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Healing power of aloe vera proves beneficial for teeth and gums, too

CHICAGO (July 17, 2009) - The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century. Legend has it that Cleopatra used aloe vera to keep her skin soft. The modern use of aloe vera was first recogn...

Photoselective film proves effective for controlling height in potted gardenia plants

MAGNESIA, GREECETo grow the high-quality potted plants preferred by consumers, many growers use chemical "regulators" designed to affect plant growth and development. The use of chemical growth retardants is standard practice in the production of compact gardenia plants; the chemicals are used to ...

Organic plant waste proves effective weed control for citrus trees

GIZA, EGYPTInterest in organic crop production is increasing around the world. Organics are healthy for consumers while adding environmental benefits and decreasing the amount of synthetic herbicides in foods, soil, and water. While organics gain popularity with consumers, organic farmers are face...

An essay proves that vegetation could recover in the ski resort of Sierra Nevada

This release is available in Spanish . The conditioning Works of Sierra Nevada's ski runs have destroyed a great amount of vegetable species. The researchers of the University of Granada (Spain) have already managed to grow in the laboratory two native bushy species in order to suggest...

First at-home test for vasectomized men proves to be safe, accurate

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (November 13, 2008) In a report now available online and scheduled to be the cover story of the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Urology, University of Virginia Health System researcher John C. Herr, PhD and his colleagues have confirmed the accuracy and reliability of ...

'Junk' DNA proves functional

In a paper published in Genome Research on Nov. 4, scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) report that what was previously believed to be "junk" DNA is one of the important ingredients distinguishing humans from other species. More than 50 percent of human DNA has been referred ...

New discovery proves 'selfish gene' exists

A new discovery by a scientist from The University of Western Ontario provides conclusive evidence which supports decades-old evolutionary doctrines long accepted as fact. Since renowned British biologist Richard Dawkins ("The God Delusion") introduced the concept of the 'selfish gene' in 1976...

Language of a fly proves surprising

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, March 10, 2008A group of researchers has developed a novel way to view the world through the eyes of a common fly and partially decode the insects reactions to changes in the world around it. The research fundamentally alters earlier beliefs about how neural networks functi...

PET/CT imaging proves golden for detecting cancer in children

RESTON, Va.PET/CT imaging exhibits significantly higher sensitivity, specificity and accuracy than conventional imaging when it comes to detecting malignant tumors in children, according to research published in the December issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. And thats not all: PET/CT imagi...

In the laboratory, green tea proves a powerful medicine against severe sepsis

MANHASSET, NY A major component of green tea could prove the perfect elixir for severe sepsis, an abnormal immune system response to a bacterial infection. In a new laboratory study, Haichao Wang, PhD, of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and his colleagues have been studying the ther...

Groundbreaking Canada-US study proves link between emissions and mercury pollution in fish

A groundbreaking environmental study to be published in a prestigious American science journal proves that mercury atmospheric emissions will end up in fish in as little as three years. Biologists from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, played a key role in designing and carrying out t...

Groundbreaking Canada-US study proves link between emissions and mercury pollution in fish

A groundbreaking environmental study to be published in a prestigious American science journal proves that mercury atmospheric emissions will end up in fish in as little as three years. Biologists from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, played a key role in designing and carrying out t...

Leaderless movement proves illusive

Ask the FBI, and they will contend that a dangerous wave of ecoterrorism has swept North America in the past decade. Ski resorts, new condominium developments and corporate logging headquarters have all been the target of arson attacks, pushing the damage tally of a shadowy organization called th...

Understanding hypertension in African Americans proves elusive

Exercise cannot reduce a sodium-retaining hormone in African Americans known to potentially cause hypertension, found Michael D. Brown, Ph.D., the senior author of a study in the September issue of Experimental Physiology. Brown is an associate professor of kinesiology at Temple Universitys Colleg...

An 'elegant' idea proves its worth 25 years later

The simple notion of copying the body’s own natural "waste disposal" chemistry to mop up potentially toxic nitrogen has saved an estimated 80 percent of patients with urea cycle disorders --- most of them children – according to a report in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine summarizing a...

Chromosomal microarray analysis proves accurate

Two years and more than 2,000 samples after researchers at Baylor College of Medicine started to use a new gene-chip technology called chromosomal microarray analysis to look for potential genetic abnormalities in children, they find that it is remarkably sensitive in detecting abnormalities in ind...

St. Jude test of bird flu vaccine proves successful

A commercially developed vaccine has successfully protected mice and ferrets against a highly lethal avian influenza virus, according to the investigator who led the study at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The vaccine was developed by Vical Incorporated in San Diego, California. This find...

Pollen proves beneficial for northern lakes

Mention the word pollen to most people and it triggers thoughts of their battle against allergic reactions. However, a University of Alberta researcher has found an important spin-off for this fine yellow dust-like powder. Mark Graham, a PhD student from the Department of Biological Sciences at...

Human trial proves ricin vaccine safe, induces neutralizing antibodies; further tests planned

Scientists have completed the first human clinical trial of a recombinant vaccine for the deadly toxin ricin ?a potential bioterror threat ?and the results indicate the vaccine is safe and effective in eliciting ricin-neutralizing antibodies, the UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report. ...

Group proves it's possible to grow new lung alveoli by growing new blood vessels

The good news is that medical advances in perinatal care have allowed us to save many more premature babies. The bad news is they're often at risk of developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia--a chronic lung disease caused by having to place the tiny infants on ventilators and oxygen-rich therapy for a...

CO2 sensing proves critical for fungal pathogens to adapt to life in air and human hosts

By using pathogenic fungi as model systems for understanding fungal diseases, two groups of researchers are reporting new work that offers insight into how carbon dioxide (CO2) governs the morphogenic changes that allow pathogenic fungi to survive in different environments and invade the human body...

Experimental shingles vaccine proves effective in nationwide study

In one of the largest adult vaccine clinical trials ever, researchers have found that an experimental vaccine against shingles (zoster vaccine) prevented about half of cases of shingles--a painful nerve and skin infection--and dramatically reduced its severity and complications in vaccinated person...

Purdue proves concept of using nano-materials for drug discovery

Researchers at Purdue University have built and demonstrated a prototype for a new class of miniature devices to study synthetic cell membranes in an effort to speed the discovery of new drugs for a variety of diseases, including cancer. The researchers created a chip about one centimeter square...

Study links virus to some cases of common skin cancer

...to learn whether the virus actually integrates with the host DNA. "If it proves to be a cancer-causing virus, and if it proves to be common in the general population, it might be something we should beg...

Double success for Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia scientists working on chromosome segregation

..., leading to situations similar to cancer'. This study, the first paper from Lars and his PhD student Mariana since arriving at the IGC a year ago, proves the applicability of this new assay and open doors to future studies into centromere assembly and structure. Indeed, Lars' proposal to further explore...

Engineering innovative solutions for 21st century medicine

...xisting research programmes across the UK, but it has also stimulated new research teams to consider medical applications of emerging technology. This proves the value of the joint initiative in fostering highly potent partnerships and the new inventions that will result, which could have massive benefit fo...

New discovery suggests mammoths survived in Britain until 14,000 years ago

... Research which finally proves that bones found in Shropshire, England provide the most geologically recent evidence of woolly mammoths in North Western Europe publishes today in th...

Adult bone marrow stem cells injected into skeletal muscle can repair heart tissue

... these functionally synergistic trophic factors, would be able to rescue the failing heart even when delivered away from the myocardium. "This study proves our hypothesis," said Lee. "We've demonstrated that injecting MSCs, or trophic factors released by MSCs, into skeletal muscle improved ventricular fu...

Consumers more likely to identify healthy food using traffic light nutrition labels

... a system similar to the percentage daily intake approach. Kelly said that further research is needed to determine whether the traffic light system proves to be as effective in other countries, but that the study showed it could be used equally well by all consumers, regardless of ethnicity, gender and s...

First jaguar photo taken at Smithsonian Research Station in Panama

...sensor at 3:07 a.m., thus creating a self-portrait photograph. "Our photo of a jaguar on Barro Colorado is a sign of hope," said Jackie Willis. "It proves jaguars are still in this area." Greg Willis spotted a jaguar on the island in 1983, but there have been very few sightings on Barro Colorado since. ...

FluChip technology licensed to combat deadly flu virus

...of years ago, it appears that the M-gene version of the FluChip will be able to distinguish human H1N1 viruses from the new swine H1N1 virus. If that proves to be the case, the FluChip will be a much needed and powerful new tool for surveillance since all of the current influenza diagnostics on the market ...

Weizmann Institute scientists develop a unique approach for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen

... it takes place. In fact, it is the generation of oxygen gas by the formation of a bond between two oxygen atoms originating from water molecules that proves to be the bottleneck in the water splitting process. Their results have recently been published in Science . Nature, by taking a different path, h...

Potential new HIV drug may help patients not responding to treatment

...efficacy as a treatment for cancer, which should indicate whether the drug is suitable for treating human patients. The researchers hope that if D-1mT proves safe in the initial trials for cancer and shows further promise for treating HIV, trials for using D-1mT as a treatment for HIV could begin as early a...

Lab-on-a-chip homes in on how cancer cells break free

... cancer cells are more pliable. In the near future, Wildt says, they plan to test this hypothesis in experiments with cancer cells. If this assumption proves correct, it may give them a tool to differentiate between cancerous and noncancerous cells. ...

Carbon accounting from atmospheric measurements -- the aircraft perspective

...hers also found that the highest uptake or absorption of CO2 occurs in the Midwest and the Southeast. This agrees with estimates of crop uptake, which proves to be a significant part of the US atmospheric CO2 sink, and of secondary forest regrowth in the East. The NOAA/ESRL aircraft network has embarke...

The law of the weakest

...cipant is superior to one other species, but will be beaten by a third interaction partner. "In this kind of cyclical concurrence, the weakest species proves the winner almost without exception," reports Professor Erwin Frey, who headed the study. "The two stronger species, on the other hand, die out, as ex...

Preventing rangeland erosion: Developing better management practices in Iran

...antly change pastoralists' knowledge in the preservation and prohibition of rangelands. Integrating the workshop method into lecture-based instruction proves to have the best results in developing learners' competence in rangeland management practice settings. As a testament to how much benefit the pasto...

Nanoemulsion potent against superbugs that kill cystic fibrosis patients

...shown success in treating skin infections, we believe it has potential to treat antibiotic-resistant lung infections," says Baker. If the technique proves safe and effective, people would inhale the nanoemulsion using a nebulizer and be able to reduce the severity and frequency of infections that spiral ...

TGen and ASU researchers find drug that could reduce risk of Alzheimer's

...ses in humans involving the hippocampus, a part of the brain that has been shown to deteriorate in patients with age-related disorders. "If Fasudil proves to be safe and effective in enhancing learning and memory, it could represent a viable new option for the prophylactic treatment of disorders with a c...

UT to develop fracture putty for traumatic leg injuries

...rs may require multiple surgeries and recuperation periods of about a year. And, they may not recoup full use of the injured leg. If fracture putty proves successful, injured soldiers could fundamentally regain full use of their legs in a much shorter period of time. It could also be used in emergency ro...
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