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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

Technology News for October 7, 2010

Low testosterone levels could lead to Alzheimer's
Older men with low levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, are more prone to Alzheimers disease, revealed a new study. ANI

Just like us, Neanderthals too had feelings
Neanderthals were not insensitive creatures, but had a deep seated sense of compa*sion and empathy for their fellow beings, found a pioneering new research by archaeologists at the University of York. ANI

Herbal anxiety remedies can work, say scientists
Scientists have backed two herbal remedies used for centuries to ease anxiety. ANI

All-terrain vehicles deadlier than motorcycles: Study
A Johns Hopkins team has found that crashes involving ATVs - four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles - are significantly more dangerous than crashes involving two-wheeled off-road motorcycles, such as those used in extreme sports like Motocross. ANI

BLADE software eliminates threats of 'drive-by downloads' from Internet
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and California-based SRI International have developed a new tool that eliminates drive-by download threats. ANI

Blind use visual brain parts to refine sensation of sound and touch
Researchers have indicated that people who have been blind from birth make use of the visual parts of their brain to refine their sensation of sound and touch. ANI

How body clock and sleep affect brain connections between night and day
Using zebrafish, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have shown how the circadian clock and sleep affect the scope of neuron-to-neuron connections in a particular region of the brain. ANI

Biggest impact of warming is on life in the tropics
New research shows that even though the temperature increase has been smaller in the tropics, the impact of warming on life could be much greater there than in colder climates. ANI

Biggest impact of warming is on life in the tropics
New research shows that even though the temperature increase has been smaller in the tropics, the impact of warming on life could be much greater there than in colder climates. ANI

First clinical trial of gene therapy offers muscular dystrophy clues
A clinical trial for gene therapy to replace the genetic defect causing the most common form of muscular dystrophy has revealed that some patients mount an immune response to the dystrophin protein even before they have received the therapy. ANI

Mice study shows promise against final stages of terminal cancer
A study from the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco has shown promise against the final, metastatic stages of terminal cancer. ANI

ESA's Venus Express explores planet's poisonous atmosphere
ESAs Venus Express has flown through the upper reaches of Venus poisonous atmosphere with an aim of measuring the density of the upper polar atmosphere, an experiment that had never been attempted before at Venus. ANI

Loss of cell powerhouses linked to Parkinson's
Scientists have bolstered the link between Parkinsons disease and the loss of cellular powerhouses called mitochondria after conducting a painstaking analysis of more than 400 brain tissue samples. ANI

NASA'S WMAP project completes study of universe's oldest light
NASAs Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) space mission has spent nine years of scanning the sky and has concluded its observations of the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the universe. ANI

Bad neighbourhoods can have depressing effect on health
People living in bad neighbourhoods have a depressing effect on their health, found two Iowa State University researchers. ANI

Stress of heavy combat can be life-long: Study
A new University of Florida study has found that the trauma from hard combat can devastate veterans until old age, even as it influences others to be wiser, gentler and more accepting in their twilight years. ANI

How iron overload 'speeds up' Alzheimer's
Scientists have determined how iron contributes to the production of brain-destroying plaques found in Alzheimers patients. ANI

Vultures use 'face flushing' for instant status updates
While humans use social networking sites to instantly update their status, vultures use face flushing technique to do the same when interacting with peers and rivals, according to a new research. ANI

Indian scientists show insoluble drugs can be taken orally in nano crystal form
Taking a big leap in how oral medicines are administered, Indian scientists have shown that producing nanoscopic crystals of a pharmaceutical product can allow the medication to be absorbed by the gut even if the drug is not soluble in water. ANI

Facebook says iPhone app doesn't leak users' phone numbers
Amid increasing allegations over users privacy, Facebook has denied claims that private phone numbers could be seen by anyone thanks to its iPhone app. ANI

Novel approach offers new insights into causes of pre-eclampsia
Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham have joined hands to come up with a new approach that could offer new insights into the hypertension that frequently blights pregnancy-a condition called pre-eclampsia. ANI

Facebook introduces new 'groups' feature
Social networking site Facebook has unveiled a suite of new features that would give people more control over their information and who can see it. ANI

Soy-based supplement reduces menopausal hot flashes
According to a new study, a new womens health, whole soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing Natural S-equol reduced the frequency of moderate to severe hot flashes and reduced muscle and joint pain in the first study of its kind among postmenopausal women. ANI

How visuals signals travel from eye to the brain
Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies were able to trace for the first time the neuronal circuitry that connects individual photoreceptors with retinal ganglion cells, the neurons that carry visuals signals from the eye to the brain. ANI

Electric shock to brain 'might help you recall names faster'
Its a common phenomenon to meet someone familiar on the streets but not being able to remember their name - Now, a new study has found a way to improve the recall of proper names. ANI

Fossil find suggests dinos not as fierce as thought
A new fossil discovery has led scientists to believe that dinosaurs did not spread throughout the world by overpowering other species, but by taking advantage of a natural catastrophe that wiped out their competitors. ANI

Stronger Sun 'makes Earth cool, not hot'
Contrary to the belief that an increase in solar activity from the Sun heats up Earth too, scientists have found that its quite the opposite. ANI

'Most women demand Caesareans' myth debunked
It is widely believed that women in labour demand Caesarean operations as they involve lesser pain, but a new research has proved the theory false. ANI

New 'RatCar' lets rodents 'drive using their thoughts'
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have designed a RatCar - a genuine experiment to see if a rat could control a car using just its brain signals. ANI

Mechanism that causes high blood pressure uncovered
Brit scientists have discovered a mechanism in the body that causes high blood pressure-a feat that could lead to new treatments for the condition. ANI

European volcanoes wiped off Neanderthals
Disastrous volcanic eruptions in Europe could have wiped out local bands of Neanderthals and indirectly affected farther-flung populations, revealed a study. ANI

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