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2008-12-12 08:40:00

A ground breaking discovery has found a rare genetic abnormality in an Amish community protects them from heart disease. Researchers said on Thursday the finding could lead to new drugs to prevent heart ailments. Researchers wrote in the journal Science that about 5 percent of Old Order Amish people in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County have only one working copy of a gene that makes a protein that slows the breakdown of triglycerides. Most people normally have two copies of the gene. ...

2008-08-15 10:15:00

Smoking more than doubles the risk of stroke in younger women compared to nonsmokers, according to a U.S. study published on Thursday. Researchers noted that heavy smokers were up to nine times as likely to have a stroke. Female smokers aged 15 to 49 were involved in the study, published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke. Those who smoked were 2.6 times as likely to have a stroke than women who had never smoked, according to a team of researchers led by Dr. John Cole of the...

2008-05-03 00:00:00

A Yale University physician reported his analysis Friday of images of Akhenaten. Akhenaten (ah-keh-NAH-ten), best known for introducing a ground-breaking form of monotheism to ancient Egypt, ruled in the mid-1300s B.C., and was married to Nefertiti. While not the most manly pharaoh, in fact his form was rather feminine, Akhenaten nevertheless fathered at least six children. The scientist also said Akhenaten was a bit of an egghead, due to a condition in which bones in the skull fuse at an...

2008-02-08 05:30:00

Dutch and U.S. researchers reported this week that acupuncture might improve the odds of pregnancy through in-vitro fertilization if done right before or after embryos are placed in the womb. The researchers said that for every 10 in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles accompanied with acupuncture, there would be one additional pregnancy.However, the conclusion is far from proven, and at this time there are only theories for how and why acupuncture might improve IVF pregnancy rates. ...

2008-01-28 16:04:35

A new medical imager for detecting and guiding the biopsy of suspicious breast cancer lesions is capable of spotting tumors that are half the size of the smallest ones detected by standard imaging systems, according to a new study. The results of initial testing of the PEM/PET system, designed and constructed by scientists at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, West Virginia University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'