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Newly Identified Mechanism of p53-Induced Cell Death Could Aid Cancer Therapy

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Research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital reveals how the tumor suppressor protein p53 works in the cytoplasm to trigger death via apoptosis and identifies a potential cancer treatment strategy.

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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Receives WASC Accreditation

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences receives WASC accreditation

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Genetic Tug of War in the Brain Influences Parental Control Over Offspring Behavior

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Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine report that a nuanced, targeted version of parental control over gene expression, is the method of choice over classic genomic imprinting. Published in Cell Reports, so-called noncanonical imprinting is particularly prevalent in the brain, and skews the genetic message in subpopulations of cells so that mom, or dad, has a stronger say. The mechanism can influence offspring behavior, and because it is observed more frequently than classic imprinting, appears to be preferred.

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Changing Clocks & Changing Seasons: Scientists Find Role for Neuronal Plasticity

A team of scientists has linked changes in the structure of a handful of central brain neurons to understanding how animals adjust to changing seasons. Its findings enhance our understanding of the mechanisms vital to the regulation of our circadian system, or internal clock.

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Positive Reinforcement Plays Key Role in Cognitive Task Performance in ADHD Kids

A little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – more so than it would for typically developing kids.

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GW Cancer Institute Approved for a $250K Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The George Washington University Cancer Institute has been approved for a $250,000 Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute to create the first-ever online Community of Practice for patient-centered care.

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"Global Perspectives on Cancer: Incidence, Care, and Experience"

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Kenneth Miller, M.D., co-authors a book exploring why and how cancer is treated differently around the world and how those differences affect outcomes.

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Gonzaga Completes John J. Hemmingson Center

After years of thoughtful planning and construction, Gonzaga University’s 167,726-square-foot John J. Hemmingson Center has been completed, and move-in is underway. The official dedication of the facility is set for Oct. 16. The campus community is eager to experience the transformative impact the new living and learning environment presents.

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Electric Fields Signal ‘No Flies Zone’

A new piece of research led by the University of Southampton has found that the behaviour of fruit flies, which are commonly used in laboratory experiments, is altered by electric fields.

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Pharmacists Help Patients with Hypertension

Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication regimens to patients, which yielded more effective blood-pressure control results than for those patients who did not have a pharmacist on hand.