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Article ID: 546589

Gift Giving That Doesn't Break the Bank

University of Alabama

American consumers have a lot of challenges this holiday shopping season, the most important challenge being how to spread holiday cheer and give gifts without overspending on an already tight budget. University of Alabama professor Caroline Fulmer offers tips on gift giving that doesn't empty your wallet.

Released:
18-Nov-2008 4:00 PM EST

Article ID: 546524

For High School Doping, Parents Want School Intervention, Low Penalties

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health finds that nearly 1 in 10 parents of high school athletes is aware of the use of performance-enhancing drugs by an athlete in their community. The poll also finds that most parents feel that schools "“ with minimal penalties to individual students "“ should be responsible for handling the problem.

Released:
17-Nov-2008 11:25 AM EST

Article ID: 546498

Hypertension Develops Early, Silently, in African-American Men

American Physiological Society (APS)

Young and healthy African-American men were found to silently develop hypertension earlier than their white counterparts, according to a new study. How blood pressure is measured may be the key to early detection. Central blood pressure, in the aorta near the heart, not brachial pressure, in the artery of the arm, may be the key to screening, the study found.

Released:
17-Nov-2008 1:00 AM EST

Article ID: 546506

Turkey - It's Not Just for Thanksgiving Anymore

University of Maryland, College Park

Americans love their turkey - and increasingly, they're eating it throughout the year. Prof. Nickolas Zimmermann - an associate professor of animal and avian sciences at the University of Maryland is a turkey expert. In this release, he talks about why turkey is so popular - and gives us an update on Avian Flu research.

Released:
14-Nov-2008 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 546461

Compact Research Freezers to Debut in Space

University of Alabama at Birmingham

A pair of Endeavour-carried cryogenic freezers will boost the biological research capacity of the shuttle and the International Space Station. Capable of minus 160 degrees Celsius, the small, portable GLACIER units from UAB can hold laboratory trays, test tubes and various research containers used in space-based experiments.

Released:
13-Nov-2008 5:00 PM EST
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    13-Nov-2008 2:30 PM EST

Article ID: 546392

Hubble Directly Observes Planet Orbiting Fomalhaut

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet orbiting another star. The images show the planet, named Fomalhaut b, as a tiny point source of light orbiting the nearby, bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis. An immense debris disk about 21.5 billion miles across surrounds the star. Fomalhaut b is orbiting 1.8 billion miles inside the disk's sharp inner edge.

Released:
12-Nov-2008 3:30 PM EST

Article ID: 546434

Toy Sales to Escape Downturn in Otherwise Bleak Holiday Sales Season

University of Alabama

University of Alabama retail expert Kristy Reynolds predicts the upcoming holiday season for retailers will be the worst since the recession in the early 1980s when the nation was hit by increased bankruptcies, agricultural exports plummeted, crop prices fell, interest rates increased, and the federal budget deficit jumped.

Released:
13-Nov-2008 1:45 PM EST

Article ID: 546431

Recession-Proof Careers: Future Looks Bright for Federal, Public Sector Careers

University of Alabama at Birmingham

During tough economic times, no job is safe, however, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, working for the government may be one of the safest careers to have during a recession. Bureau statistics show that the government fires and lays off workers at 25 percent the rate of the private sector.

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13-Nov-2008 12:45 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 546341

Text Messaging May Help Children Fight Off Obesity

University of North Carolina Health Care System

A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that cell phone text messaging could be used to reduce children's chances of becoming overweight or obese later in life, by helping them monitor and modify their own behaviors now.

Released:
11-Nov-2008 12:50 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 546270

Battling Bacteria in the Blood: Researchers Tackle Deadly Infections

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

About one in every 100 people each year will experience a serious bloodstream infection, and often times, antibiotics aren't enough. So to combat these rampant infections, University of Michigan researchers are working to find ways to better diagnose and treat them.

Released:
11-Nov-2008 8:00 AM EST

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