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Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Can Predict Dementia

A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. People who tested positive for pre-dementia were twice as likely as others to develop dementia within 12 years. The study, led by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, was published online on July 16, 2014 in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Investigators From Montefiore and Einstein to Present Data at 2014 International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies World Congress

New research from Montefiore and Einstein is being presented at the 2014 International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies World Congress

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GW Researcher Receives Grant to Answer the How and Why of Autism During Development

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received a $739K grant from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative to study the link between autism and disrupted brain development.

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American Society of Anesthesiologists Launches National Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) today announced the launch of its ASA Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collaborative, a national initiative designed to improve the patient experience before, during and after surgery. More than 40 leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in the collaborative, which will convene for the first time at the ASA’s PSH Learning Collaborative Launch, July 25-26, in Schaumburg, Ill.

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ZeptoMetrix™ Corporation (ZMC) releases FDA Class 1 Exempt, IVD and CE labeled NATtrol™ RP Multimarker Controls

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ZeptoMetrix™ Corporation (ZMC), launches a new FDA Class 1 exempt, in vitro diagnostic, CE marked, unassayed external run control intended for use with multiplexed, respiratory molecular assays. The NATtrol™ RP Multimarker Controls - MDZ001 has been specifically designed for routine and repetitive laboratory use to monitor daily test variation, lot-to-lot test kit performance, individual operator variation and may also provide assistance in identifying increases in random or systematic error(s).

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Whitehead Institute Researchers Create “Naïve” Pluripotent Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cell (ESC) research has been hampered by the inability to transfer research and tools from mouse ESC studies to their human counterparts, in part because human ESCs are “primed” and slightly less plastic than the mouse cells. Now researchers in the lab of Whitehead Institute Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch have discovered how to manipulate and maintain human ESCs into a “naïve” or base pluripotent state similar to that of mouse ESCs without the use of any reprogramming factors.

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Primary Texting Bans Associated with Lower Traffic Fatalities, Study Finds

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States that allow officers to pull over a driver for texting while driving saw fewer deaths than those that use secondary enforcement of texting bans.

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Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years

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The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global corn and wheat yields because of climate change, according to NCAR and Stanford University research. Such a slowdown would occur as global demand for crops rapidly increases.

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University of Chicago Opens First Passive House-Certified Laboratory in North America

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The University of Chicago has completed the Warren Woods Ecological Field Station, the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America and only the fifth worldwide.

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GE Opens Firstbuild Facility on University of Louisville Campus

General Electric Appliances and the University of Louisville have partnered on a micro-factory aimed at bringing innovative products to market more quickly.

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