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Manganese in drinking water: Study suggests adverse effects on children's intellectual abilities

September 19, 2010 10:31 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Université du Québec à Montréal) A team of researchers recently completed a study showing that children exposed to high concentrations of manganese in drinking water performed worse on tests of intellectual functioning than children with lower exposures.


Higher incidence of seizures seen in children with H1N1 virus compared to seasonal flu

September 19, 2010 10:31 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah determined that the 2009 pandemic influenza A caused a higher rate of neurological complications in children than the seasonal flu. The most common complications observed were seizures and encephalopathy....


Artificial Ovary Could Help Infertile Women

September 19, 2010 9:33 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Tissue engineering allows for complex three-dimensional cell construction.


Childhood viral infection may be a cause of obesity

September 19, 2010 9:31 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of California -- San Diego) The emerging idea that obesity may have an infectious origin gets new support in a cross-sectional study by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers who found that children exposed to a particular strain of adenovirus were...


Mayo-led researchers discover genetic variants modifying breast cancer risk

September 19, 2010 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Mayo Clinic) Individuals with disrupting mutations in the BRCA1 gene are known to be at substantially increased risk of breast cancer throughout their lives.


2 studies find new genetic links to ovarian cancer risk

September 19, 2010 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Duke University Medical Center) An international consortium of scientists has discovered new genetic variants in five regions of the genome that affect the risk of ovarian cancer in the general population, according to two separate studies published today (Sunday), online in Nature Genetics.


Possible alternate therapy for adults with poorly controlled asthma

September 19, 2010 6:31 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) A drug commonly used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease successfully treats adults whose asthma is not well-controlled on low doses of inhaled corticosteroids, reported researchers supported by the National Heart,...


Adding yoga to workout regime can improve health

September 18, 2010 7:31 pm | by Baylor College of Medicine | News | Comments

Implementing yoga into a workout routine can provide unique health benefits, said a Baylor College of Medicine physician and yoga enthusiast. "Yoga is a broad philosophy containing many different paths to achieve the goal of physical, mental and spiritual well-being," said Dr. Bobby...


Former HealthSouth CEO, wife settle some debt

September 18, 2010 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy and his wife have agreed to hand over up to $12 million in cash and property to the company.The money will settle claims that Leslie Scrushy was hiding her husband's belongings to prevent them from being seized by the Birmingham company. The...

Futures in Biotech 67: Triceratopping Egg Mountain

September 18, 2010 2:32 am | Podcasts | Comments

Host: Marc Pelletier Dinosaur hunting with the man who inspired Jurassic Park. Guest: Dr. Jack Horner, curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies and Montana State University Regents' Professor of Paleontology We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes. Comments and...

Teaching Doctors To Be Better Listeners

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

If doctors listen more carefully to patients' conversations about work and family life, they can pick up clues that lead to better treatment, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Author Dr. Alan Schwartz talks about training doctors to be better listeners.

How We Pay Attention

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Can you remember everything you see when you walk into a room? Why does our memory deceive us, even when we're confident we're paying attention? Psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons discuss what grabs our focus, and why.

To Spur Innovation, Offer Millions In Cash Prizes

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Just as Charles Lindbergh was tempted to fly nonstop to Paris in hopes of winning a $25,000 prize, the U.S. government is offering millions of dollars in prize money to lure innovators into building better lightbulbs, cheaper satellite-launching spacecraft and more fuel-efficient cars.

Why Are These Crows So Good With Tools?

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

New Caledonian crows are among only a handful of species that have been shown to use tools. They use twigs to fish out beetle larvae from dead trees. Reporting in Science, Christian Rutz and colleagues explore why the birds evolved this rare trait.

White House Says ‘No’ To Solar Panel

September 17, 2010 4:36 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Environmentalist Bill McKibben was hoping the Obama administration would reinstall a solar panel President Jimmy Carter once had on the White House. McKibben took the panel to Washington, D.C., but administration officials declined to put the panel back on the White House roof.


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