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More New Yorkers with AIDS died of 'common' causes in 2004 than in 1999
An analysis of 68,669 New York City residents with AIDS found that of those who died between 1999 and 2004, 26.3 percent died of non-HIV-related causes. This figure is a 32.8 percent increase from 19.8 percent in 1999. (2006-09-18)

More time in gym class doesn't mean more exercise, study finds
A study by Cornell University's John Cawley finds that increasing the amount of time spent in physical education classes does not result in a corresponding amount of time in additional exercise. (2006-08-31)

The Center of Nutrigenomics of the TU Munich licences Genomatix Microarray Analysis Pipeline
Genomatix Software GmbH and the Center of Nutrigenomics of the Technical University Munich signed a multi-year license agreement, giving the Center for Nurtigenomics full access to the Genomatix Microarray Analysis Pipeline. (2006-08-03)

Beta-blockers for high blood pressure - ongoing debate
Khan and McAlister question the findings of a recently published meta-analysis by Lindholm and colleagues, which reported an increased stroke risk with the use of beta-blockers. (2006-06-05)

Metabolic acidosis associated with an increased mortality rate
Critically ill patients with metabolic acidosis are twice as likely to die as patients who do not have metabolic acidosis. A study published today in the journal Critical Care shows that the mortality rate among patients with metabolic acidosis is highest for patients with lactic acidosis. (2006-02-09)

Genomatix improves its coverage of Affymetrix new exon arrays
Genomatix Software GmbH announced today that it will extend the leading position of its gene chip compatible products further by a new version of ChipInspector, which will be specifically geared towards analysis of the new exon arrays. (2006-01-26)

Aspirin reduces cardiovascular risks in men and women -- but differently
Aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular events -- a combined endpoint including stroke, heart attack and death due to cardiovascular disease -- in both men and women, according to a new meta-analysis of more than 95,000 patients by a Duke University Medical Center cardiologist. (2006-01-17)

The dynamics of rocky inclines
It is common to see banks or inclines on the roadside or at the side of railway cuttings. They are formed when a side of a mountain or other earth feature is cut through for the construction of various infrastructure. As they are unstable zones, many problems are created and, in the case of the Basque Country. (2005-11-21)

CryoSat Mission lost due to launch failure
Today at 21.00 CEST Mr Yuri Bakhvalov, First Deputy Director General of the Khrunichev Space Centre on behalf of the Russian State Commission officially confirmed that the launch of CryoSat ended in a failure due to an anomaly in the launch sequence and expressed his regret to ESA and all partners involved. (2005-10-10)

GSK accused of misleading FDA on safety of asthma drug
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is accused of manipulating the trial data it submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its asthma drug salmeterol in a correspondence letter in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2005-10-06)

Nanotechnology to provide portable genetic risk detection
A state-of-the-art portable biosensing device based on micro- and nanotechnologies will empower doctors to rapidly and accurately forewarn patients of their genetic risk of developing diseases such as cancer. (2005-08-08)

New analysis services for the wine-producing sector
The AZTI-Tecnalia laboratories have launched new methodologies for analysing parameters that, up to now, have not usually been analysed for wines - ocratoxine A and histamine. The design of these new analysis methodologies arose from the need for adaptation to new market demands in the wine-producing world. (2005-07-20)

Airbags associated with increased automobile accident deaths, according to new UGA study
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that airbags installed in automobiles have saved some 10,000 lives as of January 2004. A just-released study by a statistician at the University of Georgia, however, casts doubt on that assertion. In fact, said UGA statistics professor Mary C. Meyer, a new analysis of existing data indicates that, controlling for other factors, airbags are actually associated with slightly increased probability of death in accidents. (2005-06-01)

Lychnis moth (Hadena bicruris) lays more eggs in isolated areas
The Lychnis moth (Hadena bicruris) is laying more eggs on white campion (Silene latifolia), due to the increasing fragmentation of the countryside. Dutch researcher Jelmer Elzinga studied how many white campion seeds were eaten by Lychnis moth caterpillars at various locations along the River Waal. (2005-02-11)

New figures highlight trends in drug and alcohol misuse
New figures published by Dr Foster in this week's BMJ outline drug and alcohol related harm in the population of England. (2005-01-13)

Children at risk from unexploded military material
Unexploded military material in Afghanistan cause more injuries and deaths than landmines especially among children, according to research published on (2005-01-06)

Breast reconstruction with implants after mastectomy doesn't hurt survival chances
Breast implants after mastectomy to treat breast cancer do not reduce the long-term survival of patients, reveals the first study on the long-term effects of breast implants, published today in Breast Cancer Research. (2004-12-22)

Women with arrhythmias may also benefit from an ICD
A small study of patients with heart failure not caused by blocked arteries indicates that women, as well as men, may benefit from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD). (2004-11-09)

Schizophrenia risk higher in children of older fathers
Children of older fathers are more likely to develop schizophrenia in later life, concludes new research published on (2004-10-21)

Software difficulties cost builders billions
Inadequate software interoperability in the capital facilities industry cost the commercial, institutional and industrial building sectors $15.8 billion in 2002 in lost efficiency, according to a newly released study commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). (2004-08-30)

Improved nutrition could prevent more than half of the world's child deaths annually
Fifty-three percent of all child deaths that occur annually are caused by undernutrition, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Human Nutrition. (2004-06-17)

Invasive plant outcompeted by its native ancestors
Invasive plants are believed to double-profit from loss of natural enemies and subsequent evolution of less chemically defended but more competitive genotypes, which take over their new habitats. In Ecology Letters, April, offspring from invasive North American populations of garlic mustard were out-competed by those from native European populations, having evolved to be less competitive, due to a lack of competitors in invaded habitats. (2004-03-18)

Private finance initiative is associated with NHS downsizing and bed reductions
The private finance initiative (PFI) in Lothian, Scotland has not reached its targets for inpatient admissions and performance, show researchers in this week's BMJ. The effect has been a cut in services and downsizing of hospital and community facilities compared with other NHS hospitals in Scotland. (2003-04-24)

MRSA deaths on the rise
Infections due to MRSA seem to be an increasing cause of death in England and Wales, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-12-12)

Caesarean delivery of twins may prevent deaths
Second twins born at term are at higher risk of death due to complications during labour and delivery than first twins, but planned caesarean section may prevent such deaths, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-10-31)

Caution needed when assessing impact of dosing errors in clinical trials
When addressing the issues of cause and effect in clinical research, particularly when dosing errors are involved, care must be taken to ensure that potential confounding issues also are considered, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers. (2000-11-13)

New study appears to suggest that use of Viagra may have adverse cardiovascular effects
A limited study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and utilizing post-marketing adverse event reports made to the FDA, shows that there appears to be a high number of deaths and serious cardiovascular events associated with the use of Viagra, the most commonly prescribed therapy for erectile dysfunction in men. These findings will be presented March 14 at the meeting of the American College of Cardiologists in Anaheim, CA. (2000-03-13)

Pure-blood microchips
A tiny drop of your blood has enough DNA to diagnose or incriminate you - little wonder you demand a contamination- free analysis. As reported this month in Genome Research, Larry Kricka and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania have constructed a microchip machine to take blood straight from collection to DNA analysis, without separate steps that could deplete or contaminate samples. (2000-02-29)

What does the man-machine system demand? Cognitive task analysis in medical decision making
The study of expertise has led to considerable insight into the nature of skilled performance in professional domains. In their presentation entitled What Does the Man-Machine System Demand? Cognitive Task Analysis in Medical Decision Making. André W. Kushniruk and Vimla l. Patel will discuss applications of an approach known as cognitive task analysis for examining how physicians cope with decision complexity. (2000-02-20)

Keeping ships healthy
ONR-funded researchers at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., of Alexandria, Va., have developed a technology that networks up to 30 remote sensors along a single fiber optic cable and periodically interrogates the sensors to assess structural strain. (1999-08-02)

Whole Grain Intake And Ischemic Heart Disease
A ten-year analysis of ischemic heart disease deaths among 34,492 postmenopausal women showed lowest risk among those who consumed the most whole-grain in their diets. The positive effect was considered due to increased intake of phenols, vitamins and phytoestrogens. (Accompanying editorial by W. Willett.) (1998-08-17)

Mostly In The Mind
Antidepressants may be little better than placebos. The benefits of taking the drugs could be almost entirely due to the psycological boost derived from taking a pill rather than their effects on brain chemistry, say two researchers in the US. (1998-07-08)

Impact of Meteorites, Drop in Sea Level Caused Mass Extinctions 65 Million Years Ago
The scientific dispute over what caused the extinction of 70 percent of all species worldwide 65 million years ago is closer to a resolution, with new research by scientists from UCLA and the University of Washington. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (1996-11-21)

Don't Sell Antibiotics For Urinary Tract Infections Over-The-Counter, Say U-M Researchers.
Health consumers plagued by urinary tract infections (UTI) might be pleased by the convenience of over-the-counter availability for UTI antibiotics. A cost-effectiveness analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, however, suggests this could lead to increased costs and widespread antibiotic resistance. (1996-11-18)

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