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2007-11-11 03:00:00

By Sabia, Joseph J Controlling for a wide set of individual- and family-level observables available in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, ordinary least squares (OLS) estimates show that sexually active adolescents have grade point averages that are approximately 0.2 points lower than virgins. However, when information on the timing of intercourse decisions is exploited and individual fixed effects are included, the negative effect of sexual intercourse disappears for...

2007-07-01 06:19:10

By Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Jul. 1--Along Interstate 85, billboards boast of NorthEast Medical Center's new CyberKnife, a robot that performs "knifeless cancer surgery" with "precision accuracy." Ads call it "the world's most accurate robotic radiosurgery device." Despite the hype, the $3.7 million CyberKnife is just one of a number of technologies that deliver high-energy radiation with pinpoint accuracy to shrink or obliterate tumors with fewer treatments for patients...

2007-02-05 05:57:27

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina and DUSSELDORF, Germany, February 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Algynomics and Orthogen announced a Strategic Alliance in the area of Individualized Orthopedic Medicine. The alliance will facilitate clinical studies designed to identify genetic markers of orthopedic diseases and responses to pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. "New discoveries in the area of pain genetics will soon change clinical practice by helping treating healthcare providers to choose the...

2005-11-07 13:41:38

CHAPEL HILL -- Books offering advice to parents about teens are less likely to contain injury prevention messages than those that give advice on parenting smaller children, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. Notably absent from most such books were discussions about preventing automobile accidents among adolescents. The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center investigation, which appears in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics, involved reviewing the...

2005-10-25 19:39:56

CHAPEL HILL "“ Through efforts to limit exposure to environmental irritants, health workers and municipalities can cut illness generally among inner-city children with asthma and also the number of clinic visits for those young patients by at least 19 percent, a new study concludes. The cost can be as low as $1,469 per affected family. Last year, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that an intervention designed to reduce exposures of children with asthma to...

2005-10-24 20:22:26

CHAPEL HILL "“ An enzyme inside a bacterium that grows in the soil of potato fields can -- in a split second -- break down residues of a common powerful pesticide used for killing worms on potatoes, researchers have found. That may be expensive for farmers but lucky for the environment because University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have now discovered that if that particular enzyme weren't there, it would take 10,000 years for just half of the widely used pesticide to...

2005-10-10 14:55:00

CHAPEL HILL -- No good evidence exists that fossilized structures found in China and which some paleontologists claim are the earliest known rudimentary feathers were really feathers at all, a renowned ornithologist says. Instead, the fossilized patterns appear to be bits of decomposed skin and supporting tissues that just happen to resemble feathers to a modest degree. Led by Dr. Alan Feduccia of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a team of scientists says that as a result of...

2005-09-28 16:59:38

CHAPEL HILL -- In the immediate wake of Hurricane Katrina, scientists and research centers from across the country came together to generate information on the contaminated floodwaters and offer it to hazardous materials experts and public health officials. In a matter of hours, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Marine Sciences Program and Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), together with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), played a key role in...

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2005-09-16 14:25:00

CHAPEL HILL -- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina -- probably the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history -- a leading ecologist says that one of the best things that could happen to New Orleans and the rest of southern Louisiana and Mississippi would be more rain. "People might think I'm kidding, but I'm not," said Dr. Seth R. Reice, associate professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's College of Arts and Sciences. "The floodwater still covering much of...

2005-07-29 14:50:00

CHAPEL HILL "“ Fears that chemical byproducts resulting from purifying drinking water with chlorine boost the chances that pregnant women will miscarry were not supported by the results of a major new study. If such threats exist at all, which is uncertain, they likely are modest, it concludes. The national study, directed by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists, contrasts with earlier, less detailed work done in Northern California and published in 1998. That research...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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