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March 4, 2013
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  • BPA exposure may put children at greater risk for asthma
    Exposure to bisphenol A in early childhood was associated with a greater likelihood of childhood wheezing and asthma, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. However, researchers found no evidence that BPA exposure during the third trimester of pregnancy was linked to increased asthma risk. HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Misshapen proteins act like harmful prions in the body
    Patients with multisystem proteinopathy suffer from a syndrome that causes some proteins to behave like harmful prions, rather than contributing to the body's proper function, according to a study. Results of a recent study on these proteins indicate that their behavior of clumping together may be relevant to studies of other disorders of the brain and body. "They make a compelling case for the involvement of these mutant proteins in disease," Lary Walker of Emory University said about the researchers. The Scientist online (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New species found in threatened reef
    Marine biologists have discovered several species of marine invertebrates living in a threatened reef in Papua New Guinea. Some of the newly found creatures include tiny animals that look like shrimp and live in sponges, and a pink nudibranch, a snail that doesn't have a shell. Our Amazing Planet (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neanderthals' inability to hunt small game may have helped demise
    Excavations are shedding light on what might have been a significant factor in the demise of the Neanderthal: the inability to hunt small game. The remains of large animals are prevalent in Neanderthal cave excavations, but the bones of smaller animals such as rabbits were prevalent among early humans. New Scientist (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ancient Roman feasts may not have been the typical meal
    New research indicates that the vast majority of Romans subsisted on millet, a grain used for livestock feed. A team of researchers studied isotopes found in the bones of skeletons from two Roman cemeteries and determined that many of the poor survived on grains that the wealthy considered fit only for livestock. LiveScience.com (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers make knots in water
    Two physicists have created a knotted vortex in water, a feat that may open the door for scientists to study a wide range of phenomena, such as ionized gases and superconductive materials. The results of the study shed light on "an ideal model system for allowing us to study the precise way in which knots untie themselves in a real physical field," said William Irvine, a University of Chicago physicist. Nature (free content) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Europe supports push to cure rare conditions
    The European Commission will spend about $187 million on 26 research projects on rare diseases, involving research teams from 29 countries. The goal is to discover effective treatments for metabolic, immune and cardiovascular disorders, among others. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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