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Researchers demystifying complex cellular communications hubs found in sensory neurons

July 7, 2010 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) It's safe to say that cilia, the hairlike appendages jutting out from the smooth surfaces of most mammalian cells, have long been misunderstood -- underestimated, even.

Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology: July 16-19, 2010, Berlin, Germany

July 7, 2010 7:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Cardiology) Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology, the first scientific meeting ever organized by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science of the European Society of Cardiology, is being held in Berlin this month to provide a new European platform for the...

Athlete Semenya free to compete

July 7, 2010 4:40 am | by BBC | News | Comments

South African athlete Caster Semenya is given the all-clear to return to competition by the international athletics body.

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Attitudes, beliefs and health literacy impact how patients manage chronic lower-back pain

July 7, 2010 4:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier Health Sciences) In a study published in the August issue of Pain, a group of Australian researchers investigating the relevance of health literacy in patients with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) found that LBP-related beliefs and behaviors affect a person's disability...

Elsevier and International Society of Geriatric Oncology launch Journal of Geriatric Oncology

July 6, 2010 11:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Elsevier) Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology announced today the launch of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology.

Hospitals warned that wet breathing system filters transmit harmful bacteria and yeast

July 6, 2010 10:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wiley-Blackwell) Doctors have highlighted potential problems with the breathing system filters used in anesthesia, including intensive care units, after demonstrating that they don't provide protection from harmful bacteria and yeast when they become wet. Research has shown that...

Neural stem cells attack glioblastoma cells

July 6, 2010 10:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) In their latest research, scientists of the Max Delbrueck Center Berlin-Buch, Germany, have demonstrated how the brain's own stem cells and precursor cells control the growth of glioblastomas. Of all brain tumors, glioblastomas are...

Antagonizing atherosclerosis

July 5, 2010 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Rockefeller University Press) Antibody-producing B cells promote atherosclerosis in mice, according to a study to be published online on July 5 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. These findings came as a surprise, as prior studies had suggested that B cells help protect...

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Kids now see fewer television ads for sweets and beverages, but more for fast food

July 5, 2010 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(JAMA and Archives Journals) Children saw fewer television advertisements for certain foods, including those for sweets and beverages, in 2007 compared with 2003, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the September print issue of Archives of Pediatrics &...

Digital embryo gains wings

July 5, 2010 12:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have captured fruit fly development on film, creating the Fly Digital Embryo. In work published today in Nature Methods, they were also the first to clearly record how a zebrafish's eyes...

Wallabies and bats harbor 'fossil' genes from the most deadly family of human viruses

July 2, 2010 11:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University at Buffalo) Modern marsupials may be popular animals at the zoo and in children's books, but new findings by University at Buffalo biologists reveal that they harbor a "fossil" copy of a gene that codes for filoviruses, which cause Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers...

Wellcome-Wolfson partnership makes £30 million investment in UK scientific infrastructure

July 2, 2010 7:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wellcome Trust) Over £30 ($45) million is being invested into large-scale university infrastructure projects courtesy of the Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards initiative. The scheme is intended to facilitate internationally competitive, leading-edge biomedical research in a way that...

Announcing launch of FRAX version 3.1

July 2, 2010 7:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International Osteoporosis Foundation) The newly released FRAX version 3.1 now includes country models for Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, the Netherlands and South Korea. The tool is available in six additional languages.

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Recognition at first glance

July 1, 2010 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) Max Planck researchers investigate facial recognition.

CryoSat-2 exceeding expectations

July 1, 2010 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Space Agency) Today, participants at the Living Planet Symposium have been hearing about ESA's most recently launched mission, CryoSat-2. In orbit for almost three months, the satellite is in excellent health with scientists very encouraged by the first ice-thickness data...

Parkinson's Disease Foundation announces research awards totaling $1.2 million

July 1, 2010 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Parkinson's Disease Foundation) The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is pleased to announce awards totaling $1.2 million for research projects designed to understand the cause(s) of and find a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Chromosomal abnormality found for inherited clubfoot

July 1, 2010 9:36 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Washington University School of Medicine) Although clubfoot is one of the most common congenital birth defects, few genetic causes have been found. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found what they believe to be the most common cause of...

Needles improve exercise tolerance in heart patients

July 1, 2010 9:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University Hospital Heidelberg) Acupuncture can improve exercise tolerance in patients suffering from chronic heart failure. This was determined in a clinical pilot study by the team headed by Dr. Johannes Backs, physician and study director at the Department of Internal Medicine...

Spanish public-sector workers complain most about their work environment

July 1, 2010 9:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) Spanish employees from public institutions and companies report higher levels of psychological violence in their place of work than their Finnish counterparts. These are the results of a study headed by the University of...

US plan to pay hospitals for performance could hurt those in less-advantaged areas

June 30, 2010 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(New York University) The nationwide implementation of hospital pay-for-performance threatens to act as a "reverse Robin Hood," according to a New York University-led study published in the academic journal PLoS Medicine on June 29, 2010.

SMOS shines at symposium

June 30, 2010 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Space Agency) Today, a focus at ESA's Living Planet Symposium is on the innovative SMOS mission, which recently became operational. Early results are proving very encouraging with its first observations due to be released in early July.

New cochlear implant could improve outcomes for patients

June 30, 2010 9:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Medical College of Georgia) More electrodes and a thinner, more flexible wire inserted further into the inner ear could improve conventional cochlear implants, a team of Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say.

Genetic code 2.0

June 30, 2010 9:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) The creation of synthetic proteins plays an important role in science. By integrating artificial amino acids into proteins (genetic code engineering), their already existing qualities can be systematically improved, allowing new biological features to...

Do eggs matured in the laboratory result in babies with Large Offspring syndrome?

June 30, 2010 6:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) A review of studies of babies born after in vitro maturation fertility treatment has suggested that they are more likely to be born larger than normal and to have more difficult births requiring more obstetric interventions...

The teeth of cadavers reveal their identity

June 29, 2010 6:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) Researchers from the University of Granada have shown that a person's dental patterns can be used as proof of their identity with the same degree of reliability as DNA testing, the method that forensic police use to reveal the...

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