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2009-08-11 16:17:23

A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Infection and Immunity indicates that pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing common throat infections. The mouse model findings, published online by Nature Publishing Group in this week's Molecular Psychiatry, support the view that this condition is a distinct disorder, and...

2008-06-19 15:00:00

EDMONTON - Two tiny red pandas at Edmonton's Valley Zoo are helping to carry the survival of their species on their furry shoulders. Tai and Pip were born May 26, and have already almost tripled their birth weights of 112 and 147 grams. They're the second set of twins born to the zoo's pair of adult red pandas and are part of a breeding program aimed at ensuring survival of the species. The two were taken from their mother shortly after birth when she began grooming one aggressively, and...

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2006-06-21 18:50:00

SHANGHAI, China -- Scientists using DNA samples have doubled their estimates of the wild panda population in a nature sanctuary in China, a finding they say bodes well for the survival of the endangered species. The researchers believe between 66 and 72 pandas are living in the Wanglang Nature Reserve - more than twice the previous estimate of 32, said Wei Fumin, a zoologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The scientists arrived at the estimates by taking samples of panda droppings in the...

2006-06-19 19:30:00

By Belinda Goldsmith NEW YORK (Reuters) - Giant pandas may not be in as much danger of extinction as feared with a new British-Chinese study finding there could be twice as many living in the wild as previously thought, scientists said on Monday. "This finding indicates that the species may have a significantly better chance of long-term viability than recently anticipated, and that this beautiful animal may have a brighter future," the scientists said in a statement. Until now scientists...

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2006-06-20 00:30:00

By Belinda Goldsmith NEW YORK -- Giant pandas may not be in as much danger of extinction as feared with a new British-Chinese study finding there could be twice as many living in the wild as previously thought, scientists said on Monday. "This finding indicates that the species may have a significantly better chance of long-term viability than recently anticipated, and that this beautiful animal may have a brighter future," the scientists said in a statement. Until now scientists thought...

2005-07-05 15:38:07

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Strep throat infections triple a child's risk of developing compulsive behaviors or tics, an indication that the same antibodies that attack the infection may also damage brain cells, a study said on Tuesday. As many as one in four children develop some kind of tic disorder that can range from a compulsive ordering of objects to obsessive hand-washing to the uncontrolled lashing out of Tourette's syndrome sufferers. In many cases, the tic disappears...

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2005-03-28 18:20:19

SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Giant pandas in western China could be at risk of starvation because the bamboo plants that they eat are beginning to die off in a cycle that happens about every 60 years, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Workers at the Baishuijiang State Nature Preserve in the northwestern province of Gansu plan to monitor the 102 pandas in the preserve for signs of hunger, according to Xinhua. Threatened pandas will be moved to areas that still have bamboo, with...

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2005-01-28 07:44:13

BEIJING (AFP) -- China will soon finish building its first blood bank for pandas, which will assist researchers in studying the endangered animals' blood types and chances of accepting blood transfusions. The bank at southwest China's Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre in the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province will be completed this year, the China Daily state newspaper said. Located in the giant panda breeding lab, the bank will help researchers answer questions such as how...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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