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2009-02-01 08:20:00

A new study from the University of North Carolina suggests that nurses with occupational exposure to hospital cleaning products and medical instrument disinfectants have a greater risk of developing asthma. "I think it's time that hospitals start exploring substituting products containing chemicals known to be respiratory irritants/sensitizers with products that may pose less health risk, just like what they did with substituting powdered latex gloves with powder free/vinyl gloves," said Dr....

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2009-01-22 09:42:33

Women with low levels of sexual desire, often as a result of menopause, are more likely to be depressed and to suffer physical symptoms such as back pain and memory problems than women who report higher levels of desire, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. The study, published recently as an online early view article in "Value in Health," the official journal of the International Society of...

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2009-01-21 07:10:00

What would you do if you learned that some of your favorite foods turned out to be counterfeit?   It's a question that's made big news over the past two years, with Chinese food companies in particular being blamed for producing lethal changes to baby food, pet food and dairy products by tainting them with the chemical melamine. The chemical gives the product the appearance of meeting the required level of protein. But what about U.S.-based food producers? What, if any, counterfeit...

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2008-12-30 16:05:00

Researchers have discovered that grazing animals such as deer and rabbits are actually helping to spread plant disease "“ quadrupling its prevalence in some cases "“ and encouraging an invasion of annual grasses that threaten more than 20 million acres of native grasslands in California. The findings run contrary to what had been predicted by other theories, which had suggested that "consumers" such as deer would help to contain or reduce disease. They point once again to the...

2008-12-23 09:11:18

First Such Tool Will Help Spur Prevention Efforts, Says New Study by Weill Cornell Medical College and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Traditionally, doctors have had no clear way to predict which of their patients might be headed down the road to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Now, researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a simple eight-point risk factor checklist to do just that. As...

2008-12-15 12:34:00

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students interested in pursuing careers in health, science or mathematics-related fields can apply for a scholarship/loan through the North Carolina Student Loan Program for Health, Science and Mathematics (HSM) for the 2009-10 academic year at the college information site, CFNC.org. The North Carolina Student Loan Program for Health, Science and Mathematics (HSM) was established in 1945 to provide encouragement and financial...

2008-12-02 13:28:00

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students interested in nursing careers can apply for a scholarship/loan through the N.C. Nurse Scholars Program (NSP) for the 2009-10 academic year at the college information site, CFNC.org. Approximately 400 new awards are available for the coming year, according to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), a partner in CFNC. Established in 1989 to address the dwindling supply of qualified nurses...

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2008-12-01 14:02:49

Older adults who exercise regularly show increased cerebral blood flow and a greater number of small blood vessels in the brain, according to findings presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The study, conducted at the University of North Carolina (UNC) "“ Chapel Hill, is the first to compare brain scans of older adults who exercise to brain scans of those who do not. "Our results show that exercise may reduce age-related changes in...

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2008-11-26 09:22:02

SARS "“ severe acute respiratory syndrome "“ alarmed the world five years ago as the first global pandemic of the 21st century. The coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that sickened more than 8,000 people "“ and killed nearly 800 of them "“ may have originated in bats, but the actual animal source is not known. In an effort to understand how SARS-CoV may have jumped from bats to humans, a team of investigators from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of North...

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2008-11-12 13:12:21

Many children love sending and receiving text messages through their cell phones "“ sometimes to the great annoyance of their parents. But now a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests this technology could be used to reduce children's chances of becoming overweight or obese later in life, by helping them monitor and modify their own behaviors now. Recent studies show that approximately 19 percent of youths aged 6 to 11 are overweight, and that 80 percent...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • 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.'