Strategies identified to improve oral contraceptive success with obese women

Oral birth control may not work as well in obese women, but Oregon researchers have found new strategies to help address that concern.

Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age

A study by OSU researchers suggests that synchronization of climate patterns in the North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans may be the early warning sign for a climate change "tipping point."

15-year analysis of blue whale range off California finds conflict with shipping lanes

A 15-year analysis of satellite-tagged blue whales off the West Coast found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and mortality.

Lipoic acid helps restore, synchronize the "biological clock"

Lipoic acid may have such a wide range of biological effects because it helps to restore more normal circadian rhythms, which often decline with age.

New assay to spot fake malaria drugs could save thousands of lives

OSU chemists have developed a new technology to tell whether a common malaria medication is genuine, and it could save thousands of lives.

Antibiotic use prevalent in hospice patients despite limited evidence of its value

Research suggests that antibiotics are probably being used more than is appropriate in hospice patients, sometimes making life for the terminally ill worse instead of better.

Review: Lead ammunition can be deadly, though mitigation may help

A review of scientific studies on lead ammunition found that lead ingestion accounts for illness and mortality in more than 120 bird species in North America, but mitigation will be challenging.

SAR11, oceans' most abundant organism, has ability to create methane

A new study by researchers at Oregon State University demonstrates the ability of some strains of the oceans’ most abundant organism – SAR11 – to generate methane.

Video games could provide venue for exploring sustainability concepts

Video games have the potential to educate the public and encourage development of creative solutions to social, economic and environmental problems, said OSU’s Shawna Kelly.

"Molecular movie" technology may enable big gains in bioimaging, health research

OSU researchers have created a new type of imaging technology fast enough to capture life processes as they occur at the molecular level.

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