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Technology News on April 16, 2011

Functional anomalies in brain linked to alcohol-dependence impulsivity
It is already known that alcohol dependence (AD) is strongly associated with impaired impulse control or, more precisely, the inability to choose large, delayed rewards rather than smaller but more immediate rewards. ANI

Women more likely to self-medicate than men
A study has concluded that women are more likely to take non-prescribed medication than men. ANI

Cradle of embarrassment in the brain revealed
A team of scientists conducted a Karaoke experiment to find out what part of the brain is essential for embarrassment. ANI

World's first intubation robot operated by remote control introduced
The world's first intubation robot operated by remote control has been introduced. ANI

Scientists complete whole-exome sequencing of skin cancer
A team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health has become the first to systematically survey the landscape of the melanoma genome, the DNA code of the deadliest form of skin cancer. ANI

Unrealistic expectations of happiness behind overuse of credit cards
People who expect strong and unrealistic transformational beliefs from their purchases are more likely than others to overuse credit and take on excessive debt, according to a University of Missouri researcher. ANI

New experimental drug slows down growth of ovarian cancer
A new study has found that an experimental drug that blocks two points of a crucial cancer cell signalling pathway inhibits the growth of ovarian cancer cells. ANI

Safer and more effective treatment for parasitic infections closer to reality
Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, have uncovered the mechanisms behind a drug used to treat infections caused by trypanosome parasites. ANI

Breastfeeding moms considered less competent than other women
A new study has found that mothers who breastfeed are viewed as less competent than other women. ANI

Artificial pancreas can 'effectively' improve diabetes control in adults
Researchers have suggested that closed loop insulin delivery (also known as an artificial pancreas) may improve overnight blood glucose control and reduce the risk of nocturnal hypoglycaemia (a sudden drop in blood glucose levels during the night) in adults with type 1 diabetes. ANI

Yoga, medication helps improve asthma symptoms in urban adolescents
A new study has suggested that meditation and yoga can be 'helpful' in improving asthma in urban adolescents. ANI

Personalized cancer medicine now a step closer to reality
Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have come one step closer to personalized cancer medicine. ANI

Inhaled corticosteroid therapy helps reduce pneumonia mortality
An analysis has indicated that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are hospitalized for pneumonia and treated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) have decreased mortality when compared to those who are not treated with ICS. ANI

Learning and memory depends upon the way one looks at 'intelligence'
"If it was easy to learn, it will be easy to remember," too simple to be true? A new research has suggested that there is a subjective angle to the process of remembering and retrieving information. ANI

Twitter can be very useful during times of crisis: Survey
A survey, which was carried out to determine what benefits Twitter can bring to people involved in a disaster, has found that people in directly affected areas tended to tweet about their unsafe and uncertain situation while people in remote areas posted messages to let their followers know that they are safe. ANI

Key factor to age-related miscarriages and birth defects confirmed
A new study has confirmed a critical step in cell division that results in age-related miscarriages and birth defects, including Down syndrome. ANI

Biomarker-based blood test can predict metastasis risk in melanoma
A set of plasma biomarkers that could reasonably predict the risk of metastasis among patients with melanoma has been identified. ANI

Spanish scientists create first bioartificial organ
University of Granada researchers have developed the first bioartificial organ in Spain. ANI

'Beam me up Scotty' comes closer to reality with teleportation breakthrough
A team of scientists from Australia and Japan have found a way to successfully teleport light particles from one place to another, a step that may actually see a real life Captain Kirk being beamed up to Starship Enterprise. ANI

Vegetarians at significantly lower heart disease, diabetes and stroke risk
A new research from Loma Linda University has suggested that vegetarians experience a 36 percent lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome than non-vegetarians. ANI

Childhood eczema ups adult allergic asthma risk nine fold
A new study has found that children who have eczema, particularly when occurring with hay fever, are nine times more likely to develop allergic asthma in their 40s. ANI

Human behavior may determine environmental changes
It has long been assumed that "tipping points," qualitative changes in an ecosystem that often result in reduced ecosystem health are fixed values. ANI

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