Scientific Press Releases

From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 26-Jun-2008
Higher coffee consumption associated with lower liver cancer risk
A new large, prospective population-based study confirms an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk. The study also found that higher levels of gamma-glutamyltransferase in the blood were associated with an increased risk of developing the disease.
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/press/pressitem.asp?ref=1803

Public Release: 26-Jun-2008
Surgery
Device blocking stomach nerve signals shows promise in obesity
A new implantable medical device, developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic researchers, shows promise as a reversible and less extreme alternative to existing bariatric surgeries, according to findings published in the current issue of the journal Surgery.
EnteroMedics, Inc.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-06/mc-dbs062608.php

Public Release: 26-Jun-2008
Why do people vote? Genetic variation in political participation
A groundbreaking new study finds that genes significantly affect variation in voter turnout, shedding new light on the reasons why people vote and participate in the political system.
http://www.apsanet.org/content_53616.cfm
Full article free at http://www.apsanet.org/imgtest/APSRMay08Fowler_etal.pdf
Note:  The researchers have not yet started learning WHICH genes are involved.

Public Release: 26-Jun-2008
Science
‘Early bird’ project really gets the worm
Scientists from the LSU Museum of Natural Science, or MNS, recently participated in a project joining together the most prominent ornithological research programs in the world. This study — the largest study of bird genetics ever completed — has not only shaken up the avian evolutionary tree, but completely redrawn it. The results of this massive research project, which relied heavily upon the LSU MNS’ genetic resources collection, will be published in Science on June 27.
National Science Foundation
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-06/lsu-bp062608.php
“For example, we now know that:

“* Birds adapted to the diverse environments several distinct times because many birds that now live on water (such as flamingos, tropicbirds and grebes) did not evolve from a different waterbird group, and many birds that now live on land (such as turacos, doves, sandgrouse and cuckoos) did not evolve from a different landbird group.

“* Similarly, distinctive lifestyles (such as nocturnal, raptorial and pelagic, i.e., living on the ocean or open seas) evolved several times. For example, contrary to conventional thinking, colorful, daytime hummingbirds evolved from drab nocturnal nightjars; falcons are not closely related to hawks and eagles; and tropicbirds (white, swift-flying ocean birds) are not closely related to pelicans and other waterbirds.

“* Shorebirds are not a basal evolutionary group, which refutes the widely held view that shorebirds gave rise to all modern birds.”

Public Release: 26-Jun-2008
Journal of Urban Health
Researchers study hidden homicide trend
Gun-related homicide among young men rose sharply in the United States in recent years even though the nation’s overall homicide rate remained flat, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Between 1999 and 2005, homicide involving firearms increased 31 percent among black men ages 25 to 44 and 12 percent among white men of the same age.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/press_releases/2008/baker_homicide_trends.html

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