[ASC-media] Media Release 10 April 2004

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Apr 8 11:13:02 EST 2004


STORIES FROM 10 APRIL 2004 ISSUE


DIET OF WORMS PROTECTS AGAINST BOWEL DISEASE US trials have shown that
regular doses of worms can rid people of inflammatory bowel disease. The
treatment involves drinking a concoction of pig whipworm eggs. The pig
whipworm was chosen because it does not survive long in people. Page 8

FORGET THE CAUSE, JUST FIND THE CURES Conventional wisdom on finding cures
for diseases needs to be turned on its head, say researchers at the Walter
and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. You don't need to know which genes
cause a disease, they say, just the ones that can cure it. Page 16

A HEALTH FAD THAT'S HARD TO SWALLOW One in four Americans regularly pops a
magic pill in the hope that it will improve their health. Most people taking
these dietary supplements believe what they are swallowing is safe and has
been rigorously tested. In fact, there are almost no figures on the efficacy
or toxicity of the 29,000 such dietary supplements sold in the US. And sales
are booming. The market is now worth about A$24 billion a year. Pages 6-7,
and Editorial

CHOCOLATEY PREGNANCY KEEPS BABIES HAPPY (short story) What better news could
their be for expectant mothers on the verge of Easter. Tucking into
chocolate is good for the baby, according to a Finnish study of more than
300 women. The study found that babies born to women who ate chocolate daily
during pregnancy were more active and also smiled and laughed more. Page 19

LOST? SEND SNAP AND SOS TO... Lost in a foreign city and don't speak the
language? Just take out your mobile phone, take a photo of the nearest
building, and hit send. Two researchers at the University of Cambridge are
developing photo recognition software which they hope will be able to tell
you precisely where you are, and how to get to your destination. Page 23

PHONE RADIATION MAY PUSH CELLS AROUND A Swedish physicist has found that
radiation can cause a massive increase in the attractive forces cells exert
on one another. If confirmed, his results could form the basis for a
mechanism as to how radiation from mobile phones may affect cells. Page 13

'CHEMICAL CONDOM' TANTALISINGLY CLOSE Many women cannot insist that their
partners wear condoms, so creams that block HIV infection during sex have
now become a major focus of AIDS research. But there are still hurdles to be
overcome before such products become available. Page 12

FAT BUSTER The answer to shrinking fat tissue could lie with drugs that were
originally intended as anti-cancer agents. Known as "angiogenesis
inhibitors", these drugs block the growth of new blood vessels in tissue.
Researchers have found that in mice they not only directly reduce the size
of fat stores, but they also suppress the appetite. Pages 42-45

ANTIPODES: COMPETITION RULES Ian Lowe looks at new attitudes to research
funding, and at a controversial appointment in the CSIRO. Page 49

FREQUENT EJACULATION MAY PROTECT AGAINST CANCER Frequent sexual intercourse
and masturbation protects men against prostate cancer, according to a large
American study which backs work released in Australia last year. See also...
Smoking lesbians; Ancient healing; Robot conducts Beethoven. New Scientist's
free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
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