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TSRI Researchers Find How Mutant Gene Can Cause Deafness

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies.

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UT Grad Student Veronica Garcia Awarded Microbiology Fellowship

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Veronica Garcia, a student at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, has been awarded a Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology.

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US Policy That Gives Priority to Prior Organ Donors Who Need a Transplant Is Working

• Living organ donors who later need kidney transplants have much shorter waiting times, and they receive higher quality kidneys compared with similar people on the waiting list who were not organ donors.

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Exercise May Improve Physical Function, Lessen Pain in Patients with Kidney Disease

• A 12-week course of aerobic exercise improved physical function and quality of life in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. • The exercise program also decreased patients’ pain.

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Scientists Raise Alarm that Shortage of Human Islet Cells Will Slow Diabetes Research

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Rohit Kulkarni, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Investigator in the Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, coauthored a paper that was published today in Diabetes, which voiced concerns about the increasing difficulty of access to high quality islet cells for diabetes research.

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Cost of Meeting Basic Needs Rising Faster Than Wages in Washington State

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2014 report finds that the costs of meeting basic needs have far outstripped wages statewide, particularly for families.

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Charles Safran, MD Wins Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence in Medical Informatics

BOSTON – Charles Safran, MD, FACMI, Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), has received the American College of Medical Informatics’ 2014 Morris F. Collen Award in recognition of his commitment to and achievements in medical informatics.

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Employees of Small, Locally Owned Businesses Have More Company Loyalty, Baylor Study Finds

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Employees at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employers — and for rural workers, size and ownership of the company figure even more into their commitment than job satisfaction, a Baylor University study finds.

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What in the Gee-Haw Whammy Diddle?

A Creighton professor's physics of toys course examines how simple toys can demonstrate complex scientific principles.

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Deep-Earth Carbon Offers Clues on Origin of Life on Earth

Scientists reveal details about carbon deep beneath the Earth’s surface and suggest ways it might have influenced the history of life on the planet.

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