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New insights into health and environmental effects of carbon nanoparticles

A new study raises the possibility that flies and other insects that encounter nanomaterial "hot spots," or spills, near manufacturing facilities in the future could pick up and transport nanoparticles on their bodies, transferring the particles to other flies or habitats in the environment. The s...

Lead-based consumer paint remains a global public health threat

CINCINNATIAlthough lead content in paint has been restricted in the United States since 1978, University of Cincinnati (UC) environmental health researchers say in major countries from three continents there is still widespread failure to acknowledge its danger and companies continue to sell consu...

Scientists uncork a potential secret of red wine's health benefits

Scientists from Scotland and Singapore have unraveled a mystery that has perplexed scientists since red wine was first discovered to have health benefits: how does resveratrol control inflammation? New research published in the August 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal ( http://www.fasebj.org...

1 in 6 health workers won't report in flu pandemic -- study by Ben-Gurion U. researchers

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL -- July 28, 2009 A study conducted by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health indicates that approximately 16 percent of public health care workers will not report for work in a pandemic flu emergency, regardles...

Most older long-term cancer survivors have poor health habits

A new study finds that most older long-term cancer survivors who are interested in diet and exercise actually have poor health habits. The study also reveals that those survivors who do exercise and watch their diet have improved physical health and quality of life. Published in the September 1, ...

Scripps-led study shows ocean health plays vital role in coral reef recovery

The new research study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests that by improving overall ocean health, corals are better able to recover from bleaching events, which occur when rising sea temperatures force corals to expel their symbiotic algae, known as z...

$29.4 million grant establishes CTSI at NYU in partnership with Health and Hospitals Corporation

New York, NY July 14, 2009 NYU and NYU School of Medicine received a $29.4 million, five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a University-wide Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in partnership with the New York Ci...

Scientific evidence of health problems from past contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune is limited and unlikely to be resolved with further study

WASHINGTON -- Evidence exists that people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in North Carolina between the 1950s and 1985 were exposed to the industrial solvents tricholorethylene (TCE) or perchloroethylene (PCE) in their water supply, but strong scientific evidence is not available t...

SETAC Europe addresses global ecosystem health in Gothenburg

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will host 1550 scientists from around the world to address the theme of "Protecting Ecosystem Health: Facing the Challenge of a Globally Changing Environment," May 31 June 4 at the Gothenburg Convention Centre, Sweden. Nanotechnology's imp...

Vitamin D expert receives Linus Pauling Prize for Health Research

PORTLAND, Ore. Dr. Michael Holick, a professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine who has revolutionized the understanding of vitamin D and its role in disease prevention, today received the $50,000 Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research....

University awarded £1.7M to develop nanotechnology for use in health care

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have been awarded 1.7 million to investigate how nanotechnology could be used to improve the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs. Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter at sizes close to molecular level to produce particles that are small ...

Breast health center gives TGen new research opportunities

PHOENIX, Ariz. May 4, 2009 Today's opening of a new breast health center next to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital will provide significant research opportunities for the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). The 9,000-square-foot Breast Health and Research Center will include ...

Wildlife trade threatens public health and ecosystems

Wildlife imports into the United States are fragmented and insufficiently coordinated, failing to accurately list more than four in five species entering the country. So reports a team of scientists from the Wildlife Trust, Brown University, Pacific Lutheran University, the Centers for Disease ...

UTSA, Health Science Center collaborate with Merck & Co. to develop chlamydia vaccine

San Antonio TX -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (Health Science Center) today announced an exclusive license and sponsored research agreement with Merck & Co., Inc., to develop a vaccine for chlamydia, targeting the c...

LSUHSC public health researcher finds reason for weight gain

New Orleans, LA Liwei Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, is the lead author of a research paper showing that weight gain and obesity are more linked to an increase in liquid calories, particularly sugar-sweeten...

Allscripts Integrates Electronic Health Records with Innovative Patient Kiosk

Kiosk Incorporates State-of-the-Art Fujitsu PalmSecure(TM) Biometric Authentication, Self-Service Check In, Credit Card Scanning and Patient Information Updating to Revolutionize Patient Registration Process for Physician Practices CHICAGO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Alls...

UC and partners awarded $23 million to transform discoveries into real-world health solutions

CINCINNATIThe University of Cincinnati (UC) and its affiliated health care partners will receive nearly $23 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bring innovations from the laboratory bench to the bedside and to applications within the community. The five-year funding, awarded...

Source of major health benefits in olive oil revealed

Scientists have pinned down the constituent of olive oil that gives greatest protection from heart attack and stroke. In a study of the major antioxidants in olive oil, Portuguese researchers showed that one, DHPEA-EDA, protects red blood cells from damage more than any other part of olive oil. ...

Study: Health undervalued in reproductive rights debate

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Women's health is increasingly undervalued in conflicts over reproductive rights, including clashes based on moral objections under so-called conscience clauses, a new study by a University of Illinois legal expert found. Beth Burkstrand-Reid says a review of recent reproductiv...

Exploring the dynamic relationship between health and environment

After clearing a swath of Amazonian rainforest, local residents experience an increase in the number of mosquito bites and a spike in malaria. Veterinarians keep their cattle healthy with doses of anti-parasiticsmedication that can harm populations of local invertebrates like dung beetles. Conserv...

NIH funds research center for women's reproductive health at Einstein

March 20, 2009 (BRONX, NY) The National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University a $7.5 million grant to establish a Specialized Cooperative Center Program in Reproduction and Infe...

Lincoln Park Zoo scientists awarded National Institutes of Health grant

Chicago, Ill Lincoln Park Zoo post-doctoral researcher Carson Murray, Ph.D. has received a $900,000 grant over five years from one of the world's foremost medical research centers, the National Institutes of Health. She and her mentors, Elizabeth Lonsdorf, Ph.D. and Rachel Santymire, Ph.D. of Lin...

Toxicology program features wide range of human health and environment topical sessions

Reston, VA (February 19, 2009) - Nearly 6,500 toxicologists from around the world will be gathering in Baltimore, Maryland March 15-19, to create an unparalleled venue for discussion of a number of health and environmental topics of concern to the public. The Society of Toxicology's 2009 Annual Me...

Childhood chicken pox could affect oral health years later

CHICAGO (February 18, 2009) - You may recall as a child catching the itchy red rash, chicken pox. The unsightly infection was caused by the varicella zoster virus and was responsible for nearly 4 million cases each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), until a vaccine introduce...

Newly described contaminant sources in Katrina-flooded homes pose health risks

New Rochelle, NY, February 2, 2009Post-Katrina flooded homes may contain harmful levels of contaminants in addition to sediment deposits. Indoor gases, mold films, and aerosols may also have exposed residents, first responders, and demolition crews to dangerous contaminant levels without the need...

Queen's chemist sheds light on health benefits of garlic

Kingston, ON A Queen's-led team has discovered the reason why garlic is so good for us. Researchers have widely believed that the organic compound, allicin which gives garlic its aroma and flavour acts as the world's most powerful antioxidant. But until now it hasn't been clear how allicin ...

American Association for Cancer Research hosts Science of Cancer Health Disparities conference

CAREFREE, A.Z. - With new evidence emerging on the role of biological, genetic, environmental, behavioral and social factors that contribute to disparities in risk and outcome for cancer in minority populations, the American Association for Cancer Research will host the Science of Cancer Health Di...

42nd Mid-year Topical Meeting of the Health Physics Society

McLean, VA, January 22, 2009 What would be your response to a radiological incident? How will your State and the Feds respond? Who would or can take care of us? How do we even know if we are exposed to radiation? These and other questions will be addressed at the 42nd Midyear Topical Meeting of...

Athletes not spared from health risks of metabolic syndrome

COLUMBUS, Ohio College-age football players who gain weight to add power to their blocks and tackles might also be setting themselves up for diabetes and heart disease later in life, a new study suggests. Nearly half of a sample of collegiate offensive and defensive linemen who underwent a bat...

Protein that regulates hormones critical to women's health found in pituitary

MADISON University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have solved the mystery surrounding a "rogue protein" that plays a role in the release of neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain. The scientists found abundant amounts of the puzzling protein whose main location and function were unkno...

American Association for Cancer Research hosts Science of Health Care Disparities Meeting

PREMIER INTERNATIONAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS BREAKTHROUGH RESEARCH IN UNDERSTANDING GENETIC AND SOCIOECONOMIC DIFFERENCES CAREFREE, AZ FEBRUARY 3-6, 2009 What: Although racial and ethnic differences in treatment and outcomes among cancer patients are well known, little is understood about the ...

Abundance of ladybugs in olive orchards is an indicator of health and sustainability

Present concern for the negative environmental impacts and growing demand for organic olive oil, arise the need to develop useful indicators of agroecosystem health in olive-growing regions. One key indicator of health and sustainability is the abundance and biodiversity of invertebrates, especial...

UT Public Health researchers find link to severe Staph infections

Researchers at The University of Texas School of Public Health recently described studies that support the link between the severity of community-acquired antibiotic-resistant Staph ylococcus aureus (CA MRSA) infections and the Panton Valentine leukocidin (PVL). The Panton Valentine leuk...

Maternal health problems in Myanmar widespread

The maternal health care issues facing women in eastern Burma (also known as Myanmar) are widespread and underreported, according to surveys by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers report that more than 88 percent of women had a home delivery during t...

Life Sciences Discovery Fund awards health research program grants

Seattle (December 16, 2008) The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) today announced its latest grant recipients. Four Washington State-based research organizations will receive life sciences program grants totaling more than $18 million. The newly-funded health research initiatives will focus on...

Honey adds health benefits, is natural preservative and sweetener in salad dressings

Antioxidant-rich honey is a healthy alternative to chemical additives and refined sweeteners in commercial salad dressings, said a new University of Illinois study. "To capitalize on the positive health effects of honey, we experimented with using honey in salad dressings," said Nicki Engeseth,...

Princeton-led team finds secret ingredient for the health of tropical rainforests

A team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists has found for the first time that tropical rainforests, a vital part of the Earth's ecosystem, rely on the rare trace element molybdenum to capture the nitrogen fertilizer needed to support their wildly productive growth. Most of the ni...

Genes for 9 health indicators

A new genome-wide study examines genetic variants associated with nine metabolic traits and is the first to draw out novel variants from a population unselected for current disease. The traits are indicators for common disease such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, inflam...

Mineral oil contamination in humans: A health problem?

From a quantitative standpoint, mineral oil is probably the largest contaminant of our body. That this contaminant can be tolerated without health concerns in humans has not been proven convincingly. The current Editorial of the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology reflects on this a...

17th Annual Congress on Women's Health convenes

New Rochelle, NY, November 21, 2008A prestigious group of physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare providers will gather in Williamsburg, VA on March 27-29, 2009 at the Williamsburg Lodge to learn practical, clinical information on cutting-edge therapeutic protocols, novel diagnostic procedures, ...
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