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Tufts’ Class of 2019 Sets Records for Selectivity and Yield

Tufts University’s first-year class of 1,360 students is once again one for the record books. Whittled down from 19,062 applicants, only 16 percent were offered admission, setting a fifth consecutive record for selectivity; yield on those offers was a record 44 percent, the sixth consecutive increase in that critical index.

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Researchers Identify a New Approach for Lowering Harmful Lipids

Xian-Cheng Jiang, PhD, professor of cell biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has led a study identifying a new approach for lowering "bad" lipids in blood circulation, a critical means to combat devastating cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis.

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Webcast Lecture Series Takes Audiences to Frontiers of Physics

On October 7, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics launches the 2015/2016 season of its popular Public Lecture Series — live, accessible webcasts by some of the world’s pre-eminent scientists.

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Alcoholism: A Step Toward a Treatment

Scientists have pinpointed a population of neurons in the brain that influences whether one drink leads to two, which could ultimately lead to a cure for alcoholism and other addictions. A study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience by researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, finds that alcohol consumption alters the structure and function of neurons in the dorsomedial striatum, a part of the brain known to be important in goal-driven behaviors.

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“Prehab” Before You Rehab

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For people contemplating a hip or knee replacement, the prospect of a long post-surgical recovery can be a daunting one. The grueling rehabilitation sessions, the frustration of re-learning everyday movements, the weeks of waiting to return to “normal”— it’s almost enough to make patients reconsider surgery. Now there is evidence that appropriate pre-surgical physical therapy — or “prehabilitation” — can help patients recover faster.

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Climate Change Plus El Niño Could Equal Destruction for California and Caribbean

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GMO-Free Labeling Gives Chipotle a Health Halo, Even if Not Justified

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Scientists Discover Mechanism for Air Pollution-Induced Liver Disease

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A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse health effect on the liver and causes liver fibrosis, an illness associated with metabolic disease and liver cancer.

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