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‘Diamond exoplanet’ idea boosted by telescope find

December 9, 2010


A US-British team of astronomers has discovered the first planet with ultra-high concentrations of carbon. The researchers say their discovery supports the idea there may be carbon-rich, rocky planets whose terrains are made up of diamonds or graphite. “You might see land masses and mountains made up of diamonds,” the lead researcher Dr Nikku Madhusudhan […]

Avoid Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice for Urinary Tract Infection

December 9, 2010


The title of this article was “Cranberry Juice Fails to Prevent Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection: Results From a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial”, but that is misleading.   Drinking cranberry juice has been recommended to decrease the incidence of urinary tract infections, based on observational studies and a few small clinical trials.  However, a new study published […]

Autism breakthrough: Researchers identify possible drug for impaired sociability

December 9, 2010


Dan Shuman – Eastern Virginia Medical School researchers have identified a potential novel treatment strategy for the social impairment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), an aspect of the condition that has a profound impact on quality of life. “Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders are either disinterested in social interactions or find them unpleasant. […]