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Sunday, June 13, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 13-Jun-2004
Psychology and Aging
Being bilingual protects against some age-related cognitive changes, says new research
Most will agree that two heads are better than one in solving problems. The same logic may be true for language and retaining cognitive processes as we age. Being fluent in two languages seems to prevent some of the cognitive decline seen in same-age monolingual speaking persons, according to the findings of a study appearing in this month's journal of Psychology and Aging.

Public Release: 13-Jun-2004
Two billion vulnerable to floods by 2050; number expected to double or more in two generations
The number of people worldwide vulnerable to a devastating flood is expected to mushroom to 2 billion by 2050 due to climate change, deforestation, rising sea levels and population growth in flood-prone lands, warn experts at the United Nations University.
United Nations University

Public Release: 13-Jun-2004
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Genetic modification in mice lowers cholesterol and homocysteine by half
Scientists report that mice genetically altered so as to lack either of the two different pathways through which humans, mice, and other animals provide lipids for high density and low density lipoproteins did not appear to suffer any ill effects. But, animals from both groups had markedly lower levels of cholesterol in their blood stream. Alteration of one of the pathways also lowered blood levels of homocysteine by 50 percent.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Institutes of Health, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
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