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Medicine

Multiple, Sclerosis, Cladribine, White, Blood, cell

Cladribine Lowers White Blood Cell Counts in MS

Cladribine, a chemotherapy drug, drastically lowered counts of a kind of white blood cell (known as a lymphocyte) in patients with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis, according to a study presented during the American Academy of Neurology's 49th Annual Meeting April 12-19 in Boston. EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 7:30 AM, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1997

Science

Biology, Cloning, Science, Literacy, Science, Policy

NSF Director To Speak at National Press Club

NSF Director Neal Lane is scheduled to speak at a National Press Club (NPC) luncheon later this month. The event is timed to coincide with the celebration of National Science and Technology Week (April 20-26), an annual public outreach program aimed at highlighting the role of science in people's everyday lives.

Science

Computer, Memory, Protons, data, Retention

Protonic Computer Remembers when Power's down

One of the minor horrors of the computer age is to be working on a document not yet saved to the hard drive ìmemoryî and lose everything because of a power outage or a screen freeze-up that forces the operator to shut down the computer. Now scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and France Telecom have applied for a patent on a prototype memory-retention device that is inexpensive, low-powered, and simple to fabricate. The device, referred to as ìprotonic,î is reported in todayís issue of the journal Nature.

Science

Purdue, Bioremediation, Agriculture, Pollution, soil, Contamination

Purdue Researchers Prod Pollution CleaningPlants

Plants have been recycling waste carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen for as long as humans have been breathing. Now Purdue University researchers are prodding them to take the cleanup a step further - to collect heavy metals and radioactive waste from polluted water and contaminated soils.

Medicine

Prescribing, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Mental, Illness, Medication

GAO Condemns DoD "Prescribing Psychologists"

An independent Government Accounting Office report condemning the Department of Defense program to train psychologists to prescribe medication reinforces the American Psychiatric Association's long-standing opposition to the program.

Science

Medicine, Technology, LIFE, SCI, Social, PHYS

New Scientist Highlights for 4-12-97

Highlights of April 12 New Scientist,

Science

Carolina, BAYS, Bacteria, Biodiversity, Microbiology

Previously Unknown Bacteria Discovered

ATHENS, Ga. -- Scientists know Carolina bays are naturally occuring, shallow elliptical depressions largely fed by rain and shallow ground water. Beyond that, however, their natural history is a mystery. One researcher has identified at least 18 different theories on their origins, and new ones come along every few months. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that the bacteria in the bays include species heretofore unknown to science.

Science

NCAR, Supercomputer, Hewett Packard, Models, Weather, Climate, Exemplar

UCAR Buys HP Exemplar System for Weather and Climate Prediction

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has contracted to purchase an HP Exemplar X-Class system from Hewlett-Packard. The National Center for Atmospheric Research and HP expect to develop the use of distributed shared- memory systems, such as the Exemplar, for numerical computer models employed in climate and weather prediction.

Business

OVER, One Third, Households, New/Small, Businesses

Over one-third of US Households Involved in New and Small Businesses

One of every three U.S. households--37 percent, or 35 million households--includes someone who has had a primary role in a new or small business, according to a first-of-its-kind study by an international research collaborative.

Medicine

Creatine, Exercise, Fitness, Obesity, Athletes, Health, Aerobic, Kinesiology

Exercising Longer

Two LSU professors have helped find a way for individuals to be able to exercise for longer periods of time, according to a study released today (April 9) at the Experimental Biology '97 conference in New Orleans.







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