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Chemicals in common consumer products may play a role in pre-term births

...er prematurely have, on average, up to three times the phthalate level in their urine compared to women who carry to term. Professors John Meeker, rita Loch-Caruso and Howard Hu of the SPH Department of Environmental Health Sciences and collaborators from the National Institute of Public Health in Mex...

New evidence of how high glucose damages blood vessels could lead to new treatments

...a decreased ability of blood vessels to relax resulted from increased activity of a natural mechanism for altering protein form and function, says Dr. rita C.Tostes, physiologist in the MCG School of Medicine. The researchers suspect increased modification of proteins by a glucose-derived molecule is a...

Wildlife trade threatens public health and ecosystems

... grows smaller and smaller with the ease of international travel, the network of connections has increased, facilitating the spread of diseases," said rita Teutonico, senior advisor for integrative activities in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences...

Male impotence drugs may deserve a second look in women

...by a drug that relaxes arteries so blood can enter. In men with a healthy vasculature, the drugs likely would still produce a longer erection. Dr. rita C. Tostes, associate professor in the MCG Department of Physiology, is a co-author who contributed to the design and analysis of the study. ...

Researchers use chemical from medicinal plants to fight HIV

... even replace the HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy), which is not tolerated well by some patients and is also costly," said study co-author rita Effros, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and member of the UCLA AIDS Institute. T...

Weather woes emphasize need for SSPEED

...SSPEED conference, following lower-key editions after Tropical Storm Allison rolled through South Texas in 2001 and again after Hurricanes Katrina and rita in 2005. ...

Scientists use remote satellite imaging to predict outbreaks of infectious disease

...tal factors, including sea surface temperature, ocean height, and biomass (this is estimated by measuring chlorophyll produced by plankton). Professor rita R. Colwell and her team at the University of Maryland, College Park, have used remote satellite imaging to track this climatologically important infor...

Pay attention! Small packages may lead to overeating

... when they are in small packages than large ones. And smaller packages make people more likely to give in to temptation in the first place. Authors rita Coelho do Vale (Technical University of Lisbon), Rik Pieters, and Marcel Zeelenberg (both Tilburg University, the Netherlands) found that large packag...

UCLA study identifies mechanism behind mind-body connection

...rs to chronically ill family members, as well as astronauts, soldiers, air traffic controllers and people who drive long daily commutes. AUTHOR: rita Effros, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a member of the Jonsson Cancer Center, Mole...

AIBS honors outstanding contributions to the biological sciences

...Climate, Environment, and Infectious Diseases, during a ceremony to be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia. AIBS President rita Colwell and Executive Director Richard OGrady said in a joint statement: We are pleased to honor these dedicated and talented individuals. From a vari...

Scientists to explore global change-public health connection

...uman health, especially infectious diseases that will be exacerbated or modified by climate events, said meeting organizer and 2008 AIBS President Dr. rita Colwell. Seasonality is just now recognized as an important factor in the annual cycle of infectious diseases and this will be but one of many factors...

Climate and cholera

... predicted using satellite sensors, paving the way for preemptive medicine in countries that suffer epidemics, says Distinguished University Professor rita Colwell, speaking today (Wednesday 2 April 2008) at the Society for General Microbiologys 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh Internat...

Stem-cell transplantation improves muscles in MD animal model, UT Southwestern researchers report

...e mice used in the study lacked dystrophin, the same protein that humans with the fatal wasting disease also are missing. The study, headed by Dr. rita Perlingeiro, assistant professor of developmental biology and molecular biology, is available online today and in the February issue of Nature Medici...

'Alien' jaws help moray eels feed

...e food and carries it back to the esophagus for swallowing. "This is really an amazing innovation for feeding behavior for fishes in general," said rita Mehta, a postdoctoral researcher in the Section of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis. The research shows the amazing diversity possible among livin...

How to manage forests in hurricane impact zones

...amage to coastal forests." In early fall 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and rita caused what may be the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history, with o... Stanturf and fellow authors use the case study of Hurricanes Katrina and rita to illustrate the major decisions and actions that must be taken after a ma...

Widely used iron nanoparticles exhibit toxic effects on neuronal cells

...hemical properties of nerve cells. Jin and the other co-authors of the paper, Thomas R Pisanic, II, Jennifer D. Blackwell, Veronica Shubayev, and rita Finoñes began their laboratory experiments by coating iron oxide nanoparticles with DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid), a metal binding agent that polymer...

Molecular 'marker' on stem cells aids research, perhaps therapies

... component of bone marrow; the vast majority of bone marrow is made up of hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to blood and immune cells. Dr. rita Perlingeiro, assistant professor in the Center for Developmental Biology and of molecular biology, said detecting SSEA-4 will aid in singling out the ...

Altered perception of reward in human cocaine addiction

...irectly linked to changes in the responsiveness of the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain essential for monitoring and controlling behavior," said rita Goldstein, a psychologist at Brookhaven Lab. "These results also attest to the benefit of using sophisticated brain-imaging tools combined with sensit...

Building a better mouse model of lung cancer: FHIT counts

...in, adjunct assistant professor, and Yuri Pekarsky, assistant professor, all in the department of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics; rita Mancini, post-doctoral researcher, and Mohamed Kaou, research associate, in the OSUCCC, and Carlo Croce, professor and chair of the department of mole...

Organic farms produce same yields as conventional farms

...c systems received no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Inter-institutional collaboration included Rodale Institute agronomists Paul Hepperly and rita Seidel, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service research microbiologist David Douds Jr. and University of Maryland agricultural...

Envisat and ERS-2 reveal hidden side of Hurricane Rita

... As Hurricane rita entered the Gulf of Mexico, ESA's Envisat satellit...n US Eastern Daylight Saving Time), when Hurricane rita was passing west of Florida and Cuba. The image wa...y large waves are seen around the eye of Hurricane rita in the radar image. ASAR measures the backscatter,...

UNC computer, marine scientists collaborate to predict flow of toxic waters from Katrina

...and recovery continue. The two also have extended their work with RENCI, Reed and colleagues to analyze various aspects of last weekend's Hurricane rita and its effects in Texas and Louisiana. "We are trying to be prepared and generate reliable information that the hazardous materials experts will n...

Deep thinking: Scientists sequence a cold-loving marine microbe

... character, its namesake. Deming, who led the establishment of the Colwellia genus, named the genus after her one-time advisor: noted marine biologist rita Colwell. In addition the TIGR team, led by Methé, study collaborators include: Jody Deming of the University of Washington at Seattle; Bahram Momen...

Two chemicals boost immune cells' ability to fight HIV without gene therapy

...immune cells that fight HIV naturally produce telomerase during the infection's early phase, but stop once HIV becomes a chronic condition," explained rita Effros, Ph.D., Plott Endowed Chair in Gerontology and a professor of pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "The two compounds swit...
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