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Extended cyclone relief efforts aided from space

Earth observation satellites have provided vital information to relief workers in Myanmar throughout a particularly long crisis response window following the devastating Cyclone Nargis that hit the country on 2 and 3 May 2008. Immediately after the disaster, the UN Office for the Coordination o...

Sweet potato shines as new promise for small enterprise and hunger relief in developing countries

WASHINGTON, DC -- Sweetpotatoes, often misunderstood and underrated, are receiving new attention as a life-saving food crop in developing countries. According to the International Potato Center ( www.cipotato.org ), more than 95 percent of the global sweetpotato crop is grown in developing coun...

Neuropathic pain: The sea provides a new hope of relief

A compound initially isolated from a soft coral ( Capnella imbricata ) collected at Green Island off Taiwan, could lead scientists to develop a new set of treatments for neuropathic pain chronic pain that sometimes follows damage to the nervous system. Currently this form of pain is very poorly ...

Swell gel could bring relief to back pain sufferers

Scientists at The University of Manchester believe injections of tiny sponge-like particles could provide an alternative to major surgery in the treatment of chronic lower back pain. Dr Brian Saunders from The School of Materials and Professor Tony Freemont from The Faculty of Medical and Human S...

New flood-tolerant rice offers relief for world's poorest farmers

A gene that enables rice to survive complete submergence has beenidentified by a team of researchers at the International RiceResearch Institute in the Philippines and at the University ofCalifornia's Davis and Riverside campuses. The discovery allows fordevelopment of new rice varieties that can w...

Indonesia - disaster relief aid in action

ISN's immediate response to this latest quake - to strike the Indonesian island of Java - was to call once again on its Renal Disaster Task Force (RDRTF). Under the leadership of Dr. Raymond Vanholder, the Task Force acted rapidly by sending two scouts to join a team from Médecins Sans Frontières (...

Brain differences could explain why males and females experience pain relief differently

A study conducted by investigators at Georgia State University and the Atlanta-based Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) reports that anatomical and functional differences in the brain may explain sex differences in the experience of pain and in the effects of certain drugs on pain. The fi...

Molecular miners find pain relief drugs from the sea

Melbourne based company Metabolic Pharmaceuticals Limited recently announced successful results in preclinical trials of the toxin. The company will begin clinical trials in humans this month to firstly test the safety of the toxin in normal males, and later its effectiveness in treating the neurop...

Laboratory professionals in Africa receive training under AIDS Relief Plan

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) announced that the Society will receive approximately $1.5 million in federal funds to continue to provide laboratory training and quality improvement programs in African countries severely affected by AIDS. The training programs are for medical l...

No relief for Pacific Northwest drought

It does not appear there will be any major relief this spring or summer from the unusually dry weather that has recently hit the Pacific Northwest, according to new projections of drought severity and fire risk that are based on "general circulation" models that forecast global climate. The analy...

Army study improves ability to predict drinking water needs

...to Dr. Cheuvront. The Institute of Medicine has also expressed interest in improving the prediction of water needs for the general public and disaster relief efforts. Dr. Cheuvront points out that an improved sweating prediction equation would not only help keep troops healthy and cut the cost of operations...

Athletes, spectators faced unprecedented air pollution at 2008 Olympic Games

...essor of environmental and molecular toxicology. "Despite all that, it was some evening rains and favorable shifts in the winds that provided the most relief from the pollution. "This demonstrates how difficult it is to solve environmental problems on a short-term, local basis," she added. And despite...

Nutricia launches Nutra Neocate, weaning product designed for cows’ milk protein allergy

...no acid-based weaning product for children with cows' milk allergy and other food allergies." commented Martin Pettifor, Category Director for Allergy relief at Nutricia. "Neocate Nutra has been developed as a direct result of feedback from parents.5 Parents of children with food allergies can now wean the...

Hypertension among lower-status employees lingers well into retirement

... (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) Retirement from some occupations may not provide relief from the potentially devastating health effects of work-related hypertension, according to a new study from UC Davis. Published in the June issue o...

Jefferson receives $1.7 million grant to study stem cells in intervertebral discs of the spine

...erative potential," said Risbud. "If we are able to do this it could lead to development of new therapies to treat degenerative disc disease providing relief to millions of back pain suffers." ...

Limping rat provides sciatica insights

..., and it turns out to be an important part of the condition, it is possible that existing or new drugs that can block this immune response could offer relief to patients," Setton said. "This new model should help us find answers for a disorder that has few good treatments." For their experiments, the res...

Wetlands likely source of methane from ancient warming event

...s ago, according to an international research team led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The finding is expected to come as a relief to scientists and climate watchers concerned that huge accelerations of global warming might have been touched off by methane melts in the past and co...

Indigenous peoples at world summit to share climate change observations, coping techniques

...and protected internationally." "Climigration differs from migration caused by catastrophic environmental events such as hurricanes, where disaster relief and the temporary relocation of individuals and communities is the humanitarian response," she says. "Climigration means no possibility to return ho...

Vitamin D may exacerbate autoimmune disease

...nd supplements, 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-D), is a secosteroid rather than a vitamin. Like corticosteroid medications, vitamin D may provide short-term relief by lowering inflammation but may exacerbate disease symptoms over the long-term. The insights are based on molecular research showing that 25-D ina...

Metastatic bone disease patients can walk in Lazarus' footsteps

...nge, appetite diminishes and the need to take pain relief medications increases," he noted. "Osteoplasty is ...ve minimally invasive procedure that provides pain relief for patients not responding to conventional pain m... underwent osteoplasty and experienced significant relief of pain and was able to walk two hours after the p...

Society of Interventional Radiology hosts 34th annual scientific meeting

...pain medications increases. An interventional radiology treatment can bring relief to individuals who have very large metastases and who are living with cance..., 9 a.m. Eastern) Back Pain Treatment Treating Herniated Disks: Pain relief From Unexpected Source Back pain is the most common cause of job-related d...

Mental fatigue can affect physical endurance

...ven if mentally fatigued. Most people work out at a moderate intensity, which still gives plenty of physiological and psychological benefit, including relief from stress and improved mental performance. ...

Register now for the Society of Interventional Radiology's 34th Annual Scientific Meeting

...ling kidney cancer with cold: remarkable results Using focal therapy/mapping for prostate cancer: look, no surgery Treating herniated discs: pain relief from unexpected source Seeing "Lazarus effect": relieving bone tumor pain Examining heart attack risk: surprising look at Framingham Risk Scores ...

Veterinarians developing model to help producers, vets make cattle more comfortable

...eight after the procedures, whereas the untreated animals initially lost weight. "We're finding that maybe there is some additional benefit to pain relief other than just the ethical considerations," he said. ...

New asthma research opposes current drug treatment, says UH prof

...place the need for emergency inhalers for acute episodes, the negative effects associated with beta blockers eventually taper off to provide long-term relief from asthma symptoms. In addition, several studies have shown chronic use of the beta-2 agonists (or stimulants) can negatively affect asthma control...

Purdue study suggests warmer temperatures could lead to a boom in corn pests

...c and social consequences," Alexander said. "In addition to loss of yields, the variation in yields could drive up the costs of insurance and disaster relief for farmers." The research team next will look at a broader range of crops and will work to create a more complete modeling framework, Diffenbaugh ...

Goose eggs may help polar bears weather climate change

... As polar bears adapt to a warming Arctica frozen seascape that cleaves earlier each springthey may find relief in an unlikely source: snow goose eggs. New calculations show that changes in the timing of sea-ice breakup and of snow goose nesting near the western...

Genes determine whether sugar pills work

...hat 40 percent of the placebo group had received the same degree of anxiety relief from the sugar pill as other groups got from a drug. Those who responded...ll, the tryptophan hydroxylase-2 genes variants could predict the degree of relief from anxiety achieved by the placebo pill as well as the moderation of the ...

House Ear Institute, TGen and Belgian researchers identify gene in age-related hearing loss

...he inner ear leading to age-related hearing loss. "Finding the genetic causes of age-related hearing loss could lead to treatments that would bring relief to millions of people worldwide who now suffer from social isolation, depression and even cognitive impairment as a result of not being able to proper...

Overuse of narcotics and barbiturates may make migraine worse

...increased risk of transition to TM for those with high levels of monthly headache days. "Proper treatment with the appropriate medicines can bring relief to most people with migraine," said Dr. Lipton. "Primary care practitioners and patients should try to avoid the use of narcotic or barbiturate medic...

The 156th Acoustical Society of America Meeting, Nov. 10-14, Miami, Fla.

...s Animations) ACOUSTICAL OPTIMIZATION OF MODERN ARCHITECTURAL SPACES An enduring characteristic of classic architecture is the beautiful statuary, relief ornamentation, columns and coffered ceilings. These beautiful features, coincidentally also provided useful sound scattering and excellent acoustics. ...

Advice to the new administration: UM foreign and domestic policy guide

...r that infusion is delayed, the higher ultimately will be the resolution cost." These expenditures may severely limit ambitious spending plans and tax relief proposed during the campaign. Such aid will only be tolerated if accompanied by significant financial reforms. The average drop in economic output i...

Franklin Square to study airway bypass procedure for severe emphysema

... that emphysema, which permanently destroys lung function, is such a devastating disease -- any potential new treatment option could offer substantial relief to the millions who suffer." Physicians commonly use bronchoscopes to examine the airways within the lungs. During the airway bypass procedure phy...

National Jewish Health researchers evaluating treatment to help emphysema sufferers breathe easier

...en that emphysema, which permanently destroys lung function, is such a devastating disease, any potential new treatment option could offer substantial relief to the millions who suffer," said Dr. Musani. ...

Researchers at National Jewish Health evaluating a treatment

...en that emphysema, which permanently destroys lung function, is such a devastating disease, any potential new treatment option could offer substantial relief to the millions who suffer," said Dr. Musani. ...

Top biophysics award to Professor Ray Norton

... Presently, chronic pain is often managed by opiate drugs, which have an unfortunate side effect of creating physical dependence. New non-opiate pain relief drugs based on marine cone snail toxins may be able to break the link with such long-term dependence. The sea anemone, from which an effective imm...

NARSAD announces 2008 Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Research on Mental Health Disorders

...s also studied their mechanisms using novel brain imaging techniques and is now applying these technologies to the study of deep brain stimulation for relief of depression as well." Eric A. Taylor, M.D., recipient of the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Researc...

APS sets aside $50,000 to help students, post-docs, in wake of Hurricane Ike

...#8722; The American Physiological Society has established the Hurricane Ike relief Fund to provide unrestricted grants of up to $2,000 to support physiology g...$50,000 for the grants but will consider increasing its contribution to the relief fund if it is needed. The Society will work with the chairs of the affected...

Burnham researcher awarded $8 million grant

...fer from progressive impairments in motor control and in some cases cognition and memory. Although available therapies may provide limited symptomatic relief or delay in the disease, to date no sure means of curing, halting or slowing the progression of disease has been identified. Neurodegenerative disease...

Pivotal national trial uses newest interventional radiology treatment to bust blood clots in legs

...randomized trial of any interventional DVT therapywill begin later this year. The trial will assess the presence and severity of PTS, quality of life, relief of pain and swelling, safety and costs. At least 28 U.S. clinical centers will enroll 692 patients and monitor their health for two years, said Vedant...
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