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Common Gene Variant Influences Girls' Food Choices …. For Better or Worse

If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

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Wayne State University Researchers Discover New Source of Mutations in Cancer

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Recently, a new mutation signature found in cancer cells was suspected to have been created by a family of enzymes found in human cells called the APOBEC3 family. The study, “Strand-biased Cytosine deamination at the Replication Fork causes Cytosine to Thymine Mutations in Escherichia coli,” led by Ashok Bhagwat, Ph.D., professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Companies Must Adapt Internal Communication as Demographics Change, Baylor Study Finds

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As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and the development of metrics to determine employee engagement, according to a Baylor University study.

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Two WCS Scientists Are Finalists for World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation

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WCS is pleased to announce that two of its scientists, Dr. Joel Berger and Dr. P. Dee Boersma, have advanced as finalists for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize. This announcement was made by Indianapolis Prize officials today as the six finalists for the world’s leading award for animal conservation were revealed. In recognition of their success in the conservation of at-risk species, Berger and Boersma join fellow finalists Dr. Rodney Jackson, Professor Carl Jones, Dr. Carl Safina and Dr. Amanda Vincent.

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Figuring Out Why Artificial Joints Fail

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Using an advanced technology available nowhere else in the U.S., Rush has begun a retrospective study to analyze joint implants that fail in the hope of improving future implants and preventing or decreasing the incidence of joint replacement failure.

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A 'Nudge' Reduces Doctors' Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescription, Study Finds

Behavioral interventions that appealed to doctors' competitive spirits and desire to strengthen their reputations motivated them to significantly reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, a new study shows.

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Former Award Winning BBC Wildlife Producer Launches New Travel Brand with Tusk Trust and WCS

‘Oryx’ is a new experience, created by Fergus Beeley, which aims to help people to be more aware and better understand wildlife conservation.

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New Certifications in Healthcare Simulation Recognized at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) recognized nearly 300 newly certified professionals last month at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH).

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Paper: Homeownership a 'Dream Deferred' for Millennial Generation

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For previous generations of Americans, homeownership was seen as one of the final rites of passage into adulthood and financial independence.

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Americans Recognize 'Past Presidents' Who Never Were, Study Finds

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Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the United States, finds a news study by memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Working with Local Law Enforcement to Share Data

Datacasting project is part of the ongoing efforts to ensure first responders have the tools, technologies, and knowledge they need to save lives and protect property while staying safe.

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High School Students Explore Beginning Architecture – and Perhaps a Career

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High school students take the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Architecture 100 course – free and online – to help inspire their interest in the field.

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It Doesn't 'Get Better' for Some Bullied LGBT Youths

The first study to examine the severity of LGBT bullying and its impact on mental health over time found that the majority of LGBT teens are seeing a decline in bullying but about a third are still being severely victimized. This harassment and assault is leading to lasting mental health problems including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Behind the Levees

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Flood risk can be higher with levees than without them.

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University of Washington Biology Professor Is a Finalist for Top Conservation Prize

P. Dee Boersma, a University of Washington professor of biology and Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science, is one of six finalists for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize for conservation. Boersma is the first UW faculty member nominated for this prize — the highest honor for animal conservationists.

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Penn Medicine “Brain Road Maps” Reflect Behavior Differences Between Males and Females

Differences in the neural wiring across development of men and women across ages, matched behavioral differences commonly associated with each of the sexes, according to an imaging-based study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published February 1 in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

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New Guideline for Treatment of Prolonged Seizures in Children and Adults

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Status epilepticus - continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more - is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective treatment is key; therefore the American Epilepsy Society (AES) has released a new guideline to help physicians, hospitals, and health systems treat patients effectively.

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UW-Milwaukee Project Brings Students Together with Those with Memory Loss to Create Stories

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University students and residents of senior housing come together in an award-winning project that encourages storytelling collaborations.

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Absorbing Acoustics with Soundless Spirals

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Researchers at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS, and the University of Lorraine have recently developed a design for a coiled-up acoustic metasurface which can achieve total acoustic absorption in very low-frequency ranges.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commends President Obama's Request to Congress: Increase Funding to Food and Nutrition Programming and Research

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commends President Obama’s budget request to Congress, which prioritizes food, nutrition programming and research.