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2009-08-06 10:24:02

The study found that parents recognized only 47 percent of the safety hazards placed inside a home setting."While there were no benchmarks to assess whether this is a good or bad rate of recognition, it is concerning if it approximates behavior in real homes," the authors said. "One would hope that parents might recognize all or almost all of the safety hazards present. If they don't recognize hazards, they cannot act for prevention, thus placing their children at risk of serious...

2009-07-22 14:23:06

Researchers at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, contributed key comparative data for a landmark study showing African wild chimpanzees infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), an HIV-1-like virus, die prematurely and develop hallmarks of HIV-1 infection and AIDS.This surprising discovery by scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and reported in the July 23 issue of Nature, alters the current view of AIDS virus infections in African...

2009-07-20 09:45:00

VILNIUS, Lithuania, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The top management of UAB "Dujotekana," including Rimandas Stonys, President, Piotras Vojeika, Vice President, and Dr. Jevgenij Kostin, Strategic Advisor, met with Rebecca Dunham, Political and Economic Section Chief and her colleagues at the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania on July 1. The discussions focused on the development and expansion of energy facilities in Lithuania, the company's cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, the U.S....

2009-07-18 07:59:57

A protein in influenza virus that helps it multiply also damages lung epithelial cells, causing fluid buildup in the lungs, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Southern Research Institute. Publishing online this week in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the researchers say the findings give new insight into how flu attacks the lungs and provides targets for new treatments. In severe cases of flu, fluid...

2009-07-06 13:10:00

Patients with atrial fibrillation, common in those with advanced chronic heart failure, have an increased risk of hospitalization due to heart failure, according to new research from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The findings, published in June in the European Heart Journal, also suggest that atrial fibrillation is not associated with an increased risk of death in heart failure patients, contradicting previous assumptions."Our findings show that the presence of...

2009-06-25 09:28:25

A new three-dimensional computer protein map is helping researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) unravel the biological pathways that control brain-cell death after a stroke.The new map will help identify new drug targets and test compounds to slow brain-cell death, halt brain cancer and improve pain control, the study authors said. The findings are published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.Starting with known cell coordinates, biological structures and other...

2009-06-17 10:29:00

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Top officials of UAB "Dujotekana", one of the leading energy companies in Lithuania, recently visited Washington, DC and New York for a series of working meetings with the US Administration. Rimandas Stonys (President), Piotras Vojeika (Vice President), and Dr. Jevgenij Kostin (Strategic Advisor), met with Senior members of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Office of Policy and International Affairs, Office of European...

2009-05-11 13:29:00

Led by Dr. Derek Eggert, Southern Research will now begin developing approaches to remediate problematic constituents contained in commercial and industrial effluents BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research Institute today announced that it is adding a new research capability focusing on the remediation of problematic constituents in water and wastewater sources. Environmental toxicologist Derek Eggert, Ph.D. will lead the new program that is located on...

2009-05-07 09:47:05

Contact lenses are great for sight, but do they have an impact on general eye health? Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry are working to answer that question by analyzing tears. Biological changes in the eye can be measured through minor fluctuations in the level of inflammatory proteins called cytokines, which are present in the tear film. Cytokines are strong indicators of overall eye health, especially in contact wearers. For the UAB study,...

2009-02-24 12:54:56

That first "mini-stroke" may be more of a benign event for women than men, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Yale University. The findings underscore the need to continue researching gender differences in disease prevention and follow-up care. Data show 30 days after a transient ischemic attack (TIA), women are 30 percent less likely to have a stroke, 14 percent less likely to have heart-related problems and 26 percent less likely to die than men of...