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Signs of deforestation in Brazil

8/20/2014
Multiple fires are visible in in this image of the Para and Mato Grosso states of Brazil. Many of these were most likely intentionally set in order to deforest the land. Deforestation is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a nonforest use. Exa... [Comments]Signs of deforestation in Brazil

Newborn screening expansion offers early diagnosis and treatment to infants with SCID

8/20/2014
WORCESTER, MA Using population-based screening outcomes of approximately 3 million infants, a team of scientists across 14 states, including four researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, have shown that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs. Data from 11 newborn screen... [Comments]

Lyme disease risk is year-round in Northwest California, according to new study

8/20/2014
SILICON VALLEY, Calif., August 19, 2014 -- Bay Area Lyme Foundation, which aims to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, applauds new research published in an upcoming issue of the Elsevier peer review journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases . The findings show that ticks... [Comments]Lyme disease risk is year-round in Northwest California, according to new study

$14.5 million grant awarded to continue anthrax studies

8/20/2014
The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a five-year, $14.5 million grant to continue its research on anthrax and the bacteria's effects on humans. For 10 years, OMRF scientist Mark Coggeshall, Ph.D., and his colleagues have studied the human immune response to anthrax bacteria as part of NIH's Cooperative Centers for Human Immunology. The ori... [Comments]

Scientists learn more about rare skin cancer that killed Bob Marley

8/20/2014
Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered that acral melanomas the rare type of skin cancer that caused reggae musician Bob Marley's death are genetically distinct from other more common types of skin cancer, according to a study (link is external) published in the journal Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research . Acral melanoma most often affects the palms of the hands, soles of the feet,... [Comments]

Recovery reversal seen in Oregon study of returning concussed athletes

8/20/2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- When are athletes who have suffered concussions ready to return to action? A new University of Oregon study has found that high school athletes who head back on the field with medical clearance within 60 days experience a significant regression in their abilities to simulta... [Comments]Recovery reversal seen in Oregon study of returning concussed athletes

Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life

8/20/2014
The sweet and salty aroma of sunscreen and seawater signals a relaxing trip to the shore. But scientists are now reporting that the idyllic beach vacation comes with an environmental hitch. When certain sunblock ingredients wash off skin and into the sea, they can become toxic to some of the ocean's tiniest inhabitants, which are the main course for many other marine animals. Their study appea... [Comments]

Treating pain by blocking the 'chili-pepper receptor'

8/20/2014
Biting into a chili pepper causes a burning spiciness that is irresistible to some, but intolerable to others. Scientists exploring the chili pepper's effect are using their findings to develop a new drug candidate for many kinds of pain, which can be caused by inflammation or other problems. They reported their progress on the compound, which is being tested in clinical trials, in ACS' Journ... [Comments]

The internet was delivered to the masses; parallel computing is not far behind

8/20/2014
During the past few years, Virginia Tech's Wu Feng has built upon a National Science Foundation (NSF) / Microsoft grant from the "Computing in the Cloud" program, and synergistically complemented it with subsequent collaborative grants, including a $6 million award from the Air Force on "big... [Comments]The internet was delivered to the masses; parallel computing is not far behind

Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic

8/20/2014
Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules . Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker S. Bayer and colleagues a... [Comments]

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