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2010-05-19 14:35:16

Breathing polluted air increases stress on the heart's regulation capacity, up to six hours after inhalation of combustion-related small particles called PM2.5, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Stress on the heart from exposure to high levels of PM2.5 may contribute to cardiovascular disease, said Duanping Liao, professor of public health sciences. The body's ability to properly regulate heartbeat so the heart can pump the appropriate amounts of blood into the...

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2010-04-12 13:18:11

Exposure to an increased level of air pollutants, especially nitrogen dioxide, has been associated with lower likelihoods of successful pregnancy among women undergoing in vitro fertilization, according to a team of fertility researchers. The team examined the outcomes of the first pregnancy attempt of 7,403 women undergoing IVF at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa.; Shady Grove Fertility, Rockville, Md.; and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New...

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2009-12-03 12:20:00

New research has shown that people who look forward to smoking a cigarette upon waking up may be at an increased risk of developing lung disease. Dr Joshua E. Muscat, professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine studied levels of cotinine, a by-product of nicotine when processed by the body among smokers. The study involved more than 250 healthy people who smoked every day. "Since cotinine levels appear to reflect the risk of lung cancer, our results suggest that...

2009-09-18 08:03:32

Penn State College of Medicine researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Southern California, have taken an important step in understanding the role of stem cells in development of liver cancer. Using a unique approach that involves study of individual cells, the team, led by C. Bart Rountree, M.D., has demonstrated for the first time a population of cancer stem cells in the liver prior to tumor formation. The research, published in the journal Stem Cells, shows a...

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2009-06-15 14:10:00

Experts in sleep studies presented evidence that showed poor quality sleep - whether from insomnia, sleep fragmentation, or nightmares - is associated with increased risk of death, Reuters reported. The results came from several presentations last week in Seattle at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. One study suggested that insomnia might be as hazardous as obstructive sleep apnea, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine in...

2009-06-02 11:23:28

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, working with biochemists, geneticists and clinicians at the University of Bern, Switzerland and in the United Kingdom, have discovered an enzyme that has a key role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The team, co-led by Judith Bond, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State College of Medicine, and Daniel Lottaz, Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Bern,...

2008-07-15 06:00:19

The following area students received degrees recently from Penn State University. Included with the students' names are distinctions they achieved, the campuses they attended and their areas of study and degree earned. Adamstown - Gayle A. Hirneisen, with distinction, occupational therapy, associate of science. Akron - Erica L. Lausch, University Park, crime, law and justice, bachelor of science; Danelle R. Lausch, University Park, elementary and kindergarten education, bachelor of...

2008-07-11 12:01:04

MADISON, Wis., July 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. , the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced findings from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine that medical students have adopted lecture capture with Mediasite as an essential part of their educational program. A Mediasite campus since January 2004, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine deployed a pilot...

2008-06-24 18:01:47

The following area students received degrees recently from Penn State University. Included with the students' names are any distinction they achieved, the campuses they attended and their areas of study and degree earned. Adamstown - Gayle A. Hirneisen, with distinction, occupational therapy, associate of science. Akron - Erica L. Lausch, University Park, crime, law and justice, bachelor of science; Danelle R. Lausch, University Park, elementary and kindergarten education, bachelor of...

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2005-06-21 15:40:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A common virus that is harmless to people can destroy cancerous cells in the body and might be developed into a new cancer therapy, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The virus, called adeno-associated virus type 2, or AAV-2, infects an estimated 80 percent of the population. "Our results suggest that adeno-associated virus type 2, which infects the majority of the population but has no known ill effects, kills multiple types of cancer cells yet has no effect on healthy...