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Mobile Tracking Application May Help Users Meet Vitamin D Requirements

Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance of bone health and may be implicated in other chronic diseases, as well as immunity, but adults in Canada are consistently deficient in dietary vitamin D, by nearly 400 international units per day (IU/d) on average. Coupled with low vitamin D synthesis from the sun during fall and winter at Canadian latitudes, tracking intake of vitamin D is vital for those lacking the nutrient. In an article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, a group from the University of Guelph examined the validity of a mobile application for tracking vitamin D and calcium intake.

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Using a Shopping List May Aid Food Desert Residents

For residents of areas with limited access to healthy foods, also known as food deserts, multiple barriers exist that amplify the health risks of living in those areas. Likewise, risks for poor diet and being overweight or obese are also increased. Researchers from the RAND Corporation, however, found that use of a list when shopping among low-income, predominantly African-American participants living in a food desert was associated with a better-quality diet and lower weight.

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Queen’s University Leading the Way in Pioneering, European Cyber-Security Initiative

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Queen’s University Belfast will be at the forefront of a major, new European push to combat increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks.

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Three PNNL Scientists Receive DOE Early Career Research Program Awards, Research Funding

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Three scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected to receive Early Career Research Program research grants. The trio were among just 44 recipients nationwide to receive the annual research awards. Under the program, David Heldebrant, Dongsheng Li and Brent VanDevender will each receive five-year research grants that fund work designed to reduce carbon emissions, create new materials for energy storage and measure the mass of some of the smallest components of the universe.

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Pacific Northwest National Lab, Oregon Health & Science U Team Up for Biomed Research

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, are joining forces to answer some of the world’s most complex biomedical questions.

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Mobile App Helps Screen for Strabismus

Researchers have developed a mobile app to quickly and conveniently evaluate people for strabismus, a condition involving misalignment of the eyes. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Denver, Colo.

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Reasons Why Survival Rates of Extremely Premature Infants Differ by Hospital

Between-hospital variations in active treatment explain much of the difference in survival rates seen in infants born at 22 to 24 weeks of gestation.

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Targeting Cancer Therapy with Phosphoproteomics

Winner of the Louise Eisenhardt Traveling Scholarship Award, Teresa Purzner, MD, presented her research, Quantitative Phosphoproteomics for Targeted Cancer Therapy.

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Survival of Patients with Cerebral Metastases After Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Winner of the Leksell Radiosurgery Award, Deborah C. Marshall, recently presented her research, Survival Patterns of Patients with Cerebral Metastases after Multiple Rounds of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS).

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The Myth of Restenosis After Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting

Winner of the DePuy Synthes Cerebrovascular Section Resident/Fellow Award, Karam Moon, MD, will be presenting his research, The Myth of Restenosis after Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting.