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A Surgical Semiconductor Laser With More Precision And Power

... beam produced by asemiconductor laser, creating a sharply focused beam with more power and precision than th... net bend of zero for the laser beamand keeping it sharply focused." While a prototype has yet to be built, Agrawal says that the new laser performed well...

First Trimester Screening For Down Syndrome Possible, NICHD-Funded Study Finds

...the chromosome. Therisk of the condition increases sharply with maternal age. For women under age30, the risk of conceiving a fetus with Down syndrome is less than 1 in 1,000. By age 35, the risk is 1 in 400, by age 40, 1 in 105, and by age 49, 1 in 12. Currently, the most effective way to diagnose ...

Studies Look At Threshold Effect Of Cholesterol-Lowering "Statin" Drugs

...e benefits of the popular statin drugs -- shown to sharply reduce heart attack risk in individuals with elevated blood levels of cholesterol -- taper off, indicating a "threshold" effect when LDL reaches 125 mg/dL, according to Frank M. Sacks, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and other researchers at B...

Drug Prevents Hearing Loss Caused By Brain Tumor Therapy

...ces University have found that they canprevent or sharply reduce hearing loss caused by one ofthe most effective therapies for brain tumors. The VA/OHSU team found that treatment with sodium thiosulfate (STS)significantly reduced hearing loss in 29 brain tumor patientsreceiving the chemotherapy ag...

UCSF Study Finds DHEA Benefits Cardiovascular Function

...e hormones estrogen and testosterone and decreases sharply withage -- does indeed have a link to conditions i...mates manufacturethe hormone and why it diminishes sharply with age. This study, part of UCSF's continuing research of DHEA's effects oncardiovascular ...

Smoking-Related Deaths On The Rise Among American, French Women

...d deaths among American andFrench women have risen sharply in recent years, despite vigorous anti-smokingcampaigns on a global scale, says a Penn State researcher. "For American women, increased female smoking, especially amongteenagers, has caused a steady increase in smoking-related disease andmort...

School Computer Posture Problems Found

... that are too high and incorrectly angled, looking sharply up atmonitors and with their legs dangling, unsupported on the floor." As childrenspend more time at such workstations, she says, their risk for injury is likelyto increase. "Although children do not currently spend prolonged periods of timekeyboar...

USC Historian Sifts World's Oldest Printed Medical Books For Clues To Riddle Of Gender

...r differences, orthat bodies must be understood as sharply individuated rather than bound up incollective life. Chinese physicians had long worked within the framework offered by yin-yangtheories to classify and systematize patterns of disease and their cures,treating the sick with herbal infusions, moxibust...

Showing pictures of admired blacks or elderly can lower levels of unconscious prejudice

...These high levels ofunconscious prejudice contrast sharply with conscious or explicit beliefs andstatements by most Americans, who say they favor equal treatment on the basis ofrace, ethnicity, gender and age. In the new experiments, Dasgupta and Greenwald measured unconsciousattitudes with the ...

Oral formulation of antipsychotic offers 'user-friendly' alternative to injections for patients with acute psychosis

...administration of medication. PANSS scores dropped sharply from the "extreme" 20-25 range to 7-12 within the first 30 minutes, then dropped to the 2-5 range -- much closer to a score of 1, which signifies "absent" symptoms. There also were no significant differences between the groups' CGI ratings, which w...

Chemical found in computer can cause allergy, sickness

...unts of the compound. The emissions levels dropped sharply after eight days of continuous operation, the researchers found, but remained 10 times higher than the background level even after 183 days - roughly the equivalent of approximately two years of working use. Computers are a significant source of all...

Insulin precursor linked with increased stroke risk; may represent new risk factor

...abetic people with high levels of proinsulin had a sharply increased risk of first-time stroke especially women. "High proinsulin concentration more than tripled the overall risk for first-ever stroke after adjusting for such risk factors as total cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, body mass inde...

Free radicals mediate arsenic's harmful effects

...sity, showed that cells cultured in the laboratory sharply increased their free radical production within five minutes of being exposed to an arsenic compound. The compound, sodium arsenite--the main toxic form of arsenic in the environment--also boosted the rate of mutations among the cells. Mutations are a...

Scientists analyze stroke studies from the past 50 years; Success rate of experimental drugs described as 'remarkably dismal'

... past 50 years: The number of trials began to rise sharply in the mid-1960s The number of patients enrolled in trials increased dramatically over time, resulting in the creation of "megatrials" with tens of thousands of patients The proportion of trials funded by pharmaceutical companies increased steadily o...

Diet and exercise dramatically delay type 2 diabetes

...ion Americans at high risk for type 2 diabetes can sharply lower their chances of getting the disease with diet and exercise, according to the findings of a major clinical trial announced by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "In view of the rapidly rising rat...

Study on teen licensing: N.C. crashes involving 16-year-olds drop dramatically

...rom 866 to 681 per 10,000). Crash rates declined sharply for all levels of severity among 16-year-old drivers after the GDL program was implemented, the authors wrote.Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of death among teenagers in the United States, according to the National Center for Injury P...

Four researchers awarded Dutch Nobel Prize

...that the hereditary component of a childs IQ rises sharply during its first years at school. This means that the genetic expression of the properties which help determine intelligence takes place at a relatively late stage. However, some hereditary factors that influence the development of behavioural and e...

Costs of caring for elders with dementia

...th families and society, and this burden increases sharply as the level of cognitive impairment progresses from mild to severe," says Langa, assistant professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research. Overall, the study showed that 10 per...

Garlic supplements can impede HIV medication

...s of Health (NIH) observed that garlic supplements sharply reduced blood levels of the anti-HIV drug saquinavir. The study results appear this week in an on-line edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases ( http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/CID/journal/home.html ). In the presence of garlic supplements, blood co...

College freshmen more politically liberal than in the past, UCLA survey reveals

...requently discussed politics in the past year rose sharply from a record-low 16.4 percent last year to 20.9 percent in 2001. This represents the largest one-year increase since the 1992 presidential election year. The percentage of students who feel that it is essential for them to keep up to date with polit...

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