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Technology News on April 4, 2011

Chinese scientists a step closer to creating HIV vaccine
Chinese scientists have claimed to have successfully carried out the first phase of a clinical trial of an HIV vaccine and will launch the second stage in a few months. ANI

Nanoparticles could offer relief from skin allergies
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) scientists have suggested that tiny particles, only billionths of a meter in diameter, could offer relief to people who are allergic to the nickel found in many everyday objects, from jewelry to coins and cell phones. ANI

Japanese scientists develop atomic clock with improved accuracy
Japanese scientists have developed a new type of atomic clock, which has the potential to dramatically improve GPS accuracy and test the laws of physics. ANI

Gene mutations help leukemia drug fight squamous cell lung cancer
Researchers have identified a mutation in a gene called DDR2 that may indicate which patients with squamous cell lung cancer will respond to a leukemia drug called dasatinib. ANI

Hypothermia therapy can benefit younger cardiac patients too
A new study has suggested that young adult patients with genetic heart diseases, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), could substantially benefit from hypothermia therapy. ANI

Indian-origin scientist's find may lead to cognition, mood-improving drugs
An Indian-origin scientist at Columbia University Medical Center and his colleague have developed a new way to stimulate neurogenesis (neuron production) in the adult mouse brain, which may lead to drugs that improve cognition and mood. ANI

UK iPhone users look rich but usually have an overdrawn bank account
A survey has found that even though iPhone owners in Britain may look well off with their expensive gadgets, their main bank accounts however are usually overdrawn. ANI

Cannabis-like drugs 'could provide pain relief without the high'
Cannabis is usually taken as a painkiller, but it can also produce unpleasant side effects such as hallucinations and impaired mobility. ANI

Avoiding or controlling diabetes may cut cancer risk, mortality
Diabetes is associated with lower risk of prostate cancer in men but with higher risk of other cancers in both men and women, according to a new study. ANI

'Immune profile' may guide chemotherapy for breast cancer
US researchers have discovered a new way to predict breast cancer survival based on an 'immune profile' - the relative levels of three types of immune cells within a tumor. Knowing a patient's profile may one day help guide treatment. ANI

Routine periodic fasting good for health, heart
Routine periodic fasting may help promote health and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a new study. ANI

Drug could prevent debilitating bone disease in wounded soldiers, kids
A new research has revealed that that a drug that interrupts a signaling-nuclear protein pathway can prevent heterotopic ossification (HO), a painful and often debilitating abnormal build-up of bone tissue. ANI

5 more genes behind Alzheimer's disease risk identified
A consortium of Alzheimer's researchers, including a team from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has identified five more new genes that when present add to risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. ANI

Glaciers 'melting 100 times faster than at any time in 350 yrs'
A new study has found that the world's glaciers are melting up to 100 times faster than any time in the past 350 years. ANI

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