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High-volume portable music players may impair ability to clearly discriminate sounds

March 9, 2011 7:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(National Institute for Physiological Sciences) The study was a collaboration between Drs. Hidehiko Okamoto and Ryusuke Kakigi from the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan, and Drs. Christo Pantev and Henning Teismann from the University of Muenster. The...

Cancer in HIV-positive patients

March 8, 2011 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Most HIV-positive patients die of cancer. In the latest issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Manfred Hensel's research group presents epidemiological data.

Semprus BioSciences' Lucchino joins AdvaMed board

March 8, 2011 12:35 pm | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

David L. Lucchino, CEO of Cambridge-based Semprus BioSciences, has been elected to the board of directors of the trade association Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).

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Eating disorders and body dissatisfaction is double in Muslim teenagers than in Christian

March 8, 2011 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Granada) Research conducted at the University of Granada is pioneer in addressing the relationship between religion, eating disorders and body image perception among adolescents. To carry out this study, researchers took a sample of 494 students aged 12-20 years from...

LRI awards wide-ranging research grants to drive next generation of scientific discovery in lupus

March 8, 2011 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Spectrum) The Lupus Research Institute today announced the award of 12 new research grants, building on its decade-long commitment to drive innovation and discover novel approaches to understand and treat one of the world's most confounding and elusive diseases -- lupus.

Sildenafil reduces Raynaud's frequency in patients with systemic sclerosis

March 8, 2011 9:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Researchers in Europe reported that treatment with modified-release sildenafil significantly reduced the frequency of attacks of Raynaud's phenomenon in patients with limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma. The double-blind,...

Roundworm could provide new treatment for sepsis

March 8, 2011 8:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Liverpool) Research by the University of Liverpool has found that systemic inflammation caused by sepsis can be suppressed by a protein which occurs naturally in a type of roundworm.

The safety of daily magnesium oxide treatment for children with chronic constipation

March 8, 2011 7:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(World Journal of Gastroenterology) A research team from Japan determined serum magnesium concentration in children with functional constipation treated with daily magnesium oxide. The results showed that serum magnesium concentration increased significantly, but not critically,...

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NIH study examines best time for healthy HIV-infected people to begin antiretrovirals

March 7, 2011 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A major new clinical trial seeks to determine whether HIV-infected asymptomatic individuals have less risk of developing AIDS or other serious illness if they begin taking antiretrovirals sooner rather than later, based on...

Psoriasis medication rises hope in the fight against multiple sclerosis

March 7, 2011 9:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Ruhr-University Bochum) Fumaric acid salts have been in use against severe psoriasis for a long time. About ten years ago, researchers in Bochum speculated that they may also have a favorable effect on multiple sclerosis as a result of their TH2 polarizing mechanisms. In parallel...

Accurate measurement of radioactive thoron possible at last

March 7, 2011 8:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)) Annette Rottger and her scientific team managed to do something that was previously thought to be impossible: they developed a primary standard for the measurement of short-lived radioactive thoron.

Parents important for keeping adolescents off alcohol

March 7, 2011 8:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) Parents who are both present and engaged are the very best way of preventing teenagers from consuming large quantities of alcohol. Adolescents who smoke, stay out with their friends and have access to alcohol -- from their parents, for example -- when they...

Sleepy connected Americans

March 6, 2011 7:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(National Sleep Foundation) The 2011 Sleep in America poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation finds pervasive use of communications technology in the hour before bed. It also finds that a significant number of Americans aren't getting the sleep they say they need and...

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Leicester leads on heart attack genetic link discovery

March 6, 2011 9:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Leicester) The largest-ever study of its type into coronary heart disease, involving scientists from the University of Leicester, has uncovered 13 new genes that increase risk of heart attacks.

Vaccinated children not at higher risk of infections or allergic diseases

March 4, 2011 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) May vaccinations put too much strain on or weaken children's immune systems and are therefore harmful? Roma Schmitz and her colleagues from the Robert Koch Institute investigate exactly this research question in the current issue of Deutsches...

Don't miss March 7 pre-registration deadline for Valencia meetings

March 4, 2011 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International Osteoporosis Foundation) March 7 is the pre-registration deadline for the most important European bone meetings of the year, to be held in Valencia, Spain. The European Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis will be held in Valencia's award-winning congress center...

Blue Sky Biotech infused with Ampersand VC backing

March 4, 2011 9:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Blue Sky Biotech Inc., a Worcester-based contract research organization for the pharmaceutical industry, has taken an investment from private equity firm Ampersand Ventures of Wellesley.

Scientists identify susceptibility factor for bipolar disorder

March 3, 2011 11:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cell Press) A new study provides fascinating insight into the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, a highly heritable mood disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. The research, published by Cell Press online Feb. 24 in the American Journal of Human...

Boston Scientific completes Atritech acquisition

March 3, 2011 10:39 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corp. has completed its buyout, worth up to $375 million, of Atritech Inc., a Minnesota maker of medical devices.

Australia Fellowship gives $4 million boost to cancer origin research

March 3, 2011 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) Walter and Eliza Hall Institute cancer researcher professor Jane Visvader has received a $4 million fellowship from the Australian Government to continue her work into the origin of breast, ovarian and lung cancers.Professor Visvader is one of six...

How sunlight may reduce the severity of multiple sclerosis

March 3, 2011 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) New research into the neurodegenerative disease, multiple sclerosis offers new insight into the link between sunlight, vitamin D3, and MS risk and severity. The research, published in the European Journal of Immunology, studies the relationship between the...

18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections: Day 4 NIH highlights

March 3, 2011 9:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Highlighted below are selected presentations from March 2 on research supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human...

Sperm quality and counts worsening in Finland

March 3, 2011 7:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) A new study published in the International Journal of Andrology reveals that semen quality has significantly deteriorated during the last ten years in Finland, a country that previously was a region with high sperm counts.

Fighting cancer at your local Indian restaurant

March 2, 2011 10:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University has found that curcumin, an ingredient found in turmeric -- a bright yellow spice from south Asia and the main ingredient in curries -- can fight cancer when used...

$3.6 million research project underway to reduce mother and baby deaths in Malawi

March 2, 2011 8:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Warwick) Warwick Medical School has just begun a ?2.6 ($3.6) million three year research and training program to train Malawian clinical officers in a bid to reduce the country's high death rate for pregnant mothers and babies.

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