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School-based program helps teens cope with asthma
A new study has suggested that school-based intervention program designed for adolescents with asthma significantly improves asthma management and quality of life for the students who participate, and reduces asthma morbidity. ANI

Some snails evolved 'counter-coil' to evade predators' uneven bite
Evolutionary benefit often makes for show-stopping stuff - for instance, a cheetah's speed or a moth's almost perfect mimicry of tree bark. In case of some snails, it's simply down to a poor fit with a snake's jaw. ANI

Fossils of giant bird discovered on 'hobbit' island of Flores
Scientists have discovered the fossils of a 1.8-meter-tall marabou stork on an Indonesian island once home to human-like 'hobbits'. ANI

Small molecule may deactivate enemy of cancer-fighting p53
Scientists are conducting a pioneering clinical trial to test the effectiveness in leukemia of a small molecule that shuts down MDM2, a protein that can disable the well-known tumor suppressor p53. ANI

Japanese space probe misses Venus
A 190 million-pound Japanese mission to orbit Venus has missed the planet completely but could be more successful when it next passes by in six years' time, scientists said. ANI

Teens in US say no to Facebook, texting for a week
Students in two Washington schools are taking a trip back to 1995-no Facebook, no e-mail, no cell phones. ANI

Frequent s*x 'protects' neurotic people's marital happiness
People who are neurotic are less satisfied in romance and relationships, and when they get married they are more likely to divorce. But a new study has revealed that if neurotic newlyweds have frequent sexual relations, their marital satisfaction is every bit as high as their less neurotic counterparts. ANI

Ability to tolerate aggression is partly genetic: Study
UCLA scientists have said that the ability to tolerate aggression is partly genetic. ANI

Newly-created bioactive peptides found to promote wound healing
Scientists have created new bioactive peptides that promote wound healing through growth of new blood vessels and epithelial tissue, such as skin. ANI

Bebo launches new video chat feature to attract users
Bebo, the British-founded social network, has launched a new video chat feature in order to lure more users to the once hugely popular site. ANI

Now, drug that can stop post-traumatic stress disorder before it starts
Northwestern University scientists have discovered a novel way to stop post-traumatic stress syndrome in its tracks-by injecting a calming drug into the brain. ANI

New discovery shows promise against Parkinson's, Alzheimer's
Scientists have discovered a family of small molecules that holds promise in protecting brain cells against nerve-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's.esearchers at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) and The University of Texas at Dallas, who made the discovery, are still conducting trials on humans. ANI

Stem cell advance paves way for novel treatments for brain diseases
University of Rochester scientists have developed a way to isolate neural stem cells from human brain tissue with unprecedented precision. ANI

Scientists say life thrives in porous rock deep beneath seafloor
Compelling evidence for an extensive biological community living in porous rock deep beneath the seafloor has been found by the researchers. ANI

New blood test predicts heart trouble years ahead
Scientists have discovered that a more sensitive version of a blood test, typically used to confirm that someone is having a heart attack, could indicate whether a seemingly healthy, middle-aged person has unrecognized heart disease and an increased risk of dying. ANI

Central switch that controls cell movements discovered
A central switch that controls whether cells move or remain stationary has been discovered by University of Georgia researchers. ANI

New technique could reverse damage caused by strokes
Researchers have reported that a new technique, which jump-starts the growth of nerve fibers, could reverse much of the damage caused by strokes. ANI

Depressed smokers 'less likely to kick the butt'
A new study has revealed that smokers suffering from depression are less likely to stay tobacco free. ANI

Top 10 sexiest science stories of 2010
Whoever said science could never possibly be sexy didn't have a chance to read this. ANI

Want a higher follower tally on Twitter? Resort to flaming!
Want to have more people following you on Twitter or commenting on your blog post? Well, be prepared to resort to flaming to anger and upset people, says a study. ANI

Are all movie-watching experiences enjoyable?
Remember the last time you were watching a movie with your parents when a steamy love scene appeared and you didn't know where to hide your face? Well, that's normal, after all, every movie-watching experience is not enjoyable or positive, says a study. ANI

Loss of healthy bacteria linked to depression
Researchers think that higher rates of depression among people could be because of a loss of healthy bacteria. ANI

33pc of Sun's blasts are 'sneak attacks' that occur without warning
Astronomers have revealed that one-third of the Sun's blasts are "sneak attacks" that may occur without warning. ANI

Researchers create novel, self-healing autonomous material
It's not uncommon for us to see self-healing robots like 'Terminator' but only in movies. Now, researchers at Arizona State University have created a material that exhibits self-healing properties. ANI

Sleep deprivation wipes out memories associated with fear
It's a common conception that sleeping on a problem might drive it away, but a new study suggests that that's not necessarily true. ANI

Sick kids have fewer friends: Study
Sick teens are more isolated than other kids, but they do not necessarily realize it and often think their friendships are stronger than they actually are, a new study has revealed. ANI

Ultraviolet light 'helps skin cancer cells survive, proliferate'
Researchers have reported that the sun's ultraviolet light activates an enzyme that helps skin cancer cells survive and proliferate. ANI

Evidence to confirm ginseng's brain boosting ability is weak: Study
A comprehensive review of research has failed to find convincing evidence of benefits related to popular herb ginseng which many people can improve thinking ability and prevent or even treat dementia. ANI

Now, try a dose of blue light to drive the blues away!
Scientists have reversed the effects of stress-induced depression in mice using a new technique. ANI

Large mysterious object 'on edge of solar system hurling comets at Earth'
Scientists have said that a massive object lurking at the edge of the solar system could be responsible for hurling comets at Earth. ANI

Mindfulness meditation as good as antidepressants: Study
Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy-using meditation-provides equivalent protection against depressive relapse as traditional antidepressant medication. ANI

First-ever MRI scan of baby at the moment of birth produced
Doctors for the first time have produced live MRI images of a baby at the moment of birth. ANI

Why some of us feel chills while listening to music
Most of us have experienced goose bumps or a chill going down our spine when we listened to music of some kind - now a new study explains why. ANI

Boys hitting puberty a year earlier: Study
It's not just girls, boys too are hitting puberty a year earlier, a new study has revealed. ANI

How we see the world around us depends on our brain's architecture
It's a known idea that each of us perceives the world around us in a unique manner, and now a new study explains that this difference in perception depends on the size of the visual part of our brain. ANI

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