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Umass, X Files, Professor, Biochemistry

UMass Professor Makes Science More Real on Hit TV Show, "The X-Files"

University of Massachusetts biochemistry professor Anne Simon watches the hit TV show "The X-Files" with particular interest. Simon is a science consultant to the show's creator and executive producer, Chris Carter.


Children, Psychiatry, School, YALE, Dr., Comer, Book

Outdated American Myths Hinder Children's Success

"The notion of the individual as the sole source of success creates a winner-loser mentality, and it creates a need to scapegoat the so-called losers," the Yale child psychiatrist says. "This fuels racism and ethnic tensions.


Evidence, Detective, Fluorescence, Fingerprints, Organic

Making the Crime Scene Blink: Sandia to Develop an Evidence Finder

An evidence-detection system that makes organic residues appear to blink will allow investigators to locate potential evidence such as fingerprints, semen and urine more quickly and in a lighted room if necessary.


Cigna, Dental, plan, HMO, PPO, Indemnity, Health, Benefits

How To Get the Dental Benefits Plan You Want

How do you approach your benefits manager about getting a dental plan? CIGNA Dental provideds tips for 50 percent of Americans without dental coverage.


Cigna, Dental, HMO, PPO, Inedemnity, Health, plan, November

Key November Elections Occur in the Workplace, Not Just the Voting Booth

Approximately 170 million Americans will be electing a dental plan in November. CIGNA Dental offers tips on choosing the right plan.


Mayo, Clinic, Study, Antidepressant, Bupropion, Stop, Smoking, Cessation

Antidepressant Helps People Stop Smoking

A study of more than 600 smokers found that use of an antidepressant drug called bupropion was a significant aid in helping subjects stop smoking. The study also found that the drug lessened the problem of weight gain among some study participants.


Pharmanex, Ginko, Balboa, Alzheimer's Disease, Disease, Mental, UCSF, Cohen

New JAMA Study Proves Important Health Benefits of Ginko Bilboa Extract

Tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association will announce the results of a new clinical trial showing an extract of the Ginko bilboa plant to be safe and effective in improving the mental performance and social functioning of patients. The JAMA study was a 52 week, randomized, double-blind study using 309 patients with Alzheimer disease and dementia


Malaria, Research

UT-Houston Scientists Set For Breakthrough in Malaria Research

Research at The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center may help reduce the estimated 1.6 million deaths attributed each year to the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.


Sleep, Disorders, Sleep, Apnea, Insomnia, Sleepwalking

Shakespeare Described Sleep Disorders Centuries Before Term was Coined

Shakespeare vividly described sleep disorders affecting his characters centuries before the public and medical professionals recognized these common, often treatable problems, according to a Los Angeles neurologist and sleep disorder specialist.


Sludge, Sewage, Biosolids, EPA, Environmental, Protection, Agency, Waste, Management, Agriculture, Metals, Heavy

EPA Rules on Sewage Sludge Use Are too Lax

Growers who follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules in applying sewage sludge as fertilizer to their land may be inadvertantly endangering human health, the environment and the future productivity of their own crops, an analysis by the Cornell Waste Management Institute has found.


Northeast, Regional, Climate, Center, Weather, Temperature, September, 1997

27 Low-temperature Records Fall in September

Despite 27 low-temperature records falling throughout the Northeast in September, the average temperatures for the month were not far from normal, making this the 30th coolest September in the last 103 years of records, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.


Purdue, Engineering, Education, Women, Engineer

Women Engineers Celebrate 100-year History at Purdue

When Martha Stevens earned a degree in civil engineering in 1897, she became the first woman to graduate from Purdue University with an engineering degree. Today the picture has changed dramatically, due in part to Purdue's pioneering efforts to attract and retain female engineering students ã efforts that are now used as a model for other universities.


Leptin, Apoptosis, Fat, Obesity, Cells

Leptin Causes Death Of Fat Cells

ATHENS, Ga. -- A team of researchers at the University of Georgia are the first to determine that the hormone leptin causes the programmed death of fat cells rather than simply reducing them in size.


Cancer, Mouth, Hairdresser, Salivary, Gland, Beautician, Parotid

Hair Dressers At Risk For Rare Cancer

Women who have worked as hairdressers are at higher risk of developing a rare form of cancer than the general population, according to a recent Michigan State University study.


NCAR, Turbulence, Sensor, Aircraft, air, Safety, Forecasting, Research

NCAR Research Turns Commerical Aircraft into Turbulence Sensors

National Center for Atmospheric Research scientists are turning commercial aircraft into in-flight "sensing platforms" to measure and report turbulence. United Airlines will deploy the software on more than 200 aircraft over the next six months. The data will go into turbulence forecasts to help pilots steer clear of bumpy air.


Menopause, mood, Disorders, YALE, Depression, Study

Links Between Menopause And Mood Disorders

As the number of women who are experiencing menopause triples, the demand for more effective treatment of symptoms such as mood changes is also expected to increase. To address this situation, a psychiatrist at Yale University School of Medicine has launched a major series of studies on mood disorders and menopausal women that may offer relief for some symptoms of menopause.


AIDS, YALE, Award, Death, End Of Life Care

Award Will Help Improve End-of-Life Care for AIDS Patients

Peter Selwyn, M.D., M.P.H., associate director of the AIDS program and associate professor of medicine at Yale University, is one of 12 physicians to receive the Faculty Scholars Award from the Open Society Institute's Project on Death in America (PDIA). Dr. Selwyn joins a total of 38 scholars from 25 medical schools and 35 medical institutions in the U.S. and Canada, who have been honored with PDIA Faculty Scholars Awards in the past.


NASA, Biocomputation, Virtual, Reality, Medicine, Biology, Computer, Surgery

Space Agency Launches National Biocomputation Center at Stanford

The Stanford University School of Medicine has become the home for a NASA-sponsored national biocomputation center in which researchers will apply complex computing skills to the practice of medicine.


pap, Smears, Colposcopy, Queens, Gynecologic, Oncology

Repeating Pap Smear at Time of Colposcopy Unnecessary

Gynecologic Oncology, Journal for the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, Reports Findings That Additional Test Has Limited Clinical Benefits


Alzheimer's Disease, Disease, Apoe 4, Genetics, Testing, Meta Analysis, Dementia

Gene Shown To Be Significant Risk Factor For Alzheimer's Disease Across Racial and Ethnic Lines

A variant of the apolipoprotein E (apoE) gene known as apoe-4 has been shown to be a significant risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease in several ethnic and racial groups, including Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics and Japanese. Leading a collaborative effort of hundreds of scientists around the world, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine report their conclusion in the Oct. 22 issue of JAMA. The paper, which studied the impact of the apoE gene on age and sex as well as race and ethnicity in approximately 6,000 Alzheimer's Disease patients and 8,600 non-demented controls, helps clarify the importance this gene plays in causing Alzheimer's.

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