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Yes: Talking to Coma Patients Does Speed Recovery

January 23, 2015 | by Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

“Can he hear me?” Family members are desperate to know the answer to this question when a loved one with a traumatic brain injury is in a coma. A new study shows the voices of loved ones telling the patient familiar stories stored in his long-term memory can help awaken the unconscious brain and speed recovery from the coma.

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Company Vows Replacement Pipeline Will Be Safer

January 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Matthew Brown | News | Comments

A Wyoming company says it will replace a pipeline that broke and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents. The spill contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive, Montana.


Tool Plots Future of Solar-fuel Refineries

January 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

The process of converting the sun’s energy into liquid fuels requires a sophisticated, interrelated series of choices. Now, scientists have outlined a tool to help engineers better gauge the overall yield, efficiency and costs associated with scaling solar-fuel production processes up into large-scale refineries.


New Drug Testing: One Dose, Then Surgery

January 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Lori Simons took the bright orange pill at 3 a.m. Eight hours later, doctors sliced into her brain, looking for signs that the drug was working. She is taking part in one of the most unusual cancer experiments in the nation. With special permission from the FDA and multiple drug companies, a hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.


Celiac Disease Tripled Among Kids in 20 Years

January 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by British Medical Journal | News | Comments

The evidence to date suggests that up to 1 percent of all children in the UK have blood markers for celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to dietary gluten from wheat, barley and rye. While the numbers of new cases diagnosed in infants and toddlers remained fairly stable across all four countries, diagnoses among children older than two years almost tripled in the space of 20 years.


Device Lowers Blood Pressure Significantly

January 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by Queen Mary Univ. of London | News | Comments

A revolutionary device has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, compared to those treated with usual drug measures. The device is a paper clip-sized implant that is inserted between the artery and vein in the upper thigh, in a procedure lasting around 40 minutes under local anesthetic.


Ancestors Used Hands Like Modern Humans

January 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Kent | News | Comments

New research suggests pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought. Anthropologists have produced the first research findings to support archaeological evidence for stone tool use among fossil australopiths 3-2 million years ago.


This Week @ NASA, January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015 11:00 am | Podcasts | Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” State of STEM During his State of the Union address Jan. 20, President Obama emphasized the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM, to maintaining a strong and competitive American economy.

Salt Messes with the Brain

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | by McGill Univ. | News | Comments

While the link between salt and hypertension is well known, scientists haven’t understood how high salt intake increased blood pressure. Now, by studying the brains of rats, researchers have discovered that ingesting large amounts of dietary salt causes changes in key brain circuits.


Research Recreates Planet Formation, Super-earths in Lab

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

New laser-driven compression experiments reproduce the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores, and the conditions during the violent birth of Earth-like planets, documenting the material properties that determined planets' formation and evolution processes.


Vaccine May Help You Quit Smoking

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

New research may help millions stick to a common resolution: quitting smoking. Scientists are working on a nicotine vaccine that could put an end to the addiction.


Comparing Organic With Conventional Milk is Apples to Apples

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Consumers perceive that organic cow milk differs from conventionally produced milk and that these differences justify the premium price for organic milk. But, in terms of nutrients in milk, there is nothing distinct about organic milk that makes it unique from conventionally produced milk once the different factors that influence milk production are taken into consideration.


Are Oranges or Orange Juice Better for You?

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Many health advocates advise people to eat an orange and drink water rather than opt for a serving of sugary juice. But, scientists are reporting that the picture is not clear-cut.


Are Arsenic Compounds in Edible Algae Stable?

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers have studied the stability of diverse arsenic species found in edible marine algae and have established the best conditions for their storage and preservation.


Today in Lab History: Gertrude Belle Elion

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Gertrude Belle Elion was born Jan. 23, 1918 in New York City. She was a biochemist and pharmacologist who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988 for the development of drugs using methods of her own devising, which later led to the development of AZT, used to fight HIV/AIDS.


Hood Provides Unrestricted Access

January 23, 2015 7:00 am | Bigneat North America | Product Releases | Comments

Bigneat’s Optiflow ductless fume cabinet is based on a recirculatory filtration fume system that has consistent airflow, ensuring the integrity of the working safe zone and providing the user with unhindered accessibility. The benchtop hood protects the user from chemical vapors, fumes or particles, depending which type of filtration is chosen.



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