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2011-04-13 06:25:00

A new study has found that women who go on an "apple diet" saw their cholesterol drop by about a quarter in six months. Dr. Bahram Arjmandi of the department of nutrition, food and exercise sciences at Florida State University said the results were "incredible." Eighty women aged 45 to 65 were asked to eat 75 grams of dried prunes a day for a year.  Another 80 women of the same age group were asked to eat the same amount of dried apple, in addition to their normal diets. The women had...

2011-03-24 10:00:00

SARASOTA, Fla., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steven High today was named executive director of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, home to the Ca' d'Zan mansion, Museum of Art featuring a rare Old Masters collection, Circus Museum and Historic Asolo Theater. The announcement was made after Eric J. Barron, president of The Florida State University, approved his appointment by the Ringling Museum Board of Directors. (Photo:...

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2011-02-15 11:25:00

It's a frustrating problem for many of today's parents: Little Jacob or Isabella is utterly indifferent to schoolwork during the day but then happily spends all evening engrossed in the latest video game. The solution isn't to banish the games, says one Florida State University researcher. A far better approach, advises Valerie J. Shute, is to make the learning experience more enjoyable by creating video games into which educational content and assessment tools have been surreptitiously added...

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2011-02-14 07:35:00

Paper has implications for oxygen depletion, provides photographic evidence of plumes A new University of Georgia study that is the first to examine comprehensively the magnitude of hydrocarbon gases released during the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil discharge has found that up to 500,000 tons of gaseous hydrocarbons were emitted into the deep ocean. The authors conclude that such a large gas discharge"”which generated concentrations 75,000 times the norm"”could result in...

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2011-01-26 10:50:00

Four letter words may offend you more depending on which television channel you watch, according to a recent study out of Florida State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This study, published in the January issue of Mass Communication and Society, found that some TV viewers believe swearing on premium channels and cable is less offensive than vulgarity on broadcast channels. Similarly, viewers are more tolerant of swearing on the premium channels than they are on the...

2011-01-10 14:39:30

Using biological samples taken from patients and state-of-the-art biochemical techniques, a Florida State University researcher is working to identify a variety of "biomarkers" that might provide earlier warnings of the presence of breast and prostate cancers. "Biomarkers are indicators of certain biological and pathological processes that are occurring, such as cancer," said Qing-Xiang "Amy" Sang, a professor in Florida State's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "Either the cancer...

2011-01-03 15:05:22

Thick gravel, mud, snow, steep ramps or hills . . . They might get a pedestrian a little dirty or out of breath, but to someone in an electric wheelchair, they could mean terrain that's simply too difficult to cross alone. To address this problem, researchers at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering are working on technology that will enable electric-powered wheelchairs to detect hazardous terrain and automatically adjust their control settings to...

2010-12-09 20:20:01

Sourav Saha's molecular sensor could protect people from a potential carcinogen Used in the proper amounts, it can make teeth stronger and aid in the treatment of osteoporosis. When excessive amounts are consumed, however, it can be a killer "” a carcinogen that causes bone, lung and bladder cancers. The "it" is fluoride, a common additive in most American communities' drinking water and an ingredient in the vast majority of commercially produced adult toothpastes. Determining the level...

2010-10-25 16:17:00

American Heart Association Honors Legendary Florida State College Football Coach at 25th Annual Awards Ceremony on Jan. 18, 2011 HOUSTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Heart Association announced today former Florida State Football Head Coach Bobby Bowden will be named recipient of the 2011 Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101025/DC88249) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101025/DC88249) (Logo:...

2010-10-22 16:53:08

Beating the flu has always been tough, but it has gotten even more difficult in recent years. Two of the four antiviral drugs used to treat a nasty case of the influenza A virus no longer work. Fortunately, scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University and researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah are close to understanding why these drugs have become less effective "” and how new drugs might take their...