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The large-scale EU project EU BON: Towards integration with its global counterpart GEO BON
The new large-scale EU BON (Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network) project has held its first conference and Kickoff meeting in February 2013 in Berlin. Among the main goals drafted, are the better integration with the concept of Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network, the improved interaction with similar project and incentives, and the enhanced intercommunication between the different partners and work packages. (2013-03-07)

Support cells found in human brain make mice smarter
Glial cells -- a family of cells found in the human central nervous system and, until recently, considered mere (2013-03-07)

Life saving treatment for fire ant allergy under used
According to a study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, an astonishing 60 percent of those allergic to fire ant stings don't adhere to immunotherapy (allergy shots) guidelines. When the course of treatment is properly followed, allergy shots can be life-saving and both modify and prevent disease progression. (2013-03-04)

Wii-playing surgeons may improve performance on laparoscopic procedures
Laparoscopic surgeons may improve certain aspects of surgical performance by regularly playing on a Nintendo Wii, according to research published Feb. 27 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gregorio Patrizi and colleagues from the University of Rome, Italy. (2013-02-27)

Bhatia honored by Southern Society for Pediatric Research
Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, Chief of the Section of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, received the Founder's Award for his research achievements and contributions to the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. (2013-02-25)

New study indicates avocado consumption may be associated with better diet quality
New analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates that consuming avocados may be associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake level, lower intake of added sugars, lower body weight, BMI and waist circumferences, higher (2013-02-21)

Caves point to thawing of Siberia
Evidence from Siberian caves suggests that a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius could see permanently frozen ground thaw over a large area of Siberia, threatening release of carbon from soils, and damage to natural and human environments. (2013-02-21)

In the blink of an eye: X-ray imaging on the attosecond timescale
Berkeley Lab's Ali Belkacem has been using powerful laboratory-scale lasers to test whether multidimensional nonlinear x-ray spectroscopy on the attosecond timescale is practical for the light sources of the future -- and just what combination of beam characteristics is needed to define them. He'll discuss his work as part of the panel session titled (2013-02-17)

'The Scars of Human Evolution' briefing explores physical fallout from 2-footed walking
From sore feet to backaches, blame it on human evolution. Learn more during news briefing and (2013-02-15)

A closer look at life: X-ray microscopy hits the sweet spot for chemical and elemental imaging
Berkeley Lab's Janos Kirz, who pioneered the development of soft x-ray microscopy and spectromicroscopy, will describe 2-D and 3-D x-ray chemical imaging of biological systems in a presentation at the 2013 AAAS annual meeting in Boston titled (2013-02-15)

Gro Harlem Brundtland recieves Huntington Environmental prize.
The Woods Hole Research Center is proud to name the former Prime Minister of Norway -- Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland -- as the 2013 recipient of the Lawrence S. Huntington Environmental Prize. The award ceremony will be held in New York City on Feb. 7, 2013. (2013-02-13)

Environmental factors determine whether immigrants are accepted by cooperatively breeding animals
Cichlid fish are more likely to accept immigrants into their group when they are under threat from predators and need reinforcements, new research shows. (2013-02-06)

Popular energy drinks trigger caffeine jitters
The growing popularity of energy drinks -- and deaths linked to those products -- are fostering new concerns about how much caffeine people can safely consume, according to the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News. C&EN is the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. (2013-02-06)

Novel radiation therapy method shortens prostate cancer treatment time
According to a study in the Jan. issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the use of volume-modulated arc therapy to deliver intensity-modulated radiation therapy to prostate cancer patients results in an overall reduction in treatment time of approximately 14 percent. (2013-02-01)

Emergency room redux for many patients after hospitalization
Following a hospitalization, patients face many challenges as they transition home. A new study of this vulnerable period published by Yale School of Medicine researchers in JAMA found that a substantial number of patients return to the emergency department soon after leaving the hospital, and, while such patients are not usually readmitted, the study raises concerns that many more patients require acute medical care after hospital discharge than previously recognized. (2013-01-22)

Low birth weight not associated with asthma risk
A new study published in the January issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology finds low birth weight is not associated with asthma risk in children. (2013-01-15)

How does family life influence consumer response to television advertising?
Family interaction and everyday activity strongly influence how television advertisements are experienced and interpreted at home, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-01-15)

Women and Infants Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist selected for editorial team
Dwight J. Rouse, MD, MSPH, a specialist in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been selected to serve as the Associate Editor for Obstetrics of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the official journal of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2013-01-11)

Research: Bad news can spur strategic change in businesses
While businesses have typically viewed the news media as a megaphone for publicity, they have not viewed it as an influential stakeholder capable of shaping the strategic decisions of key executives, says Michael K. Bednar, a professor of business administration at Illinois. (2013-01-09)

F1000Research, the first Open Science publisher, launches following a successful beta testing phase
F1000Research comes out of beta today, launching on a new publishing platform. (2013-01-08)

Romper suit to protect against sudden infant death
Breathing sensors built into romper suits could help prevent sudden cot deaths in the future. The basis for this is a stretchable printed circuit board that fits to the contours of the body and can be manufactured using routine industrial processes. (2013-01-07)

Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs
Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs. (2012-12-31)

Hass Avocado Board study published in Food & Function journal
The pilot study on 11 healthy men (18-35 years old), Hass Avocado Modulates Postprandial Vascular Reactivity and Postprandial Inflammatory Responses to a Hamburger Meal in Healthy Volunteers, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and supported by the Hass Avocado Board, has been published in November's issue of the journal Food and Function. (2012-12-18)

Elsevier launches new open access journal: Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces the launch of Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, a new online-only, open access journal devoted to the rapid publication of short, precise reports in pediatric surgery. (2012-12-17)

A layer of cool, healthy air
Stratum ventilation systems have been touted as a much more energy efficient system for cooling buildings such as school rooms and offices in hotter climes based on the provisions of the recent ANSI/ASHRAE 55-2010. They may also reduce the risk of the spread of airborne diseases according to a study to be published early next year in the journal World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development. (2012-12-17)

Press conferences for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Meeting
Press registration is now open for the SPSP annual meeting Jan. 17-19, 2013, in New Orleans. Three press briefings -- How Stereotypes Shape Women's Identities and Careers; Giving, Getting, and Gratitude; Bullying, Relationships, and Personality: How the Social Media World Maps to Social Reality -- will take place. Information on abstracts, speakers, and related meeting sessions is now available. Get your next big story in the Big Easy! (2012-12-14)

World's smallest reaction chamber
The world's smallest reaction chamber, with a mixing volume measured in femtolitres (million billionths of a litre), can be used to study the kind of speedy, nanoscale biochemical reactions that take place inside individual cells. By combining two electrospray emitters, not only can such reactions occur but the resulting products can be determined by mass spectrometry. (2012-12-06)

New clinical trial explores use of smartphone application for postpartum weight loss
In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, physician-researchers at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center MacDonald Women's Hospital are exploring the use of (2012-12-05)

Heart-warming memories: Nostalgia can make you feel warmer
As the nights draw in and the temperature begins to drop, many of us will be thinking of ways to warm up on the dark winter nights. However, few would think that remembering days gone by would be an effective way of keeping warm. But research from the University of Southampton has shown that feeling nostalgic can make us feel warmer. (2012-12-03)

Hospital cleaning protocol ineffective against A. baumannii
Current hospital cleaning protocol may be inadequate to rid patient rooms of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, according to a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2012-11-30)

Diabetics with cancer dangerously ignore blood sugar
When people with Type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with cancer -- for which they are at higher risk -- they ignore their diabetes to focus on cancer. But high blood sugar is more likely to kill them. When they received diabetes education after a cancer diagnosis, however, they were more likely to monitor their blood sugar and had fewer visits to the emergency room, fewer hospital admissions and lower health care costs. (2012-11-29)

LSUHSC's Tilton awarded prestigious Hower Award
The Child Neurology Society presented Ann Henderson Tilton, MD, Clinical Professor of Neurology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, with the 2012 Hower Award at the 41st Annual CNS Meeting in November. The award, given to one child neurologist each year, honors an outstanding teacher and scholar whose contributions to the specialty have been recognized at national and international levels. (2012-11-28)

AGA members tell lawmakers -- stop the cuts
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, members of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) from across the country will participate in the first-ever AGA Virtual Advocacy campaign. Gastroenterologists will flood Congress with calls for them to stop the cuts. (2012-11-28)

West coast log exports up slightly in third quarter of 2012
Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased about nine percent in the third quarter of 2012, totaling 412 million board feet, according to the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station. At the same time, lumber exports decreased about eight percent to 186 million board feet, compared to the second quarter of this year. (2012-11-27)

Europe must not lose momentum in marine biodiversity research
A new Marine Board Future Science Brief presents a roadmap for marine biodiversity science in Europe and warns against complacency. (2012-11-20)

More female board directors add up to improved sustainability performance
As a corporate responsibility consultant, Kellie McElhaney publicly criticized Apple's recent appointment of another man to an already all-male executive team. McElhaney's new research goes one step further, indicating that the number of women on a corporate board correlates with a firm's sustainability performance. (2012-11-19)

Important progress for spintronics
A fundamental cornerstone for spintronics that has been missing up until now has been constructed by a team of physicists at Linkoping University in Sweden. It's the world's first spin amplifier that can be used at room temperature. (2012-11-16)

A potentially deadly reason to seek preventive health care
Study being presented at the 2012 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting finds seeing an allergist significantly lowers risk of severe anaphylaxis. (2012-11-09)

Socioeconomic status linked to childhood peanut allergy
High family income, hygiene habits can increase risk of allergies in children, study being presented at the 2012 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting shows. (2012-11-09)

The year 2040: Double the pollen, double the allergy suffering?
New study being presented at the 2012 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting shows pollen counts will more than double within the next 28 years. ACAAI offers tips on how to manage symptoms for spring 2013 and beyond. (2012-11-09)

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