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Height sensitive: Rear crash protection devices for heavy trucks
Penn State simulation testing suggests that barriers, called underride guards, placed on the rear end of heavy trucks to prevent cars from sliding underneath and being crushed in rear-end collisions may be less effective if placed lower or higher than 16 inches (400 mm) from the ground. (2003-11-17)

Workplace rewards tall people with money, respect, UF study shows
Short people may be short-changed when it comes to salary, status and respect, according to a University of Florida study that found tall people earn considerably more money throughout their lives. (2003-10-16)

Engineers head into path of Hurricane Isabel
Engineers from Clemson University and the University of Florida are scrambling to deploy four mobile data-acquisition platforms squarely in the path of oncoming Hurricane Isabel. They will converge in the Wilmington, N.C., area Tuesday night and then reposition along Isabel's likely path. (2003-09-16)

Lesbians' weight patterns may trigger more heart disease
Lesbians weigh more and carry more excess weight around their waistlines than their heterosexual sisters do, and these differences could place them at higher risk for heart disease, says a new study published in the journal Women's Health Issues. (2003-09-09)

Abdominal fat, a contributor to heart disease risk, is related to alcohol drinking pattern
How you drink alcohol -- how often, how much, when and what kind -- can influence the risk of heart disease by affecting the accumulation of abdominal fat, a body characteristic shown to be an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, University at Buffalo epidemiologists have shown. (2003-09-02)

How to drop in on Titan
You need to have thought of almost every eventuality when landing on a distant moon in a remote corner of the Solar System. You must have tested your spacecraft to its limits to be sure it will withstand the extreme conditions expected on Titan, a moon of Saturn. (2003-08-28)

Other highlights in the August 20 issue of JNCI
Other highlights of the August 20 issue of JNCI include three articles on body mass index and risk of cancer, a study of Finnish immigrants suggesting that risk of testicular cancer may be determined early in life, a study reexamining the role of a carcinogen-activating enzyme in bladder cancer, and an analysis that doubles previous percentage estimates of hereditary adrenal gland tumors. (2003-08-19)

Rising height of atmospheric boundary points to human impact on climate
A team of scientists, including several from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), has determined that human-related emissions are largely responsible for an increase in the height of the tropopause--the boundary between the two lowest layers of the atmosphere. (2003-07-24)

Scientists find 'fingerprint' of human activities in recent tropopause height changes
Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have determined that human-induced changes in ozone and well-mixed greenhouse gases are the primary drivers of recent changes in the height of the tropopause. Earlier research has shown that increases in the height of the tropopause over the past two decades are directly linked to stratospheric ozone depletion and increased greenhouse gases. (2003-07-24)

Teens' distorted body image may lead to unhealthy behaviors
High school girls tend to see themselves as 11 pounds over their ideal body weight while boys perceive their current and ideal body images as almost the same, according to a new study. (2003-07-16)

Desert Research Institute team predicts early summer rains for Southwest
Occurrence of monsoon rains in the Southwest U.S. might be predictable one-to-two months in advance if an experimental weather forecast proves accurate. A team headed by Desert Research Institute scientist David Mitchell predicts an early start this year for this heavy rainfall. (2003-07-09)

Tracking premature babies: girls grow bigger than boys
After tracking the physical growth rates of very premature babies over a 20-year period, researchers have discovered that male premature babies lag behind their female counterparts, while the young women not only catch up in weight and height to their normal birth weight counterparts but also exhibit similar rates of obesity. This rapid growth seen when children (2003-07-07)

Giant bloom fades, science continues
The corpse flower that bloomed at the University of California, Davis, Botanical Conservatory last week is now fading. But the brief blooming brought a flurry of experiments from UC Davis biologists eager to take advantage of the rare event. (2003-06-18)

Low income kids' height doesn't measure up by age 1
A new study reveals that children from low-income families, at or below the poverty level, had lower birth weights and were measurably shorter by age one than children from higher-income families, based on average growth rates of children. (2003-05-03)

Diabetes among siblings, obesity: Risk factors for heart disease
Studies have suggested that the (2003-04-01)

Concern over expanding waistlines of British youth
Waist circumference in young people has risen more steeply over the past 10-20 years than body mass index, particularly in girls. This is a cause for concern because a large waist circumference is linked to a greater risk of disorders such as diabetes and high cholesterol, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-20)

Short thighs linked to greater likelihood of diabetes
People with short upper legs are more likely to have glucose intolerance or diabetes, researchers reported today at the American Heart Association's 43rd Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. (2003-03-07)

Higher childhood blood pressure may be linked to obesity epidemic
Researchers have found an unexpected increase in the number of children with high blood pressure, and say the growing rate of obesity may be the culprit. (2003-03-06)

Greater height associated with increased risk of prostate cancer over age 50
Greater height appeared to be positively associated with subsequent risk of prostate cancer in men over age 50, according to a study presented at the national meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine in San Diego. (2003-02-21)

Overweight is 20 percent among Los Angeles County public school children
After analyzing body mass index (BMI) data from 280,630 students in the 5th, 7th, and 9th grades in Los Angeles County (LAC), California, public school system, researchers reported an overall prevalence of overweight of slightly more than 20 percent, according to a study presented at the national meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine in San Diego. (2003-02-21)

Ocean surface saltiness influences El NiƱo forecasts
NASA sponsored scientists have discovered by knowing the salt content of the ocean's surface, they may be able to improve the ability to predict El Nino events. Scientists, studying the western Pacific Ocean, find regional changes in the saltiness of surface ocean water correspond to changes in upper ocean heat content in the months preceding an El Nino event. Knowing the distribution of surface salinity may help predict events. (2003-01-29)

Scientists discover global warming linked to increase in tropopause height over past two decades
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered another fingerprint of human effects on global climate. Recent research has shown that increases in the height of the tropopause over the past two decades are directly linked to ozone depletion and increased greenhouse gases. (2003-01-03)

Men with diabetes father smaller babies
Children born to fathers with diabetes weigh less than other children, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-01-02)

Centrefold models are becoming more androgynous
The shapely body characteristics of centrefold models have given way to more androgynous ones, concludes a study in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ. (2002-12-19)

Early sexual development, childhood obesity link is opposite for boys and girls, UIC study says
A new analysis of a major study of childhood nutrition shows that early sexually-maturing girls are more likely than other girls to be obese while in boys early developers are less likely to be obese than other males. (2002-11-04)

Call me Ishmael
In the deep waters two miles south of Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, not far from where, two centuries ago, the likes of Captain Ahab and a thousand others kept their watch for the great white and his kin, we are now searching to understand another potential beast in those parts: the ocean and the weather. (2002-10-08)

What do you mean throw out the food guide pyramid?
Exercise an hour a day? Eat up to 25 percent of total calories in added sugars? The barrage of coverage surrounding National Academies' Institute of Medicine's Dietary Reference Intake Report released Sept. 5 has people even more confused about eating healthfully. Rachel Johnson, Ph.D. R.D., professor of nutrition and acting dean of the University of Vermont's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a contributor to the Institute of Medicine's report clarifies several key points in the report. (2002-09-09)

Other highlights in the August 21 issue of JNCI
Other highlights include a look at recent trends in incidence of AIDS-associated cancers, a study examining the impact of pre-puberty growth on breast cancer risk, a study of the effects of adrenomedullin overexpression on the survival of breast cancer cells, and findings supporting the association between a human papillomavirus 58 variant and cervical cancer. (2002-08-20)

Researchers measure Antarctic ice shelf tides from space for the first time
In efforts to determine how Antarctica is changing--whether due to natural or human-produced climate change--scientists use satellite and radar technologies to monitor the height and thickness of the continent's ice shelves. (2002-07-31)

Cosmic rays linked to global warming
Researchers studying global warming have often been confounded by the differences between observed increases in surface-level temperatures and unchanging low-atmosphere temperatures. Researchers have proposed for the first time that interstellar cosmic rays could be the missing link between the discordant temperatures observed during the last two decades. (2002-07-30)

Fertility treatments increase incidence of twins at a cost
Fertility treatments can increase multiple births and, in doing so, impose long-range costs in schooling and income on the resulting children, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Penn economics professors Jere Behrman and Mark Rosenzweig are the first researchers to document the causal link between birth weights and lifetime earnings. (2002-07-02)

Aborigine study suggests body mass index guidelines should be lower to block diabetes
The recommended upper limit of a healthy body mass index (BMI) -- the term doctors and others use to indicate how much people weigh for how tall they are -- might need to be revised downward to protect people from becoming glucose intolerant or developing type 2 diabetes, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests. (2002-06-13)

Meta-analysis of zinc supplementation shows positive growth effects for infants and children
In a meta-analysis of the effect of zinc supplementation on children's growth in countries around the world, Brown et al. found that, overall, zinc supplementation of infants and children produced positive growth responses in height and weight. (2002-05-23)

Short teenage boys earn less than tall teenage boys when they each grow up
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that a boy's height at age 16 is a significant determinant of his salary as an adult. For white males, the effect of adult height in the labor market is irrelevant when adolescent height is taken into account. Decades later, the taller teen is likely to earn as much as 15 percent more than his shorter peers. (2002-04-18)

Homeless urban children in developing countries found to be healthier than expected
The rapid increase in the number of homeless children in cities in the developing world is a matter of grave concern, particularly with regard to their physical well-being. A study by a University at Buffalo researcher, however, supports earlier findings that although fraught with danger and poverty, the conditions under which these children live are more optimal for survival than originally thought. (2002-04-10)

Mississippi and Missouri River flood levels underestimated
The current official level for the 100-year flood in downtown St. Louis is 47.1 ft. Nicholas Pinter, a geologist at Southern Illinois University, has recently discovered that this flood height needs to be raised about four feet. The Army Corps of Engineers, however, has advised lowering it by six inches. Pinter will present his new findings on April 4 at the Geological Society of America's North-Central Section and Southeastern Section Joint Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. (2002-04-03)

Maya children in U.S. more likely to be overweight and obese than whites or blacks
Maya children in the United States are taller and longer-legged than Mayan children in Guatemala, as a result of greater access to food and health care. But they are also much heavier, probably because they are more sedentary, according to an anthropologist at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. (2002-02-16)

When the Earth dried out
About a billion years ago, the continents emerged from an ocean that covered 95 percent of the Earth's surface, according to a new theory by Eldridge Moores, a geologist at the University of California, Davis. The appearance of large masses of dry land would have caused environmental changes that enabled the explosion of new life forms around 500 million years ago. (2002-02-07)

Growth benefits of zinc in children with sickle cell disease
A study of children aged 4-10 years who had sickle cell disease evaluated the long-term effects of zinc supplementation in normalizing growth. (2002-01-22)

Perception is stored in single neurones
Perception is something that must be learned. Brain researchers now ask how different kinds of information are integrated in the brain and what principles govern how perceived objects are represented there. Scientists at Tuebingen's Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics have carried out experiments that prove for the first time that single nerve cells in the brain are responsible for controlling our perception by drawing on prior experience. (2002-01-18)

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