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Medicine and Health

Influence of Leptin/Weight Ratio in Controlled Ovarian Stimulation in Assisted Reproduction

Overweight women and those with very low birth weight have difficulty becoming pregnant, and both groups have different levels of leptin. The results of a study with patients undergoing IVF showed that high levels of leptin reduced egg production and a lower body mass index implied a higher number of fertilised oocytes.

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Animal Science

Effectiveness of a New Treatment for Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs

An estimated 10% of dogs suffer atopic dermatitis, a common type of allergy for which there are few treatments. A clinical trial has shown that topical administration of the immunosuppressant cyclosporine, possible thanks to advances in nanotechnology, is effective in reducing the severity of injuries and does not cause adverse reactions.

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Economics

Effectiveness of Temporary Policies Aimed at Reducing Petrol Consumption

In late February 2011, the government announced a set of measures to reduce fuel consumption. His forecast was that it fell by 15%. According to one study based on publicly available information, these measures achieved a lower effect than those predicted by the government because of their temporary character.

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Biology

Thermophilic Microorganisms in Biofilms from Greenhouse-Enclosed drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation optimises water reuse and more efficient irrigation, but the system often presents problems of obstruction caused by the accumulation of biological material, starting with bacterial biofilms. The study of a drip system has detected prevalence of microorganisms adapted to growing in environments with high temperatures.

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3Q: Andrew Rowan

Andrew Rowan is President of Humane Society International and Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the Humane Society. With a PhD in Biochemistry from Oxford University, in 2002 he received the Henry Spira Award from the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. [ + Videos ]

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