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McDonald's recalls Shrek glasses due to potential cadmium risk — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced…
Hogchoker - the new Internet star — A small flatfish living along the coast of North America is the…
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News | Archive (20 January 2011)

Archived news stories published on 20 January 2011 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Trifid triple treat
Trifid triple treat — Smouldering several thousand light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer), the Trifid Nebula presents…
New technique could eliminate inherited mitochondrial disease
New technique could eliminate inherited mitochondrial disease — Researchers have developed an experimental technique with the potential to prevent a class of hereditary disorders passed…
Water scarcity started 15 years ago
Water scarcity started 15 years ago — New analysis shows that the water scarcity being experienced in southeast Australia started up to 15 years ago. While the…
Researchers find target for pulmonary fibrosis
Researchers find target for pulmonary fibrosis — A diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is not much better than a death sentence: there is no treatment and the survival…

UCSF team views genome as it turns on and off inside cells

— 17:10 GMT | Health

UCSF researchers have developed a new approach to decoding the vast information embedded in an organism's genome, while shedding light on exactly how cells interpret their genetic material to create RNA messages and launch new processes in the cell…

Stroke rate rises for patients with HIV infection

— 17:07 GMT | Health

While the overall hospitalisation rate for stroke has declined in recent years, the numbers have jumped dramatically for patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), suggesting they may be up to three times more likely to suffer a stroke than people uninfected by the virus that causes AIDS…

Fears of Ontario pharmacy shortage after slashed generic drug prices unfounded: UBC research

— 17:04 GMT | Health

A University of British Columbia study shows that there are enough pharmacies situated throughout Ontario communities to absorb many closures without negatively affecting geographical accessibility for residents. The research suggests concerns that reducing generic pricing could result in pharmacy shortages are unfounded…

Cancer scientists discover genetic diversity in leukaemic propagating cells

— 17:01 GMT | Health

Cancer scientists led by Dr John Dick at the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI) and collaborators at St Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis) have found that defective genes and the individual leukaemia cells that carry them are organised in a more complex way than previously thought…

Bedbug genetic study finds possible pesticide-resistance genes

— 16:58 GMT | Health

Ohio State University entomologists have conducted the first genetic study of bedbugs, paving the road to the identification of potential genes associated with pesticide resistance and possible new control methods for the troublesome insect, whose sudden resurgence in the United States has led to a public health scare…

Do birth control pills cause weight gain? New research says no

— 16:55 GMT | Health

According to research conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Centre at Oregon Health and Science University, the commonly held belief that oral contraceptives cause weight gain appears to be false. The results of the study are published online and will appear in next month's edition of the journal Human Reproduction…

Like humans, amoebae pack a lunch before they travel

— 16:52 GMT | Biology

Some amoebae do what many people do. Before they travel, they pack a lunch…

Pitt study: End-of-life decisions take longer if patient hasn't shared wishes with family

— 16:49 GMT | Health

Family caregivers who had not discussed life support measures with critically ill patients took nearly two weeks longer to decide to forego further medical intervention than those who had prior conversations about the issues, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Public Health. They share their findings in a poster presentation at the Society of Critical Care Medicine congress this week in San Diego…

Roundworm unlocks pancreatic cancer pathway

— 16:46 GMT | Health

The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 43,000 Americans were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and more than 36,000 died from the disease. Despite advances in genetic science showing that the Ras oncogene is mutated in virtually all pancreatic cancers, scientists have been frustrated by the complexity of the signalling pathways in humans, which make it difficult to pinpoint potential therapeutic targets…

Identity theft by aphids

— 16:43 GMT | Biology

Collaborative research at the University of Guam has people asking: 'What IS a species' and entomologists wondering about the relationship between an insect species and the host plant or plants it feeds on…

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