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First U.S. Patients Treated with Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease

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Researchers at the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia have performed the first focused ultrasound treatments in the United States for dyskinesia associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Big Differences in U.S. Healthcare Costs for Fixing Back Pain

How much does spinal fusion surgery cost? The answer depends on what part of the country you live in, reports a study in the September 1 issue of Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Babson College First-Year Student Entrepreneurs Raise More Than $18,000 for Charity

First-year students from the Babson College Class of 2018 raised more than $18,000 for local social service agencies through the college’s award-winning Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course that requires all first-year undergraduate students to start and run a business, and donate profits to charity.

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Indiana University Recognizes 10 Years of New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Funding

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Indiana University's New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program has provided over $9.4 million to artists and humanities scholars. Now IU offers a multimedia retrospective looking at the work of nearly 50 of those New Frontiers grant recipients, and at the broader, positive impacts of the program.

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Yale Cancer Center Receives $11 Million From National Cancer Institute for Lung Cancer Research

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Armed with an $11 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven will launch a new research program in non-small cell lung cancer, one of the world’s most prevalent and lethal forms of cancer.

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Fossil Specimen Reveals a New Species of Ancient River Dolphin to Smithsonian Scientists

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Smithsonian scientists and colleagues have discovered a new genus and species of river dolphin that has long been extinct. They made the discovery after carefully examining fossil fragments from Panama. The fossil fragments also shed new light on the evolution of today’s freshwater river dolphin species.

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University-City Partnership Brings Veterinary Medicine Company to Manhattan

MediVet Biologics, a global animal health company, is opening a laboratory in Manhattan as a result of a partnership between Kansas State University and the city of Manhattan. The lab will focus on testing and commercializing a university-developed technology that has potential for animal and human health applications.

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Suicide-by-Firearm Rates Shift in Two States After Changes in State Gun Laws

A new study examining changes in gun policy in two states finds that handgun purchaser licensing requirements influence suicide rates. Researchers estimate that Connecticut’s 1995 law requiring individuals to obtain a permit or license to purchase a handgun after passing a background check was associated with a 15.4 percent reduction in firearm suicide rates, while Missouri’s repeal of its handgun purchaser licensing law in 2007 was associated with a 16.1 percent increase in firearm suicide rates.

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University of Maryland Medicine Tests Novel Treatment for Parkinson’s

University of Maryland Medicine and its Center for Metabolic Imaging and Image-Guided Therapeutics has begun to use MRI-guided focused ultrasound on a deep structure within the brain related to Parkinson’s disease – the globus pallidus.

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California’s Stem Cell Bank is Open for Business

The largest publicly available stem cell bank in the world is now open for business. In September the bank is offering the first 300 different stem cell lines for researchers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of, and developing treatments for 11 common diseases and disorders.