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Biochemical Markers Could Help Identify Battered Children

... of pressure with fluid from patients given spinal taps forother reasons. Some of the children studied had been injured by adults who admittedabusing them. Preliminary evidence suggests that victims of abuse usually have a"whole host of biochemical derangements in the brain", says Kochanek. His te...

Mosquitoes have discriminating tastes, UF researchers find

...en it detects the mother lode -- a capillary -- it taps right in. Butler says the study has far-reaching implications for backyard barbecues --and who is on the guest list. "If you can figure out who, among your friends, is attractive to mosquitoes andbe sure to invite that person to all your outdoor gath...

Powering the seafloor

...h funding from the US Department of Defense, which taps into a natural voltage gradient at the bottom of the ocean. Bugs living in seawater, or on the top layer of seafloor sediments, use oxygen to break down organic matter, releasing energy as they go. Those that live further down where there is no oxy...

Hopkins researchers find postoperative fevers common following hemispherectomy

...ese children can probably be spared painful spinal taps or other invasive treatments. In one of the largest studies of its kind, Hopkins researchers reviewed the charts from 106 consecutive hemispherectomies performed at the Children's Center from January 1975 to December 2001. The review included 102 h...

Study boosts confidence in potential screening tool for Alzheimers disease

...r data, Sunderland and colleagues performed spinal taps on 136 Alzheimer's patients and 72 control subjects and measured CSF levels of the suspect protein fragments. As the fluid that bathes the brain, CSF has long been considered the most reliable window available into a living human's neurochemical act...

Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2004

...ea behind a five-year $5 million NASA project that taps the expertise of Tommy Phelps of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Susan Pfiffner of the University of Tennessee. The project, headed by Indiana University, also takes advantage of ORNL's unique capabilities in genomics, material sciences and instrum...

Casanova or caveman: Scientists isolate nerve cells that choreograph male fly's courtship behavior

...he presence of the female and follows her. Then he taps the female with his foreleg, which triggers pheromone cues. The male then extends a wing and vibrates it, producing a species-specific courtship song. The fourth step involves licking the female's genitalia with his proboscis, followed by attempted c...

DNA lends scientists a hand, revealing new chemical reactions

...DNA-templated synthesis, pioneered in Liu's group, taps the unique assembly power of nucleic acids to address fundamental challenges in chemistry. Organic molecules are attached to, and "encoded" by, single strands of approximately a dozen DNA bases; when two strands with complementary sequences spontaneo...

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