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NSAIDs include COX-2 inhibitors and ibuprofen Heart attack risk with pain drugs  - BBC  People taking high daily doses of two common painkillers are at increased risk of heart attack and stroke, say Oxford researchers. The researchers stressed that the overall risk was small - for every 1,000 patients taking a COX-2 or an NSAID around three extra people a year would have a heart attack. The odds were increased by 51% for high-dose ibuprofen (800mg three times a day) and 63% for high-dose diclofenac (75mg twice a day). Another NSAID - naproxen - was found not to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. for most people who don't have a history of heart attack or stroke the risk is very small.   
Niacin has been shown to increase HDL 'Good' cholesterol drug trialled  - BBC  A major international trial has been set up to see whether a treatment to increase so-called "good" cholesterol can prevent heart attacks and strokes. "Good" cholesterol - high density lipoproteins (HDL) - cuts heart disease risk removing fat from the circulation. The treatment, designed to increase levels of HDL, will be given alongside drugs to reduce "bad" cholesterol, which can raise the risk of disease. The main ingredient in the trial drug is niacin, which has been found to increase levels of HDL by between a fifth and a quarter as well as decreasing dangerous fatty substances called triglycerides.   

Grey gamers flex brain muscles  - BBC  In Japan's rapidly ageing society, more and more older people are looking for ways to keep them active and alert for longer. Electronic games makers have responded with new products designed to train your brain. Electronic games makers have responded with new products designed to train your brain. The teacher who came to this himself quite late on is Atsuo Umetsu. He is showing his pupils how to play a game that tests your mathematics ability. After a few minutes of gentle encouragement, they start to get the hang of it as most of the grey gamers are grinning. It is a craze that has Japan hooked.
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Biosciences:
6/10/2006: Scientists Examine 100 Trillion Microbes in Human Feces - Live Science
6/10/2006: Why Locusts Swarm: New Study Finds 'Tipping Point'
 - Live Science
6/10/2006: DNA databank pits policing vs. privacy - MSNBC
6/10/2006: How to turn caterpillars into moths - MSNBC
6/10/2006: Scientists study the ecosystem in our gut - MSNBC
6/10/2006: Locusts illustrate the science of swarming - MSNBC
6/10/2006: When locusts swarm en masse  - Nature
6/10/2006: Right-handed amino acids were left behind - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Report claims experiments on monkeys are vital - New Scientist
6/10/2006: A mole's nose knows the best way through the soil - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Can India's vultures be saved? - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Common Carp Sheds New Light On Surviving In Extreme Environments - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Free Radical Cell Death Switch Identified: Molecular Pathway May Contribute To Age Related Diseases - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Researchers Discover How Bacteria Sense Their Environments - New Scientist

Geosciences, Environment:
6/10/2006: Does cleaner air make hurricanes worse? - MSNBC
6/10/2006: Does a giant crater lie beneath the Antarctic ice?  - Nature
6/10/2006: Sun's Past Strength Took Toll On Tropical Glaciers, Worsens Today's Outlook - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Where Climate Is Made In A Greenhouse World - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Ecosystems With Many Plant Species Produce More And Survive Threats Better - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Slab Of Sunken Ocean Floor Found Deep Within Earth - New Scientist

Computers:
Games and Devices

Hardware and Software

6/10/2006: Scientists work on cooled electronics - MSNBC 

Communications
6/10/2006: The Truth About Toilet Seats
 - Live Science

Internet

Miscellaneous

Energy:
6/10/2006: Urban turbines - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Ultrasonics Boosts Release Rates Of Corn Sugars For Ethanol Production - New Scientist 

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/6/2005: 'Good' cholesterol drug trialled   - BBC
6/10/2006: Heart attack risk with pain drugs   - BBC
6/10/2006: Type Of Stress, Not Duration, Key To Heart Enlargement - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Overweight And Obesity Enlarges Teenagers' Hearts - New Scientist

Cancer  
6/10/2006: Engineered virus thwarts ovarian cancer in mice - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Hormone's Role In Insects Could Give Insight For Cancer Treatment, Malnutrition - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Scientists Identify Gene Mutation Potentially Involved In Breast Cancer Initiation - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Vitamin D Targets Thrombosis In Cancer Patients; Clinical Trial Demonstrates Unanticipated Benefit - New Scientist

Infectious
6/10/2006: New Study Calculates Millions Of Years Saved In Lives Of AIDS Patients - New Scientist
6/10/2006: AIDS Drugs Have Saved 3 Million Years Of Life In The United States - New Scientist 

Non-Infectious
6/10/2006: Researchers Pinpoint Causes Of Adverse Reactions To Popular Type 2 Diabetes Drugs - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Study Links Effects Of Withdrawal To Compulsive Drug Use And Craving - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Gene Therapy Prevents The Onset Of Diabetic Symptoms In Mice - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Genetically Altered Mice No Longer Like Cocaine - New Scientist 

Miscellaneous
6/10/2006: Report: Restaurants Should Serve Smaller Portions - Live Science
6/10/2006: Germs hiding on the throne aren't the ones you should be most worried about. - Live Science
6/10/2006: Study Debunks Myth that Sex Hastens Labor - Live Science
6/10/2006: Mom's diet can tinker with baby's genes  - Nature
6/10/2006: Baby's first microbes sized up  - Nature
6/10/2006: Test spots human frostbite susceptibility - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Guardians of girth - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Study Challenges Myth That Sex Late In Pregnancy Hastens Birth - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Landmark Study On Diabetic Foot Unveils Startling Data About Infection-induced Amputation
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Gut Reaction: Researchers Define The Colon's Genome, Describe The Busy Microbial World Inside
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Exercise Reverses Unhealthy Effects Of Inactivity
 - New Scientist

Prolongevity
6/10/2006: Worms Hold Clue To Link Between Cancer And Ageing In Humans - New Scientist
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History, Anthropology:
6/10/2006: Today in History - Live Science
6/10/2006: Ancient scroll may yield religious secrets - MSNBC
6/10/2006: Figs go back to the dawn of agriculture - MSNBC
6/10/2006: Mona Lisa speaks ... virtually - MSNBC
6/10/2006: Review: Flock of Dodos: The evolution-intelligent design circus - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Big Bang In Antarctica- Killer Crater Found Under Ice - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Electric Fish In Africa Could Be Example Of Evolution In Action
 - New Scientist 

Miscellaneous:
6/10/2006: The ocean floor - can they dig it? - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Taking Soldiers Out Of Harm's Way: Research On Unmanned Ground Vehicles Could Make Surveillance Safer - New Scientist

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6/10/2006: 
eGrey gamers flex brain muscles   - BBC
6/10/2006: iesta Science: Why Lunch Makes Us Sleepy - Live Science
6/10/2006: How Ritalin focuses children's minds - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Passive TV Viewing Related To Children's Sleeping Difficulties - New Scientist

Physical Sciences:
6/10/2006: Lost Dimension Yields Accidental Discovery - Live Science
6/10/2006: A fresh look at glass
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Let There Be Leisurely Light: High-bandwidth Laser Data Pulses Are Made To Dawdle In A Controlled Fashion
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: The Case Of The Neutron Star With A Wayward Wake
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Chemists Forge A New Form Of Iron
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Raiders Of The Lost Dimension: Understanding The Quantum Mechanics Of The Universe
 - New Scientist

Space and Astronomy:
6/10/2006: Cosmic Log: New spaceship ahead? - MSNBC
6/10/2006: Rubbly Itokawa revealed as 'impossible' asteroid
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Galileo spacecraft picks up GPS satellite signals
 - New Scientist
6/10/2006: Orbiting gas stations key to interplanetary exploration
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6/10/2006: Semiconductor Brain: Nerve Tissue Interfaced With A Computer Chip

  


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