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The coming of biofuels: Study shows reducing gasoline emissions will benefit human health

President Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Steve Chu are consistent in their message that when it comes to transportation fuels, carbon-neutral biofuels as an alternative to gasoline are coming. While the focus of a shift from gasoline to biofuels has been on global warming, such a shift could al...

Study shows CGM devices also benefit people with type 1 diabetes

NEW YORK, May 27, 2009 People with type 1 diabetes who have already been successful in achieving recommended blood sugar goals can further benefit from using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices, according to results of a major multi-center clinical trial by the Juvenile Diabetes Research ...

Mites on hissing coackroach may benefit humans with allergies

COLUMBUS, Ohio Tiny mites living on the surface of Madagascar hissing cockroaches help decrease the presence of a variety of molds on the cockroaches' bodies, potentially reducing allergic responses among humans who handle the popular insects, according to new research. Scientists cultured and...

Gene therapy demonstrates benefit in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

BOSTON -- Researchers have reported the first clinical evidence that gene therapy reduces symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, an important milestone for this promising treatment which has endured a sometimes turbulent past. Described in the February issue of the journal Human Gene T...

Anakinra for rheumatoid arthritis: A modest benefit with some risk

New research supports a modest beneficial effect of anakinra for rheumatoid arthritis patients, but warns against potential risks for serious infections and its use with other biologic medications. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting as many as one in 100 people wor...

Cytori reports benefit of adipose-derived regenerative cells in spinal disc model

Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYTX) reported preclinical study results, which demonstrate the potential benefit of adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells (ADRCs) for the treatment of damaged intervertebral discs, evidenced by significantly increased disc tissue density and disc-specific ...

Even plants benefit from outsourcing

The answer to successful revegetation of native flora is in sourcing genetically diverse seed not necessarily relying on remnant local native vegetation to provide seed. "A common belief is that local native plants are the best source of seed for revegetation projects," says Dr Linda Broadhurst...

Stem cell research to benefit horse owners and trainers

In a potential breakthrough for the performance horse industry (such as racing and polo), Melbourne scientists are aiming to harness stem cells to repair tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone damage in horses. Dr Paul Verma, from the Monash Institute of Medical Research, is working with US compa...

Brown scientist finds coastal dead zones may benefit some species

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Coastal dead zones, an increasing concern to ecologists, the fishing industry and the public, may not be as devoid of life after all. A Brown scientist has found that dead zones do indeed support marine life, and that at least one commercially valuable clam act...

12-month ATLANTA trial data show sustained benefit of Catania Stent

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- Clinical investigators at today's "Innovative Devices and Futuristic Therapies" session during the 20th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, presented 12-month follow-up data from th...

Vitamin C supplements may reduce benefit from wide range of anti-cancer drugs

PHILADELPHIA In pre-clinical studies, vitamin C appears to substantially reduce the effectiveness of anticancer drugs, say researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These new findings, published in the October 1 issue of Cancer Research , a publication of the American Association...

Mellon grants benefit Academy specimen collection

PHILADELPHIAThe Academy of Natural Sciences today announced the receipt of two grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in connection with the museum's world-renowned specimen collection. A $99,000 grant will fund the digitization of about 9,000 sheets of mostly Latin American and African ty...

Counting tumor cells in blood predicts treatment benefit in prostate cancer

Counting the number of tumor cells circulating in the bloodstream of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer can accurately predict how well they are responding to treatment, new results show. At the ESMO Conference Lugano (ECLU) organized by the European Society for Medical Oncology...

Golfers and golf courses benefit from the use of native grasses in roughs

Some golfers may prefer a well-manicured golf course, highly-maintained with very green, very short grass that's easy to play off of. But, according to two recent studies at the University of Illinois, a naturalized landscape that incorporates native grasses benefits biodiversity, saves costs on p...

Stroke victims may benefit from stem cell transplants

Tampa, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2008) According to two studies published in the current issue of CELL TRANSPLANTATION (Vol.16 No.10), stroke victims may benefit from human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) or bone marrow stromal cell (BMSCs) transplantation. In both studies, the migration of chemically tagged t...

Forests could benefit when fall color comes late

Do those fall colors seem to show up later and laterif at all? Scientists say we can blame increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for prolonging the growing season of the trees. And that may actually be good news for forestry industries. Writing in the current issue of the jour...

SAGE's American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine looks at the health benefit of oats

The first issue of Volume 2 (January/February 2008) explores the results of the Oats at 10 Years study, marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration claim that oats, as part of an overall heart healthy diet, could lower the risk of heart disease. The article, written by Ma...

New Actemra data shows significant benefit for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis

The innovative new rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra (tocilizumab) has been shown to significantly improve the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients who failed to achieve an adequate response to traditional disease modifying agents (DMARDs). Exciting new data from the TOWARD1...

Stem cells act through multiple mechanisms to benefit mice with neurodegenerative disease

Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) hold great promise for benefiting degenerative diseases, and do so by invoking multiple mechanisms. Such cells can be grown in a manner compatible with clinical use (i.e., without animal feeder layers) and even without the need for immunosuppression. These were a ...

Parasite infection may benefit MS patients

A steady rise in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) has been noted in recent decades, and environmental factors could be the cause of this increase. One theory, similar to the "hygiene hypothesis" in which an excessively germ-free environment may contribute to an increase in allerg...

PET imaging shows young smokers quick benefit of quitting

The early stages of coronary artery disease in young smokers can be reversed quickly if they choose to put out their cigarettes for good, according to a positron emission tomography (PET) imaging study in the December Journal of Nuclear Medicine. "I believe this is the first PET study that shows...

Patients to benefit from novel technology revolutionizing high-speed molecular imaging

The new technologically advanced D-SPECT camera enables shorter image acquisition times, provides better image quality and opens the door to new diagnostic procedures using simultaneous multi-isotope imaging--providing the potential to revolutionize functional imaging, according to results released...

Tamoxifen for breast cancer prevention does not benefit most women

Most women at high risk for breast cancer do not increase their life expectancy by taking the drug tamoxifen, according to a new analysis by researchers from UC Davis, UCSF, the University of Pittsburgh and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. In addition, the researchers showed that tamoxifen i...

New study shows benefit of early therapy in HIV-infected infants

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for infants born with HIV infection may be most effective when given in their first five months of life, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. Uncertainty over when to start antiretroviral trea...

Potential heart benefit found in stem cells

Stem cell transplantation is among one of the most exciting and hotly debated areas of medical research today. While the promise of personalized medicine and effective treatments for debilitating diseases drive progress in this area, moral and ethical dilemmas about embryonic cells continues to cl...

Gene variation affects tamoxifen's benefit for breast cancer

One of the most commonly prescribed drugs for breast cancer, tamoxifen, may not be as effective for women who inherit a common genetic variation, according to researchers at the University of Michigan and the Mayo Clinic. The genetic variation affects the level of a crucial enzyme that activates ta...

Genetically engineered animals help in scientific research that may benefit children

The recent use of genetically modified mice and rats in combination with an animal model of obstructive nephropathy, a type of renal disease, has given researchers new insight in the development of kidney disease. This research is published in the September issue of Kidney International. "Chroni...

Rush Physicians Using Gene Therapy For Heart Patients With Moderate To Severe Chest Pains Who Do Not Benefit From Other Treatments

Individuals with moderate to severe chest pains (angina) who have not found relief from medication may benefit from a new gene therapy approach being used by cardiologists at Rush University Medical Center to grow new blood vessels in the heart. The phase II clinical research study uses vascular...

Advances in lung cancer research announced at conference

... a metabolic condition characteristic of cancer cells," Dr. Weiss said. "We are excited to continue investigations with TH-302 and about the potential benefit that it might confer to people living with lung cancer." ...

EMBO pioneers pension plan for internationally mobile postdoctoral researchers

...e pension plan for EMBO Fellows. The plan offers a benefit package that optimally suits the needs of highly m...hree, times in the early years of their careers to benefit from exchange with experienced researchers in thei...0-euro incentive, participants in the pension plan benefit from: Attractive group conditions Flexible p...

NIH stimulus funding supports Emory biomedical scientists

... Emory undergraduate Garron Deshazer is working with Emory cardiologist John Oshinski to study how cardiac imaging can help doctors decide who could benefit from a pacemaker. Deshazer uses magnetic resonance imaging and a specialized computer program to analyze how much blood is flowing through a patient's...

Argonne to showcase science and technology at community open house

...director of Argonne National Laboratory. "We love welcoming the community and having an opportunity to show off some of the great work we are doing to benefit our nation while inspiring public interest in science, engineering and technology." This rare opportunity will allow visitors to see how Argonne, t...

Hybrid vehicle rebates produce scant environmental benefits, high cost

...programs may serve as de facto "bailouts" for the North American auto industry. "The criteria for Ontario's recent rebate increase seem designed to benefit domestic manufacturers, especially General Motors," Chandra says. "The biggest rebates will be given to purchasers of the Chevy Volt, rather than othe...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...est, due to anthropogenic activities. The new finding is not only critical in planning long-term strategies for dust control but also is a significant benefit to researches of environmental change-based eolian deposits. Vertebrate extinctions and reorganizations during the Late Silurian Lau Event M...

Family planning a major environmental impact

...eople who are serious about wanting to reduce their "carbon footprint" on the Earth have one choice available to them that may yield a large long-term benefit have one less child. A study by statisticians at Oregon State University concluded that in the United States, the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas...

A crystal ball for brain cancer?

...p to $10,000 per month. Now UCLA scientists have uncovered a new way to image tumors and forecast which patients, like McNabb, are most likely to benefit from Avastin before starting a single dose of treatment. The findings are published in this month's issue of the journal Radiology . "Avastin is...

Organic food not nutritionally better than conventionally-produced food

...dence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority. Research in this area would benefit from greater scientific rigour and a better understanding of the various factors that determine the nutrient content of foodstuffs'. ...

Biologists rediscover endangered frog population

...tabilize a slope near the frog's habitat on state Route 330 in the San Bernadino Mountains. "The emergency slope reconstruction project had the dual benefit of opening a road that was about to fail as well as helping to ensure that the last known population of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the San Ber...

Key OSU water research receives national funding

...ever, the degree of difference in water use between grasslands without redcedar and those with redcedar encroachment is not known. Land managers could benefit greatly from having this information." The study will also examine the degree to which eastern redcedar encroachment can reduce stream flow product...

Disease threat may change how frogs mate

...nvestigation. Dr Teacher believes the next step is to observe these wild frogs over the coming years. 'The world of wildlife disease research would benefit greatly from such long-term investigations, allowing us to see how the host and the pathogen respond to each other over time', 'It would also shed fur...
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