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Physics story tops EurekAlert!'s 2010 list of most-visited releases

March 23, 2011 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) The most-visited story on EurekAlert! in 2010 was the discovery of a "golden ratio" in the nanoscale symmetry of solid matter. The finding put forth the new suggestion that matter on the quantum level may possess its own unique,...

Queen's University leads ?3 million food safety project

March 23, 2011 11:42 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Queen's University Belfast) The global QSAFFE project (Quality and Safety of Feeds and Food for Europe) will deliver better ways to ensure the quality and safety of animal feeds in Europe. It is led by Queen's Centre for Assured, Safe and Traceable Food (ASSET) and involves 11...

European coastal pollution is harmful to seals

March 22, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) The bodies of harbor seals, which live in estuaries or along coastlines where industrial activities take place, are highly contaminated. This is the result of a European study, involving Spanish participation, which warns of...


Queen's University puts over 2,400 food scares under the microscope

March 22, 2011 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Queen's University Belfast) Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have completed the first ever analysis of all food recalls announced in the USA, UK and Ireland over the last decade.

Illinois entomology professor May Berenbaum to receive 2011 Tyler Prize

March 21, 2011 9:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) University of Illinois entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum will receive the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an international award that recognizes "those individuals who have contributed in an...

Energy, security, superconductivity and more at the largest physics meeting of the year

March 21, 2011 9:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Physical Society) Press conferences at the 2011 March Meeting of the American Physical Society will feature research on super tough and stretchy materials, devices to aid in homeland security, new economic and social models, barbecue, bucking broncos and cutting-edge...

Traffic accidents linked to increased risk of chronic widespread pain

March 20, 2011 9:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Individuals with poorer health or psychological issues may be prone to developing chronic widespread pain following a traumatic event. This new research, published today in Arthritis Care & Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology,...

Influence of pulp extraction technique on DPSCs quality and quantity

March 19, 2011 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International & American Association for Dental Research) During the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session, lead researcher C. Paganellii will present a poster titled "Influence of Pulp Extraction Technique on DPSCs Quality and Quantity."


Biodegradable tooth-binding micelles inhibit Streptococcus mutans biofilm growth

March 19, 2011 11:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International & American Association for Dental Research) During the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session, lead researcher F. Cheni will hold an oral presentation on a research study titled "Biodegradable Tooth-binding Micelles Inhibit Streptococcus mutans Biofilm Growth."

New blood analysis chip could lead to disease diagnosis in minutes

March 18, 2011 5:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of California - Berkeley) A major milestone in microfluidics could soon lead to stand-alone, self-powered chips that can diagnose diseases within minutes. The device, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, Dublin City University in Ireland and Universidad de...

In pilot study, screening detects potentially serious heart conditions in healthy children

March 17, 2011 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) A pilot study in healthy children and adolescents shows that it is feasible to screen for undiagnosed heart conditions that increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Adding a 10-minute, relatively low-cost electrocardiogram to a history and...

Sexual plant reproduction: Male and female talk in the same way as do cells in your brain

March 17, 2011 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia) A team of researchers at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Portugal, discovered that pollen, the organ that contains the plant male gametes, communicate with the pistil, their female counterpart, using a mechanism commonly observed in the...

Cytokinetics announces fundamental research in cardiac myosin activation in the journal Science

March 17, 2011 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cytokinetics, Inc.) This publication in the March 18, 2011, issue of the journal Science reveals, for the first time in a peer reviewed journal, the mechanism of action for omecamtiv mecarbil and the scientific rationale for directly modulating cardiac contractility as an...


Liquid biomaterials take stem cell therapy to new level

March 17, 2011 8:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Bristol) Scientists at the forefront of stem cell biology are exploring new approaches to creating surgical implants that could offer prolonged benefits for sufferers of osteoarthritis and potentially even cancer.

Most comprehensive collection of fungal cell biology movies ever published

March 17, 2011 6:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) A recent special edition of the journal Fungal Biology Reviews, published by Elsevier, on behalf of the British Mycological Society, features a total of 76 videos which together comprise the most comprehensive collection of fungal cell biology movies ever published. The...

Insight into parasite family planning could help target malaria

March 16, 2011 11:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Edinburgh) Fresh insight into the way the parasite that causes malaria reproduces could lead to new treatments to help curb the spread of the disease.

Wide variety in nutritional content found in 'senior' dog foods

March 16, 2011 11:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Tufts University, Health Sciences) The nutritional content of dog foods marketed for old dogs varies as widely as owner's perceptions about them, according to a study published this month by veterinary nutritionists at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

New health insurance survey: 9 million adults joined ranks of uninsured due to job loss in 2010

March 16, 2011 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Commonwealth Fund) An estimated nine million working-age adults -- 57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost -- became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released today. The...

Cambridge startup ImmusanT launches with celiac therapy

March 16, 2011 9:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Born from research in Australia, new Cambridge startup ImmusanT Inc. has launched to commercialize a therapy that aims to treat celiac disease like a simple allergy with regular injections of a therapy.

Unusual treatment of colonic perforation

March 15, 2011 5:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(World Journal of Gastroenterology) A research team from Italy described a case of a sigmoid perforation repaired with endoclips and endoloops, and sealed with fibrin glue. The effectiveness of this approach was confirmed on laparoscopic examination.

Nursing home boom in China has little government involvement

March 14, 2011 9:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Brown University) A new study of the growth and operation of nursing homes in Chinese cities finds that the industry, while still small, is surging to meet the country's overwhelming shift toward an older population. The almost entirely private-sector growth has far outpaced...

Tumor suppressor blocks viral growth in natural HIV controllers

March 14, 2011 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Elevated levels of p21, a protein best known as a cancer fighter, may be involved in the ability of a few individuals to control HIV infection with their immune system alone. In the April edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers...

New mouse model explains common pediatric brain tumor

March 14, 2011 9:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Journal of Clinical Investigation) Pilocytic astrocytoma is the most common pediatric brain tumor, but there are few medical therapies available. Mutations in a kinase called BRAF are found in more than half of all PA cases. This paper demonstrates that expression of just part of...

Contrary to popular belief, not all cases of chronic pancreatitis are alcohol-induced

March 11, 2011 5:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Gastroenterological Association) The relative rate of alcohol-related chronic pancreatitis is lower when compared to other causes.

Brain cell regrowth linked to benefits of exercise, sexual behaviors and reproductive issues

March 10, 2011 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair) Recent research confirms that adult brain cells can regenerate. Two studies explore links between neurogenesis of key adult brain cells in two critical areas of the brain -- the hippocampus and subventricular...

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