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Study to find whether leptin helps type 1 diabetic patients
To determine whether adding the hormone leptin to standard insulin therapy might help rein in the tumultuous blood-sugar levels of people with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, a clinical trial at UT Southwestern Medical Center is being carried out. ANI

Why deaf have 'super vision'
Researchers have found reasons for the enhanced abilities in the remaining senses of deaf people. ANI

Tsunami risk higher than expected in LA, other major cities
A new study has revealed that the risk of destructive tsunamis is in places such as Kingston, Istanbul, and Los Angeles. ANI

Updates from the world of Science and Technology, research findings and scientific reports for January 12, 2010

Brain connectivity missing in ADHD
A new research has provided the first direct evidence that brain connectivity is missing in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ANI

New target for cancer treatment discovered
Scientists have identified a new way of blocking the formation of blood vessels and halt the growth of tumours using mice. ANI

Delivery of stem cells leads to improved bone formation
A new American study has found that transporting stem cells on a polymer scaffold can help in improved bone formation. ANI

New laser that generates more light than heat
Scientists at the Northwestern University have broken new ground by creating compact, mid-infrared laser diodes which emit more light than heat. ANI

Climate change, land development take toll on butterflies
A new study led by UC Davis butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro suggests that California butterflies have been hit hard by the change in climate and after effects of land development. ANI

Soon, simple test to detect peanut allergy
Scientists from University of Manchester in Britain are testing a new diagnostic tool that may help predict life-threatening peanut allergy. ANI

Deadly scorpion venom used to develop safe, ecological pesticide
Researchers have made use of powerful, paralysing venom produced by scorpions to develop a safe and ecologically sound pesticide that immobilises animal prey on the spot. ANI

Breast cancer multigene test may help patients avoid chemo
A new study shows that a 21-gene test of a patients breast cancer tumour may change doctor and patient treatment decisions, including the need for chemotherapy. ANI

Is this the beginning of a new mini ice age?
Americas present icy weather may just mark the beginning of a mini ice age, a UN climate expert has warned. ANI

New spider species discovered
A previously unknown species of spider has been discovered in the dune of the Sands of Samar in the southern Arava region by scientists from the Department of Biology in the University of Haifa-Oranim. ANI

Neanderthals wore make-up, shell jewellery
Neanderthals loved make-up as much as todays women do, and wore accessories to decorate themselves and dress up, scientists have found. ANI

Ancient Egyptian womens magical make-up cured eye disease as well
The heavy make-up worn by ancient Egyptian women protected them against eye disease, say scientists. ANI

2050 climate conditions crucial to harmful impacts in 2100
While countries try to come up with new strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an international team of researchers suggests that policymakers should focus on what needs to be achieved in the next 40 years in order to keep long-term options viable for avoiding dangerous levels. ANI

Moons crystal mountains reveal its molten past
The crystal mountains, which were found on the moon by Indias Chandrayaan-1 probe, are a sign that a roiling ocean of magma once engulfed the rocky body of our satellite, say scientists. ANI

Growth factor targeted by cancer drugs also prevents heart problem
A growth factor, called PDGFR, which is a common target of cancer drugs, has been found to play an important role in the hearts response to stress, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. ANI

Why alpha-male baboons give subordinates sex treats
A new study has shown that alpha-male chacma baboons allow lower-ranking males to mate with their females as a way to protect the dominant males own offspring in their absence. ANI

Playing lottery, buying insurance - all in our genes
Ever wondered why do people spend precious money on lottery tickets with a one-in-a-million chance of winning, while at the same time buy fire or car insurance? Well, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and two Asian universities say the answer can be found in our genetic makeup. ANI

Vitamin E may prevent brain damage in stroke victims
A new research by the Ohio State University researchers suggests that blocking the function of an enzyme in the brain with a specific kind of vitamin E can prevent nerve cells from dying after a stroke. ANI

Environment plays key role in developing reading skills
A new study of twins is the first to show that environment plays a key role in reading growth over time. ANI

Novel way to trace HIV mutations that lead to drug resistance
A research team from UC San Diego and Harvard University has suggested a new approach to trace HIV mutations that lead to drug resistance. ANI

Forget Viagra, new shockwave device to give men a boost sans the side effects
Scientists have developed a shockwave device to cure male impotence. ANI

Caffeinated drinks buzz boys more
Caffeinated beverages have stronger effects on boys than on girls, says a new study. ANI

Bifocals slow nearsightedness progression in kids
Bifocal glasses can prove effective in slowing down the progression of myopia in children with high rates of progression, according to a new study. ANI

Excess urine protein indicator of cardiovascular risk in some people
Proteinuria, or high levels of protein in the urine, can act as an indicator of cardiovascular risk in white people, but the same is not true for blacks, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. ANI

MRSA superbug spread by patients moving between hospitals
Researchers have found that potentially deadly hospital superbug MRSA is mainly spread by patients moving between hospitals. ANI

Scientists sequence genome of woodland strawberry
Scientists from the US Department of Agricultures Agricultural Research Service claim to have sequenced the genome of the woodland strawberry. ANI

Word games, reading help boost memory among the less educated
Frequently engaging in mental exercises such as word games, puzzles and reading may help boost memory power among less educated people, say researchers. ANI

New drug targets for malaria cure
An international team of scientists has made a novel discovery that would help in the development of new drugs to help cure malaria. ANI

Alexander wore linothorax - armor made from laminated linen
Alexander the Greats body armor was made of layers of linen laminated together, according to a new research. ANI

Fake skin patches that could deliver helpful genes therapies
Just rubbing a medicine on your skin could soon relieve ailments like diabetes, all thanks to newly developed patches of synthetic skin that could deliver gene therapies to patients non-invasively. ANI

What makes some musical tunes cheerful and some sad?
Scientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina have revealed why tunes in major keys such as Singin in the Rain, sound cheerful, while those in minor keys - like Pink Floyds Another Brick in the Wall- sound gloomy and depressing. ANI

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