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Article ID: 536097

Preventing Winter Sports Injuries: 7 Tips to Play Safely in the Snow

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

From sledding accidents to snowmobile crashes, pediatric trauma experts at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital say they see a startling number of snow-related injuries among children each year. In an effort to prevent injury among children this winter season, Mott experts offer seven tips to keep people on sleds, skates, skis and snowmobiles safe in the snow.

Released:
10-Dec-2007 2:20 PM EST

Article ID: 536071

Using Carbon Nanotubes To Seek and Destroy Anthrax Toxin and Other Harmful Proteins

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new way to seek out specific proteins, including dangerous proteins such as anthrax toxin, and render them harmless using nothing but light. The technique lends itself to the creation of new antibacterial and antimicrobial films to help curb the spread of germs, and also holds promise for new methods of seeking out and killing tumors in the human body.

Released:
10-Dec-2007 10:45 AM EST

Article ID: 536045

Poll: Kids' Obesity Not Weighing on Parents' Minds

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health found that more than 40 percent of parents with obese children describe their child as "about the right weight." And, less than 10 percent of parents with obese children say they are "very concerned" about their child's weight.

Released:
10-Dec-2007 7:00 AM EST

Article ID: 536016

Researchers Say New Stem Cell Technique Cures Sickle Cell in Mice

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers at UAB and Whitehead Institute report correcting the basic genetic mutation in mouse models of sickle cell anemia through use of induced pluripotent stem cells, iPS cells.

Released:
6-Dec-2007 3:25 PM EST

Article ID: 535898

Researcher Lands $3.3 Million Grant to Help Smokers Kick Habit

Florida State University

A Florida State University professor will share a $3.3 million federal grant with a colleague from the University of Vermont to develop an innovative method that will help smokers with anxiety disorders extinguish the habit.

Released:
4-Dec-2007 11:15 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 535811

5 Tips for Buying the Safest Toys for Kids This Holiday Season

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

With recent recalls, many parents are worried about buying safe toys for their kids this holiday season. To help, a U-M pediatrician puts recent concerns about toy safety into perspective, and offers tips to help parents pick the safest and most age-appropriate toys for their children.

Released:
3-Dec-2007 8:00 AM EST

Article ID: 535810

Avoid Tummy Trouble While Traveling This Holiday Season

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While holiday goodies are often to blame, U-M gastroenterologists say that travel, along with stress and poor eating habits, can create a recipe for tummy trouble. But understanding your gut's internal rhythm and watching what you eat when you travel can help ease GI problems this holiday season.

Released:
3-Dec-2007 8:00 AM EST
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    29-Nov-2007 12:00 PM EST

Article ID: 535652

Homeless Cells Find Temporary Lodging"”and Their Demise

Harvard Medical School

When human cells wander in suspension, free of their normal attachments, many of them launch invasions into their neighbors. These "homeless" cells bore into other cells and hang out inside, where they either die or exit, apparently unscathed. This bizarre process, which the researchers term entosis, appears to underlie a natural process involving tumor cells inhabiting other tumor cells that pathologists have observed for decades. This process may be relevant to cancer if entosis inhibits tumor progression by killing "homeless" cancer cells before they colonize distant sites.

Released:
27-Nov-2007 11:30 AM EST

Article ID: 535733

Chandra Discovers Cosmic Cannonball

Chandra X-ray Observatory

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to monitor a neutron star, known as RX J0822-4300, over a period of about five years. During that span, three Chandra observations show the neutron star moving at a blistering speed. As one of the fastest moving objects ever discovered, this cosmic cannonball is a challenge to theories of how to produce such a rapidly moving object.

Released:
28-Nov-2007 4:00 PM EST

Article ID: 535683

Expert Available to Discuss Atrial Fibrillation

University of Virginia Health System

Reporters seeking background information about Vice President Cheney's treatment for atrial fibrillation are welcome to contact the UVA Public Relations office to arrange an interview with J. Michael (Mike) Mangrum, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, and director of the Atrial Fibrillation Center at the UVA Health System. A transcript of Afib FAQs and video of Dr. Mangrum are posted with this release.

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27-Nov-2007 3:20 PM EST

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