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Brief exposure to Mandarin can help American infants learn Chinese

...tape but showed no ability to distinguish phonetic units of that language. "The findings indicate that infants can extract phonetic information from first-time foreign-language exposure in a relatively short period of time at 9 months of age, but only if the language is produced by a human, suggesting that...

Arizona pioneer in plastics wins top chemistry award

...construction: the stringing together of individual units of propylene, a three-carbon molecule derived from...um. Two of the carbons link up with those of other units to form a chain, while the third of each unit juts up above or below. If the third carbon is randoml...

From overdose to organ donor

...conducting a survey of doctors from intensive care units (ICU) and transplantation centres. ICU doctors are responsible for suggesting patients that could be suitable organ donors, whilst the doctors at transplantation centres make the final decisions on which organs should be used. Both groups of doctors ...

Latest research on possible causes of violent behavior explored in C&EN article

...decreasing its re-absorption by neurons (the basic units of the nervous system) using the drug Prozac®. This therapy helped those who were moderately aggressive. The researcher plans to compare Prozac® to Depakote®, which also increases serotonin levels, in treating this group. Meanwhile, t...

FDA approves Baxters ADVATE for the treatment of hemophilia A

... We expect this market to grow to 2.5-2.9 billion units by 2005 based on continued increases in availability and promotion of recombinant products. The three key drivers of the recombinant market are conversion from plasma-derived therapies, adequate dosing and compliance, and increasing prophylactic use...

New system developed to monitor deaths in general practice

... first-pass analysis of the data and can highlight units with an unusual outcome. We caution however, that the charts themselves cannot shed light on the reasons for apparent poor performance. "Excess mortality will not necessarily mean bad practice or even criminal behaviour. Excess mortality could resul...

Scientists formulate a heat wave survival guide

...e office or at home without using air conditioning units that place high demands on energy and increase carbon-dioxide emissions." Using laboratory modelling techniques that accurately replicate the flow of air in small-scale physical models, Dr. Hunt and his team are able to measure and clearly visualise ...

UCSD team finds that ethics consultations reduce futile end-of-life treatments

...ents for dying patients in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), when health care providers and family members were provided with ethics counseling. Published in the Sept. 3, 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study also found that 87 percent of patients, their families, phy...

Midwife shortages contributing to 'near misses' on labour wards

... took place on the labour wards of seven maternity units in the north west of England. The lead researcher ...nd interviewed all midwives on duty. All maternity units experienced midwifery staffing shortages and most units relied on bank midwives to maintain minimum ...

Better outcome for ICU patients after removal of bacteria from digestive tract

Patients in intensive-care units (ICUs) could have better survival outcomes with the preventative use of antibiotics to remove potentially harmful bacteria from the mouth, stomach and gut. This process--known as selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD)--reduces the ris...

Assistance program for families of critically ill patients expands across the U.S.

...amilies with loved ones in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) and education to the health-care teams is n...e hope this toolkit will guide other critical care units that would like to respond to the needs of family members of critically ill patients." For caregiver...

NCCAM awards planning grants for International Centers for Research

...e National University of Singapore (NUS) and other units in China to create the JHU-NUS Center for Research on CAM in Singapore. Total award: $274,480. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY Principal Investigator: Henry S. Sacks, M.D., Ph.D. Collaboration with the Foundation for Integrative AID...

What makes peppers hot may also be cool for what ails you

...s, C&EN reports. And today the Scoville scale of units is the "rule of tongue" for rating pepper heat. For pepper lovers, the hottest rating at 300,000-500,000 goes to habaero peppers, compared to a mere 2,500 for the fabled jalapeño. Despite the high reading of 500,000, capsaicin in peppers is ...

Summa Health System improves stroke care using ace model of care

...geriatric medicine, says the parallels between ACE units and stroke units are not surprising. "Both models of care seek to improve functional outcomes of hospitalized patient...

U of MN receives $1 million technology grant to expand assisted living services for the elderly

...ites, train staff, recruit subjects, install VALUE units in the elderly subject's homes, train subjects, and conduct videoconference visits. The University of Minnesota will direct the study and evaluate the program through a randomized trial. VALUE is supported by a grant from the Department of Commerce'...

Study of deadliest form of stroke demostrates much lower mortality rates at high caseload hospitals

...they benefit from experienced neuro-intensive care units and offer both surgical and endovascular treatment. For example, the study showed that only two percent of low volume hospitals offered endovascular treatment. "It's important to emphasize that the data does not show that physicians and hospitals a...

Researchers use crippled poliovirus to attack brain cancer

...proximately a thousand additional infectious viral units per infected cell, he said. "We made a drug out of a virus by engineering its destructive abilities from a foe into a friend," said Gromeier. His most recent results -- a collaborative effort with Darrell Bigner, M.D., Henry ...

New breast scanner can detect early signs of cancer

...by picking up gamma rays -- high energy photons or units of light -- that are emitted by the radioactive atom attached to sestamibi. The gamma rays easily penetrate the tissue and can be detected non-invasively by a gamma ray camera. "Nuclear imaging tracers like sestamibi show up in both pre-malignant an...

A hot time for cold superconductors

...reached using commercially available refrigeration units at much lower operating costs. The researchers are now working on further improvements to the MgB2 wires....

'Sunshine vitamin' shines in colon study

...er day--and vitamin D--more than 645 international units (IUs) per day--were significantly less likely to have serious colon polyps, or tumors, which are often the precursor to cancer. Another significant association with reduced risk was the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Men who took a da...

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