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Thursday, June 03, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 3-Jun-2004
Gerontologist
'Brown bag' gives more complete picture of meds taken by older adults
In a recent Penn State study, when adults age 65 to 91 were asked to bring in all of their prescription medications in a brown paper bag, the resulting list was more complete than their official pharmacy records.
National Institutes of Health

Public Release: 2-Jun-2004
Partnership gives federal, local fire managers a powerful tool
To help federal agencies and local authorities manage fire risk, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has analyzed and combined existing census and vegetation data in an innovative way. The result of this partnership is a new understanding of wildland/urban interfaces across the country, and a map that reflects congressional policymakers' definitions of at-risk communities.
National Fire Plan

Public Release: 2-Jun-2004
Nature
Biology of aging
The life expectancy of fruit flies increases an average of 50 percent when signals within cells of fat tissue are blocked or altered, new Brown University research shows. Published in the current issue of Nature, results of the study suggest that reduced levels of insulin in one tissue regulates insulin throughout the body to slow aging – a finding that brings science one step closer to cracking the longevity code.
National Institutes of Health, American Federation of Aging Research, Ellison Medical Foundation, Pfizer, Inc.

Public Release: 2-Jun-2004
An eye on the tongue
A system developed by neuropsychologist Maurice Ptito at the Université de Montréal, together with colleagues from Denmark and USA, can activate brain areas that are normally reserved for visual information to allow blind people to "see with their tongue".

Public Release: 2-Jun-2004
Nature
Researchers establish first molecular link between eating and aging
The day when people can eat their favorite foods, stay thin and live to 120 without age-induced diseases may be near. Researchers at MIT believe they've found the key to a long, lean, healthy life in a single protein that controls whether a mammal stores fat or sheds it. The work could lead to drugs that mimic that protein, allowing humans to get the longer lifespan without the negative side effects, said Professor Leonard Guarente.
National Institutes of Health

Public Release: 3-Jun-2004
Geology
Continents played key role in collapse and regeneration of Earth's early greenhouse, geologists say
Now, the geologic record revealed in some of Earth's oldest rocks is telling a surprising tale of collapse of early Earth's greenhouse - and its subsequent regeneration. But even more surprising, say the Stanford scientists who report these findings in the May 25 issue of the journal Geology, is the critical role that rocks played in the evolution of the early atmosphere.
NASA
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