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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 October 1, 2010

Students should be encouraged to shoot for the stars, say experts
A new study has suggested that less academically promising students shouldnt be discouraged from setting high educational ambitions. ANI

Histone 'map' yields key insights into fat cell formation
Scientists have created a map of histone modifications in fat cells, which led them to discover two new factors that regulate fat formation- a key step on the road to better understanding obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders. ANI

Hair straightening agents could be cancerous health hazards
A public alert has been issued over concerns raised by Portland-area hair salons about a product used for hair straightening, which could have negative health impacts. ANI

Genital herpes vaccine ineffective in women: Study
An experimental vaccine intended to protect women against genital herpes disease proved ineffective in a recent study. ANI

New TB pathogen discovered
Scientists have discovered a new tuberculosis (TB) species in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, a group of pathogens that have adapted by using mammals as hosts. ANI

Genes of major disease-causing mosquito decoded
In a new study, researchers examined genes that are turned on during infection in a type of mosquito that is not only a pest, but transmits disease-causing pathogens. ANI

Clues to how bacteria and viruses are identified as enemies revealed
A new study has revealed how our immune systems detect invading organisms to be destroyed and removed from our bodies. ANI

Sounds of history 'in grave danger of disappearing', say US experts
Sound recordings which form a part of our cultural history are at the peril of disappearing, warns a comprehensive report from the US Library of Congress. ANI

New brain research could lead to schizophrenia treatment
New research has revealed that two neurotransmitters-dopamine and glutamate-are abnormal in people with psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. ANI

Pharma companies 'medicalising' low-libido to boost sales of female 'Va'
Drug companies are medicalising sexual difficulty among women- such as low libido and discomfort- and have actually constructed a new condition known as female sexual dysfunction, in order to build global markets for new V*a like drugs for the ladies, says an expert. ANI

Scientist wins solar probe instrument award, place on solar mission
An astrophysicist at NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and his science team have secured a proposal award of 8.2 million dollars to help build parts for and test an instrument for the Solar Probe Plus flagship mission to directly sample the Suns atmosphere. ANI

Scientists discover protein that reduces blood pressure
A new research has indicated that our bodies produce a protein that lowers blood pressure. ANI

Molecular on-off switches for cancer and autoimmunity defined
Scientists from the Institute for Advanced Studies in New Jersey are examining how oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes handle cellular stress, and said that each of these opposing systems could be potent drug targets in the effort to stop cancer. ANI

Latest advances in treating stroke, Parkinson's detailed in Neurology Journal
A special issue of the journal Neurologic Clinics enlists the latest advances in treating neurologic disorders such as stroke, headache, Parkinsons disease, epilepsy and sleep disorders. ANI

Graphene becomes fastest-spinning object with record 60m rpm
Graphene flakes have created a record by spinning faster than any other object-at a clip of 60 million rotations per minute. ANI

New way to turn waste heat into power could make cars, factories more efficient
Cashing on quantum physics, University of Arizona physicists have discovered a new way of harvesting waste heat and turning it into electrical power-a feat that holds promise for making cars, power plants, factories and solar panels more efficient. ANI

'Knot' in ribbon at solar system's edge 'unties'
Maps produced by NASAs Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft has revealed that the unusual knot in the bright, narrow ribbon of neutral atoms emanating from the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space have untied. ANI

How salmonella bacteria spread in humans
How salmonella bacteria, a common cause of food poisoning, efficiently spread in people has been explained by National Institutes of Health scientists. ANI

No need to wait until age 50 for breast cancer screening: Study
A new study has revealed that annual mammography screening of women in their 40s reduces the breast cancer death rate in these women by nearly 30 percent. ANI

Faith in God improves survival after liver transplantation
Faith in God is associated with improved survival after liver transplantation, according to Italian researchers. ANI

Pet dogs 'can prevent eczema in children'
A new study has found that kids with dog allergies are less likely to develop eczema by age four if they own a dog. ANI

Australian Aborigines reached America first?
Scientists have discovered hundreds of skulls in Central and South America, some dating back to over 11,000 years ago, that have cranial features distinctive to Australian Aborigines. ANI

Watching TV likely to make you fear sickness: Study
A new study has found that watching television and its heavy dose of medical content in news and drama can cause more concern about personal health and reduce a persons satisfaction with life. ANI

'Socially sensitive' teams with more women 'are smarter'
A team comprising of more women is also more socially sensitive and therefore more successful, reveals a new study. ANI

Scientists decode West Nile mosquito's DNA
An international team of researchers has cracked the DNA sequence of the mosquito species whose bite transmits West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus and the microscopic worm responsible for elephantiasis. ANI

'Earprint' touch sensors to improve sound quality in iPhones
A new Apple patent suggests that touch sensors, like those in the iPhones touchscreen, can improve sound quality during a call. ANI

Scientists discover two dolphin species using 'common language'
A new research has revealed that when two dolphin species come together, they attempt to find a common language. ANI

Maths helps identify different types of tea that eyes alone can't do
Using artificial neural networks and analysing mineral content, chemists from the University of Seville (US) have successfully distinguished between different kinds of tea leaves. ANI

Infidelity website 'urges married couples to have secret affairs'
A controversial ad for a website that encourages married couples to indulge in secret affairs caused massive uproar in America. ANI

Scientists discover male infertility gene
Scientists from the Pasteur Institute in France and University College London have discovered the gene that causes infertility in men. ANI

Chromosomal break leads to puberty gene discovery
A break in two chromosomes has given scientists a break in finding a new gene involved in puberty, according to a new study. ANI

New tool may prevent twin births after IVF
Scientists have developed an important tool to prevent twin birth due to in vitro fertilisation (IVF). ANI

Getting just enough sleep is the key to longevity
A good nights sleep is what holds the secret of longevity, claims a new study by University of California, San Diego researchers.oming in line with a 14-year-old research, the study claims that less than five hours a night is probably not enough; eight hours is probably too much. ANI

Dinos 'considerably taller than previously thought'
Researchers at the University of Missouri and Ohio University have found that dinosaurs had thick layers of cartilage in their joints, which means they may have been considerably taller than previously thought. ANI

Now, an underwater robot that swims via wireless controller
An underwater robot can now swim its way wirelessly, all thanks to a waterproof controller designed and built by York University researchers. ANI

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