High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed In U.S. Kids
August 22, 2007 02:12 PM - Reuters

CHICAGO - High blood pressure among children and adolescents, a growing problem linked to increasing juvenile obesity, often goes undiagnosed in the United States, according to a study published on Tuesday. This is dangerous, as high blood pressure can quietly damage the organs, especially the kidneys, the researchers reported in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

Breaking Up May Not Be As Hard As The Song Says
August 22, 2007 01:11 PM - Northwestern University

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The devastation caused by a broken heart has been a dominant theme throughout the ages of great literature and pop culture alike. But a new Northwestern University study shows that lovers, especially those madly in love, do much better -- almost immediately -- following a breakup than they imagined they would.

Fat On Chest And Upper Back Increases Risk Of Insulin Resistance
August 22, 2007 11:31 AM - San Francisco VA Medical Center

San Francisco - Upper trunk fat -- deposits of fat on the chest and back -- is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, a condition that is a precursor of type 2 diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. It is the first time such an association has been demonstrated, say the researchers.

Working Families Rely Heavily on "Convenience" Foods for Dinner, But Save Little Time, Study Finds
August 22, 2007 11:19 AM - University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Two-income families in Los Angeles don't live so much in a fast food nation as they do in a Hamburger Helper hamlet on the edge of a packaged lettuce greenbelt, according to the first academic study to track American families moment by moment as they make dinner.

Brad Pitt aims to keep focus on Katrina recovery
August 22, 2007 10:29 AM - Russell McCulley - Reuters

Calling Hurricane Katrina a "man-made disaster," actor Brad Pitt said on Tuesday he remains committed to helping the city recover from the storm. Nearly two years after the August 29, 2005 hurricane, the "Ocean's Thirteen" star said he was at times dismayed by the pace of recovery in New Orleans, where he and partner Angelina Jolie own an elegant townhouse in the historic French Quarter.

Bednet Best Defense Against Malaria, Say Researchers
August 22, 2007 10:05 AM - Kennedy Abwao, SciDevNet

NAIROBI - Children sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are less likely to die from malaria and nets should be distributed free to all who need them, according to research from Kenya.

Scientists discover important beauty secret for balanced skin color and tone
August 22, 2007 09:43 AM - Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

In the timeless quest for healthier, younger looking skin, scientists from the University of Cincinnati and Tokyo Medical University have made an important discovery toward manipulating skin tone and color.

Las Vegas Growth Depends on Dwindling Water Supply
August 22, 2007 07:20 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

Built in a desert, Las Vegas has long seemed an unlikely place for a major American city. Yet the Las Vegas region is booming: Its population is 1.9 million, up nearly 50 percent since 1999, amid an expanding tourism and casino business.

Consumers Torn Between Buying Local and Buying Organic Food
August 21, 2007 06:19 PM -

In a recent study by Mambo Sprouts Mambo Track(tm) research services, when it comes to their grocery dollars, consumers are torn between buying local and buying organic food.

Using Hi-Tech Tools To Rescuing Recorded Sound from Silence
August 21, 2007 01:35 PM - Kathleen M. Wong, UC Berkeley

While listening to National Public Radio in 2000, Carl Haber learned that the Library of Congress had a big problem. The Library's audio collection, which spans the 130-year history of recorded sound, includes the soaring tenor of Enrico Caruso, the speeches of Teddy Roosevelt, and the voices of Native Americans from now-vanished tribes. These echoes of a bygone era were recorded on media such as wax cylinders and shellac and lacquer discs. But many are now too fragile to play in their original format; the pressure of a stylus or phonograph needle could cause irreversible damage. The archivists needed a means to preserve the recordings without injuring them further.

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