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Study Says Vitamin D Doesn’t Affect Weight Loss

April 22, 2014 | by ScienceNetwork WA | Comments

A study has cast doubt on claims vitamin D helps with fat loss after a meta-analysis of 12 high-quality vitamin D randomized control trials showed it had little impact on adiposity or obesity measures.

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Old Tires Help Make New, Improved Roads

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by NSF | Comments

A scientist is experimenting with "crumb" rubber— ground up tires of different-sized particles— to improve the rubberized road materials that a number of states are already using to enhance aging asphalt.


Predicting Your Behavior Makes You Greener

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Concordia Univ. | Comments

Just asking ourselves whether we will engage in sustainable shopping behavior can increase the likelihood of following through— especially when there's an audience.


MRI Sensor May Help Diagnose, Fight Cancer

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Anne Trafton | Comments

An injectable sensor that enables long-term monitoring of oxygen levels could aid cancer diagnosis and treatment. Using this kind of sensor, doctors may be able to better determine radiation doses and monitor whether treatments are having the desired effect.


Google Sets Challenge for Nonprofits

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Brett Zongker | Comments

Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. The tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work.


Plan Would Speed Approval of Medical Devices

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The FDA has unveiled a proposal designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.


Narrowing of Neck Artery May Signal Memory, Thinking Decline

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by American Academy of Neurology | Comments

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck without any symptoms may be linked to problems in learning, memory, thinking and decision-making.


Researcher Takes Step Toward Nanoscale Electronics

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Rochester | Comments

Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Now, an assistant professor of chemical engineering has done just that, thereby taking us one step closer to nanoscale circuitry.


LED Light May Aid Skin

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Stony Brook Univ. | Comments

LEDs have the potential to be used for both indoor lighting applications and in wound healing therapy, taking the place of lasers, according to research.


Team Improves Understanding of Valley-wide Stream Chemistry

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

A geostatistical approach for studying environmental conditions in stream networks and landscapes has been successfully applied at a valley-wide scale to assess headwater stream chemistry at high resolution, revealing unexpected patterns in natural chemical components.


Doctors Perform Open Heart Surgery on 27-weeks Pregnant Woman

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Stony Brook Univ. | Comments

Being tired and rundown during her second trimester of pregnancy was something that 25-year-old Sharon Savino had felt before being pregnant with her son and daughter. But, after she started coughing up blood, she knew something was wrong. An egg-sized tumor threatened the mother and baby. But quick decisions by doctors saved both of their lives.


Ginseng Can Treat, Prevent Flu, Respiratory Virus

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia State Univ. | Comments

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages.


Research Sheds Light on Formation of the Andes

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Rochester | Comments

Scientists have long been trying to understand how the Andes and other broad, high-elevation mountain ranges were formed. New research shows that the Altiplano plateau in the central Andes— and most likely the entire mountain range— was formed through a series of rapid growth spurts.


Krypton Accurately Dates Antarctic Ice

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Oregon State Univ. | Comments

A team of scientists has successfully identified the age of 120,000-year-old Antarctic ice using radiometric krypton dating– a new technique that may allow them to locate and date ice that is more than 1 million years old.


Pain Relievers May Help, not Hurt, Heart

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the Univ. of Pennsylvania | Comments

A new study has clarified the action of a potential new class of pain relievers that may benefit, not hurt, the heart.


Physicists Push Parkinson’s Treatment Toward Trials

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | Comments

Research shows that a small “molecular tweezer” keeps proteins from clumping— the first step of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.



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