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April 4th, 2007
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Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Nicotine and Tobacco Research
Dairy, fruits and veggies may help smokers quit
Milk does the body good -- and may help smokers break the habit, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse
http://www.dukemednews.org/news/article.php?id=10035

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Psychological Science
Study links propensity toward worry to early death
As reported in the May issue of Psychological Science, men who increased over time in neuroticism died earlier, mostly from cancer and heart disease.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/afps-slp040407.php

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
UC research shows rapid decline in geriatric medicine studies
The older population may soon be facing a medical care crisis as numbers of students studying geriatric medicine continue to decrease rapidly, say researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC).
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation
http://www.healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/4711/

I would never have guessed department:
Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Research finds that culture is key to interpreting facial emotions
Research has uncovered that culture is a determining factor when interpreting facial emotions. The study reveals that in cultures where emotional control is the standard, such as Japan, focus is placed on the eyes to interpret emotions. Whereas in cultures where emotion is openly expressed, such as the United States, the focus is on the mouth to interpret emotion.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/uoa-rft040407.php

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Historical Research
The discovery of America: The revolutionary claims of a dead historian
History tells us Columbus discovered America in 1492 and, five years later, John Cabot reached the mainland of North America before Columbus could claim South America for Spain. What if new evidence was unearthed to suggest that while Columbus was still exploring the Caribbean, Cabot had claimed the whole of North America for England and, at the same time, established its first Christian church?
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2007/5333.html

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Nature
3.2 billion-year-old surprise: Earth had strong magnetic field
Geophysicists at the University of Rochester announce in today's issue of Nature that the Earth's magnetic field was nearly as strong 3.2 billion years ago as it is today. The findings, which are contrary to previous studies, suggest that even in its earliest stages the Earth was already well protected from the solar wind, which can strip away a planet’s atmosphere and bathe its surface in lethal radiation.
National Science Foundation
http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=2842

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Neuron
Mechanism of nicotine's learning effects explored
While nicotine is highly addictive, researchers have also shown the drug to enhance learning and memory -- a property that has launched efforts to develop nicotine-like drugs to treat cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, schizophrenia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and Center of Medical Systems Biology, Dutch Medical Research Council, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/cp-mon033007.php

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Neuron
Measuring the brain's 'rich switch'
Economists have postulated that people's perception of the value of financial gains decreases as they become richer, but scientists have not really been able to measure this change in "marginal utility" in the laboratory ... until now.
Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Swiss National Science Foundation, Roche Research Foundation, Janggen-Poehn Foundation
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/cp-mtb033007.php

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