Public Release: 26-Oct-2008
Nature Biotechnology
Fried purple tomatoes
Scientists have expressed genes from snapdragon in tomatoes to grow purple tomatoes high in health-protecting anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are naturally occurring pigments found at particularly high levels in berries such as blackberry, cranberry and chokeberry. Scientists are investigating ways to increase the levels of health-promoting compounds in more commonly eaten fruits and vegetables.
European Union, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Public Release: 24-Oct-2008
Psychological Medicine
Youth from poor neighborhoods 4 times more likely to attempt suicide
Youth in their late teens who live in poor neighborhoods are four times more likely to attempt suicide than peers who live in more affluent neighborhoods, according to a new study from Canada’s Universite de Montreal and Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center, as well as Tufts University in the US. The researchers also found youth from poor neighborhoods are twice as likely to report suicidal thoughts.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Public Release: 24-Oct-2008
Psychological Science
Phony friends? Rejected people better able to spot fake smiles
All of us have “faked a smile” at some point. Now, a new study might make us think twice about sending out a phony grin. It has been shown that individuals who are experiencing rejection are better at picking up subtle social cues and according to a recent study published in Psychological Science, socially rejected people are particularly good at discerning fake smiles from real ones.

Public Release: 24-Oct-2008
Operate a piano pedal with the mouth
The Heidelberg researcher Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Rupp has developed a method with which a pianist can operate the right pedal of a concert grand wirelessly — a first in the world. A paraplegic pianist can thus overcome the handicap of being able to play the piano using only his arms and hands.

Public Release: 23-Oct-2008
Medical Decision Making
Cardiac risk estimates differ for Christian and Muslim patients
In a study of medical students, more serious cardiac risk estimates were given to Christians and less serious estimates for Muslims despite the patients being otherwise identical in their characteristics and symptoms, according to research in an upcoming issue of Medical Decision Making published by SAGE. Risk assessment, the first step in a medical triage process, determines subsequent treatment.


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