawing permafrost causing the 'browning' of northern lakes
As ice the melts, the organic carbon found in permafrost is being released once again after ages of confinement in the soil.

Sedative may prevent delirium in the ICU
A low dose of the sedative dexmedetomidine given at night may prevent delirium in critically ill patients, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Student-led depression awareness program boosts teens' understanding and help-seeking
High school students can make a major impact on their schoolmates' understanding of depression, and their attitudes about seeking help for themselves or others, according to a new study using data from 10 high schools that implemented peer-led awareness campaigns.

Do racial and gender disparities exist in newer glaucoma treatments?
The American Glaucoma Society today announced that it has awarded a grant to Mildred MG Olivier, MD, to study how often minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) devices and procedures are used in black and Latino glaucoma patients and whether these devices perform similarly across races, ethnicities, genders, ages, and regions.

Bubbles of life from the past
Tiny bubbles of oxygen got trapped 1.6 billion years ago.

JHU scientists discover how extremophiles flourish in stressful environments
RNA makes salt-loving microbes known as

New UTSA lab addresses pediatric feeding disorders
Bryant Silbaugh, assistant professor of special education in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, leads innovative behavioral research on pediatric feeding disorders in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles
Researchers first developed a three-dimensional dynamic model of an interaction between light and nanoparticles.

Two species of ravens nevermore? New research finds evidence of 'speciation reversal'
A new study almost 20 years in the making provides some of the strongest evidence yet of the 'speciation reversal' phenomenon -- where two distinct lineages hybridize and eventually merge into one -- in two lineages of common ravens.

Study in six countries identifies groups that are vulnerable to severe mental illness
In Brazil, a survey with nearly 3,000 people who have experienced first-episode psychosis concluded that young men, ethnic minorities and people living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas are more likely to suffer from the typical symptoms. 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