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International Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) Conference at Rutgers Newark
Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) researchers from around the world will convene at Rutgers-Newark for an (2002-04-26)

Action needed to tackle fake drugs trade
The World Health Organisation estimates that fake drugs account for 10% of global pharmaceutical commerce. Researchers in this week's BMJ call for urgent international action to tackle this murderous trade. (2002-04-04)

Traditional floodplain forest restoration may decrease bird diversity
There may be a problem with lower Mississippi floodplain forests that have been replanted with common oaks. While the idea was that nature would do the rest, some types of trees may not recover on their own -- and new research suggests that this lower tree diversity may lead to lower bird diversity. (2002-04-01)

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)

Researchers seek ways to reduce children's injury risk
Pediatricians can provide enhanced safety counseling to parents of young children, but parents, especially low income urban families, need additional services to help them follow the advice. This study found that the combination of pediatric counseling and a place where parents could go to purchase safety products at a reduced cost and get additional information was successful in increasing safety practices. A visit to each home by a community health worker offered no benefits. (2002-01-14)

Researchers: Autumn color is nature's sunscreen
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have a new theory about why autumn leaves turn scarlet and why the hues are more vibrant some years than others. They say that the pigments -- called anthocyanins -- are meant to act like sunscreen. (2001-09-28)

ORNL instrument could spell doom for Asian beetles
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 27, 2000 - An invasion of tree- destroying Asian Longhorned Beetles could be slowed or perhaps stopped with a larvae detection system being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). (2000-10-26)

Supplemental calcium taken daily can limit early on-set of osteoporosis in children with severe asthma, National Jewish Research finds
Children with severe asthma should take an over-the-counter calcium supplement and a multi-vitamin every day to prevent bone loss associated with the disease. (2000-10-15)

One-third of the American diet is junk food: The other two-thirds don't achieve 100% of the recommended daily allowance
One-third of the average American's diet is made up of (2000-09-24)

By all measurements -- Indiana's forests are growing
The report card is in and the news is very good. Whether you measure acres of forestland, numbers of trees, or net growth, Indiana's forests are expanding. (2000-05-17)

Turning biomass waste into auto fuel
Cornell researchers are using enzymes to break down solid biomass waste into a renewable energy form. They say there is sufficient biomass waste available to supply all of the organic chemicals that are consumed annually in the United States and still have enough left over to convert to auto fuel. (2000-03-28)

Athletes take note: Not all energy bars built the same
Energy bars may not always give endurance athletes the boost they expect. A study of two popular energy bars and found that one of the bars didn't give the moderate increase in blood sugar known to enhance performance in endurance athletes. Instead, its effect was much like a candy bar. (2000-03-20)

Diversity of trees in forests may be caused by soil pathogens, IU biologists find
Microbes in the soil beneath a parent tree can kill most of the tree's seedlings in that particular area. This clears the way for unaffected seeds of other species to take root and flourish near that tree, explaining the diversity of trees in forests, according to a study by Indiana University biologists. (2000-03-19)

Anti-IgE therapy improves symptoms and lowers steroid use in people with asthma
Some people with allergic asthma can experience improvement in their symptoms even as they reduce or completely eliminate the need for oral or inhaled corticosteroids by using anti- IgE, according to today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (1999-12-22)

Trees Need Calcium Too
Calcium levels in forest soils have decreased at locations in 10 states in the eastern United States, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. This trend is a cause for concern because calcium is necessary for neutralizing acid rain and is an essential nutrient for tree growth. (1999-03-29)

Fructose Consumption May Accelerate Aging: Skin's Elasticity And Softness May Be Affected
Animal studies have shown that excessive consumption of fructose -- a commonly used sweetener -- results in age- related alterations as measured in skin and bone collagen. Its effect on skin is to increase collagen crosslinking which reduces skin's elasticity and softness, which may, in turn, lead to wrinkles. (1998-11-24)

Why Is Africa So High?
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution report that a large, hot upwelling originating at the core-mantle boundary is responsible for the anomalously high elevation of southern Africa--the so-called African Superswell. (1998-09-16)

Biotech Foods Ready For Primetime, Experts Say
The fact is that if in the past year you've topped a sandwich with cheese, gobbled down a bowl of cereal, or guzzled a soft drink, chances are that you've eaten foods from genetically modified crops. (1998-09-10)

New Soy Protein Adhesive: Water Resistant, Strong And Non-Toxic
A soy-based, formaldehyde-free adhesive that's water resistant and strong has been developed by Kansas State University researcher Xiuzhi Susan Sun. (1998-08-23)

Ameriflux Network Will Track CO2 Transfer In Forests
State-of-the-art sensing instruments on towers located at 24 sites in North America will measure the amount of carbon dioxide exchanged between local ecosystems and the atmosphere. The U.S. Department of Energy project will help scientists predict what's going to happen as people send more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (1998-04-10)

COW Project Provides Powerful Interactive Teaching Tool On The World Wide Web
Temple University mathematics professors Dan Reich and Gerardo Mendoza are providing free access to their COW. That is, to their (1998-03-13)

SFU Researcher Fools Forest Pest Into 'Barking Up The Wrong Tree'
Simon Fraser University researcher Dezene Huber is investigating the secret scent life of two of British Columbia's most destructive forest insect pests. His goal? To fool the insects -- two species of bark beetles -- into bypassing vulnerable trees, using non-host scents to disguise trees they would normally attack. (1997-11-28)

Planned Burning In Forests A Boon To Several Species Of Birds In Illinois
Intentional burning in oak savannas is helping many bird populations, such as the red-headed woodpecker, based on preliminary findings of a three-year study in Illinois. (1997-09-05)

CU-Boulder, Colorado Town Wrapping Up Pilot Drinking Water Treatment Project
The University of Colorado at Boulder and the town of Wiggins, Colo., are wrapping up a pilot project which shows a novel drinking-water treatment process that removes nitrates from groundwater is both efficient and cost effective. (1997-08-29)

More To Drought Than Meets The Eye
Just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you probably can't judge a tree's drought tolerance by its leaf response, according to Penn State researchers. (1997-08-14)

Oak Regeneration In Some Ohio Forests Is Failing, Researchers Find
Oak trees in some Southeastern Ohio forests are failing to reproduce on their own, even in fertile areas, according to an Ohio University study. This could mean that without human intervention, oak-dominated forests in the area may be overtaken by different tree species, an ecological change unprecedented in modern times. (1997-08-14)

Scientists To Assess Effects Of Ozone, Carbon Dioxide On Trees
A multidisciplinary team of 17 scientists from universities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Mississippi, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the U.S. Forest Service are building an experimental facility near Rhinelander, WI to test the effects of combined ozone and carbon dioxide on forest stands (1996-12-03)

KU Researcher Adds A Dose Of Sugar To Diesel Fuel
A University of Kansas researcher develops a recipe for an alternative diesel fuel using agriculture resources. The recipe begins with a liberal dose of sugar. The primary goal is to demonstrate technology that can convert farm byproducts and surplusgrains into sugar for use as the primary component in fuel for diesel engines (1996-11-14)

Asian Beetle, New In This Country, Threatens Brooklyn's Shade Trees
Cornell University scientists have confirmed what they believe is the first known infestation of an Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, a large beetle that is attacking Brooklyn's horsechestnut and Norway maple tree population. The Norway maple is the most planted shade tree throughout New York state. (1996-09-12)

USDA Develops Tasty No-Cal, High Fiber Fat Substitute
U.S. Department of Agriculture food researchers have developed a fiber-rich, no-calorie substitute fat, Z-Trim, made from natural byproducts like oat hulls and corn bran. Z-Trim, a powder, is mixed with water for use in foods ranging from cheese to hamburger to brownies. (1996-08-26)

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