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Study Shows Red Meat Consumption Linked to Higher Risk of Dying From Cancer, Heart Disease

March 25, 2009

Men and women who eat higher amounts of red meat and processed meat have a higher risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, and other causes compared to those who eat less, according to a new ten-year study by University of North Carolina School of Public Health supported by the National Cancer Institute.

Possible reasons:

  • The meats are a source of carcinogens formed during cooking.
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    Study suggests H1N1 virus more dangerous than suspected

    July 14, 2009
    (Yoshihiro Kawaoka)

    The H1N1virus exhibits an ability to infect cells deep in the lungs, where it can cause pneumonia and, in severe cases, death, an international team of researchers has found.

    And it is possible that the virus could become even more pathogenic during the northen hemisphere fall and winter flu season, as the current pandemic runs its course and the virus evolves to acquire new features

    Study Suggests Life Sprang from Clay

    November 7, 2003

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers say materials in clay are key to some of the initial processes in forming life. A clay mixture called montmorillonite helps form little bags of fat and liquid and helps cells use RNA.

    Study suggests probiotics could prevent obesity and insulin resistance

    A pill that prevents obesity (even with a high-fat diet) could be on the horizon
    July 25, 2014

    Obese vs. normal mouse (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

    Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that engineered probiotic bacteria (“friendly” bacteria like those in yogurt) in the gut produce a therapeutic compound that inhibits weight gain, insulin resistance, and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice.

    “Of course it’s hard to speculate from mouse to human,” said senior investigator Sean Davies, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology. “But essentially, we’ve prevented most… read more

    Study Supports the Long-Term Benefits and Safety of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression

    October 13, 2010

    In a study to determine the durability and long-term effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), psychiatric researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found the non-invasive, non-drug therapy to be an effective, long-term treatment for major depression.

    TMS therapy is a non-invasive technique that delivers highly focused magnetic field pulses to a specific portion of the brain, the left prefrontal cortex, to stimulate the areas… read more

    Study Supports View That Ice Age Is Still Quite a Way Off

    June 11, 2004

    A group of climate and ice experts says it has new evidence that Earth is not even halfway through the current warm era.

    The evidence comes from ice extracted from Antarctica, composed of thousands of ice layers formed as each year’s snowfall was compressed over time. It reveals many similarities between today’s atmospheric and temperature patterns and those of a prolonged warm interval that took place 430,000 years ago.

    Study Ties Genetic Variations to Schizophrenia

    March 31, 2008

    A new study has found that rare and previously undetectable genetic variations may significantly increase the risk that a person will develop schizophrenia.

    One of the mutations identified in the study, for instance, distorts a protein that is involved in guiding neurons to their proper places during brain development. Another mutation that turned up changes the shape of a molecule that transports glutamate, a chemical that excites neurons and… read more

    Study to determine whether fish oil can help prevent psychiatric disorders

    February 9, 2012

    Researchers at Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program who have worked with teenagers at risk for serious mental illness for the past decade are now studying the effectiveness of Omega 3 fatty acids (such as fish oil) for treating psychiatric symptoms.

    This new study is a National Institute of Mental Health-funded randomized double-blind trial that was designed to test whether Omega-3 fatty acids… read more

    Study with totally blind people shows how light helps activate the brain

    November 1, 2013

    Photoreceptive ganglion cell (credit: David Berson's lab/Brown University)

    Light stimulates brain activity during a cognitive task even in some people who are totally blind, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

    “We were stunned to discover  that the brain still responds to light in these rare three completely blind patients  despite having absolutely no conscious vision at all,” said senior co-author Steven… read more

    Study Zeroes In on Calories, Not Diet, for Loss

    February 26, 2009

    People lose weight if they lower calories — it doesn’t matter which diet, according to the largest-ever controlled study of weight-loss methods, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

    Study, in a First, Explains Evolution’s Molecular Advance

    April 7, 2006

    By reconstructing ancient genes from long-extinct animals, scientists have for the first time demonstrated the step-by-step progression of how evolution created a new piece of molecular machinery by reusing and modifying existing parts.

    The researchers say the findings, published today in the journal Science, offer a counterargument to doubters of evolution who question how a progression of small changes could produce the intricate mechanisms found in living cells.

    Study: Chip-Tools Spending To Double

    July 13, 2004

    The semiconductor-tools industry is poised for dramatic growth in 2004, according to a new report from research firm Gartner. Demand is being driven by a seemingly insatiable consumer appetite for electronics devices, such as cell phones.

    Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is on pace to reach US$44.8 billion this year, growing 50.9 percent from 2003, according to Gartner. Capital equipment spending is forecast to grow 63.5 percent in 2004.… read more

    Study: Digital universe and its impact bigger than we thought

    March 12, 2008

    IDC estimates that by 2011 there will be 1,800 exabytes of electronic data in existence (an exabyte is 1 billion gigabytes), at a compound annual growth rate of almost 60 percent from 2006.

    IDC created a “Personal Digital Footprint Calculator” ticker, which counts the estimated amount of data created second by second.

    Worldwide Information Growth Ticker

    Study: Fat or thin–one gene does it?

    October 7, 2003

    A gene in different versions may determine whether people are predisposed to being obese or thin, say researchers at Icelandic biotechnology company deCODE genetics Inc.

    The finding is the result of analysis of DNA from more than 1,000 Icelandic women.

    deCODE news release

    Study: Internet could run out of capacity in two years

    November 20, 2007

    A flood of new video and other Web content could overwhelm the Internet by 2010 unless backbone providers invest up to US$137 billion in new capacity, more than double what service providers plan to invest, according to a study by Nemertes Research Group.

    Internet users will create 161 exabytes (quintillion bytes) of new data this year, they said.

    The study is the first to “apply Moore’s Law (or… read more

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