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Invasive Weeds Pose Major Threat To American Landscape

...tempt, involving 17partner agencies, to define the seriousness of the problem. The report will beavailable for public distribution this summer. Invasive non-native plants, the book says, are now considered by some expertsto be the second-most important threat to native species, behind habitatdestruction. ...

Physicians who acknowledge abuse and confirm patient's worth are most helpful

... comfort to women, butalso helped them realize the seriousness of their situation and helped themmove toward safety. Those messages were effective even if women didn'tdisclose directly to physicians that they had been abused. "Physicians often don't intervene with victims of domestic violence becauseabuse is ha...

Amphibian declines complicated, disturbing

... of a single, definite cause does not diminish the seriousness of this alarming ecological phenomenon, he said. "At this point we can say for sure that there are several causes of amphibian declines, which include rising levels of UV-B radiation in sunlight, pathogens, pollutants, habitat destruction, introdu...

Co-existing illnesses, high cholesterol add to suicide risk

...major depressive episodes increases the number and seriousness of suicideattempts," concludes lead researcher Paul Soloff, M.D. A second study found that the risk of violent suicidehanging, shooting, cutting, or jumpingdoubledamong individuals with high serum cholesterol. After reviewing five independent populat...

AAAS letter to President Bush

...cy that is developedshould be in proportion to the seriousness of the concerns raised so that it does not createunwarranted barriers to realizing potential benefits. Thank you for your careful and thoughtfulconsideration of this matter. Sincerely, Mary L. Good Chair, AAAS Board of Directors Pri...

Gene variant increases risk of cardiac arrhythmia for African-Americans

...ronmental origins of arrhythmias is spurred by the seriousness of the disorder, which kills about 450,000 people in the United States each year. In their initial studies, the scientists found the same polymorphism, which they named Y1102, in several patients with arrhythmias that did not appear to run in their f...

UT Southwestern researcher, colleagues report drug therapy eases chronic depression

...nction better, which is surprising considering the seriousness of the illness," Rush said. "Most responders are much improved in just six to 12 weeks; however, they tended to lose these psychosocial gains after being off medication a while." The study findings are important, Rush said, because they suggest that...

Fears of second-hand smoke confirmed

...evelop emphysema compared with nonsmokers, and the seriousness of the disease is directly correlated with the amount of cigarette smoking. But why cigarette smoke leads to this disease is still open to speculation. Now, a team of researchers from Italy has found that cigarette smoke is a potent source of oxida...

Chemical change may help predict seriousness and course of some cancer

...urns off genes in tumor cells may help predict the seriousness of a particular cancer, and perhaps its outcome. T...t the degree of methylation may correlate with the seriousness of the tumor. If that proves to be true, it would have important implications for cancer diagnosis a...

More evidence of major global extinctions

...extinction rates of birds do not over-estimate the seriousness of the global extinction crisis." "As with so much of our knowledge of Britain's birds, this study could not have been undertaken without the survey work carried out by thousands of volunteer birdwatchers. It is on their efforts that so much conserv...

Pharmacogenomics could replace 'trial-and-error' with science from the human genome

...ion with other drugs given simultaneously; and the seriousness or rate of progression of the disease as well as diet and activities such as smoking might affect treatment outcome. "Despite the enthusiasm researchers have for advancing biomedical technology and exploring the human genome, there is little willing...

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