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Poor prenatal nutrition permanently damages function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas

... if someone was born with low weight, they need to pay special attention to prevention tactics, including exercise and weight control to minimize insulin resistance -- the other major factor involved in triggering type 2 diabetes. "In particular, someone who was a low-birth-weight baby can compound the ...

Finding Cures For Tropical Diseases: Is Open Source An Answer?

...developing world, where few patients can afford to pay patented pricesfor drugs. The solution to this devastating problem, say StephenMaurer, Arti Rai, and Andrej Sali in the premier open-access medicaljournal PLoS Medicine, is to adopt an "open source" approach todiscovering new drugs for neglected dise...

US life expectancy about to decline, researchers say

...nd the health care system that cares for them will pay a very heavy price in terms of higher death rates and escalating health care costs." To estimate the current impact of obesity on life expectancy, the researchers calculated how much longer people would live if obesity did not exist. To do this, the...

UCLA launches $20 million stem cell institute to investigate HIV, cancer and neurological disorders

...d by the passage of Proposition 71. The money will pay for recruitment for a dozen new faculty positions, salaries and expansion of highly sophisticated laboratory space, infrastructure, and supplies. Dr. Owen Witte, a renowned scientist whose laboratory research laid the groundwork for development of t...

Flocking together: Study shows how animal groups find their way

...ly spaced groups like those of real animals, which pay a high price -- such as being eaten -- if they stray from their group. Second, a few animals were programmed to have a preferred direction, as if aware of a food source or other valued destination. These animals were instructed to balance their desi...

Transgenic plants remove more selenium from polluted soil than wild plants, new tests show

...s where selenium is deficient, so farmers actually pay for animal feed that is supplemented with selenium," said Terry. "Farmers would love to have this source of selenium." Other co-authors of the study include Danika L. LeDuc, a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley's Department of Plant and Microbi...

Affymetrix Licenses Microfluidics Technology From Caliper Life Sciences

...ions. In exchange for the license, Affymetrix will pay upfront licensing fees and royalties on future products covered under the agreement. Further financial details related to the agreement were not disclosed. The agreement announced today is the second agreement since Caliper began an active program t...

Scientists journey to southern Africa to unravel the secret world of elephant communication

...l of the tower, O'Connell-Rodwell and Katie Eckert pay close attention to the wildlife below. "I try to get a good count of the elephants as they come in and a good view with the video camera," Eckert says. The upper level served as command central for the four-week experiment--a high-tech headquarters ...

Making Sure Sacred Sheep Don't Become Extinct

...he wool from Churro sheep, and they are willing to pay premium prices for it. Navajo use the wool to make blankets. But for industrial wool manufacturers, it has low value. Blackburn has 1,200 semen samples now from 27 different rams. He hopes to get samples from at least 50 different males to get a bro...

Hopkins AIDS experts issue warning about global efforts to provide drug therapies

...bean will not get to those who can least afford to pay for them. In an article appearing in the American Journal of Public Health online June 28, infectious disease specialist Jonathan Zenilman, M.D., a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, reports that poorer people have been le...

Study shows humans have ability to track odors, much like bloodhounds

...of their brains showed that the brain is set up to pay attention to the difference between what the left and right nostrils sense, much the way it can localize sounds by contrasting input from the ears. "It has been very controversial whether humans can do egocentric localization, that is, keep their he...

Understanding biases in epidemic models important when making public health predictions

..."We are highlighting what 'may happen' if we don't pay careful attention to the inherent assumptions in the models that we fit to data," said Wearing. "The key point is that uncertainty about the latent and infectious period distributions should be taken into account when making quantitative predictions ...

Inhaling large amounts of salt can cause hypertension

..."We are highlighting what 'may happen' if we don't pay careful attention to the inherent assumptions in the models that we fit to data," said Wearing. "The key point is that uncertainty about the latent and infectious period distributions should be taken into account when making quantitative predictions ...

Field of beams - Novel system uses polarized light pulses to reveal crop health

..."We are highlighting what 'may happen' if we don't pay careful attention to the inherent assumptions in the models that we fit to data," said Wearing. "The key point is that uncertainty about the latent and infectious period distributions should be taken into account when making quantitative predictions ...

'Shifty-eyed' Monkeys Offer Window Into Brain's Social Reflexes

...animal model of how the brain controls what humans pay attention to in social situations. Such a model would enable scientists to better understand how processing of social attention works in the brain, and how it can go awry in such disorders as autism. Such basic studies, said the neurobiologists, cou...

Methamphetamine Abuse, HIV Infection Cause Changes in Brain Structure

...ietal cortex (which helps people to understand and pay attention to what’s going on around them) and basal ganglia (linked to motor function and motivation). HIV infection is associated with prominent volume losses in the cerebral cortex (involved in higher thought, reasoning, and memory), basal ganglia,...

New study shows SARS can infect brain tissue

...' harmful effects on the brain. "Physicians should pay more attention to the prevention of brain damage if [SARS patients] are superinfected with other conditional pathogens," according to Dr. Xu and Dr. Jiang. ...

Picky female frogs drive evolution of new species in less than 8,000 years

...ern calls of the male frog, which are what females pay attention to in the mating game, had become different from each other. Yet despite this difference, reflected in the call's duration, note rate and dominant frequency, the two lineages could still breed with one another. The southern females, howeve...

Cracking the perception code

...the behavioral data was to assume that the monkeys pay the most attention to the first 250 milliseconds o...timulus is vibrating, even though they continue to pay some attention throughout. Figuring out how the brain codes sensory information into neuronal firin...

Chernobyl: The true scale of the accident

...hese areas are dangerous places to live. Even when pay is high, schools, hospitals and other essential public services are short of qualified specialists. What has been the impact on individuals? According to the Forum's report on health, "the mental health impact of Chernobyl is the largest public hea...

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